Department of Sociology

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

Paternal mental health and social media: Early fieldwork reflections on disclosure, affective coding and disconnection

By Ranjana Das and Paul Hodkinson International Fathers’ Mental Health Day takes place just after Father’s Day and offers an invaluable opportunity to shine a spotlight on the profound emotional difficulties some fathers can face and to highlight the importance of asking dads how they are. Paternal wellbeing is demonstrably significant for mothers, children, families […]

Why we need to think about LGBTQI+ people and their housing

By Andrew King 17th May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), when we draw attention to the violence, prejudice and discrimination that LGBTQI+ people still face around the world. In the UK there will be various events and at the University of Surrey I’ll be speaking at one of them, about […]

BSc (Hons) Media and Communication: Surrey’s cutting-edge, intensive and challenging degree in 21st century media and communication studies

The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey are thrilled to announce their revamped and refurbished degree – the BSc in Media and Communication – taking students from Autumn 2019. Our BSc in Media and Communication offers an intensive and challenging account of 21st century communication studies. You will study state-of-the art, research-led content […]

What happens when fathers share care for young children (and how society can help them)

By Paul Hodkinson and Rachel Brooks The UK government’s campaign to encourage Shared Parental Leave take-up has prompted extensive discussion of why fathers seldom share care for young children (at least) equally with their partners. Debate has continued in relation to recommendations from UK parliament’s Women and Inequalities Committee for a 12 week ring-fenced period […]

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 […]

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