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Department of Sociology

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  • Caroline Knowles' latest ESRC funded project on the mobility strategies of young migrants in Hong Kong, Beijing and London, has just been released. The study has been conducted in partnership with with Ho Wing Chung at the City University of Hong Kong. Links below report the Hong Kong launch (in Cantonese) 

    Oriental Daily | Mingpao | Apple Daily | DBC | Commercial Radio 

  • Rebecca Coleman was featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Thinking Allowed' discussing how TV makeover shows and online dieting sites create powerfully gendered and class-based messages about changing our bodies.

    Catch up online via BBC iPlayer Radio.

  • Joe Deville will be giving a talk at the Sheffield University Management School on January 28th titled 'Debt in data: Debt collection, payday lending, and the search for predictive power'. The event is part of a seminar series organised by the Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context (CRAFiC).

    For more information visit the CRAFiC website.

  • Anja Kanngieser on The Forum, BBC World Service

    The principle of top down hierarchy seems extraordinarily resilient in human societies. But why have we come to organise ourselves this way? Is it to be more efficient and effective? Or, is it because some people will always be driven by instinctive greed and desire for power?

    Listen again to Bridget Kendall talking to professor Peter Turchin, a biologist trying to trace the hidden dynamics of history, Anja Kanngieser, a social geographer who is interested in alternative networks that link us horizontally, and political cartoonist Martin Rowson, an artist whose work would founder without the rich and the powerful to poke fun at.

  • Heidi Mirza speaks at Martin Luther King commemoration

    (Picture courtesy of Graham Lacdao, St Paul’s Cathedral)

    Heidi Mirza was one of three eminent speakers invited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King speaking at St Paul’s Cathedral.

    The anniversary lecture discussed how we can end racism today in light of Martin Luther King's legacy. The public discussion, led by Heidi alongside, Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Claredon OBE and Hugh Muir, Guardian columnist, addressed the current impediments to equality in Britain today. It also discussed practical solutions to remove these obstacles. Heidi spoke about 'What is racism?' in sociological and psychological terms.

    Find out more about the event.

  • Noortje Marres Interviewed for Philosophy of Data Science

    Mark Carrigan continues his investigation of data science with this latest interview with Noortje Marres on Digital Sociology. Growing digital awareness means lots of opportunities for collaboration between sociology and related fields and there is also a chance for sociologists to challenge the deeply-rooted narrative of a clash between technology and democracy.

    This interview is part of an ongoing series on the Philosophy of Data Science.

  • Scraping debt data: Payday lending and the quest for algorithmic prediction

    Joe Deville will be giving a talk on Thursday December 4th at the Cyber Security centre at the University of Kent on payday lending and alogorithmic prediction, as part of their ongoing research seminar series. Further details here.

  • Living by Numbers? Metrics, Algorithms and the Sociology of Everyday Life

    Roger Burrows to present 'Living by Numbers? Metrics, Algorithms and the Sociology of Everyday Life' at the Digital Life Research Seminar Hosted by the Institute for Culture and Society in conjunction with the Digital Humanities Research Group, University of Western Sydney.

    This talk will focus on the role digital data has in restructuring our everyday lives. As individuals, we are all too aware of the identities created for us by business and commerce based on what, when and how we buy. As professionals, we are faced with a growing number of performance metrics influencing work targets and strategy. The reactions to such data deluges and their possible consequences will be examined in two examples likely to be of interest to the audience – city life and academic labour.

    For more info visit the website here.

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