Conspiracy theories - their origins and evolution. Read more
Conspiracy theories - their origins and evolution.
Land and territory
Land struggles: from Bolivia to Britain.
Council estates - then and now. Laurie Taylor explores the concept of the 'sink estate'.
Serial killers: the media and cultural response to these crimes.
The origins & meaning of 'cool'
Immortality - transhumanism
Immortality and transhumanism
Disasters: from Haiti to New Orleans.
Time - how do we use & how has this changed in the last 50 years?
Thrift and austerity
Black music cultures in London
Black music cultures - how did they evolve in London?
The Religious Right in the US
The religious right in the US - an exploration of their route to power.
Borders: from Calais to Mexico.
Hidden gay lives
Hidden gay lives, from Polari to true crime stories.
Nudity - its cultural history and changing meaning.
Water: a cultural as well as a natural substance.
Loss - an exploration of different forms of lost experience.
Citizenship - from schools to the process by which immigrants become British citizens.
Loneliness - is it a uniquely modern emotion?
Kidnap for ransom, past and present.
Trust in a time of pandemic
Trust in a time of pandemic.
Blood - its many meanings.
Traders and finance.
Rummage - Waste
Rummage & waste: a social history of recycling and an examination of the meaning of waste.
Strategic ignorance and knowledge resistance.
Bunkers: building for doomsday.
Cars: How do cars transmit our identities behind the wheel?
Elites: Why has anti-elitism become such a common stable of media and political rhetoric?
Revolution: Must all radical upheavals in the social and political order end in tragedy?
Fashion & VIP Parties
Fashion & VIP parties - the hidden stories behind the glamour and wealth.
The Rich in London. Also, global attitudes towards the wealthy.
Civilians in the line of fire
Civilians in the line of fire.
Corruption - what is it and how can it be tackled?
Deportation - from the UK to the US.
Gambling: Who are the winners and losers?
Tea: A dark history of Britain's favourite beverage.
DIRT: Its material and symbolic meaning.
The Meaning of Work
The meaning of work: how has it shifted and evolved over time?
Laurie Taylor examines the spread of disinformation and how it can be challenged.
The Bed: an exploration of its history and many uses.
Community & Social Capital
Community & social capital. How connected to each other are we compared to previous eras?
The Orange Order
The Orange Order: an exploration of its origins, practices and principles.
Life imprisonment - why are those convicted of murder serving longer sentences than ever?
The Rural Idyll?
The Rural Idyll? The hidden relationship between the countryside and colonialism.
Perfume: a social history of Chanel No 5 and Red Moscow. Also, the meaning of scents.
Blackface - Minstrelsy
Blackface and minstrelsy - a troubled history.
Fitness & fatness
Fitness & fatness: a programme exploring two sides of the same coin.
Migrants in London
How has London been shaped by the history of immigration?
COALMINING - LUDDISM
Coalmining & Luddism: What do we mean by progress?
The Handshake - Social Interaction
The handshake & social interaction
Tourism - Travel
Tourism & travel. How have they evolved over the years and what is their future?
The Changing Nature of Crime
The changing nature of crime and the impact of Covid on criminal opportunity.
Culture & privilege
Culture & privilege: are the cultural & creative industries meritocratic?
The Smartphone: how has it transformed everyday life, from China to Ireland?
Cool Consumers: the construction of 'cool' music tastes & the marketing of menthol smoking
Office life: the evolution and meaning of the filing cabinet. Also, objects at work.
Afghanistan: Afghan migrants in Britain. Also, the return of the Taliban.
Love and Romance
Love and romance in changing times.
Freedom: how it came to be equated with limited government and white people.
Covid: Crisis or opportunity?
The Value of Things
The value of things: why do we hang on to objects?
Food, Identity & Nation
Food, identity and nation - why food matters.
Strangers & Xenophobia: an exploration of a historically rooted phenomenon.
Why Sociology Matters
Why Sociology matters: an exploration of the meaning and purpose of Public Sociology.
Extremism: going undercover with the far right, Islamists and anti feminists.
Laurie Taylor explores the social construction of the notion of skilled work.
The Underclass: its rise and fall.
Strongmen: what accounts for the global rise of authoritarian leaders?
Footwear: the 'magic' and the material reality.
Prison protest: from riots to hunger strikes.
Psychiatry: a social history
Psychiatry: Laurie Taylor explores the history of modern psychiatric practice.
Workplace misbehaviour: how has it changed over the years?