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 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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  • 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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