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

Reflections on a journey of 1,242 miles

By Lidis Garbovan, PhD student.

“It is 33 degrees Celsius today and we haven’t had this weather for the past 50 years!” the taxi driver informed me while on the way back home from Canterbury West Railway Station. I was returning in a heatwave from more than two months doing fieldwork in several parts of India. Looking back at these months with a reflexive, critical eye is not an easy task. Continue reading