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 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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  • TA 14 May 14: Illicit Wolrds of Indian Dance - The Purpose of War

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Illicit' dance in India. Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Morcom about her extensive research into marginalised dancers in contemporary South Asia. From bar dancers to transgender erotic performers, she has chronicled their relationship with 'legitimate' performing arts, their struggles against stigma and their exclusion as 'non elite' carriers of culture. Also, can war ever be a force for good? The historian, Ian Morris, argues that war, as well as provoking countless deaths and horrors, has also, in the very long term, allowed us to create peaceful societies.

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  • TA 07 May 14: Baristas - 'People' History

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    US sociologist, Yasemin Besen-Cassino, discusses her research on 'baristas', the preparers of coffee across the urban world. She finds a group of affluent young people who'll work for poor wages if they're associated with a 'cool' brand. Also, the rise and fall of the working class: Laurie Taylor talks to social historian Selina Todd about her sweeping study of ordinary British people between 1910-2010. From factory workers, servants and housewives, she reveals a hidden history full of the unexpected.

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  • TA 30 April 14: The Ethnography Award Winner

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The winner of Thinking Allowed's first Ethnography award, in association with the British Sociological Association. Laurie Taylor presents a programme about the winning entry which, in the judges' (Professor Beverley Skeggs, Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore and Dr Louise Westmarland ) view, has made the most significant contribution to ethnography, the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub culture. He is joined by Michael Bloor, former Professorial Fellow at the Seafarers’ International Research Centre, Cardiff University and by Professor Helen Sampson the winner of this year’s award.

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  • TA 23 Apr 14: The Ethnography Award Shortlist

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    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 new 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 Dick Hobbs and Dr Louise Westmarland.

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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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  • TA 05 Feb 14: Numbers in global politics – Gay Rights and Religion In Belfast

    Wed, 5 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The power of 'numbers' in global politics: Laurie Taylor talks to the economist, Lorenzo Fioramonti, about the hidden agendas which may underpin the use of statistics, affecting the way we deal with poverty and sustainability. Also, pride and prejudice in Northern Ireland: Jennifer Curtis, discusses her research with Belfast's LGBT Pride Festival to explore religious groups' increasing support for gay rights since 2008. She's joined by Andrew Mckinnon, an expert on the sociology of religion.

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  • TA 29 Jan 14: Prostitution in Community - Drinking and Moderation

    Wed, 29 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Prostitution in the community: The criminologist, Sarah Kingston, discusses her study of the impact of sex work on local residents and businesses. Also, the sociologist, Henry Yeomans, charts the fluid, ever changing definitions of 'moderate' alcohol consumption.

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  • TA 22 Jan 14: Why Music Matters? - Bhangra and Belonging

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why Music Matters, David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Music and Media Industries, examines the role of music in our lives. He's joined by Caspar Melville, Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries. Also,'Bhangra and Belonging' - Laurie Taylor talks to Falu Bakrania about her research into the social life of British Asian musical culture in the late 90s.

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  • TA 15 Jan 14: Waiting in A&E - Faith and Doubt

    Wed, 15 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Alexandra Hillman discusses her new paper on 'waiting' in hospital emergency departments. Also, Faith and doubt - Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Mathijs Pelkmans, about his research which suggests that the foundations of religious and secular 'faiths' are surprisingly fragile. They are joined by Alpa Shah who has studied Maoists revolutionaries in India.

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  • TA 08 Jan 14: Sensory Multiculturalism in an East End Market – Cultural Passions

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sociologist, Alex Rhys-Taylor, charts a sensory journey into the heart of an East End Market. Also, Cultural passions - Laurie Taylor talks to the cultural theorist and writer, Elizabeth Wilson, about the emotional commitment people bring to their enjoyment of both 'high' and 'low' culture.

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  • TA 01 Jan 14: Love

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Romantic love, lifelong love, marriage for love, what is love? Laurie Taylor hopes to finds some answers with the help of the social historian, Claire Langhamer, the philosopher, Pascal Bruckner, and the sociologist, Professor Mary Evans.

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  • TA 25 Dec 13: Santa's Helpers - Christmas Tradition

    Wed, 25 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor explore the construction of Christmas tradition. Professor Philip Hancock talks about his study into the 'elite' squad of Santa helpers who dispense seasonal cheer and gifts to children in department stores. Also, Professor Jennifer Mason explains how people create the Christmas experience, drawing on the rituals of their childhoods and negotiating conflicting traditions. The writer, Antony Lerman, joins the discussion.

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  • TA 18 Nov 13: Couples and Chronic Illness - Fashion and Dress in Later Life

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Research Student, Eloise Radcliffe, discusses her study into how couples cope when one develops a chronic illness. Also, Fashion and dress in later life: Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Julia Twigg, about the links between clothing and age. Has the emergence of a 'grey market' finally shifting cultural norms and trends? Robert Elms, broadcaster, writer and fashion enthusiast, joins the discussion.

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  • TA 11 Dec 13: Pocket Calculator in Papua New Guinea - Chicago

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Pocket Calculator - The anthropologist, Anthony Pickles, reveals the significance of pockets for controlling money in Highland Papua New Guinea. Also, Chicago - The Great American City - Laurie Taylor talks to US Professor of Social Sciences, Robert J Sampson about his landmark research project into the importance of communities.

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  • TA 04 Dec 13: Tooth loss - Communist 'Utopia' in a Spanish Village

    Wed, 4 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The health researcher, Nicolette Rousseau, discusses the experience and meaning of teeth loss and replacement. Also, Communist 'utopia' in a Spanish village. Laurie Taylor talks to Dan Hancox, about his research into a tiny community in Andalucia which set out to create an egalitarian enclave after the demise of General Franco. They're joined by the social geographer, Helen Jarvis.

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  • TA 27 Nov 13: Boxing In Gleason's Gym - Sport and Capitalism

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The US sociologist, Lucia Trimbur, invites us into the everyday world of Gleason's gym, the last remaining institution of New York's golden age of boxing. Also, Sport and Capitalism: Laurie Taylor talks to Tony Collins about his new book which argues that modern sport is as much a product of our economic system as the factory.

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  • TA 20 Nov 13: Traveller Children In Schools - The Poppy

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kalwant Bhopal, discusses her research into the experience of traveller children in schools. Also, The Poppy - Laurie Taylor talks to renowned archeologist and anthropologist, Nicholas Saunders, about his account of how did a humble flower of the field became a worldwide icon? They're joined by Professor of History, Joanna Bourke.

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  • TA 13 Nov 13: Work and Consumption - Neoliberal Economics

    Wed, 13 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why do we work almost as hard as we did 40 years ago, despite being on average twice as rich? Professor of Political Economy Robert Skidelsky suggests an escape from the work and consumption treadmill. Also, Neoliberal economics in the post-Recession world. Laurie Taylor talks to Philip Mirowski, about his analysis of why neoliberalism survived, and even prospered, in the aftermath of the financial meltdown of 2008.

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  • TA 06 Nov 13: Richard Hoggart – The anti-social family

    Wed, 6 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Richard Hoggart: Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Fred Inglis about his biography of this leading cultural commentator and academic. Also, changing conceptions of the family - Professor of Sociology, Carol Smart, pays tribute to the late Mary Mcintosh's book 'The Anti Social Family'. Deborah Chambers, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, joins the debate.

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  • TA 30 Oct 13: Sex Workers & International Migration - Poverty In Britain

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    US sociologist, Kimberly Kay Hoang, discusses her research into Vietnamese sex workers who marry American men and end up, contrary to expectations, as breadwinners in the US? Also, 'Low pay, no pay' Britain. Laurie Taylor talks to Tracy Shildrick, about her study of individuals and families, in Teeside North East England, who are living in or near poverty.

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  • TA 23 Oct 13: Customer Abuse To Service Workers - 'Muslim Fundamentalism'

    Wed, 23 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Marek Korczynski discusses his research into the abuse of service workers by customers. Also, Muslims against Muslim Fundamentalism - Laurie Taylor talks to Karima Bennoune about her study into resistance to religious extremism in Muslim majority contexts. They are joined by Professor Stephen Vertigans, who has studied Islamic movements globally.

