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28:58 | Feb 6th

Motorbikes: Born to be wild. Randy McBee, Professor of Labor and Social History at the Texas Tech University, considers the rise of the American Motorcyclist from its largely working-class roots to the growth in "outlaw" motorcycle culture in the...Show More
Drugs in warfare

28:19 | Apr 26th, 2017

DRUGS IN WARFARE: Laurie Taylor talks to Lukasz Kamienski, Lecturer in Political Science at at Jagiellonian University, Poland, and author of a book which examines how intoxicants have been put to the service of states, empires and their armies throu...Show More
Michel Foucault

28:24 | Aug 21st, 2013

Michel Foucault - Laurie Taylor presents a special programme on the life and work of the iconoclastic French philosopher and theorist. He's joined by Professor Stephen Shapiro, Professor Vikki Bell and Professor Lois McNay. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Conspiracy theories

28:28 | May 8th

Conspiracy theories: Laurie Taylor talks to Thomas Konda, Professor of Political Science at SUNY, Plattsburgh, about the history and changing nature of conspiracy theories. Why have such wild theories overrun America? Also, Hugo Leal, Methods Fellow...Show More
The Politics of Memorials

28:44 | May 1st

The Politics of Memorials: Remembering Emmet Till – in 1955, a young African-American was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family's grocery store. Driving through the Mississippi ...Show More
No-Go Zones and Dangerous Holidays

29:00 | Apr 24th

Laurie Taylor discusses the complex relationship between danger, travel and tourism. Ruben Andersson asks whether Western powers should reconsider their treatment of some no-go zones and move away from a politics fired by fear. How can we best ...Show More
Detective fiction - homicide and social media

28:47 | Apr 17th

Detecting the social – how the changing nature of crime stories illuminates shifts in society. Also, homicide confessions on social media. What does it mean when killers confess online? Laurie Taylor is joined by Mary Evans, Emeritus Professor of Soc...Show More
CEO Society - Time Management

28:46 | Apr 10th

CEO Society – Laurie Taylor talks to Peter Bloom, Head of the Department of People and Organisations at the Open University and author of a new book which asks why corporate leaders such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have become cultural icons o...Show More

28:49 | Apr 3rd

Branding: Laurie Taylor explores the 'persuasion industries' and their role in creating modern consumer society. How has their use of an emotional model of brand communication, whether in political campaigning or product advertising, transformed ou...Show More
Kitsch - Cute

28:57 | Apr 2nd

Cute and kitsch - Simon May, visiting professor of philosophy at King’s College London, explores cuteness and its immense hold on us, from emojis and fluffy puppies to its more uncanny, subversive expressions. Also, the changing significance of kits...Show More

28:33 | Mar 20th

Debt: we live in a culture of credit with a dramatic surge in private borrowing due to wage stagnation over several decades. Many people will now be indebted until death. Johnna Montgomerie,Reader in International Political Economy King's College Lon...Show More
Spectacular Cities

28:42 | Mar 13th

Spectacular urbanisation: The world’s tallest building is in Dubai and the 2022 World Cup in soccer will be played in fabulous Qatar facilities. But what role do the sensational cities of the Arabian Peninsula play in urban development across the Ear...Show More

28:41 | Mar 11th

Corridors: We spend our lives moving through hallways and corridors, yet these channelling spaces do not feature in architectural histories. They are overlooked and undervalued. Laurie talks to Roger Luckhurst, Professor of Modern Literature at Birkb...Show More
Skateboarding - Parkour

28:53 | Feb 27th

Skateboarding and parkour: Laurie Taylor explores lifestyle sports in the hyper regulated city. Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at UCL, considers the origins, history and thrill of skateboarding. They're joined by Thomas Ra...Show More

28:18 | Feb 20th

Snobbery is defined as the behaviour or attitude of people who think they are better than others. Laurie Taylor explores the social history, meaning and changing nature of this sense of superiority. He talks to David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of So...Show More

28:42 | Feb 13th

Walls: A social history of the human made barrier which has divided people into those who should be kept safe and those who should be excluded. From Hadrian’s Wall and the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall. Laurie Taylor talks to David Frye, Pro...Show More
The Class Ceiling

29:00 | Jan 30th

The Class Ceiling: Why it pays to be privileged. Drawing on four in-depth case studies – acting, accountancy, architecture and television – Sam Friedman, Associate Professor in Sociology at the LSE, argues that the ‘class ceiling’ in the elite prof...Show More
The changing middle classes

28:22 | Jan 23rd

The global middle classes: How is the middle class expanding, changing or shrinking in different contexts? Laurie Taylor looks at the rise of the Chinese middle class, as well as the evolution of the African American middle class. He's joined by Ba...Show More

28:09 | Jan 16th

Surveillance: Laurie Taylor explores the way in which we have become the watchers, as well as the watched. From 9/11 to the Snowden leaks, stories about surveillance increasingly dominate the headlines. But surveillance is not only 'done to us' – it ...Show More
Migrants - Refugees

28:52 | Jan 9th

Migrants and refugees: Laurie Taylor explores the historical and contemporary realities of the marooned, unhomed and displaced peoples of the world. Today's refugee 'crisis' has its origins in the political–and imaginative–history of the last century...Show More
Work - what is it good for?

29:02 | Jan 2nd

Work: What is it good for? Laurie Taylor presents a special programme which takes a provocative look at work as a cultural norm. Josh Cohen, Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, considers the joys of inertia - of b...Show More

43:43 | Dec 26th, 2018

Identity: Laurie Taylor presents a special programme exploring the ways in which we define ourselves and gain a sense of belonging – from race, religion and nationality to membership of a subcultural tribe. He talks to Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor...Show More

28:43 | Dec 19th, 2018

Laurie Taylor explores the increasing use of metrics across diverse aspects of our lives. From education to healthcare, charities to policing, we are are target-driven society which places a heavy emphasis on measuring, arguably at times at the ex...Show More
Au pairing and domestic labour

28:34 | Dec 12th, 2018

With her 1974 study The Sociology of Housework, Ann Oakley offered a comprehensive sociological study of women’s work in the home. Analysing interviews with urban housewives, she found that most women, regardless of class, were dissatisfied with hous...Show More
White Power Movement in US - Rise of Racist Right in Europe

28:41 | Dec 5th, 2018

The White Power Movement in the US: Laurie Taylor talks to Kathleen Belew, Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Chicago, and author of a new book which traces the origins and development of the racist far right. They're joined by Li...Show More
Night-time Economy

28:33 | Nov 28th, 2018

The Night-time Economy: Laurie Taylor talks to Adam Eldridge, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster, about the origins and changing nature of the after dark economy. They're joined by Emily Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Sociolo...Show More

29:44 | Nov 21st, 2018

Maoism: the changing face of a revolutionary ideology. Julia Lovell, Professor in Modern Chinese History and Literature at Birkbeck, University of London explores the origins and development of global Maoism; Alpa Shah, Associate Professor in Anthrop...Show More
Architecture and health

28:37 | Nov 14th, 2018

Architecture, housing and health. Laurie Taylor explores a neglected aspect of well being. He's joined by the writer, Iain Sinclair, Daryl Martin, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York and Christine Murray, founder of the “Women in Archite...Show More

28:42 | Nov 7th, 2018

Shoes: Laurie Taylor explores their cultural history and sociological meanings. He's joined by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Tim Edwards, Honorary Fellow in Sociology at the University of Leicester and Naomi...Show More
White Privilege - Racial Ambiguity

28:39 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Racial ambiguity in America: Lisa Kingstone, Senior Teaching Fellow in Race and Identity at Kings College, London, asks what happens to a country that was built on race when the boundaries of black and white have started to fade. She’s joined by the ...Show More
Maps and Postcodes

28:43 | Oct 24th, 2018

Maps and postcodes. Is there such a thing as a predictive postcode? Can it reveal more about us than our bank account, ethnicity or social class? Laurie Taylor poses the question to Roger Burrows, Professor of Cities at Newcastle University. Also, Ma...Show More
Rich Russians - Millionaire tax flight

28:41 | Oct 17th, 2018

Rich Russians: Laurie Taylor talks to Elisabeth Schimpfossl, Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, about her study of the changing nature of the Russian elite, from oligarchs to bourgeoisie. Also, millionaire tax flight - myth or reality? Crist...Show More
Palaces for the People

28:13 | Oct 10th, 2018

Palaces for the People: can social infrastructure fight inequality and the decline in civic life? Laurie Taylor talks to the American sociologist, Eric Klinenberg. They’re joined by Kate Pahl, Professor of Arts and Literacy at Manchester Metropolitan...Show More
Push Buttons

27:04 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Push Buttons: Laurie Taylor explores the pleasure, panic and the politics of pushing. The touch of a finger can summon a taxi, turn on a TV, call for an elevator or 'like' a Facebook post. But are buttons simply neutral and natural mechanisms which e...Show More

29:01 | Sep 26th, 2018

Creativity - has it become the meaningless buzz word for our times? Oli Mould, Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, delivers a broadside against the injunction to 'be creative' and the 'creative economy' itself. He's ...Show More

29:04 | Sep 19th, 2018

Post-Truth – Laurie Taylor explores a very modern phenomenon, or is it? He’s joined by Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, Helen Pluckrose, Editor of Areo, a digital magazine focused on Enlightenment liberalism and Andr...Show More

28:33 | Sep 12th, 2018

Drifters: What place does the train hopping hobo have in working class history and the popular imagination? The travelling vagrant is a figure, at once romantic and pitiable, associated with the freedom of the open road, but also with destitution. Ho...Show More
Smart Cities

28:24 | Jul 25th, 2018

Smart Cities: Laurie Taylor presents a special edition of Thinking Allowed which was recorded at the Open University in Milton Keynes. He was joined by Sophie Watson, Professor of Sociology at the Open University, Oliver Zanetti, Visiting Fellow at t...Show More
Beauty - Ugliness

28:11 | Jul 18th, 2018

Beauty and ugliness - to what extent are our ideas about physical perfection culturally and socially constructed? Laurie Taylor talks to Gretchen Henderson, Lecturer in English at Georgetown University & author of a study of perceptions of ugliness t...Show More
Suburbia Revisited

