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New publication from Professor Wing Chan

The Department of Sociology are delighted to announce that Professor Wing Chan and Professor John Ermisch have had an article pulished in Population Studies. The article entitled 'Residential proximity of parents and their adult offspring in the United Kingdom, 2009–10' can be found in Population Studies, 2015, Vol. 69, No. 3, 355–372.

Body and Society Special Issue - ‘Estranged Bodies: Shifting Paradigms and the Biomedical Imaginary’

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce that Professor Deborah Lynn Steinberg has guest edited a special issue of Body and Society 2015 ‘Estranged Bodies: Shifting Paradigms and the Biomedical Imaginary’ and that this has just been published.

Tue 22 Sep 2015, 18:45 | Tags: Homepage Research Publications

The Relational Subject

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Sociology can announce that Professor Margaret S. Archer has published a new book with Professor Pierpaolo Donati on 'The Relational Subject'.

Fri 26 Jun 2015, 15:24 | Tags: Homepage Research Publications

Generative Mechanisms Transforming The Social Order

GMTT-bookThis new book edited by Margaret Archer and collecting the work of the Centre for Social Ontology’s collaborators has just been released. It is the latest volume in the Social Morphogenesis series and examines how generative mechanisms emerge in the social order and their consequences. It does so in the light of finding answers to the general question posed in this book series: Will Late Modernity be replaced by a social formation that could be called Morphogenic Society?

This volume clarifies what a ‘generative mechanism’ is, to achieve a better understanding of their social origins, and to delineate in what way such mechanisms exert effects within a current social formation, either stabilizing it or leading to changes potentially replacing it . The book explores questions about conjuncture, convergence and countervailing effects of morphogenetic mechanisms in order to assess their impact. Simultaneously, it looks at how products of positive feedback intertwine with the results of (morphostatic) negative feedback. This process also requires clarification, especially about the conditions under which morphostasis prevails over morphogenesis and vice versa. It raises the issue as to whether their co-existence can be other than short-lived.

The volume addresses whether or not there also is a process of ‘morpho-necrosis’, i.e. the ultimate demise of certain morphostatic mechanisms, such that they cannot ‘recover’. The book concludes that not only are generative mechanisms required to explain associations between variables involved in the replacement of Late Modernity by Morphogenic Society, but they are also robust enough to account for cases and times when such variables show no significant correlations.

Tue 26 May 2015, 12:47 | Tags: Homepage Research Staff Publications

Honorary Professor - Professor Beverley Skeggs

Professor Beverley Skeggs: Honorary Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick We are pleased to announce that Professor Beverley Skeggs, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London has been appointed to an Honorary Professorship in our Department. Professor Skeggs has an outstanding international reputation in the field of cultural and sociological studies and is particularly noted for her groundbreaking work in the fields of class, gender, sexuality and race. Her work is focused on the relationship between the most intimate and the structural through, for example, research that is concerned with how the intimate production of the self illustrates how far capitalist social relations have pervaded our lives.  Her most recent research has explored how new political formations are being shaped through contemporary ethics and specifically how identities based on class are being produced by the new ethical scenarios presented on television.  Professor Skeggs was appointed to a Chair in Sociology at the University of Manchester in 1999 and was Head of Department from 2001-2004.  In 2004, she was appointed Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.  During 2007 she was the Kerstin Hesselgren Professor in Gender Studies at Stockholm University. In 2003 she was elected as an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. 


Mon 06 Apr 2009, 16:24 | Tags: Undergraduate Postgraduate Research Staff Publications

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