Department of Sociology

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

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 […]

The Hidden Internationalism of Elite English Schools

By Rachel Brooks A cursory glance at the website or prospectus of most British universities will reveal the important place ‘international agendas’ occupy within contemporary higher education. Universities are typically keen to demonstrate: their close links with overseas institutions; the international composition of their student body; opportunities for overseas study and work placements; and, sometimes, […]

‘Getting back to normal?’

By Sarah Earthy Look for a card for someone who is ill or has had an operation and the likelihood is that the message on the front will read ‘Get well soon’, perhaps followed by ‘Wishing you a speedy recovery’ inside. A stereotypical accompanying image might be a cartoon of a patient, probably male, sitting […]

Hate Crime Victims? Goths and Targeted Victimisation

By Jon Garland and Paul Hodkinson Claire describes being approached and questioned about her goth appearance by a group of young people and, after the interrogation turned more aggressive, finding herself on the receiving end of a thrown bottle. Eleanor explains that she became afraid to go into town on her own because of a series […]

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