Reflections on living and freedom

By Lidis Garbovan, PhD student in Sociology.

On 29 August 2017 the small town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, in the Himalayas was packed with thousands of people from several countries: Tibetans and Indians, Italians, Russians, Americans, British, Spanish, Colombians, as well as guests from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.

At 07.30am I joined the long queue to register for the event that all these people were here for: to attend the lectures of the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1989 for his efforts towards peace and non-violence. Continue reading

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Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’: a one day conference

Report by Lauren Palmer, Sociology Graduand.

This British Sociological Association Early Career workshop and networking event took place on 17th July 2017 at Canterbury Christ Church University. It focused on bringing together both newer and more established scholars who are currently working on research concerned with romantic couple relationships. Continue reading

A look behind the doors of this year’s ADvent calendar

By Lewis Davis and Rachel Hedger, second year Sociology students.

With John Lewis setting the precedent for Christmas adverts over the preceding years, you may well have had high hopes for this year’s festive flurry hitting your screens (and we don’t mean snow on your windscreen!). But after 2016 proved itself to be a pretty miserable year – Bowie, Wood, Rickman, Wogan (Brexit and Trump, too!) – the big businesses thought we deserved to be cheered up and these ads are definitely “more in tune with the Christmas the nation wants and needs to have in 2016” (Marketing Week, 2016). What they didn’t expect, however, was how happy their adverts would make us sociologists; adverts featuring prominent characters from minority ethnic backgrounds, empowered women and same-sex couples – bringing to the forefront traditionally marginalised groups. Not only this, but they focus on the feeling of Christmastime rather than turning this holiday into a commercial opportunity! (However, it can be argued they are buying our custom by creating this positive feeling inside us…) Continue reading