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 23 Jul 14: Dalit Parties and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu – History of the Elevator

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Elevators - a cultural history. Laurie Taylor talks to Andreas Bernard about his new book which explores the origins and meaning of the 'lift'. Also, Hugo Gorringe, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, discusses his study of political militants in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu who have moved into mainstream electoral politics.

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  • TA16 Jul 14: Dying in Prison - Rio, Protests and the World Cup

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Men dying in prison. Marian Peacock, from Lancaster University, discusses the increasing number of elderly men who may end their lives in jail. Also - Rio, protests and the World Cup. Laurie Taylor talks to Jessica Leigh Glass, about her research into the street protests taking place in Rio since June 2013. What is the impact of sporting 'mega-events' on the people who live in the host cities? They're joined by Professor Anthony King from the University of Exeter.

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  • TA 09 Jul 14: A History of Tennis - Talking treatments and Class

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tennis - Laurie Taylor is joined by Elizabeth Wilson, lifelong tennis fan and cultural historian, to discuss the story of tennis from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon. Also, Daniel Holman talks about his study of class differences in the use of 'talking treatments' for mental health problems. Why are they so underused by working class people? He is joined by Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck College.

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  • TA 02 Jul 14: Russia's social upper class - Flip Flops

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Russia's elite and social distinction. Dr Elisabeth Schimpfossl looks at the strategies employed by representatives of Russia's new social upper class to gain status and prestige by developing a more 'cultured' image. Also,Flip flops - Laurie Taylor talks to Caroline Knowles whose study explores the global journey of possibly the world's most ubiquitous item of footwear - the flip flop.

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  • TA 25 June 14: History of Surfing - Coffee Shops & Idleness

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Surfing – a political history. Laurie Taylor talks to Scott Laderman about his study which traces the rise of surfing in the context of the rise of imperialism and global capitalism. From its emergence in post annexation Hawaii and its use as a diplomatic weapon in America's Cold War. Also, Pelle Valentin Olsen, graduate student at the University of Oxford, explores the Baghdad coffee shop, idleness and the emergence of the bourgeoisie. He's joined by Graham Scambler, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University College, London.

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  • TA 18 Jun 14: Late-Modern Hipsters - Before the windrush

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Bjorn Anderson, a sociologist at the University of Gothenburg, discusses the phenomenon of the late modern 'hipster', the young bohemian of the cosmopolitan city. Also, Before the Windrush - Laurie Taylor talks to John Belcher, Professor of History at the University of Liverpool, about his study of race relations in 20th century Liverpool. Nisha Katona, city born resident and trustee of National Museums Liverpool, joins the debate.

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  • TA 11 Jun 14: Masculinity & Betting Shops - 'New' Biological Relatives & Kinship

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The male space of the 'bookies'. Betting on horses and dogs has long been seen as a male pastime and the betting shop as a 'man's world'. Rebecca Cassidy asks why when she talks to workers and customers in London betting shops. Also, IVF - 35 years on and 5 million 'miracle' babies. Laurie Taylor talks to Sarah Franklin about her study into the meaning and impact of IVF. Has the creation of new biological relatives transformed our notion of kinship? They're joined by Henrietta Moore, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

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  • TA 04 Jun 14: Make up in Iran - Off shoring

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Aliakbar Jafari discusses his research on Iranian women's use of make up, as a form of escape and self expression. He's joined by Dr Ziba Mir Hosseini, Professorial Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, SOAS, University of London. Also, Offshoring - The concealment of wealth in tax havens is part of public debate, but John Urry argues that offshore worlds now also involve relations of work, pleasure, energy and security. He talks to Laurie Taylor about new patterns of power which pose huge challenges to democratic government.

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  • TA 28 May 14: Gender inequality in China - Smokestack nostalgia

    Wed, 28 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The resurgence of gender inequality in China. Laurie Taylor talks to Leta Hong Fincher about her study of the pressures facing Modern Chinese women who are often locked out of social equality, property rights, and legal protection from domestic abuse. Also, 'smokestack nostalgia' – the meaning of post-industrial imagery. Tim Stangleman questions the continuing desire to reflect back and find value in our industrial past.

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  • TA 21 May 14: Sociology of Sleep - Islamophobia and Anti-semitism

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The sociology of 'sleep'. How does sleep fit into our wired awake world? Catherine Coveney discusses her research on the sleeping experiences and strategies of shift workers and students. Also, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. Rumy Hasan, explores the connections and parallels between anti Semitism and Islamophobia. Comparisons of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiment are strikingly absent in British accounts of race and racism; and Laurie Taylor talks to Nasar Meer editor of a new book which attempts to remedy this omission.

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