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Monthly Archives: October 2010
My article ‘What Not to Wear? Girls, Clothing and Showing the Body’ has finally been published. I say finally, not in criticism of the workings of the journal that it is published in, but as a description of the life and times that this article has been through.
For some time now, BBC Radio Four’s Thinking Allowed programme has been an important pathway for sociologists who wish to engage in ‘public sociology’. The program is presented by the sociologist Laurie Taylor, and is described as ‘new research on how society works’. According to Michael Burawoy (2005), public sociology is sociology presented to a wide, non-academic audience in an accessible and relevant way in order to share the ideas, arguments and research of sociologists. Continue reading
The issue of pensions and pension policies are in the news again today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11491037. In one respect, this is because of the context of the economic crisis and the anti-public or state sector rhetoric engaged in by the Tory-Lib coalition government as it drives forward massive budget cuts. Yet, pensions as a sociological issue is really tied up with the ageing of the population, uneven cohort sizes and concerns about the demographic ‘time bomb’. Continue reading