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 25 Feb 15: White Immigrants In South Africa - Romanian Economic Migrants

    Wed, 25 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Daniel Conway, from the Open University, discusses his research into the lives, histories and identities of white British-born immigrants in South Africa, twenty years after the post-apartheid Government took office. Also, Migration - Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Briggs, Professor of Criminology at the Universidad Europea, Madrid, about his study of Romanian economic migrants in Britain.

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  • TA 18 Feb 15: Emotional Labour of Care Workers - Conservatism

    Wed, 18 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Eleanor Johnson, from the University of Cardiff discusses her case study of the emotional labour of care workers in a private residential care home. Also, Conservatism: Laurie Taylor talks to Professor of Philosophy Roger Scruton, about his new book ‘How to be a Conservative’ and about the intellectual roots of Conservative values.

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  • TA 11 Feb 15: Harvard Business School, The Culture of Pain

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor takes a journey through the complex moral world of what many call the West Point of American Capitalism. Michel Anteby, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, describes the inner workings and rituals of this highly influential institution, joined by Professor Ken Starkey from Nottingham University Business School. Also, a cultural history of pain and how its perceived and expressed with Dr Louise Hide, Honorary Research Fellow at the Dept of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck.

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  • TA 04 Feb 15: Inside The Muslim Brotherhood, Privately Educated Girls

    Wed, 4 Feb 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The first in-depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members. Laurie talks to Hazem Kandil, Lecturer in Political Sociology at Cambridge University, about his intimate portrayal of the organisation's recruitment, socialisation and ideology. And privately educated girls - Claire Maxwell, Reader in Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, finds that an elite education doesn't always guarantee class privilege.

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  • TA 28 Jan 14: Social Stigma and Negative labels - Migraines

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    'Chavs' and 'pramfaces': Anoop Nayak of Newcastle University, discusses how marginalised young men and women resist the social stigma attached to negative labels. He's joined by Helen Wood, Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Also, Migraine: a cultural history. Laurie Taylor talks to Joanna Kempner from Rutgers University, about her research into the gendered values which feed into our understanding of pain.

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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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