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  • TA 16 Oct 13: 'Danger' & Mental Health Act - BBC World Service

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Gillian Bendelow discusses her research into the use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Also, World Service – Laurie Taylor talks to Marie Gillespie about her new book on the BBC's Foreign Service’s broadcasters. They are joined by Ramy Aly, Middle Eastern scholar who has studied the BBC Arabic Service.

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  • TA 09 Oct 13: Twitter - Elite University Admissions

    Wed, 9 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Twitter - Laurie Taylor talks to Dhiraj Murthy, about his ground-breaking study on social communication in the Twitter age and the ways in which Twitter is re-making contemporary life. Also, elite university admissions. Natasha Kumar Warikoo, discusses her research into the perceptions of meritocracy and inequality among undergraduates at Oxford University. Melissa Benn, writer and education campaigner, joins the discussion.

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  • TA 02 Oct 13: Backpacking food tourist - Poverty tourism

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    'Eating the world' - the geographer, Emily Falconer, discusses her research into the food driven impulses of backpacking tourists. Also, Slum Tourism - Laurie Taylor talks to Bianca Freire-Medeiros, about her study of Rocinha, a district in Rio de Janeiro and the transformation of impoverished neighbourhoods into attractions for international tourists. They are joined by Professor of Tourism Mobilities, Kevin Hannam.

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  • TA 25 Sep 13: Noodles narratives - British men dancing Capoeira

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Noodle narratives - Laurie Taylor talks to US anthropologist, Deborah Gewertz, about the invention, production and consumption of instant ramen noodles. Also, British men dancing like Brazilians. Neil Stephens explains why Capoeira challenges the traditional opposition between masculinity and dance. He's joined by Theresa Buckland, Professor of Performing Arts.

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  • TA 18 Sep 13: White working class voters - Holiday Hedonism in Ibiza

    Wed, 18 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    White working class voters - Nathan Manning discusses his research into the meaning and causes of white, working class political disaffection in Yorkshire and the Northwest. He's joined by Professor of Politics, Michael Kenny. Also, Holiday Hedonism - Laurie Taylor talks to the criminologist, Daniel Briggs, about his study into young British tourists' risk taking behaviour in Ibiza.

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  • TA 11 Sep 13: Soho Sex Shops - Colony Room Club

    Wed, 11 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Working in the other Square Mile - Melissa Tyler discusses her study of sales workers in Soho sex shops. Also,Laurie Taylor talks to Sophie Parkin, about her book on the Colony Room Club and its place in the wider history of Bohemian life. They are joined by Elizabeth Wilson Professor of Cultural Studies.

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  • TA 04 Sep 13: 'Speaking Theoretically' - Erving Goffman

    Wed, 4 Sep 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Erving Goffman - Laurie Taylor is joined by Professor Gregory Smith, Dr Rachel Hurdley and Dr Susie Scott to discuss the work and influence of this groundbreaking Canadian sociologist and theorist of social interaction.

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  • TA 28 Aug 13: 'Speaking theoretically' - 2. Walter Benjamin

    Wed, 28 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Walter Benjamin - Laurie Taylor is joined by the philosopher Jonathan Rée and Professor of political aesthetics, Esther Leslie to discuss the work and influence of this pioneering German intellectual and theorist.

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  • TA 21 Aug 13: 'Speaking theoretically' - 1. Michel Foucault

    Wed, 21 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michel Foucault - Laurie Taylor is joined by Professor Stephen Shapiro, Professor Vikki Bell and Professor Lois McNay to discuss the life and work of this iconoclastic French philosopher and theorist.

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  • TA 14 Aug 13: Drug users & drug enforcement - Militant Liverpool

    Wed, 14 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Drug enforcement - Laurie Taylor talks to Neil McKeganey about his research into the impact of drug enforcement operations on the availability of illegal drugs in 3 different areas of the UK. Also, sociologist Diana Frost explores Militant Tendency's domination of Liverpool politics in the 1980s.

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  • TA 07 Aug: 'Lay' People in Court - The Minutemen

    Wed, 7 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Nigel Fielding on the effects of court procedures on ordinary people, including victims, witnesses and defendants. Also, The Minutemen - Laurie talks Harel Shapira about the patriotic activists who patrol the Mexcian/US border in search of illegal immigrants.

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  • TA 31 Jul 13: 'teddies', 'gollies' & race in children's books - Smart casual dining

    Wed, 31 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    'Teddies' and 'Gollies' - Rhoda Zuk, talks to Laurie about her historical study into the racist meaning of teddy bears and golliwogs in children's literature. Author and Illustrator Jean Upton, a distant relative of Florence Upton, creator of the first 'Golliwogg' joins them. Also, Alison Pearlman and Alan Warde on the blurring of boundaries between high and low culture in restaurant cuisine.

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  • TA 24 Jul 13: Food work in hospital wards - Bangladesh-India border

    Wed, 24 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Food work - Around 60% of UK patients aged 65 or older are at risk of malnutrition while in hospital; Ben Heaven discusses the conflicts between dignity and nutrition on hospital wards. Also, Bangladesh/India border: Delwar Hussain tells Laurie about his detailed exploration of Boropani, a coal mining village on both sides of the border.

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  • TA 17 Jul 13: Raising Middle-class Black Children - Neon

    Wed, 17 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Carol Vincent discusses the findings of the first dedicated UK study of black Caribbean middle-class families and their strategies and priorities for their children's education. Also, Neon - Laurie Taylor talks to Christoph Ribbat author of Flickering Light which charts the rise and fall of neon. They are joined by the cultural critic, Matthew Sweet.

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  • TA 10 Jul 13: Political violence in Pakistan - Terrorism Studies

    Wed, 10 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Christine Fair co-author of a new study which finds that support for political violence in Pakistan is higher amongst the middle classes than the poor. Also, Terrorism Studies - Laurie Taylor explores a ‘new’ academic field emerging from the post 9/11 world with Harvard social scientist, Lisa Stampnitzky author of "Disciplining Terror: How Experts Invented 'Terrorism' . They’re joined by John Bew, a British expert on terrorism.

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  • TA 03 July 13: Northern Ireland sectarianism and civility - Global pigeon

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Maternal Situations - Dr Lisa Smyth explores the tensions between sectarianism and civility experienced by working class mothers in inner city Belfast. Also, The Global Pigeon - Laurie Taylor talks to American sociologist, Colin Jerolmack, who spent over 3 years studying pigeon and human interaction across three continents; from 'pigeon wars' in the skies over Brooklyn to the Million Dollar Pigeon Race in South Africa.

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  • TA 26 Jun 13: Welfare Reform - Crime In The Armed Forces

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Welfare reforms. Ruth Patrick discusses her research into the impact of a revolution in 'welfare' provision for out of work benefits claimants between 2011 and 2013. Also, crime in the Armed Forces - Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Clive Emsley, about his pioneering, historical study into criminal offending by members of the British armed forces from WW1 to the present day. They are joined by Dr Deirdre MacManus, who recently completed a study into the relationship between combat experience and violent crime amongst British soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • TA 19 Jun 13: Remembering Diana - Ethnography Award

    Wed, 19 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Remembering Diana - did Princess Diana's death lead to a major shift in British culture? Professor of Sociology, Vic Seidler, talks to Laurie Taylor about his new book which analyses the repercussions of Diana, Princess of Wales', death in 1997. They are joined by the writer and social commentator, Bea Campbell. Also, the anthropologist, Henrietta Moore discusses the history and significance of Ethnographic research.

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  • TA 12 Jun 13: Scottish nationalism and identity - Austerity

    Wed, 12 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Nasar Meer discusses his study into ethnic minority Scots' relationship to Scottish Nationalism and identity. Also, does Austerity Kill? Laurie Taylor talks to political economist, David Stuckler, about the public health costs of the financial crisis. They are joined by David Smith Economic Editor of the Sunday Times.

