Ever since I was a philosophy student, I’ve been interested in how we conceptualise individuals and groups. The two are connected in my mind because, if groups are composed of individuals, our concept of individuals is going to condition our… Read More ›
Tag Archive for ‘Politics’
by Deborah Talbot Conservative politics are everywhere, but what is it, and what are they really like? In the cities, you don’t notice conservatism. It’s there, for sure, but is pretty quiet about itself. Political parties of a more left… Read More ›
Well, this is not breaking news. The occupation of the Social Science Faculty of the HU-Berlin started last Wednesday, 18 January, but I only found out about it today. Although I work in an institute which is part of the… Read More ›
Twenty years ago Theodore Kaczynski, a Harvard-trained maths prodigy obsessed with technology’s destruction of nature, was given eight consecutive life sentences for sending letter bombs in the US post which killed three people and injured 23 others. Generally known as… Read More ›
A wonderful article by Lisa Mckenzie reflecting on the exposures of the Panama Papers in terms of the broader gendered and classed politics of privacy: Working-class single mums claiming benefits will be asked very personal questions about what for anyone… Read More ›
by Deborah Talbot The Alternative Academia Network held its second meeting on the 14th February 2016. The aim is to discuss how creativity works inside and outside universities. The following are notes from the presentation by Deborah Talbot, which explores… Read More ›
I just surprised myself by sitting through this entire 40 minute compilation of Donald Trump’s insults during the Republican primaries: I found them weirdly hypnotic, albeit intellectually deadening. Perhaps this explains the strange quality of Trump’s speech?
An entertaining (and accurate) video via Phil BC:
A collection of lectures relating to her new book Notes Towards a Performative Theory of Assembly.
Absolutely fascinating comments offered by Varoufakis in response to unfolding events in Greece: In the wake of Tsipras’s unexpected move on Thursday to call early elections, Varoufakis said: “Tsipras made a decision on that night of the referendum not only to surrender… Read More ›
This might be a bit mystifying to non-UK readers but Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing politician likely to be the new leader of the British Labour Party, has provoked what we might call an enthusiastic reaction in the British media. In… Read More ›
by Sufyan Ismail With extremism in our midst, David Cameron unveils a 5-year plan, with four planks, to tackle one major extremism threat. David Cameron’s speech on his 5-year plan to tackle extremism covered a huge amount of ground to… Read More ›
Book Review: Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf: Rethinking the Rentier State
Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf: Rethinking the Rentier State – Justin Gengler (Indiana University Press, 2015) review by Bradley Williams The 2011 Bahraini Uprising seemed to confirm that Bahrain does not conform to the orthodox… Read More ›
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Author Meets Readers: Wendy Brown’s Undoing the Demos Date: Tuesday 30 June 2015 Time: 4-6pm Venue: Vera Anstey Room, LSE Old Building, Houghton Street. Author: Wendy Brown (Political Science, UC Berkeley) Readers: Anne Barron (LSE Law), Nick Couldry (LSE Media… Read More ›
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Call for Papers at the ISA World Forum, Vienna, 10-14 July, 2016 Theme: The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World Dear colleagues, We would like to call your attention to the call for papers… Read More ›
Two very interesting maps by Kieran Healy showing the disjunct between first and second place candidates in each constituency in the UK under our absurd voting system. It’s an important analysis worth reading in full.
An excellent post by Rebecca Winson on the CLASS blog. Important advice for left-wing sociologists in the UK who are currently in a state of mild despair: If you’re in work – or maybe even if you’re not – join… Read More ›
This Day event will take place in the James France Building, room CC021, from 10.30-4.30pm – 2 June 2015, and will focus on the Future of Social Critique. The event was organised to celebrate the careers of two renowned colleagues… Read More ›
Towards the end of her memoir/manifesto, the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas offers an articulate warning about the “drip-by-drip erosion of our liberties”: There is little risk of anyone seizing power, declaring martial law or suspending the constitution in Britain;… Read More ›
Book Review by Bradley Williams With Liminality and the Modern, BjØrn Thomassen has provided an invaluable resource for researchers of all types of ritualistic processes in different social settings. As Thomassen notes, the concept of liminality is under-utilized in anthropology… Read More ›