28:33 | Jul 11th, 2018

Suburbia Revisited: Has it ceased to be a place of leafy affluence as poverty has migrated from the city? New research suggests the decline of an American 'golden age' of white picket fences and two garage homes. Laurie Taylor explores the origin, my...Show More
Selfies - disconnection from ICTs

28:28 | Jul 4th, 2018

'Selfies' - every day Facebook users upload 350million photos, Instagrammers share 95 million photos and there are 3 billion Snapchat snaps. A central element of visual sharing online involves 'selfies' -which often generate more comment than anythin...Show More
Gangs and spirituality

28:00 | Jun 27th, 2018

Gangs, spirituality and desistance from crime - what leads people away from criminality? Laurie Taylor talks to Ross Deuchar, Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice at the University of the West of Scotl...Show More
China today

28:31 | Jun 20th, 2018

Will China rule the world? Laurie Taylor talks to Yuen Yuen Ang, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, and author of a study which explores China's unusual route out of poverty. They're joined by David Tyfield, Co-Di...Show More
Light and Dark

27:39 | Jun 13th, 2018

Illumination and darkness: Laurie Taylor is joined by Tim Edensor, Reader in Cultural Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, and author of a study into the ways in which light and dark produce everyday life and the stories we tell about our...Show More
Size Discrimination

28:08 | Jun 6th, 2018

Laurie Taylor is joined by Lynne Vallone, Professor of Childhood Studies, to discuss her book, Big and Small, in which she explores the often uncomfortable implications of using physical measures to judge normalcy and perceptions of beauty. Tanya S...Show More
Business Schools

27:43 | May 30th, 2018

Laurie Taylor examines the role of business schools in the UK and abroad. Martin Parker joins him in the studio to discuss the arguments in his book Shut Down the Business School - What's Wrong with Management Education. Laurie is joined on the lin...Show More
Law and Order

27:50 | May 23rd, 2018

Law and Order: the legacy - 40 years ago, GF Newman's quartet of plays, Law & Order, provoked calls from MPs for the author to be arrested for sedition and the summoning of the director-general of the BBC to the Home Office to explain himself. The dr...Show More
Marx and Marxism

28:11 | May 16th, 2018

Sociological discussion programme. May 2018 sees the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth. Laurie Taylor explores the philosopher's ideas and legacy.
The Internet and Democracy

28:31 | May 9th, 2018

The Internet and Democracy: Laurie Taylor analyses the social and political consequences of our digitised world. In light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy? Why ha...Show More
Universal Basic Income

28:08 | May 2nd, 2018

Universal Basic Income: Laurie Taylor asks if it's the answer to an increasingly precarious job landscape. Could it bring greater financial freedom for women, tackle the issue of unpaid but essential work, cut poverty and promote greater choice? Or i...Show More
Menswear Revolution

27:39 | Apr 25th, 2018

The menswear revolution: Laurie Taylor explores the transformation in men's clothing with Jay McCauley Bowstead, lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion. Also taking part is John Harvey, Life Fellow at the University ...Show More
Winner of 2018 BSA/Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award

28:17 | Apr 18th, 2018

The winner of the 2018 BSA/Thinking Allowed Ethnography award. Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Lora-Wainwright, Associate Professor in the Human Geography of China at the University of Oxford, and author of 'Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Ru...Show More
Ethnography Award Shortlist 2018

28:18 | Apr 11th, 2018

This year's winning entries explored complex lives and worlds. How did Dalits, member of India's lowest caste, shake the political establishment in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu? What's the impact on the health of people living in a heavily po...Show More
Mixed-race families

28:03 | Apr 4th, 2018

'Mixed-race' is the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK. But how do multiracial parents identify their own children? When is a mixed-race heritage passed down to the next generation and when is it not? Miri Song, Professor of Sociology at the Univ...Show More
Dating at university, Online dating

28:01 | Mar 28th, 2018

'Hook up' culture - Laurie explores a new sexual culture on American campuses and asks if it has a British counterpart. Casual sex in higher education has a long history but Lisa Wade, Professor of Sociology at Occidental College Los Angeles, suggest...Show More

28:08 | Mar 21st, 2018

Sacrifice - Laurie Taylor explores the many meanings of the term. Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of Lancaster, argues that sacrifice has a bad press in the modern age. The notion of giving anything up fails to...Show More
Racial inequality now, Women and political language

28:13 | Mar 14th, 2018

Racial inequality now - what explains its persistence? Nasar Meer, Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship at the University of Edinburgh asks why racial and ethnic disparities continue to be fundamental to our society. Also, women and political ...Show More
Women and democracy - the language of power

28:17 | Mar 7th, 2018

Has Democracy Failed Women?' Drude Dahlerup, Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University asks why women are still under-represented in politics, from the UK to the Global South. Some argue that we are on the right track to full gender equa...Show More
The White Working Class.

28:21 | Feb 28th, 2018

The white working class - are they the left behind? Noam Gidron, a Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, asks if the right wing, populist vote is a reflection of the declining social status of this gro...Show More
Artisanal food - Natural foods

27:57 | Feb 21st, 2018

The politics and meaning of 'alternative' foods: Laura Miller, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, discusses her study of 'Natural Foods'. How did what was once a culturally marginal set of ideas evolve from associations with spi...Show More
A Valentine Day's special

28:07 | Feb 14th, 2018

A Valentine Day's Special. Laurie Taylor explores changing attitudes to infidelity and considers a cross cultural history of rings. Wendy Doniger, Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, asks why this...Show More

27:37 | Feb 7th, 2018

Populism - Laurie Taylor explores the origins, meaning and rise of populist politics, across the Left as well as the Right. He's joined by Mukulika Banerjee, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, LSE; Luke March, Deputy Head of Polit...Show More

27:34 | Jan 31st, 2018

Stigma - Laurie Taylor explores the origins and meaning of Erving Goffman's famous sociological concept and the ways it's being re-cast by social scientists in the 21st century. He's joined by Graham Scambler, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Unive...Show More
Countercultural seekers, Slum tourism

27:56 | Jan 24th, 2018

Counter cultural seekers: Laurie Taylor talks to Mark Liechty, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and author of a new book exploring the origins and meaning of the hippy trail to Kathmandu. Also, slum tourism in Mumbai....Show More
Countercultural seekers/ slum tourism.

27:56 | Jan 24th, 2018

Counter cultural seekers and meaning of the hippy trail. Also, slum tourism in Mumbai.
Police culture

28:15 | Jan 17th, 2018

Police culture, socialisation and identity. Laurie Taylor explores the process by which police officers become 'blue'. He's joined by Sarah Charman, a Reader in Criminology at the University of Portsmouth, Carol Cox, Acting Head of the School of Fore...Show More
The sensory landscape of the city

28:14 | Jan 10th, 2018

The sensory landscape of the city. Laurie Taylor explores the scenes, sounds, smells and tastes of urban life. He's joined by Daniel Silver, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Alex Rhys-Taylor, Lecturer in Sociology at Gol...Show More
The Housing Crisis, Squatting in Amsterdam

28:14 | Jan 3rd, 2018

The housing crisis and beyond: Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Minton, Reader in Architecture at the University of East London & author of 'Big Capital: Who Is London For?' and David Madden, Assistant Professor in Sociology at the LSE. They explore the w...Show More
Working-class actors, Class and classical music

27:55 | Dec 27th, 2017

Working class actors: Laurie Taylor asks if acting is becoming an increasingly exclusive and elite profession. He talks to the actor Julie Hesmondhalgh and to Dave O'Brien, Chancellor's Fellow, Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Ed...Show More
Christmas Television

27:54 | Dec 20th, 2017

Christmas Television: Laurie Taylor explores the history, meaning and variety of this very British tradition. What's its role in the construction of a real or imagined 'national' family? He's joined by Martin Johnes, Reader in History at Swansea Univ...Show More
The Trojan Horse Affair - Religion in Schools

28:02 | Dec 14th, 2017

Laurie Taylor asks if there was an attempt to Islamicise schools in Birmingham.
The New Economy

27:37 | Dec 6th, 2017

The New Economy: How people turn themselves into 'brands' in the quest for work. Laurie Taylor talks to Ilana Gershon, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, and author of a new study exploring the way that people do (and don't) f...Show More
Politics and Emotion

28:08 | Nov 29th, 2017

A revolution in feeling: How the Enlightenment forged our understanding of human emotion and the ways in which this relates to the contemporary political world. Laurie Taylor talks to the literary historian, Rachel Hewitt, Russell Foster, Leverhulme ...Show More
GDP, Mali music

28:16 | Nov 27th, 2017

GDP - Laurie Taylor talks to Lorenzo Fioramonti, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, and author of a new book which exposes the flaws of an economic system which values this statistic, above all others, as a measure of prosp...Show More

28:15 | Nov 15th, 2017

Affluence - from the Kalahari desert to Wall St; Laurie Taylor explores contrasting conceptions of material plenty and the 'good life'. He's joined by James Suzman, an anthropologist who has spent 30 years studying and spending time with the bushmen ...Show More
Marxism, 'Red' Globalisation

27:43 | Nov 8th, 2017

Laurie Taylor talks to David Harvey, world authority on Marx's thought.
War In The Air

27:58 | Nov 1st, 2017

Laurie Taylor explores the history of aerial bombing and tear gas.
Hospices - Palliative Care

28:09 | Oct 25th, 2017

Laurie Taylor explores end of life care through the ages.
Whither the Welfare State?

27:45 | Oct 18th, 2017

Laurie Taylor examines the history of the welfare state.
The Restaurant: A Taste of Class

27:59 | Oct 11th, 2017

Laurie Taylor gets under the skin of the restaurant.
Robots and AI

28:06 | Oct 4th, 2017

Laurie Taylor takes a cool, non dystopian look at future possibilities
Sectarianisation - the Middle East

28:44 | Sep 27th, 2017

Laurie Taylor asks if a new theory offers an explanation for conflicts in the Arab world.
The Mafia - organised crime

28:16 | Sep 20th, 2017

The Mafia and organised crime from Sicily to Japan and the UK
Management Jargon

28:24 | Sep 13th, 2017

Why is meaningless speech in the workplace so ubiquitous?
Exhaustion: a historical study of weariness.

