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Rituals at Christmas

Laurie Taylor presents a special edition which explores customs and rituals at Christmas and beyond.

Customs at Christmas and beyond. It may be best not to invite a sociologist for Xmas - they're liable to spend their time chronicling, even questioning your seasonal rituals. In this festive programme, Laurie Taylor looks at the ever shifting nature of our habits, practices and customs; changes in our lives which have been detected and discussed in previous editions of Thinking Allowed. Is our concept of romantic love as timeless as we often presume? How did bathrooms evolve from luxurious Victorian rooms to classless and clinical spaces? Do contemporary constructions of sophisticated drinking downplay the risks of middle class alcohol consumption? In what ways has the elevator changed the status associated with the top and bottom floors of homes and buildings? And when did consumerism cease to be about the satisfaction of mere wants as opposed to the indulgence of hedonistic pleasures? Thinking Allowed subjects the trivial, the everyday and the taken for granted to entertaining sociological scrutiny.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Music and Archives list:

Opening Music:

Track: Love is everywhere  
Performers: Alain Clark 
Album Title: Colorblind 
Label: 8ball Music 
Catalogue No: 7466194  

  • Archive clip from BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed discussion: Love (01 January 2014

Contributors:

Pascal Bruckner, Novelist and philosopher

Has Marriage for Love Failed?
Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN-10: 0745669786
ISBN-13: 978-0745669786

Claire Langhamer, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sussex

The English in Love: The Intimate Story of an Emotional Revolution
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN-10: 0199594430
ISBN-13: 978-0199594436

Mary Evans,  Emeritus Professor, University of Kent

Love: An Unromantic Discussion
Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN-10: 0745620736
ISBN-13: 978-0745620732
 

  • Archive clip from BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Interview: Lyn Brierley-Jones - Middle class alcohol use (03 December 14)  

Contributor:

Dr Lyn Brierley-Jones, Research Fellow in the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-being, University of Sunderland

Abstract: Habitus of ‘home’ and ‘traditional’ drinking: a qualitative analysis of reported middle class alcohol use
Brierley-Jones, L., Ling, J., McCabe, K. E., Wilson, G. B., Crosland, A., Kaner, E. F. and Haighton, C. A. (2014) Sociology of Health & Illness, 36: 1054–1076
doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12145

 

  •  Archive clip from BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Interview: Barbara Penner - The Bathroom (19 February 2014)

Contributor:

Dr Barbara Penner, Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Bathroom
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN-10: 1780231938
ISBN-13: 978-1780231938 

 

  • Archive clip from BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Interview: Andreas Bernard - A Cultural History of the Elevator (23 July 2014

Contributor:

Dr Andreas Bernard, Cultural Scientist and Editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung

Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator
Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN-10: 0814787169
ISBN-13: 978-0814787168

 

  • Archive clip from BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed discussion: Consuming Passions (02 January 2013

Contributor:

Colin Campbell, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of York

The Romantic Ethic And The Spirit Of Modern Consumerism
Publisher: WritersPrintShop
ISBN-10: 1904623336
ISBN-13: 978-1904623335

The Shopping Experience
Edited by Pasi Falk & Colin B Campbell
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN-10: 0761950672
ISBN-13: 978-0761950677 

  
Closing music:

Track: Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)  
Performers: John Denver 
Album Title: Rocky Mountain Christmas 
Label: RCA 
Catalogue No: 74321695782 

The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography (New Closing Date 31 January 2015)

Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announces the 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.

Are you involved in social science research and completing or will have completed ethnography this year? The Award is open to any UK resident currently employed as a teacher or researcher or studying as a postgraduate in a UK institution of higher education.

An entry should be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed description of the practices of a group or culture. Any sole authored book or peer reviewed research article published during the calendar year of the award will be eligible.

The judges for the Award are yet to be announced.

The judges will be looking for work which displays flair, originality and clarity, alongside sound methodology. The work should make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research. 

The panel of judges will select six finalists, and from that shortlist the judges will select an overall winner who will be awarded a prize of £1000. 

The winner of the Award will be announced at the BSA Annual Conference in April 2015.

