Department of Sociology

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

“I thought that after two weeks, I would be more or less okay and it’s just not like”: experiences of recovering from serious physical illness or injury

By Sarah Earthy The quote in the title comes from an interview with a middle aged man who had sustained fractures to his leg in a cycling accident: “And they said ‘six weeks in plaster, two weeks of physio’. Now in my stupidity I thought, I really feel stupid saying this, I thought that after […]


Shared parental leave – can it be made normal?

By Paul Hodkinson A year ago, I was beginning four months of what, at the time, was called ‘additional paternity leave’. I am hard pressed to remember a more distinctive, enjoyable or fulfilling period in my recent daily life and, as the spring weather has set in this year, have found myself wishing I could […]


The social nature of online interactions

By Jo Hope (née Belcher) Although use of the Internet in the UK has become widespread (Dutton and Blank, 2013), our attitude toward online interactions and information seeking remains complex. There are utopian and dystopian approaches towards our use of ‘new’ media that have remained remarkably resistant to criticisms. These themes run through research and wider, […]


As Cuts Bite Police Forces Shore Up the Front Line with a ‘Dad’s Army’ of Police Support Volunteers

By Karen Bullock For the police service, as for other public sector organisations, a primary question since 2010 has been how to maintain levels of service as deep funding cuts start to bite. The public sector union Unison has recently drawn attention to how police services across England and Wales are quietly retaining volunteers to […]


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