Department of Sociology

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

Energy consumption and everyday life

By Thomas Roberts A couple of months ago the fridge in the sociology department kitchen was replaced. Whilst the new fridge looks nearly identical to the old one, there is a fundamental difference – the hinges are on the opposite side.   I have lost count of the number of times I have walked into the […]

Life, death and land

By Victoria Redclift Last month nine people were burnt alive in a ‘refugee camp’ in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The fire occurred after a clash between the Urdu-speaking ‘Bihari’ camp residents and Bengali locals from a nearby slum. Some reports allege that several hundred Bengalis carrying machetes attacked the camp, setting houses ablaze. Most reports suggest that […]

Understanding household energy use

By Nigel Gilbert The 2008 Climate Change Act committed the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent compared to 1990 levels by the year 2050.  This is a very ambitious target, and if achieved will change our world in many ways, some of them unexpected.  For example, the majority […]

Hacking Up the Public Sphere

By Nicola Green The ongoing fallout from the phone hacking scandal in the UK is a gift that keeps on giving for media sociologists. The 24th of June saw (some initial) verdicts in the trials of several senior editors and managers of media organisations on charges of conspiracy – conspiring to intercept communications, conspiring to […]

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