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  • TA 05 June 13: 'Long Hours' work culture - Empty labour

    Wed, 5 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A matter of time - Jane Sturges, discusses her research into professionals caught up, both reluctantly as well as willingly, in a 'long hours' work culture. Empty labour - Laurie Taylor explores with sociologist Roland Paulsen the reasons why some employees spend large percentages of their day engaged in private pursuits. They're joined by the writer, Michael Bywater. Also,

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  • TA 29 May 13: Multicultural prison - Jellied eels

    Wed, 29 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The multicultural prison. How do diverse British nationals, foreign and migrant populations negotiate their tensions and differences within prison walls? Laurie talks to the criminologist, Coretta Phillips about her research in Rochester Young Offenders' Institution and Maidstone Prison. Also why jellied eels make us squirm, Alex Rhys-Taylor on expressions of distaste and the production of class distinctions.

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  • TA 22 May 13: Live Music - From Dance Hall to the 100 Club

    Wed, 22 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Live music - from Dance Hall to the 100 Club. Laurie Taylor talks to writer and Professor of Music, Simon Frith, co-authors of The History of Live Music in Britain. They discuss the evolving nature of musical fashions; the impact of developing technologies and the balance of power between live and recorded music businesses. Dr Catherine Tackley, musician and lecturer, and Caspar Melville, lecturer in Global Cultural Industries, join the debate.

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  • TA 15 May 13: Stammering and Identity - Land of Too Much

    Wed, 15 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Stammering and identity - Dr Clare Butler discusses her research on how people who stammer learn to control, conceal and rise above the stigma of a style of speech which departs from the norm. Also, poverty in the US - why does America have more poor people than any other developed country? Laurie Taylor talks to Monica Prasad about her new book, 'The Land of too Much; She contends that a particular tradition of government intervention in America has undermined the development of a European-style welfare state. They're joined by Professor of Social Policy, Peter Taylor-Gooby, who provides a British perspective.

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  • TA 08 May 13: Middle class enclaves and escapes

    Wed, 8 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Middle class enclaves and escapes. In this special edition partly recorded at the British Sociological Association's 2013 conference Laurie Taylor discusses research into the various manifestations of the desire for enclaves, escapes and the 'good life'. Maggy Lee talks about the rapid expansion of residential tourism and 'lifestyle migration' between Hong Kong and mainland China. Nick Osbaldiston looks at 'lifestyle migrants' in Australia who move to small, mainly coastal communities. And Ceren Yalcin explores the proliferation of 'sealed off' housing complexes in Istanbul. They're joined by Rowland Atkinson who has done extensive research into gentrification, gated communities and housing inequality.

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  • TA 01 May 13: Great British class survey - Tribute to Geoff Pearson

    Wed, 1 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor discusses the 'Great British Class Survey' and debates the merits of this new approach to class stratification with Mike Savage, Professor in Sociology at the LSE and one of the survey researchers. They are joined by Professor Colin Mills, lecturer in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford and Beverley Skeggs, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London. Also, Professor Dick Hobbs offers a tribute to the eminent criminologist, Geoff Pearson who died recently.

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  • TA 24 Apr 13: The Power of Oil

    Wed, 24 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Power of oil - Laurie Taylor presents a special programme which explores the role of oil in shaping our society, economy and environment. He talks to James Marriott of Platform, co-author with Mika Minio-Paluello of 'The Oil Road'. They're also joined by Timothy Mitchell whose work focuses on the relationship between democracy and oil; and by Professor John Urry, whose latest work pioneers a sociology of energy, analysing our carbon addiction in the light of ever dwindling resources.

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  • TA 17 Apr 13: English Heritage - Clergy Lives

    Wed, 17 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Heritage politics in the UK - Laurie Taylor talks to Ruth Adams, the author of a new study which argues that the heritage lobby has transformed the architectural heritage of the aristocracy from a minority interest to a cause with popular support? Also, Dr Caroline Gatrell discusses her sociological exploration of the everyday lives of modern day parish priests. She is joined by Bishop Nigel Peyton, co-author with Caroline of a new book ‘Managing Clergy Lives’.

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  • TA 10 Apr 13: Thrift 'Chic' - Thatcherism

    Wed, 10 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Tracey Jensen charts the rise of 'new thrift' projects in popular culture; how to do more with less in an age of austerity. Also,'Thatcherism' - Laurie Taylor is joined by Dr Robert Saunders, co-editor of Making Thatcher’s Britain and Geoff Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies to discuss Margaret Thatcher’s ideology and its impact on academic research and universities.

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  • TA 03 Apr 13: Women and the Armed Forces

    Wed, 3 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Women in combat - Laurie Taylor explores gender and the military in the light of the US decision to allow women into the frontline of battle. He talks to Anthony King, Professor in Sociology at the University of Exeter; Christopher Coker, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck College.

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  • TA 27 Mar 13: Gang labour in UK - Urban Ruination

    Wed, 27 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The geographer, Kendra Strauss, discusses her research into the origins and rise of gang labour in the UK. Professor of Human Geography, Ben Rogaly joins the discussion. Also, Industrial Ruination. Laurie Taylor talks to Alice Mah about her comparative study into urban dereliction in three contrasting contexts - Newcastle, UK; Niagara Falls, Canada; and Ivanova, Russia.

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  • TA 20 Mar 13: The language of food politics - Italian food market

    Wed, 20 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The language of food politics, Professor Guy Cook explains how our choices and beliefs about what we eat are influenced by the persuasive power of words. Also, an Italian food market - Rachel Black talks to Laurie Taylor about her ethnographic account of Porto Palazzo, one of Europe's largest outdoor markets. Professor Sophie Watson currently studying street markets and joins the discussion.

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  • TA 13 Mar 13: Guatemalan Cemetery - Art Auctions

    Wed, 13 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Guatemalan cemetery with no more room. Anthropologist Kevin O'Neill discusses the harsh effects of an aggressive policy of disinterment when poor relatives can't pay the dues. Also, Art Auctions - How do auctioneers and buyers transact sales in seconds? Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Christian Heath about his study into the tools and techniques which lead to the strike of a hammer. They're joined by the arts writer and critic, Georgina Adams.

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  • TA 06 Mar 13: Drugs for Life - 'Oldies' Subcultural identity

    Wed, 6 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Drugs for life - Laurie Taylor explores the growing medicalization of our everyday lives. Anthropologist, Joseph Dumit talks about his research into the burgeoning consumption of medicine in the US. John Abraham, British sociologist and co-director of the Centre for Research in Health and Medicine (University of Sussex) joins the discussion. Also, hanging on to a subcultural identity - teds, mods, punks or goths… - when youth has passed. Professor Angela McRobbie analyses the phenomenon.

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  • TA 27 Feb 13: Fashion, Class & Mums - Red Racisms

    Wed, 27 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Katherine Appleford discusses her research on class, motherhood and fashion - how mothers influence their daughters' fashion choices. Also, 'Red Racisms' - Laurie Taylor talks to the Professor Ian Law, about his study of racism in Communist and Post-Communist countries. They're joined by the historian, Michael Stewart.

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  • TA 20 Feb 13: Weapon Dogs - 'Ned' Pride in Scotland

    Wed, 20 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The growth of 'Chav' or 'Ned' Pride in Scotland. Laurie Taylor talks to Sociologist, Robert Young, who contends that some young Scots are proudly adopting the 'Ned' label as a mark of sub cultural rebellion. Steph Lawlor, who has also studied the 'chav' phenomenon, joins the discussion. Also, Weapon Dogs - Laurie considers whether status canines are the new urban menace when he talks to Simon Harding author of 'Unleashed’.

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  • TA 13 Feb 13: Stan Cohen (1942 - 2013)

    Wed, 13 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Stan Cohen (1942-2013) - his work and legacy. Howard Becker, Stuart Hall and Conor Gearty pay tribute to Stan Cohen, a friend, colleague and one of the most significant sociologists of our times. Laurie Taylor is joined in the studio by three younger academics, Dr Karen Lumsden, Dr David Scott and Dr Claire Moon to discuss Stan Cohen's on-going influence.