28:12 | Jul 26th, 2017

Exhaustion: is extreme fatigue a peculiarly modern phenomenon?
The Subway

28:09 | Jul 19th, 2017

Laurie Taylor goes underground - from New York to Delhi.
The Secret World of Hair

28:06 | Jul 13th, 2017

An anthropological journey through the world of hair.
Fertility Holidays - Male Infertility

28:10 | Jul 5th, 2017

Laurie Taylor discusses a study of IVF tourism and also male infertility.
Global inequality - 'signs of nation'

28:07 | Jun 28th, 2017

Is the Global South catching up with the North?
Heritage and preservation

27:38 | Jun 21st, 2017

Heritage beyond saving: Laurie Taylor talks to Caitlin DeSilvey, associate professor of cultural geography & author of a new book which journeys from Cold War test sites to post industrial ruins. Do we need to challenge cherished assumptions about th...Show More
Sport and Philosophy - Inside an African-Caribbean Football Club

28:08 | Jun 14th, 2017

The philosophy of sport, and the evolution of a African Caribbean football club.
Fashion and class

28:18 | Jun 7th, 2017

Fashion and Class: Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Smith, Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University, and author of a study of the 'branded gentry' the target buyers of the Jack Wills clothing brand. How did a fashion company come to be associat...Show More
The meaning of the face

28:13 | May 31st, 2017

The meaning of the face: How critical is it to our sense of identity, and relationship with others? Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses her study of face transplant surgery. She's joined ...Show More
Doctors at war - Wasting GP's time

28:39 | May 24th, 2017

Doctors at War: a candid account of a trauma surgical team based, for a tour of duty, at a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. Laurie Taylor talks to Mark de Rond, a professor of organizational ethnography at Cambridge University, about the highs...Show More
Russian prison visitors - prison boundaries

28:17 | May 17th, 2017

Relatives of Russian Prisoners: Judith Pallot , Professor of the Human Geography of Russia at the University of Oxford talks to Laurie Taylor about her research into the experiences of the wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters who, as relatives of R...Show More
Craft work - 'dirty' work

28:15 | May 11th, 2017

Masters of Craft: Laurie Taylor talks to Richard Ocejo, Associate Professor of Sociology at City University of New York and author of a study which explores the renaissance of bartending, distilling, barbering, and butchering, traditionally low statu...Show More
Insuring against disasters - electronic finance

27:58 | May 3rd, 2017

Disaster insurers: Laurie Taylor talks to Rebecca Bednarek, Senior Lecturer in Management at Birkbeck, University of London, about a study into a global re-insurance market in which 'Acts of God' provide formidable opportunities for financial markets...Show More
Elite education

28:18 | Apr 19th, 2017

ELITE EDUCATION: Laurie Taylor explores the ways in which the most prestigious schools and universities around the world sustain inequality. Debbie Epstein, Professor of Cultural Studies in Education at Roehampton University, talks about a far reachi...Show More
Special programme on winner of Ethnography award

28:11 | Apr 12th, 2017

The winner of the British Sociological Association/Thinking Allowed Ethnography award 2017 is Hilary Pilkington, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She talks to Laurie Taylor about her study of the English Defence League. What be...Show More
A special programme devoted to the BSA/Thinking Allowed Ethnography Shortlist

28:19 | Apr 5th, 2017

A special programme devoted to the BSA and Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award Shortlist for 2017. Thinking Allowed, in association with the British Sociological Association, presents a special programme devoted to the academic research which has been...Show More
Grandfathers - Dementia carers

28:33 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Grandfathers today: Laurie Taylor talks to Ann Buchanan, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, about the changing nature of grandfatherhood. She brought together a team of internati...Show More
Teen bedrooms - Skydivers

28:30 | Mar 15th, 2017

Get out of my room! A social history of teen bedrooms in America. Laurie Taylor talks to Jason Reid, Lecturer in History at Ryerson University who charts the evolution and meaning of this sanctuary for adolescent self expression.They're joined by Sia...Show More
Money - how to break the power of the banks

28:18 | Mar 8th, 2017

The production of money: how to break the power of the banks. Laurie Taylor talks to Ann Pettifor, Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) and author of a provocative new book which asks how money is created and whose interests it serve...Show More
Squatting; a cross cultural history. Plus taking ones clothes off in public.

28:12 | Mar 1st, 2017

Squatting: Laurie Taylor discusses the first popular history of squatting in Europe and North America. Alexander Vasudevan, Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, drew on extensive archival research to retrace alternative...Show More
Platform Capitalism

28:30 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Platform Capitalism: How the most powerful tech companies of our time are revolutionising the global economy. Laurie Taylor talks to Nick Srnicek Lecturer in International Political Economy at City, University of London, and author of a new study whi...Show More
Terrorism: does it work? - The 'Hotline'

28:30 | Feb 15th, 2017

Terrorism: does it ever work? Laurie Taylor talks to Richard English, Professor of Politics at Queen's University, Belfast and author of a historical study exploring the efficacy of political violence from the Provisional IRA to Hamas. They're joined...Show More
Vertical Cities - India's property boom

28:09 | Feb 8th, 2017

Vertical cities: Laurie Taylor explores the increasing segregation of cities by height. Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities & Society at Newcastle University, ponders 'class war from above'. His exploration of the built environment around the world, ...Show More
The brave new world of virtual workers; also globalisation, the old and the new.

28:27 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Globalisation: the history of the movement of goods, knowledge and people. Laurie Taylor talks to Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and author of a groundb...Show More
Health divides - Counting global health

28:08 | Jan 25th, 2017

Health divides: Where we live can kill us. Americans live 3 years less than their counterparts in France and Sweden. Scottish men survive 2 years less than English men. Across Europe, women in the poorest communities may live 10 years less than those...Show More
Age of noise - British drinking

28:11 | Jan 18th, 2017

The 'age of noise': How a preoccupation with unwanted sounds came to characterise modernity. The 20th century saw the expansion of cities and technological change. The sounds of motor cars, vacuum cleaners and gramaphones filled the air, leading soci...Show More
Sexual violence in the Bangladeshi War of Independence - Global danger and the risk to research

28:19 | Jan 11th, 2017

Sexual violence in the Bangladeshi War of Independence. Laurie Taylor talks to Nayanika Mookherjee, Reader in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Durham University, about the internationally unprecedented state designation of raped women as birangonas (br...Show More
Super Rich: The 1% of the 1%

28:16 | Jan 4th, 2017

The 'Super Rich' - Laurie Taylor presents a special programme on the 1% of the 1%. Rowland Atkinson, Research Chair in Inclusive Society at the University of Sheffield, Roger Burrow, Professor of Cities at Newcastle University and Emma Spence, PhD Re...Show More
Laurie Taylor discusses the relationship between literature and sociology.

28:04 | Dec 28th, 2016

What is the relationship between literature and sociology? Laurie Taylor discusses fiction and the real world with crime writer Denise Mina, criminologist Dick Hobbs and English literature lecturer Nick Bentley. From Charles Dickens' "Oliver" to Al...Show More
Musicians Union - women heavy metal fans

26:59 | Dec 21st, 2016

The Musicians Union: Laurie Taylor explores the history of musicians efforts to be seen as workers, as well as entertainers. Martin Cloonan, Professor of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow, drew on extensive archive and interviews w...Show More
Men and Violence - Stag Parties

28:28 | Dec 14th, 2016

Men, Masculinities and Violence. Laurie Taylor talks to Anthony Ellis, lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Salford, about his ethnographic study conducted with men involved in serious crime and violence over the course of two y...Show More
Success and Luck - Cosmopolitanism and Private Education

28:10 | Dec 7th, 2016

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy. Laurie Taylor talks to Robert H. Frank, Professor of Economics at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management, about the role luck has to play in life's successes, or failures. Frank a...Show More
Foie gras & the politics of taste - Memories of Irish food

28:28 | Nov 30th, 2016

Foie gras: The politics of taste. Laurie Taylor talks to Michaela DeSoucey, Assistant Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University, about the controversies that surround this luxury product. What makes us see some foods as 'wrong' and wo...Show More
Racial segregation, Dementia and hair care

28:36 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Racial segregation in the United States: Laurie Taylor explores a provocative new study which sheds light on the racism which still endures today. Nicholas Guyatt, lecturer in American History at the University of Cambridge, asks why America's foundi...Show More
Population change - Chronic illness

28:07 | Nov 16th, 2016

Population change - how will it transform the world? Laurie Taylor talks to Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, about one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. She's joined by Robert Mayhew, Professor ...Show More
Evangelicals - Troubled families

28:14 | Nov 9th, 2016

Evangelicals in London: Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Strhan, Lecturer In Religious Studies at the University of Kent, about her study of the everyday lives of members of a conservative, evangelical Anglican church at the heart of the modern city. How ...Show More
Drone warfare, Fitness instructors

28:04 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Drone warfare: from soldiering to assassination? Laurie Taylor talks to the US philosopher, Laurie Calhoun, about her study of remote controlled killing. Has self defence become naked aggression in the Drone age. She argues that 'black ops' are now s...Show More
Hoods - Construction Blacklist

28:13 | Oct 26th, 2016

Hood: a cultural history of a seemingly neutral garment which has long been associated with violence, from the Executioner to the KKK and inner city gangs. Laurie Taylor talks to the America writer, Alison Kinney, about the material and symbolic mean...Show More
House of Commons - Voting and Inequality

28:06 | Oct 19th, 2016

The House of Commons - an anthropologist's guide to the political 'tribe'. Emma Crewe, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, spent two years doing interviews in the Palace of Westminster and MPs constituencies. She talks to Laurie Taylor about her...Show More
Rentier capitalism - Protest camps

28:25 | Oct 12th, 2016

The Corruption of Capitalism & the rise of the rentiers. Laurie Taylor talks to Guy Standing, Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, who claims we're living through a Second Gilded Age, one which mirrors the vast inequality and conc...Show More
Political polarisation, An anthropologist's guide to naming

28:26 | Oct 5th, 2016

Political polarisation in America. Laurie Taylor talks to Marc Hetherington, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, about why distrust of the opposite party is now so common in the US. Is the same pattern emerging in Britain? They'r...Show More
Higher Education - Crisis or Change?

