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

Arlie Hochschild’s latest book explores the emotional universe of Trump’s support

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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

Migration: seeing myself in others

The School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology will host an evening of public debate about migration on Friday 11 November 2016, 6pm-8pm, in Augustine Hall, CCCU. The evening will include a film screening, roundtable discussions, and debate about some key issues in the complex landscape of migration in contemporary Britain. We will explore the potentials and possibilities of being able to talk about ‘difference’, and finding ways to ‘see ourselves in others’. Continue reading