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  • TA 06 Feb 13: Organised crime in the UK

    Wed, 6 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Organised crime in the UK - Professor Dick Hobbs, joins Laurie Taylor, to discuss his study into 'Dogtown', a composite of several overlapping neighbourhoods in East London where activity which was once the preserve of professional criminals has now been normalised. They consider whether or not the idea of organised crime has become outdated. Also, the Mafia in the UK, Dr Felia Allum explores the extent to which Italian organised crime functions outside its territory of origin.

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  • TA 30 Jan 13: Rock climbing in conflict - Women in Russian prisons

    Wed, 30 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Bolt Wars', rock climbers in conflict. Lisa Bogardus describes a battle for the cliffs in which climbers clash about the need to reduce risk and danger. Also, Russian women prisoners. Sociologist, Judith Pallot, talks to Laurie Taylor about a study of prisoners and officers in different regions of Russia. They discuss how vast distances between prisons and women’s homes impact on women and their families. They're joined by the criminologist, Dr Sharon Shalev.

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  • TA 23 Jan 12: Class & Commuting - Engaging with Climate change

    Wed, 23 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Class and commuting. Simon Abernethy discusses his research into the history of the London Underground where the mixing of classes was once seen as revolutionary. Also, Climate change - what lies beneath its widespread denial? Laurie Taylor talks to Sally Weintrobe, the editor of the first book of its kind which explores the social and emotional explanations for this reaction? They're joined by the Professor of Social Policy, Paul Hoggett.

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  • TA 16 Jan 13: Birth of Neo-Liberalism – Music, Race & Difference

    Wed, 16 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Neo Liberalism – its birth and development. Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Stedman Jones about the origins of Neo liberal economics. Also, What does the 'love of difference' via music contribute to contemporary perspectives on racism? Jo Haynes speaks about the complex relationship between race and music. Professor Paul Gilroy joins the discussion.

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  • TA 09 Jan 13: Contagion - Changing masculinities in retail

    Wed, 9 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Contagion - Laurie Taylor talks to Mark Harrison, about the close intertwining between trade and germs from the 14th century to today, the development of public health in the Western world and the global misuse of quarantines for political ends. Also, do young men working in retail represent a new model of masculinity? Laurie talks to sociologist, Steven Roberts who found evidence of a new and softer kind of masculinity. They’re joined by Professor Valerie Walkerdine.

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  • TA 02 Jan 13: Consuming passions

    Wed, 2 Jan 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Consumer pleasures - in a New Year special edition, Laurie Taylor explores the place of shopping in our lives, as well as within sociological thought. He's joined by Professor Colin Campbell, Dr Kate Soper and Professor Rachel Bowlby.

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  • TA 26 Dec 12: Intoxication

    Wed, 26 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Intoxication. Why do so many people chose to alter their consciousness with stimulants, whether legal or illicit? Laurie Taylor explores the role and meaning of both alcohol and drugs in human life with three experts James Mills, author of 'Cannabis Nation', Professor of criminology Fiona Measham and Chris Hackley author of influential research articles on binge drinking.

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  • TA 19 Dec 12: Female Jockeys - Military Migrants

    Wed, 19 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Military Migrants. Laurie explores the impact of our increasingly multinational armed forces. Vron Ware and Les Back discuss with Laurie. Also, Deborah Butler discusses her research on female jockeys.

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  • TA 12 December 2012: History, Heritage and Tradition in British Politics - Children in Hospitals

    Wed, 12 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    British politics, heritage and history. Laurie Taylor explores the divergent stories political parties tell about our history with Emily Robinson who contends that politicians' manipulation of the past leaves them unable to speak of different futures. They are joined by Mary Riddell, Assistant Editor of the Telegraph. Also, Allison James talks about her research on the experience of sick children in hospital.

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  • TA 05 Dec 12: Work identity on the railway - How to be Gay

    Wed, 5 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Strangleman discusses his study into work identity and 'loss': how older railway workers have reacted to change in their industry. Also, How to be Gay - Laurie Taylor talks to David Halperin author of a new book which charts and celebrates gay male identity and culture and explores the way in which a gay male sensibility subverts mainstream culture, from Grand Opera to Broadway Musicals. They are joined by writer and cultural critic Owen Jones.

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  • TA 28 Nov 12: Family funerals - Red tape

    Wed, 28 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sociologist, Kate Woodthorpe explores how funeral arrangements illuminate the modern family relationships. Red Tape in India. Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Akhil Gupta about his research on why state bureaucracy hinders the fight against poverty in rural Uttar Pradesh. Anthropologist, Dr Alpa Shah, joins the discussion.

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  • TA 21 Nov 12: Archaeology of homelessness - Residential care revisited

    Wed, 21 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Archaeology of homelessness. Rachael Kiddey discusses the significance of artefacts found in two homelessness sites in Bristol and York. What can these items, as well as oral histories from the homeless, reveal about what it means to have no shelter in the 21st century? 'The Last Refuge' Laurie Taylor considers Peter Townsend's landmark research, fifty years after its publication. He is joined by Julia Johnson, one of the authors of a new study which charts the changes and continuities in care for older people in England and Wales and by Robin Darton, an expert in social care.

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  • TA 18 Nov 12: The Weekend - British riots of 2011

    Mon, 19 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The British riots of 2011. Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Briggs about his research into the nature and causes of last year's summer of discontent and damage. Also, the sociologists, Jill Ebrey and Guy Standing, ask whether or not the weekend as a time for rest, family life and pleasure, is under threat from contemporary patterns of work.

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  • TA 07 Nov 12: CouchSurfing - Trauma advocacy

    Wed, 7 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Couchsurfing, Laurie Taylor talks to Paula Bialski about her research amongst coach surfers and online hitchhiking website users which documents new forms of human hospitality and connection. Also, trauma advocacy in Croatia; Vanessa Pupavac and Ben Shephard reflect on the growth of compensation schemes for victims of civil war

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  • TA 31 Oct 12: UK strip and lap dancing industry – Blue Jeans

    Wed, 31 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The strip and lap dancing industry. Laurie Taylor talks to Kate Hardy about her research which suggests that the proliferation of these clubs has little to do with the demands of male customers. Also, the anthropologist, Daniel Miller asks what the ubiquity of blue jeans tells us about our individual and social lives. He's joined by the sociologist, Sophie Woodward.

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  • TA 24 Oct 12: Trouble at Work - Travellers vs Tourists

    Wed, 24 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Trouble at work. Laurie Taylor talks to Ralph Fevre and Amanda Robinson about their study on ill treatment in the workplace. Are organisations creating a culture in which bullying, harassment and stress thrive? Also, Lara Week discusses her research on travellers versus tourists - do those seeking 'authentic culture' provide more to foreign countries than those who stick to the 'tourist trail'?

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  • TA 17 Oct 12: Sociologists and the financial crisis - Against security

    Wed, 17 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    'Against Security', are the stringent checks at airports really for our benefit American sociologist, Harvey Molotch, talks to Laurie Taylor about his new book and the complex systems which are designed to make us feel safe in public places. They're joined by the design critic, Stephen Bayley. Also, Alberto Toscano discusses Sociology's failure to address the financial crisis.

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  • TA 10 Oct 12: The New Arab Man - Lords club affiliation

    Wed, 10 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The 'New' Arab Man. Laurie Taylor talks to Marcia Inhorn about her study which found that ordinary Arab men who confront childlessness and infertility are re-thinking conventional masculinity. Also, Matthew Bond discusses his research into elite club membership in the House of Lords. Karel Williams, Professor of Sociology, joins the discussion.

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  • TA 03 Oct 12: Sickness Benefit Recipients – 'New Society' 50 Years On

    Wed, 3 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    ‘Fear of the 'brown envelope', Laurie Taylor talks to Kayleigh Garthwaite about her study into the views and experiences of the long term sick and disabled in the context of on-going welfare reforms. Also Laurie discusses the legacy of 'New Society' magazine, 50 years after its launch, with former editor, Paul Barker, the writer, Lynsey Hanley and Professor of Cultural Studies, Fred Inglis.