28:23 | Sep 28th, 2016

Higher education - crisis or change? A special programme exploring the role, meaning and future of a university education in a globalised world. It was once assumed that university graduates, particularly those from working class backgrounds, had a r...Show More
Shyness - Names

28:14 | Sep 21st, 2016

Shyness: Laurie Taylor talks to Joe Moran, Professor of English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University and the author of study of the 'shrinking violet' in history and sociology. Also, a sociology of naming. Jane Pilcher, Associate...Show More
Men dressing up - The male 'suit'

28:14 | Sep 14th, 2016

The male 'suit': Christopher Breward, Professor of Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh, talks to Laurie Taylor about the myriad forms and meanings of a garment which has dominated men's wardrobes for 400 years. From Saville Row to Wall St...Show More
Airport security, Retiring to Spain

28:11 | Jul 27th, 2016

Airport security: what are the costs of a surveillance regime which turns us all into potential suspects? Laurie Taylor talks to Rachel Hall, Associate Professor in Communications at Syracuse University, New York, about her study into the 'transparen...Show More
Food bank Britain, Food poverty in Europe

28:17 | Jul 20th, 2016

Hunger pains: Life inside foodbank Britain. Kayleigh Garthwaite, Leverhulme Trust funded researcher in the Centre for Health and Inequalities Research , Durham University, interviewed hundreds of people who depend on emergency food provision, one of ...Show More
The English Defence League; 'Real' immigrants

27:54 | Jul 13th, 2016

The English Defence League: A study of the individuals who comprise this far right movement. Hilary Pilkington, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, provides fresh and timely insights into a politics built on English identity and o...Show More
Political women and language, The morality of sleep medication

27:51 | Jul 6th, 2016

Political women, gender and speech: Laurie Taylor talks to Deborah Cameron, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford, about her analysis of the performances of the three female party leaders who took part in ...Show More
Good neighbours, The connection between sport and domestic abuse

28:22 | Jun 29th, 2016

Good Neighbours and the democracy of everyday life. Our neighbours do small favours and greet us on the street. They also, on occasion, startle us with noises at night and even betray us to the authorities. Laurie Taylor talks to Nancy Rosenblum, the...Show More
A special programme on Pierre Bourdieu

28:09 | Jun 22nd, 2016

A special programme on Pierre Bourdieu: Laurie Taylor explores the ideas and legacy of the French sociologist, best known for establishing the concepts of cultural, social, and symbolic forms of capital (as opposed to traditional economic forms of ca...Show More
Secrecy at Work, Drugs and Employment

28:20 | Jun 15th, 2016

Secrecy at Work: the hidden architecture within our organisations. Laurie Taylor talks to Christopher Grey, Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, about his study into the secrecy which is woven into the fabric of ...Show More
Engineers of Jihad, Orange Jumpsuits

28:10 | Jun 8th, 2016

Engineers of Jihad: Laurie Taylor asks why so many Islamist extremists come from an engineering background. He talks to Steffen Hertog, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, about a new study which finds that ...Show More
Ale drinkers, Northern accents

28:13 | Jun 1st, 2016

Northern accents at work: Trainee teachers are under pressure to speak the Queen's English. Laurie Taylor talks to Alex Barrata, lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester, & author of a study which finds that certain regional accents ar...Show More
'Queer' wars, Nigerian beauty pageants

28:10 | May 25th, 2016

'Queer' Wars: The claim that LGBT rights are human rights meets fierce, sometimes deadly opposition in many parts of the world. Politicians and religious leaders invoke tradition to deflect such universal claims, accusing Western activists of neo col...Show More
Glasgow gangs - Russian gangs

28:03 | May 18th, 2016

Glasgow & Russian gangs: Laurie Taylor explores their origins, organisation and meaning in two strikingly different cultures. He talks to Alistair Fraser, Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Glasgow, whose fieldwork with young ...Show More
TV in prison - Live music in prison

28:12 | May 11th, 2016

Prison TV: Laurie Taylor considers the therapeutic role of television in the modern day jail. He talks to Victoria Knight, Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, and author of a new study examining the way in which TVs in cells ...Show More
Migrant women, Wedding paradoxes

28:25 | May 4th, 2016

Migrant women in Britain: Laurie Taylor talks to Linda McDowell, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and author of a sweeping study of generations of immigrant working women in Britain. From textile mill workers in the 1940s to s...Show More
The Flaneur - Walking in the City

28:06 | Apr 27th, 2016

Walking in the city: The flaneur and flaneuse. Laurie Taylor presents a themed programme which explores the history and meaning of the urban stroller, past and present. Keith Tester, Adjunct Professor at the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociolog...Show More
Happiness and government, Good parenting

28:03 | Apr 20th, 2016

Happiness - Should the government promote it? Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford, talks to Laurie Taylor about the necessity to inspire a better politics with new measures of what matters most to us. T...Show More
Ethnography Award winner, Transcultural football

28:11 | Apr 13th, 2016

The winner of the 2016 British Sociological Association & Thinking Allowed Ethnography award, Maxim Bolt, Lecturer in Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Birmingham, talks to Laurie Taylor about his groundbreaking study of insecure ...Show More
The BSA and Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award Shortlist

28:09 | Apr 6th, 2016

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 third annual award for a study that has ...Show More
Dance halls, Pick-up artists

27:59 | Mar 30th, 2016

Dance halls: a social and cultural history. James Nott, Lecturer in History at the University of St. Andrews, talks to Laurie Taylor about the origins, meaning and decline in a ritual which was once central to many young people's romantic lives and l...Show More
Eviction, Self-build

28:27 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Evicted: Laurie Taylor explores the lives of people who are compelled to leave their homes. Matthew Desmond, Associate Professor in the Social Sciences at Harvard University, went into the poorest neighbourhoods in Milwaulkee to tell the stories of p...Show More
Philanthropy - Charity

28:23 | Mar 17th, 2016

Philanthropy & charitable giving: Is there such a thing as a free gift? Laurie Taylor talks to Linsey McGoey, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex and author of a study of contemporary philanthropy. The amount of money placed in ph...Show More
Small towns, Patient rescue and resuscitation

28:25 | Mar 9th, 2016

Small towns: Laurie Taylor talks to Steve Hanson, Associate Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln, and author of an ethnographic study of Todmorden in 'austere' times. Dr Hanson returned to his home town, on the border of Lancashire and ...Show More
The debt collection industry, Spousal job loss

28:23 | Mar 2nd, 2016

The debt collection industry: Laurie Taylor explores what happens when everyday forms of borrowing, such as credit cards, personal loans and store cards, spiral out of control. He talks to Joe Deville, Lecturer in Mobile Work at the University of Lan...Show More
Refusing adulthood, How young people feel about being poor

28:07 | Feb 24th, 2016

Refusing adulthood. Laurie Taylor talks to Susan Neiman, the American moral philosopher, who asks, if and why, some people refuse to grow up. She argues that being an adult allows the opportunity for agency and independence rather than signalling dec...Show More
Museums and nationalism, Imagining utopias

28:11 | Feb 17th, 2016

Museums and the 'nation': What can we learn about nationalism by looking at a country's cultural institutions? Laurie Taylor talks to Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College, and author of a study which explores how museums today re...Show More
Weather forecasting, Young people and politics

28:09 | Feb 10th, 2016

Weather forecasting: Laurie Taylor explores a scientific art form rooted in unpredictability. He talks to Phaedra Daipha, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, who spent years immersing herself in a regional office of the National W...Show More
Consumerism, Work-life balance

28:16 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Consumerism: a history of our modern, material world and the endless quest for more 'things'. Laurie Taylor talks to Frank Trentmann, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London and author of a study which examines how the purchase...Show More
The Creative Economy, 'Grudge' Spending

28:13 | Jan 27th, 2016

The Creative Economy: Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communications at the Goldsmiths, questions what's at stake in the new politics of culture and creativity. Talking to a range of artists, stylists, fashion designers and policy makers, she considers...Show More
Con Men in New York, Iconography of punishment

28:09 | Jan 20th, 2016

Con men in New York: The little known world of the urban hustler. Laurie Taylor talks to Terry Williams, Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York, about his study into the ways in which con artists play their game in b...Show More
Modern slavery, School lunch boxes

28:12 | Jan 13th, 2016

Modern Slavery: Laurie Taylor explores the tensions and dilemmas at the heart of contemporary struggles against enslavement; from forced labour to sex trafficking. He's joined by Julia O'Connell Davidson, the author of a new study which argues that t...Show More
The end of 'careers', Humour at work

28:18 | Jan 6th, 2016

Identity and work: Laurie Taylor explores selfhood in an era in which our working lives are becoming increasingly uncertain. He talks to Jesse Potter, lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of a new study which interv...Show More
Fashion and Beauty

28:17 | Dec 30th, 2015

Fashion:pleasure and danger. Laurie Taylor considers the costs of 'keeping up appearances', then and now. From the flaming tutus of ballerinas to the deaths of garment workers: what perils have accompanied changes in dress, for the producers of cloth...Show More
A Special Programme on Rituals

28:03 | Dec 23rd, 2015

Rituals at Christmas & beyond. Laurie Taylor presents a special programme on the place of rituals in everyday life. How have they changed over time and do we still need them? He's joined by Adam Kuper, Centennial Professor in Anthropology at the Lond...Show More
Chess worlds, Competitive entrepreneurs

28:10 | Dec 16th, 2015

Chess players: Laurie Taylor talks to Gary Fine, Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University, and author of a study into the complex, committed and conflict ridden worlds of chess communities, both amateur and professional. They're joined by Jo...Show More
Land Ownership, Home at work

29:28 | Dec 9th, 2015

Land ownership in Britain: Laurie Taylor explores our forgotten acres. He talks to Peter Hetherington, writer and journalist, as well as author of a new book which asks if food security and the housing of the nation is being thwarted by record land p...Show More
Everyday life, Cafe society

