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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              • 20 May 15: Poverty in Britain; Unemployment as a Choice

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Poverty in Britain: Laurie Taylor talks to Joanna Mack, Learning and Teaching producer at the Open University, about the largest ever survey of UK levels of economic and social deprivation. Also, claimants who reject work. Andrew Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Lincoln University, has conducted research which suggests that some unemployed people turn down 'undesirable' work, thus choosing to remain in financial hardship.

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              • 13 May 15: The Gym: A Social History; Tattoos at Work

                Mon, 11 May 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

                The gym: Laurie Taylor explores the social history of the gymnasium with the writer and sociologist, Eric Chaline. They're joined by Louise Mansfield, Sociologist of Sport at Brunel University. Also, tattoos at work: Andrew Timming, Reader in Management at the University of St Andrews, talks about prejudices towards body art in the service sector. Does possession of a tattoo impact on job prospects?

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              • 06 May 15: Gentrification & Working Class Residents - Division of Domestic Labour

                Tue, 5 May 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

                Gentrification: its impact on working class residents. Laurie Taylor talks to Kirsteen Paton, lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, about her research in a neighbourhood undergoing urban renewal and improvement. They're joined by Melissa Butcher, lecturer in Human Geography at Birkbeck,University of London. Also, 'sharing the load': the division of domestic labour amongst couples where women are the higher earners. Clare Lyonette, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, asks if men do more when they earn less.

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              • 29 April 15: Post Traumatic Stress; Managing Beds in the NHS

                Wed, 29 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Post traumatic stress in male combat veterans: Laurie Taylor talks to Nick Caddick, Research Assistant at Loughborough University, and co-author of a study exploring the relationship between masculinity, militarism and mental health. They're joined by Anthony King, Professor in Sociology at the University of Exeter. Also, managing beds in the NHS. Pressure on beds is an acute challenge to the health service. Davina Allen, Professor of Healthcare Organisation at Cardiff University, discusses her study into bed utilisation from the point of view of UK hospital nurses.

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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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