Read on for essential information and details on how to enter.

HOW TO ENTER:

You may submit one entry only, which must be sole authored. 

All entries must include the summary and contact details and a hard copy or electronic copy (attachments must be under the filesize of 10MB) of the ethnography.

Email a summary of your work to ethnoaward@bbc.co.uk (no more than 250 words) along with your name and phone number. Please include the name of your paper in the 'Subject' category of your email.

If you are submitting a paper, it can be attached to your email, provided it is no more than 10MB. If you receive no automatic email confirmation your paper is too large and you will need to send it by post. 

If you are submitting a book (which must be published during this year) it should be posted to:
Thinking Allowed
Ethnography Award
Room 6045
Broadcasting House
London
W1A 1AA 

Entries must be submitted by the closing date of 31st January 2015

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

The Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography Terms and Conditions  

1. To be eligible to enter you must meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 or over as at 31st January 2014;  

  • be a UK resident;  

  • be a postgraduate student, teacher or researcher working in a UK institute of higher education; and 

  • not be a BBC employee, or any person involved with the award or their close relatives.

2. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. The BBC’s decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

3. Entrants must submit by way of email to ethnoaward@bbc.co.uk a summary outlining the nature of an ethnography undertaken and published by the entrant. Please include the name of your paper in the 'Subject' category of your email. The summary should not be longer than 250 words. The ethnography must consist of a qualitative research project which provides a detailed, in-depth description of the everyday life and practice of a group, people or culture and been included in a peer-reviewed paper or in a book published in 2014. All entries and research must be in English. 

4. The email entry must include the following information and contact detail for the entrant: full name, postal address, institution of higher education, email address and contact telephone number. 

5. If you are submitting a book (which must be published during this year) it should be posted to: Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award, room 6045 Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA. If it is a paper, it can be attached to your email, provided it is no more than 10MB. If you receive no automatic email confirmation your paper is too large and you will need to send it by post. 

6. All entries must include the: (i) summary (by email); (ii) the contact details (by email) and (ii) hard copy/electronic copy (if under 10MB) of the ethnography. 

7. Only one entry will be allowed per person. 

8. Entries cannot be submitted by any other method or they will not be considered. 

9. All entries must be sole authored. 

10. A panel of 5 highly experienced academics will select six finalists. These may be contacted by the Production Team for an interview. From the finalists, the panel will select an overall winner. The selection criteria will be based on the work which displays flair and originality, and which makes a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research. Each entry will be a completed ethnography, a qualitative research project which provides a detailed, in-depth, description of the everyday life and practice of a group, people, or culture. Judges will be looking for work which displays flair, originality and clarity, alongside sound methodology. It should make a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant area of research. 

11. The prize will consist of: £1,000. The judges' decision will be final and the BBC will not enter into correspondence with the applicants. In the event of two outstanding entries, the prize of £1000 will be shared. 

12. The finalists will be contacted by telephone in spring of 2015 and the winner announced in April 2015. If a selected entrant cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the BBC reserves the right to offer the prize to the next best entry. 

13. The winner should refrain from referring to the award in order to promote commercial ventures. All references must be compliant with BBC branding policies. 

14. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the scheme. Please see the BBC’s Privacy Policy

15. Closing date for entries is 23:59 on 31st January 2015. All entries which are received after that will not be considered. 

16. The BBC cannot accept any responsibility for any problem with the internet or electronic mail system. 

17. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules. 

18. Entrants retain the copyright in their original ideas but on being selected will grant to the BBC a licence to broadcast their entry (or parts thereof) across all media, as well as use it on any online platforms on standard prevailing BBC terms (as agreed with the Writer’s Guild, Society of Authors and Personal Managers Association). 

19. By applying for the award, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the scheme and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. 

20. The names of the all selected entrants and any entrant whose entry is broadcast or used on-line will be made public. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-event publicity if required. 

21. The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these terms and conditions. 

22. The BBC reserves the right to cancel or alter the award (including amending these terms and conditions) at any stage, including members of the judging panel if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/thinkingallowed 

23. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

 

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