28:15 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Everyday life: Laurie Taylor talks to Les Back, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, about his study into those seemingly unimportant aspects of life which throw a spotlight on the relationship between history, culture and biog...Show More
Frauds of the left, Siblings

27:59 | Nov 25th, 2015

'Frauds' of the Left: Laurie Taylor examines the intellectual credibility of key thinkers of the New Left. Roger Scruton, Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, argues that the modern academy is gripped by a form of 'group thin...Show More
Elite jobs, Hairdresser craft

28:16 | Nov 18th, 2015

How elite students get elite jobs. Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor of Management and Organisation at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, discusses her study into the hiring practices of top investment banks, consultancies and la...Show More
Zoos explored, Funeral arranging

28:08 | Nov 11th, 2015

Zoos in the modern world: Laurie Taylor talks to David Grazian, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and author of 'American Zoo: A Sociological Safari'. Zoos blur the boundaries between culture and nature; animals and h...Show More
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, The hidden life of domestic things

27:52 | Nov 4th, 2015

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) has stirred more passionate controversy than any other trade negotiations. Critics suggest it will undermine democracy and workers' rights, lowering health and safety standards and eroding publi...Show More
Ambivalent atheism; Neoliberalism and old age

28:11 | Oct 28th, 2015

Ambivalent atheism: Laurie Taylor talks to Lois Lee, Research Associate with the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College, London, and author of a study of non religious people. In the UK today a variety of identity labels exist which arti...Show More
Human Rights in Northern Ireland, Social Mobility and Education

28:11 | Oct 21st, 2015

Northern Ireland & the unusual role of human rights discourse in the peace process. Laurie Taylor talks to Jennifer Curtis, honorary fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, about her study into the way in which human rights beca...Show More
Being Single - Modern Romance

28:10 | Oct 14th, 2015

Modern romance: love in the age of technology. Laurie Taylor talks to Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology at New York University, & co- author of a new study exploring the dilemmas & pleasures of dating in the age of Tinder. He's joined by the wr...Show More
Female Serial Killers, Secular Stagnation

28:09 | Oct 7th, 2015

Female Serial Killers: Although there is much written on male serial killers, there's less analysis of their female equivalent, perhaps because of their comparitive rarity. Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City Univ...Show More
Russia's Red Web - Older Entrepreneurs

28:05 | Sep 30th, 2015

The 'Red Web': The Internet in Russia is a totalitarian tool but is also a device by which totalitarianism can be resisted. Laurie Taylor talks to Andrei Soldatov, a Moscow based journalist and co-author of a book which explores the Russian governmen...Show More
Cross-Class Marriage, The social history of women-only train carriages

28:13 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Cross class marriage: Laurie Taylor talks to Jessi Streib, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University, US, about her study into the lives of people who married a partner raised in a social class very different from their own. Do spouses from...Show More
Stop and search, Cancer patients and welfare reform

28:14 | Sep 16th, 2015

Stop & Search: Laurie Taylor explores a police practice which is seen as a vital tool against crime by law enforcers, but has been dogged by controversy. He's joined by Michael Shiner, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the LSE, and editor of a ...Show More
Prison gangs in US, Millionaire children

28:19 | Jul 29th, 2015

Prison gangs in the USA. Laurie Taylor talks to David Skarbek, Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King's College, London, about his research into the hidden world of convict culture, inmate hierarchy and jail politics. He finds sophis...Show More
The colour black, Mixed-race people

28:08 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Black: the cultural and historical meaning of the darkest colour. From the 'little black dress' which epitomises chic, to its links to death, depression and evil, 'black' embodies many contrasting values. White Europeans exploited the negative associ...Show More
Middle-class drug dealers, Globalisation of white collar work

28:04 | Jul 15th, 2015

Middle class drug dealers: Laurie Taylor discusses a study into suburban drug selling amongst well heeled teens in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, USA. The author, Richard Wright, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School ...Show More
Arab Londoners - Migrants and British identity

28:22 | Jul 8th, 2015

Being Arab in London: diaspora and difference in the city. Laurie Taylor talks to Ramy M. K. Aly, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo, about his seven year study of the everyday experiences of young, British-Arab p...Show More
Factory music, Volunteering post-recession

28:13 | Jul 1st, 2015

Factory music:the role that popular music plays in workers' culture. Marek Korczynski, Chair in Sociology of Work at the Nottingham University Business School, talks to Laurie Taylor about his study of a British factory that manufactures window blind...Show More
White Working Class Boys; French Thought

28:11 | Jun 24th, 2015

White, working class boys at school: Laurie Taylor talks to Garth Stahl. Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of South Australia, and author of a new study about boys' underachievement in Britain. Why do so many disengage from educat...Show More
The 'Precariat'; Humour in Sociology

28:12 | Jun 17th, 2015

The 'Precariat': Laurie Taylor talks to Guy Standing, Professor in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His highly influential 2011 book introduced the 'Precariat' as an emerging mass class, charact...Show More
Lesbian Lives in Russia; Big Data

28:16 | Jun 10th, 2015

Lesbian lives in Russia: Laurie Taylor talks to Francesca Stella, Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, and author of a study which explores the changing nature of same sex relationships amongst women since the demise of state co...Show More
Anthropology - The Future of the A-level; Crime and Blame

28:01 | Jun 3rd, 2015

Anthropology: the future of the A level. Laurie Taylor talks to Joy Hendry, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University, about the proposed cancellation of this course. At a time of global conflict, is it the right time to axe a d...Show More
Happiness Industry, Wellness Syndrome

28:15 | May 26th, 2015

The Happiness Industry: Laurie Taylor talks to Will Davies, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, who asks why policy makers have become increasingly focused on measuring happiness. Also, 'wellness syndrome': Andre Spicer, ...Show More
Poverty in Britain; Unemployment As a Choice

27:57 | May 19th, 2015

Poverty in Britain: Laurie Taylor talks to Joanna Mack, Learning and Teaching producer at the Open University, about the largest ever survey of UK levels of economic and social deprivation. Her co-authored book, 'Breadline Britain..' claims that pove...Show More
The Gym: A Social History; Tattoos at Work

28:03 | May 11th, 2015

The gym: Laurie Taylor explores the social history of the gymnasium with the writer and sociologist, Eric Chaline. Although this 'temple of perfection' appears primarily as a site for producing the 'body beautiful', this study finds it has also been ...Show More
Division of Domestic Labour - Gentrification and Working-Class Residents

28:18 | May 5th, 2015

Gentrification: its impact on working class residents. Laurie Taylor talks to Kirsteen Paton, lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, about her groundbreaking research in a neighbourhood undergoing urban rene...Show More
Post Traumatic Stress; Managing Beds in the NHS

27:58 | Apr 29th, 2015

Post traumatic stress in male combat veterans: Laurie Taylor talks to Nick Caddick, Research Assistant at Loughborough University, and co-author of a study exploring the relationship between masculinity, militarism and mental health. Do conventional ...Show More
Stories Behind Immigration - Winner of the Ethnography Award

28:29 | Apr 22nd, 2015

This year, the BBC's Thinking Allowed, in association with the British Sociological Association, launched the second year of its award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography, the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of ...Show More
The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist'

28:22 | Apr 15th, 2015

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 second annual award for a study that has...Show More
Free Will Explored

28:20 | Apr 8th, 2015

Free will explored. Laurie Taylor talks to Julian Baggini, writer and Founding Editor of The Philosophers' Magazine, about his latest work which considers the concept of freedom. He argues against the idea that free will is an illusion due to a combi...Show More
Citizenship Ceremonies; Family Ties and Genetics

28:04 | Apr 1st, 2015

Making citizens: how countries make public rituals out of endowing new citizens with citizenship. Laurie Taylor talks to Bridget Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, about her in-depth comparative study of citizenship ...Show More
Global Clothing and Poverty; Fur Inheritance in Poland

28:12 | Mar 25th, 2015

Jeans on a journey: Laurie Taylor talks to Andrew Brooks, Lecturer in Development Geography at Kings College London, about his study of the hidden world of fast fashion and second hand clothes. Following a pair of jeans in an around-the-world tour, t...Show More
Love, Money and HIV in Kenya, Microbreweries

28:15 | Mar 18th, 2015

Love, Money and HIV in Kenya. Laurie Taylor talks to Sanyu Mojola, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, and author of a study exploring how modern women in developing countries experience sexuality and love. Drawing on a ri...Show More
Biologising Parenthood - A Lost Avant-Garde,

28:09 | Mar 11th, 2015

A lost avant garde: Laurie Taylor examines the tension between art & money in the contemporary art museum. He talks to Matti Bunzl, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, and author of a study which takes a rare look behind the scen...Show More
Commercial Surrogacy in India, Money

28:08 | Mar 4th, 2015

Wombs for Sale: commercial surrogacy in India & beyond. Couples from all over the world can now hire Indian women to bear their children for a fraction of the cost of surrogacy elsewhere. Laurie Taylor talks to Amrita Pande, Senior Lecturer in Sociol...Show More
The British in South Africa - Romanian Economic Migrants in London

28:08 | Feb 25th, 2015

Migration: the complexities of transnational movement, identity and belonging. Laurie Taylor explores migration in contrasting contexts. He talks to Daniel Briggs, Professor of Criminology at the Universidad Europea, Madrid, about his study of Romani...Show More
Conservatism, Emotional Labour in a Care Home

28:07 | Feb 18th, 2015

Conservatism: Roger Scruton, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, talks to Laurie Taylor, about the intellectual roots of Conservative values and ideology. Also, the emotional labour of care workers in a private residential care home...Show More
Harvard Business School – The Construction of Pain

28:06 | Feb 11th, 2015

Harvard Business School: Laurie Taylor takes a journey through the complex moral world of what many call the West Point of American Capitalism. Michel Anteby, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, describes his research into the inner worki...Show More
Inside the Muslim Brotherhood

27:57 | Feb 4th, 2015

Inside the Muslim Brotherhood - The first in-depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members. Laurie talks to Hazem Kandil, Lecturer in Political Sociology at Cambridge University, about his intimate portra...Show More
Social Stigma and Negative Labels - Migraine

