Occupy protesters should target governments not City, LSE chairman says | UK news | guardian.co.uk. The chairman of the London Stock Exchange has urged the Occupy movement to blame irresponsible governments rather than City institutions for the global financial crisis. The LSE is the target of the Occupy the London Stock Exchange protest, but Chris Gibson-Smith […]
Want to deconstruct heteronormative paradigms and cultivate a transformative and emancipatory radical intellectual praxis…?
But don’t know where to start? Then go to automatic insurrection. If you don’t get the joke, click ‘again’. If you still don’t get the joke then there’s basically no hope for you. Sorry.
Why am I so utterly oblivious to the misandry you’re asking me about? Am I the victim of false consciousness? If misandry were as ostentatiously rife within gender studies courses as you claim, how did I manage to extract so much personal enjoyment from such a course? How did so […]
Shrill neoliberal ideologue begins lecturing about the moral virtues of declining prosperity – a sign of things to come?
Being slightly poorer might actually enrich our lives – Telegraph How weird is this? I find Janet Daley’s columns morbidly fascinating given that, in a manner not dissimilar to Simon Heffer, she often seems like an unusually clear spokesperson for the neoliberal world view in the broadest sense of the […]
The initial details for the panel I’m organising at the British Sociological Association annual conference next year, as part of the Theory stream, are starting to take shape: In March 2012 it will have been 50 years since the death of C. Wright Mills. In that time the world has […]
“There’s no money left in the kitty”: austerity politics and the deficit of sociological imagination
In this presentation I will explore the unfolding of austerity politics in the UK in terms of longstanding tendencies towards the narrowing of political and cultural horizons in political life. I argue that this trend can, at root, be understood in terms of a ‘deficit of sociological imagination’ in mainstream […]
In an article over the summer Julian Astle, former director of liberal think tank Centre Forum, suggested that the UK had been governed for much of the last two decades by a ‘secret club’: Numbering no more than 15 frontline politicians and a similar number of key advisers, it includes […]
In this podcast I talk to Katherine Davies, a researcher in the Morgan Centre at Manchester University, about her work on sibling relationships and personal identity. Despite the obviously somewhat common experience of sibling relationships, it’s an area that’s largely been ignored within social science, which has tended to focus on […]
A scandal is brewing at the LSE. Tom Martin was a 39 year old student who signed up to do an MA in Gender, Media and Culture at the LSE. Six weeks later he quit. He has recently initiated legal action against the university for £50,000, claiming anti-male discrimination and false […]
I’ve had long standing issues with Serco ever since I was a teenager (long and not particularly interesting story!) and, as I’ve got older, I’ve found the extent of their activity and its general opaqueness rather troubling. However until I happened to check the Wikipedia page I didn’t realise quite […]
Saturday 15th October, 2011, Birmingham Midland Institute £10 waged, £5 unwaged The recent civil disturbances across a number of English cities have provoked much commentary and debate. However, there has been little sustained analysis of the events, their causes and likely consequences. This symposium is one in a series of […]
Hi, my name is Mark Carrigan and I’m a final year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Warwick. My research is an attempt to answer a question that’s fascinated me since I was at school: what makes people who they are? How do different sorts of structural, cultural […]
So this is a draft version of a presentation I’m giving at the International Association of Critical Realism conference in Norway on Tuesday. For various reasons, I’m really nervous about it – going on here because one person has already agreed to listen to it. But if anyone else would […]
In the corner of the exhibition a three-hour film, Mouth of the Tyne, shows footage of Smith in the mid 1980s, explaining the ideas on devolution he lobbied for in the 1960s: Britain divided up into eleven locally administered areas, each of which would control the ‘commanding heights’ of its […]
Given that I’m two months away from being contractually obliged to submit my first solo edited collection to the publisher, this is a rather depressing question. But it’s difficult not to ask it. If my only other experience of editing a book is anything to go by, a volume jointly […]
Something I’m really looking forward to is taking place in December. Myself and two other asexuality researchers have organised a panel on asexuality and sexualisation for this international conference on the Sexualisation of Culture in London: Ela Przybylo – York University CJ DeLuzio Chasin – University of Windsor Mark Carrigan […]