Sloanes, gentry and the ‘problem’ of the super-rich

By Daniel Smith 

 Elites are firmly on the agenda for British sociology. With a special issue of Discover Society dedicated to the super-wealthy and another special issue of BJS dedicated to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, dramatic inequality fuelled by staggering wealth is the central issue and social problem of the day. Yet this ‘elite’ are problematic, difficult to name, internally fractured and culturally heterogeneous. Continue reading

Devon Country Noir: Broadchurch, mourning and ‘disrupted’ Englishness

By Daniel Smith

I have to admit, with some possible embarrassment, that ITV’s Broadchurch (currently in its second series) is incredibly watchable. First and foremost it evokes nostalgic feelings in me towards the West Country and in fact features my alma mater, the University of Exeter, as Wessex Crown Court; second that it has two of the best British actors in it (David Tennant and Olivia Coleman) and three, well, it’s beautiful to look at. As comedian Diane Morgan put it during her satirical take on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, “despite the fact it has all death and grieving in it, its bright and lovely and sort of Instagram looking, like an advert for Flora or Cadbury’s Flake, so it’s dark but also colourful …” Continue reading

LAT research recieves accolade of Routledge’s Most Read in 2014

Dr. Julia Carter’s article, co-authored with colleagues Prof. Simon Duncan, Dr. Miranda Phillips and Dr. Sasha Rosenneil, has been included into Routledge’s Behavioural Science Most Read of 2014 list. The article is about how people in Living Apart Together relationships both maintain their relationships as well as how they are perceived by the couples. The article examines the themes of risk and emotional security, as well as patterns of care, notions of autonomy and flexibility. If you wish to read more on this, visit the Routledge Most Read of 2014 website here. Or, view the paper directly here