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  • TA 26 Sep 12: Race in an English village - Decoding organisation

    Wed, 26 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Race and 'belonging' in an English village, Katherine Tyler, explores the attitudes of white residents to their British Asian neighbours. Also, Christopher Grey talks to Laurie Taylor about his research into the myth and reality of Bletchley Park, its codes and culture. They're joined by Anthony King.

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  • TA 19 Sep: Ethnic pay gap - Segregation

    Wed, 19 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The sociologist Malcolm Brynin charts the causes and consequences of pay gaps between different ethnic groups in Britain. Also, segregation, Laurie Taylor talks to Carl Nightingale about the ideology and practice of racial segregation in the city.

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  • TA 12 Sep: Drinking student - Odd couples

    Wed, 12 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    'Odd Couples'- Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Muraco and Brian Heaphy about friendships between gay men and straight women; and between lesbians and straight men. Also, Maria Piacentini discusses her research on the importance of alcohol to student identity.

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  • TA 05 Sep 12: Italian Family 3: Studio discussion

    Wed, 5 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Can the Italian family be saved, what caused the Italian crisis and what hopes there are for the future.? Laurie Taylor discusses his explorations of the family in Italy with Geoff Andrews, David Gilmour and Annalisa Piras.

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  • TA 22 Aug 12: Italy 1. Milan

    Fri, 31 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why is the Italian birth rate plummeting? The first of three programmes on the crisis of the Italian family. Laurie travels to Milan to unpick the tangled interactions between the individual, the family, the church and the state. He talks to sociologists Pierpaolo Donati, Carmen Leccardi, Chiara Saraceno, Monsignor Carlos Simón Vázquez and Letizia Chiappini a student at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

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  • TA 29 Aug 12: Italy 2. Naples

    Wed, 29 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why is the Italian family in danger of extinction? Laurie travels to the South of Italy in an attempt to explore legitimate and illegitimate family business. He speaks to Enrica Morlicchio, Gabriella Gribaudi, Luciano Brancaccio and Felia Allum.

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  • TA 15 Aug 12: Breaking rules - Wall Street women

    Wed, 15 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Right and wrong. Good and bad. Laurie Taylor talks to Beth Hardie, co-author of Breaking Rules: The Social and Situational Dynamics of Young People’s Urban Crime. Also, the Women of Wall Street, Laurie is joined by Melissa Fisher and Liz Bolshaw to discuss the working lives of the women at the heart of America's financial centre.

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  • TA 8 Aug 2012: Social capital - gentrification

    Fri, 10 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What happens when middle class white people move into vibrant, ethnically diverse and challenging areas in inner city London? Emma Jackson talks to Laurie Taylor about the developing attitudes of the 'gentrifiers' in Peckham and in Brixton. Also, Irena Grugulis, author of Jobs for the Boys returns to the programme to discuss the concept of 'social capital'.

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  • TA 01 Aug 12: Jobs for the Boys

    Wed, 1 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    'Jobs for the Boys?' Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Irena Grugulis about her contention that working class people don't get job opportunities in the UK TV and film industry because they don't have the right accents, clothes, backgrounds or friends. The media expert, Sir Peter Bazalgette and Professor of Sociology, Mike Savage, respond to this research and explore nepotism, networking and discrimination in the media world and beyond.

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  • 25 July 12: Sport under Communism and the London Olympics

    Wed, 25 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    'Sport Under Communism', Laurie Taylor asks Senior lecturer in Sport Politics, Jonathan Grix, about East Germany two decades of success in the Summer and Winter Olympics. Also, Gary Armstrong talks about a large scale study of security, policing and the impact of the 'Regeneration Olympics' on the lives of the residents of Newham.

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  • TA 18 July 12: Musicians - Builders

    Wed, 18 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Skill, sweat, humour and the humanity of building workers in a post industrial age, Laurie Taylor talks to Darren Thiel about his study of London construction workers. Laurie also talks to Susan Coulson about her research on the lives of musicians in the North of England; they are joined by the music lecturer, Mike Jones.

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  • TA 11 July 12: Immortality - Evil

    Wed, 11 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Immortality; Laurie Taylor explores the ways in which human beings have resisted the idea of mortality, with philosopher, John Gray and cultural historian Marina Warner. Also Barry Smith, Director of the institute of Philosophy in London explores contrasting analyses of 'evil' within modern thought.

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  • TA 04 July 12: Urban protest

    Wed, 4 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cities have long been the centre of utopian dreams and protests. Laurie Taylor explores the links between urban protest and capitalist development with David Harvey Social Geographer and author of Rebel Cities. They are joined by the Sociologist Sophie Watson.

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  • TA 27 June 12: Morality of cycling - Evil

    Wed, 27 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to leading French sociologist Michel Wieviorka who thinks 'evil' can and should be subjected to sociological scrutiny, they are joined by Peter Young, Head of Criminology at the University of Kent. Also, sociologist, Judith Green discusses her study into the morality of cycling.

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  • TA 20 June 12: Hostility to tax – Mumbai slum

    Wed, 20 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Sociologist, Jeff Kidder about his research on why so many Americans are morally opposed to taxation. Peter Taylor-Gooby, Professor of Social Policy joins the discussion. Pulitzer Prize winning writer Katherine Boo talks about her study of the Annawadi settlement in Mumbai and shares the stories of the slum dwellers she met.

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  • TA 13 June 12: Kinship

    Wed, 13 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kinship is a key term in Anthropology. The French anthropologist, Maurice Godelier, tells Laurie Taylor about his ground-breaking study into the evolution of kinship; also joining the debate are celebrated British anthropologists, Henrietta Moore and Adam Kuper.

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  • TA 06 June 12: Working class alienation – Nottingham council estate

    Wed, 6 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    From this year's British Sociological Association conference, Laurie Taylor talks to Maria Papapolydorou about her research on how class impacts on young people’s choice and experience of friendship. He also talks to Lisa Mckenzie about working class alienation on the St Anne's housing estate in Nottingham.

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  • TA 30 May 12: Aids conspiracy theories - Comics

    Wed, 30 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What do British comics past and present tell us about our identities as a nation? Laurie Taylor talks to Professor James Chapman, author of a new book charting the cultural history of British comics, and to broadcaster Matthew Sweet. Professor Nicoli Nattrass discusses US and South African conspiracy theories about the causes of AIDS.

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  • TA 23 May 12: Wine tasting - US philanthropy

    Wed, 23 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What does the language of wine tell us about civilisation? Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Steven Shapin about the cultural and chemical evolution of wine tasting. Also, Professor Inderjeet Parmar explores the power of US philanthropy.

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  • TA16 May 12: Why love hurts

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor puts love under the sociological microscope with Sociologist, Eva Illouz who contends that the nature of romantic suffering has changed radically in the modern era. They are joined by Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychosocial studies.

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  • TA 09 May 12: Hebden Bridge - Neighbours

    Wed, 9 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor explores the changing fortunes of the Yorkshire Town of Hebden Bridge with writer Paul Barker and talks to the social historian, Emily Cockayne, about her research on relations between neighbours down the ages.

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  • TA 02 May 12: Nationhood - Recognising Transsexuals

    Wed, 2 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How is the everyday affection for one's country changing in English life? Laurie Taylor talks to Michael Skey about Nationhood. Laurie also discusses the issues of Transsexuals and the body modifications they choose with Zowie Davy; they’re joined by Angela McRobbie.

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  • TA 25 Apr 12: Raoul Moat, the media story - Indian sex workers

    Wed, 25 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The story of the hunt for the lone gunman Raoul Moat had many of the ingredients of classic crime fiction; Laurie Taylor speaks to criminologist Michael Rowe. And Prabha Kotiswaran discusses her ethnographic study of the life of prostitutes in two of India's cities.

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  • TA 18 Apr 12: Boat race - Crack cocaine users

    Wed, 18 Apr 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Anthony King talks about his research into the vital part played by rhythm in rowing success. He explains the factors behind Cambridge crew attempt to establish a rowing rhythm. Also, what is the reality of life for a crack cocaine user in South London? Daniel Briggs discusses his new ethnography of a day to day observation of the people who use the drug, and their struggles to get the drug and also to get off it.

