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 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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  • TA 08 Oct 14: Dementia Handbags - Place Hacking

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Julia Twigg, from the University of Kent, discusses the role of handbags in the lives of women with dementia and how they function as memory objects and sources of identity, particularly in the transition to care homes. Also, Place hacking the hidden city. Laurie Taylor talks to Bradley Garrett, from the University of Southampton, about his research into the world of urban exploration. Bridges, sewerage and underground rail systems are just a few of the sites penetrated by crews of place hackers who want to journey beyond the boundaries of everyday metropolitan life. They are joined by writer and film maker Iain Sinclair whose work also involves uncovering unseen layers of the city.

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  • TA 06 Aug 14: Gayborhood and City Life

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    US sociologist, Amin Ghaziani who describes the way in which urban enclaves such as Greenwich Village in New York have long provided sexual minorities with a safe haven in an unsafe world. Also, Gay life at home and in the 'city' Laurie Taylor talks to the social historian, Matt Cook about the domestic and family lives of gay men in London over the past century. They are joined by social anthropologist, Rachel Scicluna who charts the changing domestic lives of metropolitan lesbians.

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  • TA 30 July 14: Non-Networking Graduates - Consuming Race

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jessica Abrahams, graduate student at the University of Cardiff, explores working class students’ reluctance to use networks and contacts as a route to career advancement. Also, Race & Consumption - Laurie Taylor talks to Ben Pitcher about his new book on the ways in which racial meaning is produced in everyday acts of consumption. They're joined by Lola Young, Crossbench Peer and former Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Middlesex.

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