Month: January 2012

C. Wright Mills: Legacies and Prospects – 50 Years On Friday 13th April, 11-12.30pm    In March 2012 it will have been 50 years since the death of C. Wright Mills. In that time the world has changed beyond recognition: the Cold War ended, the Keynesian consensus broke down, a globalizing neoliberalism rose to the […]

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) 2012 Call for Papers about Asexuality November 8-11, 2012, Oakland, CA. Papers on any topic at the intersection of women’s and gender studies and asexuality will be considered.

Until people started calling themselves homosexual, it didn’t make much sense for anyone to refer to themselves as heterosexual. Up until that point, it had simply been taken for granted and, as such, escaped scrutiny either by individuals or by society more widely. As adjectives both homosexual and heterosexual were coined in 1892, in an English translation of work […]

First they taught us to depend on their nation-states to mend, our tired minds, our broken bones, our bleeding limbs. But now they’ve sold off all the splints and contracted out the tourniquets and if we jump through hoops then we might just survive. Is this what we deserve? To scrub the palace floors? To […]

This book presents current research focusing on sexual minorities. It discusses topics that include gay and lesbian parenthood; asexuality; media representations of trebly marginalised minorities; the effect of imaged contact on heterosexual women’s attitudes toward lesbian women; and, the high-school experiences of sexual and gender minority youth and best practices in the development of interventions […]

The BSA postgraduate forum is sponsoring an event of  Social Class and Educational Aspiration for postgraduates involved in this area of research. The Conference and Workshop will be hosted by the  University of East London On Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st  March 2012. The event is structured around five keynote lectures by leading social class […]

6th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference Marginal Cartographies: Researching Beyond Borders Department of Sociology – University of Warwick CALL FOR PAPERS In the age of globalisation, British mainstream academic research seems to pay too little attention to other parts of the world. In this context, Marginal Cartographies: Researching Beyond Borders, the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference […]

Until 2001 there wasn’t an asexual community. Why was this?  The question is more complex than it appears. The internet was a necessary condition because it allowed a geographically dispersed group to connect. Was it a sufficient condition though? It provided the infrastructure for a disparate group to connect. However there still had to be […]

To define the reality of the human condition and to make our definitions public To confront the new facts of history-making  in our time, and their meaning for the problem of political responsibility. Continually to investigate the causes of war, and among them to locate the decisions and defaults of elite circles. To release the […]

In this podcast I talk to Nick Crossley about his recent book Towards Relational Sociology. The interview covers relational sociology, interdisciplinary approaches to social theory, the future of social theory and the contested status of quantitative methods.

The traditional conception of socialization rests on the assumption that socialization is simply a matter of internalization. Dispositions which ‘fit’ the subject’s social placement are internalised from the social. Exactly what the socialising agent is called varies e.g. family, schooling, class. Behind this divergence about socialising agents is a convergence about how the subject is […]