28:04 | Jan 28th, 2015

Migraine: a cultural history. How did a painful and disabling disorder come to be seen as a symptom of femininity? Laurie Taylor talks to Joanna Kempner, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, about her research into the gendered val...Show More
Tribute to Ulrich Beck (1944 - 2015) - Dissident Irish Republicanism

28:15 | Jan 21st, 2015

Dissident Irish Republicanism - Laurie Taylor talks to John Morrison, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London, about his in depth study into the recent intensification of rogue paramilitary activity, Can the upsurge in disside...Show More
Living Apart Relationships - Grading Universities

28:06 | Jan 14th, 2015

Grading universities - The rights and wrongs of the Research Excellence Framework. The REF is the most recent in a series of national assessments of research in British universities. But how reliable and fair are these assessments? Do they give the t...Show More
War Games - Riding the Subway

27:52 | Jan 7th, 2015

The militarisation of every day life. Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, talks to Laurie about the multiple ways in which military violence and war play invade our current lives, pervading language and entertainmen...Show More
Self-help and Self-improvement

28:17 | Dec 31st, 2014

Self-help & self-improvement. As thoughts turn to resolutions and making a fresh start in 2015, Laurie Taylor wonders if his scepticism about self-help books and self-improvement programmes is well founded. He goes for advice to Christine Whelan - Pr...Show More
Rituals at Christmas

27:33 | Dec 25th, 2014

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 ...Show More
Butchers; Fat Gay Men

28:00 | Dec 17th, 2014

Fat gay men: Laurie Taylor examines a world in which men are doubly stigmatised - for their weight as well as their sexuality. Jason Whitesel, an Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University in the US, discusses a study which ...Show More
After Redundancy - Global Payday Lending

28:14 | Dec 10th, 2014

Global payday loans: Laurie Taylor talks to Carl Packman, a researcher and writer, who has analysed the growth of a worldwide industry. Today there are more payday lender shops in the US than McDonald's restaurants. They cater mainly to those without...Show More
Port Cities; Middle Class Alcohol Use

28:05 | Dec 3rd, 2014

Port cities in the global age; from Marseilles to Liverpool and New Orleans. Laurie Taylor talks to Alice Mah, a sociologist at the University of Warwick, about her study of transformation along city waterfronts. What happens when world harbours are ...Show More
Creative Britain - Sexology

27:57 | Nov 26th, 2014

Creative Britain: Laurie Taylor explores its rise and fall with the British historian, Robert Hewison, who provides an assessment of the cultural policies of New Labour and the Coalition. Why has culture failed to escape class? Also, a new Sexology e...Show More
Shoes - Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe

28:11 | Nov 19th, 2014

Shoes - a journey through our lives and identities. From 'brothel creepers' to perilous stilettos, our choice of footwear changes and evolves over a life time. Laurie Taylor talks to Victoria Robinson, Reader in Sociology at the University of Sheffie...Show More
Meritocracy; Desert Island Doctors

28:01 | Nov 12th, 2014

Meritocracy, then and now. Laurie Taylor talks to Peter Hennessy, Attlee professor of contemporary British history at Queen Mary, University of London. How did meritocracy arise as a concept and has it ever been realised in practice given the persist...Show More
'Lad culture' in higher education - Fugitives from the law in Philadelphia

28:16 | Nov 5th, 2014

Fugitives from the law: Laurie Taylor talks to Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about 'On the Run' her study of the lives of African American men caught up in webs of criminality in Philadelphia....Show More
Post-Dictatorship Art in Argentina; Young Jazz Musicians in London

28:25 | Oct 29th, 2014

Post dictatorship art in Argentina and beyond. Laurie Taylor talks to Vikki Bell, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, about the role of the arts in a society's journey to democracy. Whilst scholars of transitional justice tend to focus on t...Show More
Junk Food Traders in Secondary Schools; Darjeeling Tea Workers

28:08 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Tea workers in Darjeeling. Laurie Taylor talks to Sarah Besky, Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, about her study of the tough lives of tea plantation workers, and the struggle to re-make one of the world's most expens...Show More
Drug Mules; 'Dads Only' Parenting Project

28:33 | Oct 15th, 2014

Drug Mules - Laurie Taylor talks to Jennifer Fleetwood, Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester, about her study of women in the international cocaine trade. Drawing on 'in depth' interviews with female traffickers imprisoned in Ecuado...Show More
Dementia Handbags; Place Hacking

28:09 | Oct 8th, 2014

Place hacking the hidden city. Laurie Taylor talks to Bradley Garrett, Lecturer in Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, about his research into the world of urban exploration. Bridges, sewerage and underground rail systems are ...Show More
Gaybourhood and City Life

28:25 | Aug 6th, 2014

Gay life at home and in the 'city' - a special edition of Thinking Allowed presented by Laurie Taylor. From squatted terraces to rented bedsits, the social historian, Matt Cook, explores the domestic and family lives of gay men - the famous, infamous...Show More
Non-Networking Graduates; Race and Consumption

28:16 | Jul 30th, 2014

Race & consumption - Laurie Taylor talks to Ben Pitcher, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, about the ways in which racial meaning is produced in everyday acts of consumption. From the depiction of 'red Indians' by children's authors t...Show More
Dalit Parties and Democratisation in Tamil Nadu; History of the Elevator

28:26 | Jul 23rd, 2014

Elevators - a cultural history. Before skyscrapers transformed the urban landscape a new conveyance made them possible. The elevator, invented in New York in the 1850s, became a factor of metropolitan modernity on both sides of the Atlantic - forever...Show More
Rio, Protests and the World Cup; Dying in Prison

28:13 | Jul 16th, 2014

Rio, protests and the World Cup. Laurie Taylor talks to Jessica Leigh Glass, graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Georgia State University, about her research into the street protests taking place in Rio since June 2013. Initially ar...Show More
A History of Tennis, Talking Treatments

28:17 | Jul 9th, 2014

Tennis: From Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon. Laurie Taylor talks to life long tennis fan and cultural historian, Elizabeth Wilson. The story of tennis illuminates social change and struggle across the 20th century, going hand in hand with the...Show More
Russia's upper class, Flip Flops

28:18 | Jul 2nd, 2014

Flip flops: the world wide trail of an everyday commodity. Laurie Taylor talks to Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, whose study takes a ground level view of the lives and places of globalisation's back road...Show More
History of Surfing; Coffee Shops and Idleness

28:18 | Jun 25th, 2014

Surfing - a political history. Laurie Taylor looks beyond the tanned bodies, crashing waves and carefree pleasure, talking to Scott Laderman, Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. His study traces the rise of surfing in the c...Show More
Late-Modern Hipsters - Before the Windrush

28:03 | Jun 18th, 2014

Before the Windrush - Laurie Taylor talks to John Belchem, Professor of History at the University of Liverpool, about his study of race relations in 20th century Liverpool. Long before the arrival of the Empire Windrush after the Second World War, th...Show More
Masculinity and betting shops; 'New' biological relatives and kinship

28:03 | Jun 11th, 2014

IVF - it's 35 years years since the initial success of a form of technologically assisted human reproduction which has led to the birth of 5 million 'miracle' babies. Laurie Taylor talks to Sarah Franklin, Professor in Sociology at the University of ...Show More
Make-up in Iran; Offshoring

28:23 | Jun 4th, 2014

Offshoring - the economy of secrecy. The concealment of wealth in tax havens is part of public debate, but John Urry, Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, argues that offshore worlds now also involve relations of work, pleasure, energy and...Show More
Gender Inequality in China; Smokestack Nostalgia

28:19 | May 28th, 2014

Chinese women & the resurgence of gender inequality. Laurie Taylor talks to Leta Hong Fincher, about 'Leftover Women', her study of the pressures facing Modern Chinese women who are often locked out of social equality, property rights, and legal prot...Show More
Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism; Sociology of Sleep

28:15 | May 21st, 2014

Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism - similarities and differences. Comparisons of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiment are strikingly absent in British accounts of race and racism. Laurie Taylor talks to Nasar Meer, Reader in Comparative Social Policy ...Show More
'Illicit' Dance; The Purpose of War

28:18 | May 14th, 2014

'Illicit' dance in India. Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Morcom, Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, about her extensive research into marginalised dancers in contemporary South Asia. From bar dancers to transgender erotic performer...Show More
Baristas; 'People' History

28:02 | May 7th, 2014

The rise & fall of the working class: Laurie Taylor talks to Selina Todd, social historian at St Hilda's College, Oxford, about her sweeping study of ordinary British people between 1910-2010. Rooting her analysis in first person accounts from factor...Show More
Ethnography Award: The Winner

28:26 | Apr 30th, 2014

The winner of Thinking Allowed's first Ethnography award, in association with the British Sociological Association. Laurie Taylor and a team of esteemed academics - Professor Beverley Skeggs, Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Henrietta Moore and Dr Lo...Show More
The Ethnography Award 'Short List'

28:12 | Apr 23rd, 2014

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 ma...Show More
British working class gardens - Why England fails (at football)

28:02 | Apr 16th, 2014

Gardens of the British Working Class - the historian, Margaret Willes, considers the remarkable feats of cultivation by the working class in Britain, even if the land they planted and loved was not their own: From lush gardens nurtured outside crumbl...Show More
The End of Capitalism; Reforming Capitalism

28:24 | Apr 9th, 2014

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 the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Colin Cr...Show More
Kissing; The British Hitman

28:18 | Apr 2nd, 2014

Kissing - a cultural history. How do we make sense of the kiss and why did it become a vital sign of romance and courtship? Laurie Taylor talks to Marcel Danesi, Professor of Linguistic Anthropology about his new book 'The History of the Kiss' which ...Show More
Poverty and 'Shame'; Small-Scale Technology in India

28:17 | Mar 26th, 2014

Poverty and 'Shame' - shame was once described as the 'irreducible core' of poverty by Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen. Laurie Taylor looks at new cross cultural research which examines the psycho-social consequences of being poor in countries as diverse...Show More
Race in Police Disciplinaries; Protestant Fishermen in Scotland