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  • TA 11 Apr 12: Rubbish - Civil partnerships

    Wed, 11 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Are we right to be worried by how much we throw away? Laurie Taylor talks to Martin O’Brien author of a new book ‘A Crisis of Waste?’ and Jeff Ferrell who wrote ‘Empire of Scrounge’. Also, how do civil partnerships compare to heterosexual marriages? Carol Smart talks about her research.

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  • TA 04 Apr 12: Steeltown - Life After Burberry

    Wed, 4 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    When the factories close, what happens to the communities they leave behind? Laurie discusses the effects of industrial decline in Wales with Valerie Walkerdine who’s researched the impact of the closure of the steelworks in 'Steeltown’ and Jean Jenkins who’s investigated how the closure of the Burberry factory in Treorchy affected non-work life for the workers concerned.

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  • TA 28 Mar 12: Culinary Culture And Globalisation - Dignity

    Wed, 28 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What is the difference between German and British haute cuisine, and what do they have in common? Laurie talks to economic sociologist Christel Lane about her comparative study; food critic William Sitwell joins the discussion. And, Philosopher Michael Rosen explains the practical applications of dignity, how it forms the basis of notions like human rights.

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  • TA 21 Mar 12: Home at RIBA

    Wed, 21 Mar 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    What does the idea of home mean to us in Britain? Laurie Taylor is joined by Angela Brady, President of RIBA; housing economist Susan Smith; sociologist Esther Dermott and architectural writer Jonathan Glancey to discuss how ‘home’ has changed and how new needs are being met.

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  • TA 14 Mar 12: Private military security - Whisky tourism

    Wed, 14 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professionals and Cowboys? UK and US military security workers. Laurie Taylor hears about new research by Paul Higate, they are joined by sociologist Anthony King. Also, 'whisky tourism' Karl Spracklen talks about the quest for the 'real' and 'authentic' in tourism.

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  • TA 07 Mar 12: Boxing UK and US style - Why nations fail

    Wed, 7 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie explores the origins and meaning of boxing styles in the US and UK with Kasia Boddy; and discusses why some nations achieve prosperity but others fail with James Robinson and Paul Collier.

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  • TA 29 Feb 2012: Ambient religion - Poverty and social work

    Wed, 29 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How did social workers view the poor between the wars? Laurie hears from Mark Peel, the author of a new study of social work and poverty in the United States, Australia and Britain and historian Selina Todd. Laurie also discusses how evangelical Christians are putting the Bible in the background of life with Matthew Engelke.

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  • TA 22 Feb 2012: Universities - Outlaws

    Wed, 22 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    There are currently some two and a quarter million students studying in 130 universities across Britain. Laurie discusses what universities are for with intellectual historian Stefan Collini. Martin Parker talks about his work on outlaws crime and culture with Laurie and criminologist Dick Hobbs.

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  • TA 15 Feb 12: Citizens without Frontiers - Monogamy in men

    Wed, 15 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Citizens without frontiers, Laurie talks to Engin Isin about the ways in which people embrace acts and causes which transcend national boundaries; He also discusses with Eric Anderson and Lynn Jamieson new research on male students' attitudes to sexual monogamy and explores why men cheat on their partners.

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  • TA 08 Feb 12: Obesity - Cruel optimism

    Wed, 8 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    We inhabit a precarious world of crisis and calamity which mocks the post war promise of upward mobility, social equality and job security. Cultural theorist Lauren Berlant calls it the 'cruel optimism' of contemporary life; she discusses her contention with Laurie and sociologist, Professor Bev Skeggs. Also, Karen Throsby talks of her ethnographic study of an obesity clinic and the hidden moral element to every aspect of the procedure.

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  • TA 01 Feb 12: The Politics of Alcohol - Cooperation

    Wed, 1 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Has modern capitalism made us all obsessively competitive? Laurie is joined by Professor Richard Sennett and Philosopher John Gray to discuss how we can learn to cooperate for the benefit of all; James Nicholls talks about the British and booze.

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  • TA 25 Jan 12: Conspiracy theories - International suffering

    Wed, 25 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Do you doubt they put a man on the moon? Laurie explores conspiracy theories with David Aaronovitch and Jovan Byford. Kate Nash discusses her forthcoming paper on what makes us care for the suffering of strangers.

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  • TA 18 Jan 12: Stag tourism - Men and childbirth

    Wed, 18 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Once a stag night was more than enough, now young men are taking 'stag tours'. Laurie explores new research on the old male ritual with Thomas Thurnell-Read and Owen Jones; and also how men experience the process of childbirth with Alan Dolan.

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  • TA 11 Jan 12: Cosmetic tourism - Debt 5000 years

    Wed, 11 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cosmetic surgery tourism Ruth Holliday and Jacqueline Sanchez-Taylor tell Laurie why more people are combining a holiday with a nip and tuck. Debt is even older than money, David Graeber tells Laurie about his anthropological study of 5,000 years of Debt.

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  • Uniforms and Cities Under Siege

    Wed, 4 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What happens when one uniform is imposed on a hospital? Stephen Timmons tells Laurie. Also, the increasingly military methods of urban policing: Stephen Graham and Melissa Butcher discuss.

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  • TA 28 Dec 11: Home life 4: Shared home

    Wed, 28 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    More people are sharing households than ever before. Laurie continues his exploration of private life as he and two sociologist Esther Dermott and Josh Richards visit the home of 6 young adults who live together.

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  • Anti Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis 21 Dec 11

    Wed, 21 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Anti Psychiatry movement of the 1960s, pioneered by R.D. Laing, asserted that societal ills were at the root of mental illness. Insanity was therefore a sane response to a repressive and unjust world. Michael Staub, Professor of English and author of 'Madness is Civilisation', talks to Laurie Taylor about the once popular, now discredited, theories of anti psychiatry. Also, new research uncovers the hidden history of psychoanalysis. Professor of Jung History, Sonu Shamdasani, suggests that psychoanalysis achieved its cultural power only by re-scripting history in its own image. He's joined by Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology.

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  • TA 14 Dec 11: Tipping Points

    Wed, 14 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor explores the idea of the Tipping Point with Tim Clark and Pat Waugh from Durham University and Alex Bentley from Bristol University who are all involved in major Tipping Points project at Durham; they are joined by Dr Shahidha Bari from Queen Mary, London.

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  • TA 07 Dec 11: Parents Teens and the culture of sex - The claims of parenting

    Wed, 7 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor examines research into the advice offered to parents with Judith Suissa and Frank Furedi, and looks at comparative research in America and Holland into teenage sex in the parental home with sociologist Amy Schalet from the University of Massachusetts.

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  • TA 30 Nov 11: Grammar schools & social mobility - The Opera Fanatic

    Wed, 30 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor is joined by Dr Adam Swift to discuss new research about the popularly held notion that grammar schools aid social mobility. Laurie also explores opera fanatics at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and compares them to fans in Cardiff, with Claudio Benzecry and Paul Atkinson.

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  • TA 23 Nov 11: Older gays in rural areas - Protest Over Art And Culture In America

    Wed, 23 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Kip Jones about his research on the challenges faced by older gay men and lesbians who live in rural areas in England and Wales. Laurie also discusses protests over art and culture in America with US sociologist, Steven Tepper and Jo Glanville, the editor of Index on Censorship.

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  • TA 16 Nov 11: Race and the Seaside - The Brain

    Wed, 16 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Daniel Burdsey about race and the British seaside. And Laurie examines the limits of science and the machine age with writer Bryan Appleyard and philosopher John Gray and asks whether we are in danger of losing the essence of what it is to be human.

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  • TA 09 Nov 11: Power Restoration After Hurricane Ike - White Middle Class Identity In Urban Schools

    Wed, 9 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Lee Miller about her paper 'Hazards of Neo-Liberalism: Delayed Electric Power Restoration after Hurricane Ike'. He also explores new research examining the motives of middle class parents who deliberately send their children to failing or under-performing schools with Professor Diane Reay and journalist Melissa Benn.

