Sociology

Image of woman at podium pointing, from cover of 'Women of Power'
by Torild Skard  |  14th January 2020

In our latest impact case study, Torild Skard shows how her book 'Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide', led to the establishment of the UNSCC course on Leadership, Women and the UN to promote a more gender-balanced workplace within and beyond the UN system and strengthen the voice of women at the leadership table.…Read more

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by Lawrence Grossberg  |  3rd January 2020

Lawrence Grossberg looks at the role of conversation in cultural studies. Lawrence is an American scholar widely known for his research in the philosophy of communication and culture, and a contributor to John Clarke's book 'Critical Dialogues: Thinking Together in Turbulent Times'.…Read more

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by Geoff Mulgan  |  23rd December 2019

Geoff Mulgan, a pioneer in the field of social innovation, shows how we only see a fraction of the potential social imagination around us.…Read more

Abstract mix of pink, purple and blue from the cover of 'Emotions and Society'
by Mary Holmes and Åsa Wettergren  |  19th December 2019

Mary Holmes and Åsa Wettergren talk about how the Emotions and Society journal came about and the importance of the sociology of emotions to our understanding of society.…Read more

Photo of a red neon sign of the word 'Change'
by Sam Wren-Lewis  |  11th December 2019

Sam Wren-Lewis asks whether people are really looking for the 'real change' that Labour are promising, arguing that taking a longer-term perspective has the potential to unite the left and right.…Read more

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Sam Wren-Lewis looks at the General Election from the point of view of political psychology, revealing how the problems of democracy and happiness have more in common than you think.…Read more

Street art of 3 hands made out of geometric shapes
by Geoff Mulgan  |  26th November 2019

In his new book, Social Innovation: How Societies Find the Power to Change – out today – Geoff Mulgan shows how social innovation offers a comprehensive view of what can be done to solve the global social challenges we face. This extract highlights the importance of public perceptions of government and how they should be working Read More

Illustration of a woman covering her chest with a shadow of a man over her and the words 'End violence against women'
by Fiona Vera-Gray  |  25th November 2019

Today is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women which marks the start of 16 days of activism to end violence against women. With international events raising awareness about the impact of sexual violence, it’s a good time to think through how the dominance of ‘trauma’ might actually hide the full extent Read More

Lines of lifejackets lying on the ground with candles on them
by Alice Bloch  |  19th November 2019

Following the tragedy in Essex last month, where 39 people were found in a lorry container, Alice Bloch, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, examines the complex issue of migration. Migration is not a new phenomena and nor are the immigration polices that try and restrict migration or those that make the lives Read More

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In Social Innovation: How Societies Find Power to Change, out later this month, Geoff Mulgan explains how the phenomena provides answers to the most pressing global, social, economic and sustainability problems. In this extract from the book he describes why society needs both disruptors and cleaners to make social innovation happen. This idea plays out Read More