28:13 | Mar 19th, 2014

Race in police 'misconduct' proceedings - Laurie Taylor considers new research exploring the perception that ethnic minority police officers are disproportionally subjected to such investigations. Graham Smith, Senior Lecturer at University of Manche...Show More
Post-Katrina New Orleans; The Capitalist Personality

28:23 | Mar 12th, 2014

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. ...Show More
Elite Graduates in France and UK; Surnames and Social Mobility

28:13 | Mar 5th, 2014

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...Show More
Generational Divide; Webcam

28:25 | Feb 26th, 2014

'Webcam' - the use of webcam, especially through Skype, has recently become established as one more standard media technology, but one with profound implications for many facets of human life, from self-consciousness and intimacy to the sustaining of...Show More
The Great Indoors

28:25 | Feb 19th, 2014

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. Arch...Show More
Stuart Hall (1932-2014)

28:13 | Feb 12th, 2014

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. A pioneer of 'multiculturalism', he documented the changing character of 'post Imperial' ...Show More
Numbers in Global Politics; Gay Rights and Religion in Belfast

28:19 | Feb 5th, 2014

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. Numbers are at the hear...Show More
Prostitution in the Community; Drinking and Moderation

28:31 | Jan 29th, 2014

Prostitution in the community: The criminologist, Sarah Kingston, discusses her study of the impact of sex work on local residents and businesses. Policies restricting sex work are often based on assumptions about the alleged negative effects of comm...Show More
Why Music Matters?; Bhangra and Belonging

28:24 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Why Music Matters: David Hesmondhalgh, Professor of Music and Media Industries, examines the role of music in our lives and the ways in which it enriches people and society, or fails to do so. What is music's political and social significance beyond ...Show More
Waiting in A&E; Faith and Doubt

28:17 | Jan 15th, 2014

Faith and doubt: an ethnographic study into political and spiritual convictions in an age of uncertainty. Laurie Taylor talks to the Lecturer in Anthropology, Dr Mathijs Pelkmans, about wide ranging research which suggests that the foundations of rel...Show More
Sensory Multiculturalism in an East End Market; Cultural Passions

27:54 | Jan 8th, 2014

Cultural passions - From a love of Proust to an enthusiasm for tennis and tarot readings; a diverse range of aesthetic pleasures excite human beings. Laurie Taylor talks to the cultural theorist and writer, Elizabeth Wilson, about the emotional commi...Show More

28:08 | Jan 1st, 2014

A Thinking Allowed special on 'love'. What are the origins of our notions of high romantic love? Was the post war period a 'golden age' for lifelong love? Has marriage for love now failed? Laurie Taylor hopes to finds some answers with the help of th...Show More
Santa Helpers; Christmas Tradition

28:06 | Dec 25th, 2013

A Thinking Allowed special on our construction of Christmas tradition. What does Christmas mean to you - a visit to Santa's grotto with the little ones, the opening of presents before breakfast, a house festooned with sparkly lights and wreaths of iv...Show More
Couples and Chronic Illness; Fashion and Dress in Later Life

28:04 | Dec 18th, 2013

Fashion and dress in later life: Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Julia Twigg, about her study into the links between clothing and age. Throughout history certain forms and styles of dress have been deemed appropriate for people as they get ol...Show More
Pocket Calculator in Papua New Guinea; Chicago

28:05 | Dec 11th, 2013

The Great American City - US Professor of Social Sciences, Robert J Sampson, discusses his landmark research project with Laurie Taylor. Following in the influential tradition of the Chicago School of urban studies, but updating it for the twenty-fir...Show More
Tooth Loss; Communist Utopia in a Spanish Village

27:53 | Dec 4th, 2013

Communist 'utopia' in a Spanish village. Laurie Taylor talks to the writer, 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. Does the reality match th...Show More
Boxing in Gleason's Gym; Sport and Capitalism

28:10 | Nov 27th, 2013

Sport and capitalism: Laurie Taylor talks to Professor of History, Tony Collins, about his new book which argues that modern sport is as much a product of our economic system as the factory, the stock exchange and the unemployment line. Also, The US ...Show More
The Poppy; Traveller Children in Schools

28:11 | Nov 20th, 2013

The Poppy - a cultural history. Laurie Taylor talks to renowned archaeologist and anthropologist, Nicholas Saunders, about his account of the origins, history and many meanings of the Remembrance Day Poppy. From ancient Egypt to Flanders Field to Afg...Show More
Work and Consumption; Neo-liberal Economics

28:08 | Nov 13th, 2013

The truimph of Neoliberal economics in the post Recession world. Laurie Taylor talks to US Professor of Economics, Philip Mirowski, about his analysis of why neoliberalism survived, and even prospered, in the aftermath of the financial meltdown of 20...Show More
Richard Hoggart; The Anti-Social Family

28:18 | Nov 6th, 2013

Richard Hoggart: Laurie Taylor talks to Professor of Cultural Studies, Fred Inglis, about his biography of this leading cultural commentator and academic. Hoggart's 1957 book 'The Uses of Literacy' documented the lives and hardships of the life of th...Show More
Sex Workers and International Migration; Poverty in Britain

28:18 | Oct 30th, 2013

'Low pay, no pay' Britain. Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Tracy Shildrick, about her prize winning study of individuals and families who are living in or near poverty. The research was conducted in Teesside, North East England, and focuses o...Show More
Muslim Fundamentalism; Customer Abuse to Service Workers

28:15 | Oct 23rd, 2013

Muslims against Muslim Fundamentalism - Laurie Taylor talks to Karima Bennoune, US Professor of Law and author of a groundbreaking book which addresses resistance to religious extremism in Muslim majority contexts. Over a 3 year period, she interview...Show More
Section 136 and Mental Health Act; BBC World Service

28:10 | Oct 16th, 2013

Laurie Taylor explores The World Service, talking to Marie Gillespie about her study into the role of the diasporic broadcasters at the heart of the BBC's foreign service. Even though the Service has derived much of its creative and diplomatic signif...Show More
Twitter; Elite University Admissions

28:14 | Oct 9th, 2013

TWITTER - Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Dhiraj Murthy, about his new book 'Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age'. This form of social media is now a household name, discussed for its role in political movements, national electio...Show More
Backpacking food tourist; Touring poverty

28:15 | Oct 2nd, 2013

Slum Tourism - the transformation of impoverished neighbourhoods into attractions for international tourists. Laurie Taylor talks to the sociologist, Bianca Freire-Medeiros, about 'Touring Poverty', her study of Rocinha, a district in Rio de Janeiro ...Show More
Noodle narratives; British men dancing Capoeira

28:11 | Sep 25th, 2013

Noodle narratives - Laurie Taylor talks to US anthropologist, Deborah Gewertz, about the invention, production and consumption of instant ramen noodles. From their origins in Japan to their worldwide spread to markets as diverse as the USA and Papua ...Show More
Holiday hedonism in Ibiza; White working class voters

28:22 | Sep 18th, 2013

Holiday hedonism - Laurie Taylor talks to the criminologist, Daniel Briggs, about his study into young British tourists' risk taking behaviour in Ibiza. From drug taking to prostitution, violence and injury. What leads these holidaymakers to engage i...Show More
Bohemian Soho

28:17 | Sep 11th, 2013

Bohemian Soho - Laurie Taylor talks to the writer, Sophie Parkin, about her book on the Colony Room Club, a private members bar whose doors opened in 1948 and shut in 2008. The only criterion for membership was that you weren't dull. For 60 years it ...Show More
Erving Goffman

27:58 | Sep 4th, 2013

Erving Goffman - Laurie Taylor presents a special programme on the work and influence of this groundbreaking Canadian sociologist. He's joined by Professor Gregory Smith, Dr Rachel Hurdley and Dr Susie Scott. Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Walter Benjamin

28:08 | Aug 28th, 2013

What is the value of forgotten histories, of possibilites not realised? What can a quite amble down a backstreat tell us about the nature of modernity? How has technology affected the nature and purpose of art? In the mid twentieth century Walter Ben...Show More
Drug users and enforcement; 'Militant' Liverpool

28:08 | Aug 14th, 2013

Drug enforcement - does it change the drugs market? Laurie Taylor talks to Neil McKeganey about his research into police crackdowns on illegal drugs in 3 different areas of the UK. The researchers interviewed local heroin users to establish their vie...Show More
The Minutemen; 'Lay' Witnesses in Court

28:08 | Aug 7th, 2013

The Minutemen - who are they? Laurie Taylor talks to US sociologist, Harel Shapira about the right wing activists who patrol the US border in search of illegal immigrants. How should these men be characterised - as vigilantes, patriots or racists? Sh...Show More
'Teddies' and 'Gollies'; Smart-casual dining

28:24 | Jul 31st, 2013

Smart/casual dining - Once fine dining meant chandeliers, white tablecloths, and suited waiters. Yet today many of us will queue up for a seat at a loud, crowded noodle bar or eagerly seek out street stalls where the burgers are organic. The US food ...Show More
Food Work in Hospital Wards; The Bangladesh/India Border

28:15 | Jul 24th, 2013

The Bangladesh/India border - As India sets about constructing a metal curtain along the full length of its border with Bangladesh, Cambridge anthropologist, Delwar Hussain travelled to the remote village of Boropani, which straddles the frontier, to...Show More
Raising Middle-Class Black Children; Neon

28:39 | Jul 17th, 2013

Neon - Laurie Taylor discusses a history of the flickering light which illuminated the modern world. Professor of American Studies, Christoph Ribbat, charts the rise and fall of neon. From seedy back alleys to gaudy Las Vegas, its blinking presence h...Show More
Terrorism Studies

28:12 | Jul 10th, 2013

'Terrorism Studies' - how it emerged as a new academic field in the post 9/11 world. Laurie Taylor talks to Harvard social scientist, Lisa Stampinitzky, about the themes of her new book "Disciplining Terror: How Experts Invented 'Terrorism' ". She ar...Show More
Northern Ireland Sectarianism and Civility; The Global Pigeon

28:28 | Jul 3rd, 2013

The Global Pigeon - our complex and contradictory relationship with the quintessential city bird. Laurie Taylor talks to Colin Jerolmack, an American sociologist, who spent over 3 years studying pigeon/human interaction across 3 continents. Pigeons w...Show More
Welfare reform; Crime in the Armed Forces

