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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
25 June 2008
repeat  29 June
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VIOLENCE
SLA Marshall, official US Army historian in the Second World War found that amongst frontline troops only fifteen per cent ever actually shot their weapons.  A recent study claims that even when soldiers do fire their weapons they are so overcome with fear and tension that they are likely to fire wildly or miss.

Laurie Taylor is joined by American Sociologist, Professor Randall Collins, author of Violence A Micro-Sociological Theory, to debate the rituals and micro-dynamics of violence and his contention that humans are biologically restrained from committing violent acts against each other.
LONDON VICTORIAN SLUM
Sarah Wise
, author of a new book entitled The Blackest Streets based on her research study of life and death in a Victorian slum and Rushanara Ali, Associate Director of the Young Foundation discuss the past and present of Old Nichol, London’s Bethnal Green.
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Sarah Wise
Freelance journalist and author

The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
ISBN-10: 0224071750
ISBN-13: 978-0224071758

Rushanara Ali
Associate Director of the Young Foundation

The New East End: Kinship, Race and Conflict
by Geoff Dench, Kate Gavron, Michael Young
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 1861979282
ISBN-13: 978-1861979285

Randall Collins
Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology Chair of the Sociology Graduate Group Department of Sociology University of Pennsylvania

Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN-10: 0691133131
ISBN-13: 978-0691133133

Old Nichol

Life and Labour of the People in London
Charles Booth
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