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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  • TA 21 Jan 15: Tribute Ulrich Beck (1944 - 2015) - Dissident Irish Republicanism

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ulrich Beck (15 May 1944 - 01 Jan 2015) - Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, gives a tribute to the eminent German sociologist. What do his ideas about the 'risk society' tell us about current concerns relating to global terrorism? Also, Dissident Irish Republicanism - Laurie Taylor talks to John Morrison, from the University of East London, about his study into the recent intensification of rogue paramilitary activity. He's joined by Henry McDonald, Belfast correspondent at the Observer newspaper.

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  • TA 14 Jan 15: Living Apart Relationships - Grading Universities (REF)

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Living apart together, Sasha Roseneil, co-author of a Europe wide study, examines why a growing number of couples choose to live separately. Also, Grading universities - The rights and wrongs of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Laurie Taylor is joined by David Willets, former Minister for Higher Education and Conservative MP, and by Derek Sayer, from the University of Lancaster, who contends in his recent book that the REF is not fit for purpose.

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  • TA 07 Jan 15: Riding the Subway - War Games

    Wed, 7 Jan 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Richard Ocejo, from City University of New York, talks about his study of New Yorkers riding the subway. Also, the militarisation of everyday life. Joanna Bourke, Professor of History, talks to Laurie Taylor about the multiple ways in which military violence and war play invade our current lives, pervading language and entertainment.

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  • TA 31 Dec 14: Self-Help - Self-Improvement

    Wed, 31 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor delves into the world of self-help books and self-improvement programmes with self-help author, Professor Christine Whelan from the University of Wisconsin; Meg John Barker from the Open University, who has studied self-help literature dealing with sex and relationships and is the author of 'an anti-self-help book'; and, Rebecca Coleman from Goldsmiths, University of London who explains how TV makeover shows and online dieting sites create powerfully gendered and class-based messages about changing our bodies.

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  • TA 25 Dec 14: Rituals at Christmas and Beyond

    Thu, 25 Dec 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Customs and ritual at Christmas and beyond. Laurie Taylor looks back on previous editions of Thinking Allowed which have detected the shifting nature of our lives and habits from love, drinking and shopping to the evolution of the bathroom and the impact of the elevator.

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  • 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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