28:11 | Jun 26th, 2013

Crime in the Armed Forces - Laurie Taylor talks to Emeritus Professor of History, Clive Emsley, about his pioneering, historical study into criminal offending by members of British armed forces both during and immediately after the two world wars of ...Show More
Remembering Diana; Ethnography Award

28:16 | Jun 19th, 2013

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. He a...Show More
Scottish nationalism and identity; Austerity

27:59 | Jun 12th, 2013

Does Austerity Kill? Laurie Taylor talks to political economist, David Stuckler, about the human costs of the financial crisis as documented in his book 'The Body Economic' (co-authored with Sanju Basu) -the culmination of ten years research. They're...Show More
'Long Hours' work culture; Empty labour

28:09 | Jun 5th, 2013

Empty labour - international statistics suggest that the average time an employee spends engaged in private activities is 1 and a half to 2 hours a day. Laurie Taylor talks to Roland Paulsen, a Swedish sociologist, who interviewed 43 workers who spen...Show More
Multicultural Prison; Jellied Eels

28:23 | May 29th, 2013

The multicultural prison - a unique analysis of the daily lives and interactions of both white and ethnic minority inmates in the closed world of the modern, male prison. Diverse British nationals, foreign. and migrant populations, have been brought ...Show More
Live Music - from Dance Hall to the 100 Club

28:12 | May 22nd, 2013

Live music - from Dance Hall to the 100 Club. The social history of music in Britain since 1950 has long been the subject of nostalgic articles and programmes, but to date there has been no proper scholarly study. The writer and Professor of Music, ...Show More
Stammering and Identity; Land of Too Much

28:25 | May 15th, 2013

Poverty versus abundance in the US - why does America have more poor people than any other developed country? How can its great wealth fail to impact on the 46 million Americans, who, according to official figures, live below the poverty line? US soc...Show More
Middle Class Enclaves and Escapes

28:10 | May 8th, 2013

Middle class enclaves and escapes. A special edition of Thinking Allowed partly recorded at the British Sociological Association's 2013 conference. Privatised neighbourhoods and lifestyle migration are a global phenomenon. Increasingly, it seems, mi...Show More
British class survey; Tribute to Geoff Pearson

28:15 | May 1st, 2013

Laurie Taylor discusses the 'Great British Class Survey', a unique piece of research conducted by BBC Lab UK and academics from six different universities. The researchers devised a new way of measuring class, which doesn't define it by occupation bu...Show More
The Power of Oil

28:07 | Apr 24th, 2013

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'. Their research...Show More
English Heritage; Clergy Lives

28:07 | Apr 17th, 2013

Heritage politics in the UK - Laurie Taylor talks to Ruth Adams, the author of a new study which argues that powerful interest groups have championed a 'country house' version of our national past in place of a more complex and diverse history. Has t...Show More
Thrift Chic; Thatcherism

28:17 | Apr 10th, 2013

'Thatcherism' - was it a distinct ideology? In the light of Margaret Thatcher's death, Laurie Taylor considers whether or not she had a coherent and radical philosophy which marked a rupture with a post war consensus crossing party political lines. I...Show More
Women and the Armed Forces

28:12 | Apr 3rd, 2013

Women in combat - the US secretary of defence announced in January 2013 that, from 2016, women will be allowed to serve in ground-combat roles in the US armed forces. The UK is likely to soon be faced with the need to make a similarly historic decisi...Show More
Gang labour in UK; Industrial ruination

28:12 | Mar 27th, 2013

Industrial Ruination - the landscapes and legacies of post Industrial decline. Laurie Taylor talks to Alice Mah about her comparative study into urban dereliction in 3 contrasting contexts - Newcastle, Uk; Niagara Falls, Canada; and Ivanova, Russia. ...Show More
Language of food politics; Italian food market

28:15 | Mar 20th, 2013

An Italian food market - Rachel Black talks to Laurie Taylor about her ethnographic account of Porto Palazzo, one of Europe's largest outdoor markets. She watched and spoke to its vendors, shoppers and passers-by to find out how a multi-ethnic market...Show More
Guatemalan cemetery; Art auctions

28:06 | Mar 13th, 2013

Art Auctions - How do auctioneers and buyers transact sales in seconds? Laurie Taylor hears from Professor Christian Heath who discusses his detailed study into the tools and techniques which lead to the strike of a hammer. They're joined by the arts...Show More
Drugs for Life; Subcultural Identity

28:17 | Mar 6th, 2013

Drugs for life - Laurie Taylor talks to the US anthropologist, Joseph Dumit, about his research into the burgeoning consumption of medicine in the US. Dumit did ethnographic research with drug company executives, marketers, researchers, doctors and p...Show More
Fashion, Class and Mums; Red Racisms

28:18 | Feb 27th, 2013

'Red Racisms' - Laurie Taylor talks to the Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies, Ian Law, about his study of racism in Communist and Post Communist countries. He hears about the battle to challenge the racist underground in the Russian Federatio...Show More
'Ned' Pride in Scotland; Weapon Dogs

28:19 | Feb 20th, 2013

Weapon dogs - Laurie Taylor discusses the phenomenon of status dogs with Simon Harding, the author of 'Unleashed..' Also, the growth of 'Ned' pride in Scotland. 'Ned', or non educated delinquent, is the Scottish equivalent of the English term 'Chav'....Show More
Stan Cohen (1942 - 2013)

28:01 | Feb 13th, 2013

Stan Cohen - Laurie Taylor presents a special programme which pays tribute to the work and legacy of one of the most significant sociologists of our times. Eminent social scientists, Stuart Hall, Conor Gearty and Howard Becker, highlight his unique p...Show More
Organised Crime in the UK

28:09 | Feb 6th, 2013

Organised crime in the UK - how has it changed? Professor Dick Hobbs, joins Laurie Taylor, to discuss his work on 'Lush Life', a rich, ethnographic study into 'Dogtown', a composite of several overlapping neighbourhoods in East London. Looking behind...Show More
Rock climbing in conflict; women in Russian prisons

27:59 | Jan 30th, 2013

Russian women prisoners - in the light of Pussy Riot's imprisonment, timely research on Russia's distinctive penal geography. The sociologist, Judith Pallot, talks to Laurie Taylor about a study based on extensive interviews with prisoners and office...Show More
Class and Commuting; Engaging with Climate Change

28:11 | Jan 23rd, 2013

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, from a multi disciplinary perspective, what the ecological crisis actually means to people. In ...Show More
Birth of Neo-Liberalism; Music, Race and Difference

27:56 | Jan 16th, 2013

Neo liberalism - its genesis and development. Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Stedman Jones, the author of a new book which traces the origins of neo liberal economics. Also, the enduring and complex relationship between race and music. Laurie meets Jo...Show More
Contagion; changing masculinity in retail

28:13 | Jan 9th, 2013

Contagion - how commerce spreads disease. Laurie Taylor talks to Mark Harrison, Professor of the History of Medicine, about the close intertwining between trade and germs from the 14th century to today. His new book explores the development of public...Show More
Consuming Passions

27:53 | Jan 2nd, 2013

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. Producer: Jayn...Show More

28:11 | Dec 26th, 2012

Intoxication - In a special programme, Laurie Taylor explores the role and meaning of both alcohol and drugs in human life. Why do so many people chose to alter their consciousness with stimulants, whether legal or illicit? Professor James Mills, the...Show More
Female jockeys; military migrants

28:12 | Dec 19th, 2012

Military Migrants and the British Army. From Fiji to Ghana, the British military recruits soldiers to fight Britain's wars. Since 1998 overseas recruitment has been stepped up in response to labour shortages and diversity programmes. The sociologist,...Show More
Children in hospitals; History, heritage and tradition in British politics

28:11 | Dec 12th, 2012

British politics, heritage and history. Laurie Taylor explores the divergent stories political parties construct about our history and their own historical roles. From disputes over the National Curriculum for History to the assertion of a lost 'soci...Show More
Work identity on the railway; how to be gay

28:18 | Dec 5th, 2012

How to be Gay - Laurie Taylor talks to David Halperin, the US Professor of History and Theory of Sexuality, whose controversial new book explores the way in which a gay male sensibility subverts mainstream culture, from Grand Opera to Broadway Musica...Show More
Family funerals; red tape

28:04 | Nov 28th, 2012

Red Tape in India - a major new study by the renowned anthropologist, Akhil Gupta, seeks to understand why state bureaucracy hinders the fight against poverty in the world's third largest economy. Laurie Taylor hears about his ethnographic study amon...Show More
Archaeology of homelessness; residential care revisited

28:19 | Nov 21st, 2012

Residential care revisited - Laurie Taylor considers Peter Townsend's landmark research, 'The Last Refuge', fifty years after its publication. Retracing Townsend's footsteps, a hundred, older volunteer researchers sought to find out what had happened...Show More
Decline of the weekend; British riots of 2011

28:13 | Nov 14th, 2012

What was behind the British riots? From Blackberry and gossip to hard facts and first hand accounts. Laurie Taylor talks to Daniel Briggs about his research into last year's summer of discontent and damage. A definitive account of the nature and caus...Show More
Couchsurfing - Trauma Advocacy

28:09 | Nov 7th, 2012

Ever in need of a new way to travel? 'Couchsurfing', in the form of online social networking, allows users to travel with and stay at the homes of fellow users. It's just one example of how the internet aids face to face intimacy - sometimes amongst ...Show More
The UK strip and lap-dancing industry; blue jeans

28:20 | Oct 31st, 2012

Growth of the strip clubs - Why has erotic dance and stripping become a staple of the night time economy in the UK? Kate Hardy tells Laurie Taylor why her research suggests that the proliferation of these clubs has little to do with the demands of ma...Show More
Trouble at work, travellers vs tourists

27:55 | Oct 24th, 2012

Trouble at work: Laurie Taylor considers the findings of the largest UK study on ill treatment in the workplace ever undertaken. He's joined by the researchers, Ralph Fevre and Amanda Robinson, who claim that organisations which are well versed in mo...Show More