Department of Sociology

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

Female Fandom

By Carrie Dunn Female fandom has been one of the most neglected aspects of football scholarship. My  forthcoming book, ‘Female Football Fandom: Community, Identity and Sexism’ (Palgrave Pivot) represents an attempt to begin to redress this imbalance. Few other studies focus on the experiential as narrated by the participants themselves, but it seems evident from […]


“YOLO” – Don’t Write it Off Too Soon!

By Alex Seal Love it or hate it, the popular saying “YOLO” (an acronym for You Only Live Once) has gained increased prominence in current discourse. This week alone has seen it used in hundreds of thousands of twitter posts, often used to justify a person’s actions because, as the motto states, ‘you only live […]


‘Soft’ Policing: The Collaborative Control of Anti-Social Behaviour (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) – a reflexive review by the author

By Daniel McCarthy In recent years we have witnessed many challenges to the core ideologies and functions of the police in England and Wales. One such agenda, which this blog posting analyses, is the emphasis of the police on trying to support children and young people on the fringes of offending. These strategies are referred […]


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