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  • TA 02 Nov 11: Kissing men - Decline of violence in history

    Wed, 2 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie also examines an apparent rise in heterosexual men kissing other men, with Professor Eric Anderson; Laurie also explores Professor Steven Pinker's notion of a decline in human violence with Professor Anthony O'Hear.

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  • Muslim Women's Basketball and Globalisation

    Wed, 26 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Samaya Farooq tells Laurie on her new study of muslim sports women who combine faith and fitness. Also, Henrietta Moore with a positive take on globalisation.

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  • TA 19 Oct 11: Becoming Yellow - Journalist bias

    Wed, 19 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor explores impartiality in TV political interviewing with Professor Ian Hutchby and Lis Howell. Laurie also talks to Professor Michael Keevak about his new book Becoming Yellow: A short history of racial thinking.

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  • TA 12 Oct 11: Migration - Music and Politics

    Wed, 12 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Ian Goldin about his book on immigration which argues that successful societies need immigrants. Laurie also talks to Thierry Côté author of 'Popular Musicians and Their Songs as Threats to National Security; Prof John Street, author of Music and Politics joins in the discussion.

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  • TA 05 Oct 11: Surnames - War, Politics and Superheroes

    Wed, 5 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Marc DiPaolo and Matthew Sweet about war politics and comic strip superheroes. He also examines the importance of surnames especially for children, explored in a new article by Dr Hayley Davies from Kings College London.

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  • TA 28 Sep 11: Tour guide and Changing incomes

    Wed, 28 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor explores new research into income mobility and the dynamics of poverty with Stephen Jenkins and John Holmwood. Also, the ups and downs of New York tour guides with Jonathan Wynn.

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  • TA 21 Sep 11: Suicide and Family Secrets

    Wed, 21 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor examines the history and motivation of suicidal people with sociologists Ben Fincham from the University of Sussex and Dr Mike Shiner from the London School of Economics.Laurie also talks to Professor Carol Smart From Manchester University about family secrets and memories.

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  • Crimologists Tales and Erotic Capital

    Wed, 14 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Does being beautiful help your career? Laurie hears about two new studies from Daniel Hamermesh and Catherine Hakim. Also Louise Westmarland on tales from criminologists.

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  • Home 3: Nuclear household

    Wed, 7 Sep 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the third of Laurie's sociological inspections of listeners' homes he visits the house of a nuclear family in Preston. Sociologists Jacqui Gabb and Peter Bramham accompany him.

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  • Home 2: Single Living

    Wed, 31 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    In the second of Laurie's sociological inspections of listeners' homes he visits the house of someone living alone in the countryside of Argyll and Bute. Sociologists Roona Simpson and Bren Neale accompany him.

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  • Home 1 - the multi-generational home

    Wed, 24 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How do modern listeners live? In a sepcial edition Laurie and two experts conduct a sociological inspection of a multi generational family home.

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  • Blame the Parents? & Chungking Mansions

    Thu, 18 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Are parents to blame for children being involved in gangsd? Laurei hears new research from Judith Aldridge and Jon Shute. Also, Gordon Matthews' study of Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong.

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  • Kids with Phones & Terror of History

    Wed, 10 Aug 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How do young people use mobile phones in their intimate relationships? Emma Bond tells Lurie about her new research. Also, David Byrne and Teofilio Ruiz on Teo's new book The Terror Of History.

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  • The Mummy's Curse

    Wed, 3 Aug 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Roger Luckhurst and Marina Warner discuss the myth of the mummy's curse and Audrey Linkman considers the relationship between photography and death

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  • Martha Nussbaum

    Wed, 27 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Is there a better way to judge the development of a country than to measure its GDP? The philosopher Martha Nussbaum tells Laurie about her 'human capabilities' approach.

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  • Privacy & Parenting by Mobile Phone

    Wed, 20 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why do we feel it so keenly when our privacy gets invaded? Christena Nippert-Eng talks about her new study of secrets and their betrayal. Also, Mirca Madianou on migrant Fillipina workers parenting their children by mobile phone.

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  • Liverpool Riots and Political Children

    Wed, 13 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie explores the riots of Liverpool 30 years on with Richard Philips and Diane Frost. He talks abotu political influence on children with Dorothy Moss.

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  • Comedy and Work

    Wed, 6 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Comedy is often seen as a social leveller. But new research by Sam Friedman suggests comedic taste is linked to cultural snobbery. Also, Melissa Gregg's new book explores the the blurring of boundaries between work and home.

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  • Goths and 'Chavs'

    Wed, 29 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What happens to Goths when they get older? Paul Hodkinson tells lauire. Also, is the working class being demonised? Owen Jones and Imogen Tyler join Laurie to discuss.

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  • Politics of Sleep and Women Who Kill

    Wed, 22 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    One on 3 of us claims to be suffering from lack of sleep - what social pressures are encroaching on our time in bed? Laurie speaks to Simon Williams. Also, how the media and judiciary react to women who kill: Louise Westmarland and Lizzie Seal.

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  • H.G.Wells and Utopia & Paraphernalia

    Wed, 15 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Should Sociology be founded on the study of Utopias? Ruth Levitas tells laurie that H.G.Wells thought so - and he was right. Also, Steven Connor and Michael Bywater on how the thigns in your pockets have magical meanings.

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  • Dirt

    Wed, 8 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dirt, filth and why we like to be clean: A special edition recorded with an audience at the Wellcome Collection. Laurie talks to Amanda Vickery, Martin Rowson and Adam Kuper.

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  • Katrina and Communist Memories

    Wed, 1 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What impact did Hurricane Katrina have on family break up in New Orleans? Laurie speaks to Michael Rendall. Also how have the former communist countries of Eastern Europe deal with the memories of their history? James Mark and Jovan Byford discuss.

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  • Playboy and Celebrity Politics

    Wed, 25 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is Playboy really an ally to the feminist cause? Carrie Pitzulo and Angela McRobbie join Laurie to discuss. Also, are celebrities putting young people off politics? A new report from Sanna Inthorn.

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  • Cemetery Taboo and the viability of Cities

    Wed, 18 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What remains for ever unsaid at the graveside? Kate Woddthorpe discusses her latest research. Also Sophie Watson and Matthew Gandy join Laurie to discuss the future of cities.

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  • Russian Kids in Custody & The Paranormal

    Wed, 11 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Britian and Russia lock up more young people than any other European country. Mary McAuley tells Laurie of her comparative study of their young offender institutions. Also, the paranormal and popular culture - Annette Hill and Matthew Sweet join Laurie to discuss.

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  • Poverty and Radical Gardening

    Wed, 4 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How do the poor talk about poverty? Laurie talks to Tracy Shildrick about her study of he underprivileged in Teesside. Also the radical nature of gardening with George McKay and Tim Jordan

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  • Craft & Community and Hunting

    Wed, 27 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Does making things really make us happy? How does craft contribute to bringing people together? David Gauntlett and Richard Sennett join Laurie to discuss

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  • BSA 60th Conference

    Wed, 20 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie speaks to Valerie Walkerdine about the impact of redundancy on a former steel town and hears from Vicki Harman about her study of ballroom dancing as he visits the British Sociological Association's 60th Conference.

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  • Catholic Police in NI and Facebook in Trinidad

    Wed, 13 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mary Gethins tells Laurie about her in-depth study of Catholic police working in Northern Ireland. He discusses Facebook in Trinidad with Daniel Miller and David Wall.

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  • Street Politics and Tahrir Square

    Wed, 6 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Street Politics: protests, policing, revolution and just getting about - Leif Jerram and John Clarke discuss how the geography of cities have contributed to the development of society. Laurie also talks to Jeffrey Alenxander about 'perfoming' the revolution in Tahrir Square.

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  • Mafias and Live Music

    Wed, 30 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Does organised crime really spread into new territories? Federico Varese tells Laurie about the capacities and limitation of the Mafia. Also live music has overtaken recorded in terms of revenue - Simon Frith and Martin Cloonan tell Laurie why.

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  • 23 march 11 New North

    Wed, 23 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor discusses the influence of the 19th Century Temperance Movement and examines the notion of power and prosperity shifting to the frozen North.

