Department of Sociology

The blog of the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey

Carillion may have collapsed, but public-private partnerships can be so much more

by Pete Barbrook-Johnson Last month, Carillion, one of the largest companies in the UK which regularly entered into contracts with government to deliver public infrastructure and services, went into liquidation. Since then, public-private partnerships (PPP), and their pantomime villain superstars – private finance initiatives (PFI) – have received an unprecedented level of criticism. The Guardian […]

Fathers in the spotlight. Why this matters, and why we are looking at new fathers’ mental health

By Ranjana Das and Paul Hodkinson The last week has seen the launch of an important new policy document by the Fatherhood Institute that highlights the importance of counting different sorts of fathers in household data, including those living apart from mothers. While the full findings of the report are available to the public, and […]

Prosperity Is…?

by SUE VENN, KATE BURNINGHAM, KATT SKIPPON and TIM JACKSON What can prosperity possibly mean in a world of environmental and social limits? This question lies at the heart of CUSP’s five year research programme on sustainable prosperity. We wanted to know how ordinary people in different contexts might answer this question, so we set out to ask […]

Key lessons from the role of the media in the Charlie Gard case

By Ranjana Das As I have noted previously, the social media activity around the Charlie Gard case has been unprecedented. My analysis of Twitter data has revealed American religious, so-called pro-life, right-wing groups have dominated a verbally violent Twitterstorm, and that key strategies of populism have been mobilised across Facebook and Twitter to misunderstand and […]

Queering a conference – what we can learn from the BSA Queer Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forwards event

By Jo Smith On 30th June 2017 the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey hosted a British Sociological Association Early Career Forum Regional Event centred around sexualities studies. Presenting keynotes were Zowie Davy (De Montfort University) and Yiu-Tung Suen (Chinese University of Hong Kong), and short ‘lightening’ papers were given by Sebastian Bartos […]

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