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 16 Apr 14: British working class gardens - Why England Fails

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Gardens of the British Working Class – Laurie Taylor talks to historian Margaret Willes and considers the remarkable feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even when the land they planted and loved was not their own. They’re joined by Lisa Taylor, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, who has explored the ways in which struggles over classed and gendered tastes are played out in our gardens. Also, 'Why England Fails At Football' – a sociological account of our international 'shame' from Anthony King, Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter.

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  • TA 09 Apr 14: End of Capitalism - Reforming Capitalism

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Capitalism - renewal or decline? Laurie Taylor explores the future of our market driven economy. He's joined by David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at New York City University and Colin Crouch, Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Professor Harvey examines the contradictions at the heart of capitalism arguing that it's far from being the permanent or only way of organising human life. Professor Crouch suggests that Capitalism should be re-shaped to better fit a social democratic society.

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  • TA 02 Apr 14: The British Hitman - History of the Kiss

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hitmen for hire: David Wilson, Professor of Criminology, examined 27 cases of contract killing committed by 36 men (including accomplices) and one woman. Far from involving shadowy, organised criminals, the reality of killing for cash turned out to be surprisingly mundane. Also, Kissing - a cultural history. Laurie Taylor talks to Marcel Danesi, Professor of Linguistic Anthropology about his new book 'The History of the Kiss' which argues that kissing was the first act of "free romance" liberated from the yoke of arranged unions. They're joined by Karen Harvey, from the University of Sheffield, who has studied the meaning of the kiss across different cultures and periods.

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  • TA 26 Mar 14: Small Scale Technology in India - Poverty and 'Shame'

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor of History, David Arnold, describes the impact of small scale technology on modern India. How the sewing machine, bicycle and typewriter reinvented everyday life and work leading to new ways of thinking about the politics of colonial rule and Indian nationhood. Also, Poverty and 'Shame' - Laurie Taylor talks to Elaine Chase, from the University of Oxford, to consider the ways in which shame and stigma have been experienced by British people receiving welfare aid throughout history. They're joined by Research Assistant Sohail Choudhry whose Pakistan based interviews offered a contrasting perspective.

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  • TA 19 Mar 14: Race in Police Disciplinaries – Protestant Fishermen in Scotland

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Race in police 'misconduct' proceedings - Laurie Taylor talks to Graham Smith from University of Manchester School of Law about his research exploring the perception that ethnic minority police officers are disproportionally subjected to ‘misconduct’ proceedings. Also, Evangelical Fishermen – the lives and beliefs of fundamentalist Christians living in a remote Scottish fishing village. Joseph Webster, Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, discusses his study of an austere community of Protestant Brethren struggling with the crisis of the contemporary fishing industry.

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  • TA 12 Mar 14: Post-Katrina New Orleans - The Capitalist Personality

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Post-Katrina New Orleans: how disaster recovery became a lucrative business. Laurie Taylor talks to Vincanne Adams, US Professor of Medical Anthropology, about her account of market failure after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Phil O'Keefe, Professor of Economic Development, joins the discussion. Also, 'The Capitalist Personality' – Laurie Taylor explores interpersonal bonds in the post-communist world. Christopher Swader, Assistant Professor of Sociology in Moscow, argues that successful people in countries as diverse as China and Russia adjust to the market economy at a social cost, compromising moral values in pursuit of material gain.

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  • TA 05 March 14: Elite Graduates in France & UK - Surnames & Social Mobility

    Wed, 5 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Elite graduates and global ambition. Sally Power, Professorial Fellow at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, talks about a comparative study which finds that British students from top universities seek worldwide opportunities, whereas their French counterparts wish to 'serve' France. Also, Surnames and social mobility - How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? Laurie Taylor talks to Gregory Clark, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis, about movement up the social ladder over 8 centuries, from medieval England to modern Sweden. They are joined by Andrew Miles author of the only systematic study of historical social mobility in the UK.

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  • TA 26 Feb 14 : Generational divide - Webcam

    Wed, 26 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    the 'Generational' divide - Jonathan White, Associate Professor of European Politics at the LSE, explores the contemporary uses of the generational concept: where did this form of thinking originate and does it disguise more than it illuminates in terms of inequality in modern Britain? He's joined by Mary Dejevsky, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham and the chief editorial writer at The Independent. Also, 'Webcam' - Daniel Miller, Professor of Anthropology at University College London, talks to Laurie Taylor about his worldwide study of users of webcam from self-consciousness and intimacy to the sustaining of long-distance relationships.

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  • TA 19 Feb 14: The Great Indoors – The Bathroom

    Wed, 19 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Great Indoors. Laurie Taylor talks to cultural theorist Ben Highmore about his history of the family home in the 20th century and how houses display currents of class, identity and social transformation. Also, the evolution of the bathroom. Architectural historian Barbara Penner looks at that most intimate space in the home.

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  • TA 12 Feb 14: Tribute to Stuart Hall (1932-2014)

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In memory of Stuart Hall: a special programme paying tribute to the leading cultural theorist and former director of the Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies. Laurie Taylor is joined by Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, Baroness Lola Young and Jeremy Gilbert, editor of the journal, New Formations. They explore Stuart Hall's life, influence and legacy.

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