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  • Stuart Hall

    Wed, 16 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In a special edition, Laurie speaks to the cultural theorist Stuart Hall about his ideas on politics, national identity and multiculturalism.

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  • Indian Outsourcing and Happiness Letters

    Wed, 9 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Call centre workers in India are trained to emulate their callers. Laurie hears from Shehzad Nadeem about this leads to a parallel hybrid culture of westernised names and habits in India. Also, Marek Kohn discusses listeners reactions to the idea that the quest for happiness makes us unhappy.

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  • What Poor Leave Behind and Happiness

    Wed, 2 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What is the legacy of a poor person? A new study by Patricia Drentea finds that it is something she calls 'ethical capital. Also, Laurie hears that we shouldn't worry about not being happy. Pascal Bruckner says the emphasis on banishing suffering only makes us miserable.

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  • Illegal Workers and Capital Punishment

    Wed, 23 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What is the work experience of the illegal immigrants taking part in the British economy? Laurie hears about a new report from David Whyte. Also, is the American Death Penalty an anomaly in an age of abolition? David Garland and Ken MacDonald join Laurie to discuss.

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  • Islamic Capitalism and Sex between the Wars

    Wed, 16 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How do Islamic societies respond to the perceived threat of capitalis? Charles Tripp tells Laurie. Also, Sex Before the Sexual Revolution, Laurie hears of a new study of England between the sheets between the wars.

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  • Men's Health and Brazilian Cosmetic Surgery

    Wed, 9 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How does class impact men's health? Alan Dolan tells Laurie about his new study. Also the phenomenon of plastic surgery in Brazil, where beauty is a right and the poor can get 'bum lifts' and 'nose jobs' for free. Alex Edmonds talks about his book Pretty Modern.

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  • Bikes and Second Homes

    Wed, 2 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How has the place of the bicycle changed in British Culture? Iain Sinclair tells Laurie. Also a new study on Second Homes by Chris Paris, discussed with Susan Smith.

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  • Political Promotion and Justice For Hedgehogs

    Wed, 26 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How to get ahead in Politcs - Biol Jones talks to Laurie about shinning up the greasy pole. Also, do freedom and equality sometimes conflict? A.C.Grayling and Ronald Dworkin (author of Justice For Hedgehogs) tell Laurie any supposed conflict is just a misunderstanding.

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  • Donating and Punishment Attacks

    Wed, 19 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Why do people give more money to natural disasters than they do to those they perceive as man-made? A new report by Hanna Zagefka. Also, brutal punishment attacks in West Belfast - why do they have no impact in stopping youth deviance? Laurie and Dick Hobbs talk to Hannah Hamill about her new study.

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  • Cosmopolitanism Wed 12 Jan 2011

    Wed, 12 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to David Held - Graham Wallace Professor of Political Science at the  London School of Economics about his philosophical and practical account of contemporary global politics from a cosmopolitan perspective. Laurie also talks to Steven Shapin - Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University about diatetics - a study of the relationship between our bodies, our selves, our place in the world and our knowledge of those things.

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  • Softer Masculinities and Dr Who

    Wed, 5 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    New research shows secondary school boys to be more relaxed about their gender identity than was expected, Mark McCormack discusses with Laurie. Also it Dr Who a leftish, anti-American, radical polemic? Marc DiPaolo and Matthew Sweet debate.

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  • Utopia Wed 29 Dec

    Wed, 29 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor discusses utopia with Professor Russell Jacoby, Professor Barbara Graziosi, Professor Ash Amin and The Bishop of Whitby The Right Reverend Martin Warner.

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  • TA22Dec10: Christmas and Class

    Wed, 22 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, children gathered beneath a sparking tree, a table groaning with turkey.....the cliches of the season are as alive and well as they were in Dickens time. But does everybody have equal access to the bounty of Christmas and the good will of others? The geographer, Steve Millington, finds that the distaste some middle class people feel for 'excessive' displays of xmas lights in working class areas reveals a narrative of class hostility which echoes Victorian attitudes to the 'undeserving' poor. He joins Laurie Taylor, the sociologist Bev Skeggs and the historian Julie Marie Strange to explore Christmas, compassion and class, then and now.

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  • Over by Christmas and Race and Sport

    Wed, 15 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why did people say the First World War would be over by Christmas, and did they believe it? Laurie talks to Stuart Hallifax. Also Race and Sport: The creation of the stereotype of the 'black athlete', Ben Carrington and Bret St Louis discuss its impact.

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  • Cuban Science and Moral Panics

    Wed, 8 Dec 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    How did Cuba manage to become a world leader in bioscience despite and economic blockade and a developing world economy? Laurie talks to Simon Reid-Henry. Also what does the term 'moral panic' mean and is it overused. Jewel Thomas and Chas Critcher discuss.

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  • Gangs Dec 1 2010

    Wed, 1 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor discusses the relationship between politics and business and looks at the influence territory has on gangs and gang culture.

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  • Toilets and Civic Core 24 Nov 2010

    Wed, 24 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor explores the notion of a 'civic core'- people who volunteer in their community and what they do. He also examines new research on the public convenience and finds it to be anything but convenient.

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  • AK-47 Nov 17 2010

    Wed, 17 Nov 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Professor Philip Smith about his new research looking at public incivility and examines the impact of the AK-47 (the Kalashnikov rifle) with former US Marine and writer C.J Chivers and military historian Richard Holmes

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  • The Public 10 Nov 2010

    Wed, 10 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylor talks to Dan Hind about his new book examining how best to promote the idea of citizen engagement. They're joined by Jesse Norman, Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire. Laurie also discusses the UK and US trade publishing industry with Cambridge sociology academic Professor John B. Thompson.

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  • supermax 03 Nov 2010

    Wed, 3 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Laurie Taylors talks to Dr Sharon Shalev about her new research examining the rise of the use of solitary confinement in American prisons. They are joined by Professor Andrew Coyle, a prison studies expert from Kings College London. Laurie also discusses the hegemony of 'the West' with Professor Ian Morris whose new book 'Why The West Rules- For Now' examines East/West power play through history and predicts a rollcoaster future.

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  • Happy Families 27 Oct 2010

    Wed, 27 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor talks to Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary History at King's College London, about her new research looking at the notion of the ideal family. He also talks to Professor Ian Angell about his new book which attacks the certainty that some scientists have about their work and criticises the application of scientific 'truth' to areas such as economics, computer profiling and the social sciences.

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  • Homophobia/football Oct 20 2010

    Wed, 20 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor examines new research which looks at homophobia and football. He also explores the growth of global higher education, looking at academic migration around the World.

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  • TA:Migration/Hairdressing 13 Oct 2010

    Wed, 13 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor examines migration and happiness centred on the relationship between income and wellbeing. He also looks at being paid to be happy- with a focus on hairdressing.

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  • McCarthy / drugs trial Oct 6 2010

    Wed, 6 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor examines the sociological background to an experimental drugs trial that went wrong and talks to an American academic about the stigma attached to people accused of communist association or activity during the the McCarthy era.

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  • Au Pairs/Liverpool FC 29 Sept 2010

    Wed, 29 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor explores the history and culture of Liverpool Football Club and examines the experiences of Slovakian au pairs working in England.

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  • Capitalism 22 Sept 2010

    Wed, 22 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Laurie Taylor explores the future of capitalism with economic thinkers Anatole Kaletsky and Ha-Joon Chang. And he talks to Pulitzer prize winning writer Mariylnne Robinson about the tension between religion and science.

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  • CCTV and Eavesdropping

    Wed, 15 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    85% of secondarty schools now have CCTV, Emmeline Taylor has asked them how they feel about that. Also Laurie talks to John L Locke and John Mullan about the time-honoured practice of eavesdropping.

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  • Criminology Conference - Leicester

    Wed, 8 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hate Crime, filming in prisons, living out of skips...Laurie explores some of the diverse strands of crime research at the British Society of Criminology Conference at Leicester University.

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  • the death of French culture 1 Sept 10

    Wed, 1 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Laurie Taylor discusses the decline in French culture with the writer Donald Morrison and former French Minister for European Affairs Noelle Lenoir.

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