Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’

Call for papers: Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’. BSA Early Career workshop and networking event, Monday 17 July 2017, Canterbury Christ Church University. This workshop will focus on bringing together scholars currently working on romantic relationships from a wide range of disciplines within the social sciences. Continue reading

Our Summer in Sociology

The Sociology team had a busy summer attending and taking part in various national and international conferences, as well as running student internships, workshops and inter-disciplinary events. The programme had a strong contingent at this year’s British Sociological Association Conference at Aston University in Birmingham, with Dr Jennie Bristow, Dr Harshad Keval, Dr Rachel Thwaites and Dr Julia Carter all presenting their latest research. Sociology at CCCU also had a strong representation at this year’s International Sociological Association Forum held at the University of Vienna, where Dr Matthew Ogilvie, Dr Julia Carter and Dr Lorena Arocha attended and presented their work. Continue reading

Discovering Sociology

The British Sociological Association (BSA) has just launched its new ‘Discover  Sociology’ site, packed with interesting articles and useful resources. The site is aimed at sociology students and secondary school teachers, with teaching resources supporting key ideas and concepts; research methods; and topics ranging from education and crime to social inequalities, health, and families. Check it out!

Changing names and gendering identity

By Rachel Thwaites.

Writing about names might seem trivial.  Sociologists certainly seem to have thought it wasn’t important, with a real lack of naming research in this discipline.  Yet names are important signifiers: of personal identity, familial links, and even social roles; they help us to delineate between people, enact contracts, and speak to people in the everyday.  They are a crucial part of social organisation in any society and are bound up with social values and norms.  In Britain, the last name continues to have a particularly gendered significance and it is this which my research addresses. Continue reading