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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  • 22 April 15: Ethnography Award Winner

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    This year, the BBC's Thinking Allowed, in association with the British Sociological Association, launched the second year of its award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography, the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture. Laurie Taylor presents a special edition of Thinking Allowed to mark the announcement of the winner of the 2015 award. Laurie and a team of leading academics - Professor Beverley Skeggs, Professor Adam Kuper, Dr Coretta Phillips and Dr Louise Westmarland - were tasked with judging the study that has made the most significant contribution to ethnography over the past year.

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  • 15 Apr 15: Ethnography Award Shortlist

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Ethnography award 'short list': Thinking Allowed, in association with the British Sociological Association, presents a special programme devoted to the academic research which has been short listed for our second annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography, the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub culture. Laurie Taylor is joined by three of the judges: Professor Beverley Skeggs, Professor Adam Kuper and Dr Coretta Phillips.

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  • 08 Apr 15: Free Will - Pets as Family

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Free will explored: Laurie Taylor talks to Julian Baggini, writer and Founding Editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, about his latest work which considers the concept of freedom. Also, pets as family: Nickie Charles, Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at Warwick University, discusses her study of kinship across the species barrier.

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  • TA 01 Apr 15: Citizenship Ceremonies - Families & Genes

    Wed, 1 Apr 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Making citizens: how countries make public rituals out of endowing new citizens with citizenship. Laurie Taylor talks to Bridget Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, about her in-depth comparative study of citizenship ceremonies. Also, family ties in genes and stories: Janice McLaughlin, Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University, discusses her study of families referred to a paediatric genetic service. An increasing number of children are referred for genetic investigation due to physical & learning disabilities. This study found that the clinical discussions which ensue bring family histories to the fore in surprising and unpredictable ways.

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  • TA 25 Mar 15: Clothing Poverty - Fur inheritance in Poland

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jeans on a journey: Laurie Taylor talks to Andrew Brooks, from Kings College London, about his study of the hidden world of fast fashion and second hand clothes. Also, Fur, family and inheritance, Siobhan Magee, from the University of Edinburgh, discusses her research into the convention of passing down fur clothes from grandmother to granddaughter in the Polish middle class.

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  • TA 18 Mar 15: Love, Money and HIV in Kenya - Microbreweries

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Love, Money and HIV in Kenya. Laurie Taylor talks to Sanyu Mojola, from the University of Colorado, about her new book which examines how young African women, experience their sexuality and navigate their relationships, schooling, employment and financial access in the context of an HIV epidemic and economic inequality. Also, Thomas Thurnell-Read, from Coventry University, discusses his study of microbreweries and the revival of traditional beer in the UK.

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  • TA 11 Mar 15: Biologising Parenting - A Lost Avant-Garde

    Wed, 11 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Biologising parenting - Pam Lowe, from Aston University, Birmingham, argues that neuroscience has led to a simplistic construction of the child and one which claims parenting to be the main factor in child development.Also, A lost avant-garde: Laurie Taylor talks to Professor of Anthropology, Matti Bunzl, author of a study which examines the tension between art versus money and entertainment at the Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.

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  • TA 04 March 15: Money - Commercial surrogacy in India

    Wed, 4 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Nigel Dodd, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, discusses the proliferation of new forms and systems of money in the post-crisis world, from local currencies and social lending to mobile money and Bitcoin. Also, commercial surrogacy in India. Laurie Taylor talks to Amrita Pande, from the University of Cape Town about her study of ‘wombs for hire’ in India. They're joined by Michal Nahman, from the University of the West of England, who has studied reproductive tourism.

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  • 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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