Thinking Allowed

Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how we live today.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • TA 17 Dec 14: Butchers - Fat Gay Men

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The masculine world of the butchers. Natasha Slutskaya, from Brunel Business School, discusses her research into the values and meanings butchers ascribe to the 'dirty work' of meat production and sale. Also,Fat gay men: Laurie Taylor talks to Jason Whitesel, from Pace University, New York about his study which examines a world in which men are doubly stigmatised – for their weight as well as their sexuality. They're joined by Paul Simpson, from the University of Manchester, who has researched the marginality of older gay men on the gay 'scene'.

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  • TA 10 Dec 14: After Redundancy - Global Payday Lending

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Redundancy at a Welsh aluminium plant. Tony Dobbins, Reader in Employment Studies at Bangor Business School, asks why re-training has failed to provide jobless workers with a fresh future. Also, Global Payday Loans: Laurie Taylor talks to writer Carl Packman who has analysed the growth of payday lender shops. How did they evolve and proliferate? And what is their impact on the most financially vulnerable consumers?

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  • TA 03 Dec 14: Middle-Class Alcohol Use - Port Cities

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Middle class alcohol use often exceeds safe levels, Lyn Brierley-Jones, a Research Fellow at the University of Sunderland, explores the meaning of drinking amongst professional workers. Also, Port cities from Marseilles to Liverpool and New Orleans. Laurie Taylor talks to Alice Mah from the University of Warwick, about her study of transformation along city waterfronts. What happens when world harbours are relegated to minor seaports?

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  • TA 26 Nov 14: Sexology - Creative Britain

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A new Sexology exhibition prompts an analysis of the changing field of sex research. Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research charts a history involving book burning, scandal and shame. Also,Creative Britain: Laurie Taylor is joined by British historian, Robert Hewison to discuss the cultural policies of New Labour and the Coalition. Why has culture failed to escape class?

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  • TA 19 Nov 14: Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe - Life Course of Shoes

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Shoes - from 'brothel creepers' to perilous stilettos, our choice of footwear changes and evolves over a life time. Laurie Taylor talks to Victoria Robinson, Reader in Sociology at the University of Sheffield, about the ways in which shoes can be powerful indicators of taste and identity. Also, Maruta Herding, a sociologist at the German Youth Institute, discusses her Europe wide research into Muslim youth, subcultures. She's joined by Tufyal Choudhury lecturer in law at the University of Durham.

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  • TA 12 Nov: Meritocracy – Desert Island Discs Doctors' choice & social class

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Meritocracy, then and now. Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Peter Hennessy from Queen Mary, University of London about the meaning of that elusive concept of meritocracy. They're joined by Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. Also, Professor Ruth McDonald,from the University of Manchester, discusses her research on doctors' choice of 'desert island discs'. What do they tell us about the possession of cultural capital?

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  • TA 05 Nov 14: 'Lad Culture' in Higher Education - Fugitives from the law in Philadelphia

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alison Phipps, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex, explores the rise of 'lad culture' in Higher Education and its relationship to the 'marketisation' of learning. Also, Fugitives from the law: Laurie Taylor talks to Alice Goffman from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her study of the lives of African American men caught up in webs of criminality in Philadelphia. They're joined by Professor Dick Hobbs, Criminologist at the University of Essex.

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  • TA 29 Oct 14: Young Jazz musicians in London - Post-dictatorship Art in Argentina

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Charles Umney, from the University Of Greenwich, talks about the 'creative labour' of jazz musicians in London. Also, Post-dictatorship Art in Argentina and beyond - Laurie Taylor talks to Vikki Bell, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, about the role of the arts in a society's journey to democracy. They're joined by Sanja Bahun, Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

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  • TA 22 Oct 14: Junk food traders in secondary schools - Darjeeling tea workers

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sociologist, Adam Fletcher, discusses an emerging underground trade in junk food at English secondary schools. Is this an unforeseen result of 'healthy food' policies? Also, Tea workers in Darjeeling. Laurie Taylor talks to Sarah Besky from the University of Michigan, about her study of the lives of tea plantation workers, and the struggle to re-make one of the world's most expensive teas.

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  • TA 15 Oct 14: Drug Mules - 'Dads Only' Parenting Project

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Drug Mules - Laurie Taylor talks to Jennifer Fleetwood, from the University of Leicester, about her study which explores the lives and motivations of women in the international cocaine trade. Also, a 'dads only' parenting project. Alan Dolan, from the University of Warwick, considers how learning to be a good father can clash with ideals of masculinity as well as traditional notions of fathering.

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