Here you can find introductions to some of our publications, including what inspired authors to engage with particular issues, and how they hope this work might contribute to processes of social change.
Our Archive of Online Publications features previous books by members of staff and a set of early contributions to open-access scholarship by many members of staff.
In addition, journals edited by staff in the department include: Feminist Theory (Celia Roberts); Gender, Work and Organization (Sylvia Walby); Mobilities (John Urry); New Genetics and Society (Richard Tutton); Social Studies of Science, Collaborating Editor (Lucy Suchman); Social Science and Medicine, Associate Editor (Maggie Mort). Joe Deville is an Editor for Mattering Press.
Global Garbage examines the ways in which garbage, in its diverse forms, is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices.
We are living in a time of crisis which has cascaded through society. Financial crisis has led to an economic crisis of recession and unemployment; an ensuing fiscal crisis over government deficits and austerity has led to a political crisis which threatens to become a democratic crisis. Borne unevenly, the effects of the crisis are exacerbating class and gender inequalities.
Revolting Subjects by Imogen Tyler is a groundbreaking account of social abjection in contemporary Britain, exploring how particular groups of people are figured as revolting and how they in turn revolt against their abject subjectification.
Cargomobilities, edited by Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky and John Urry, looks at how objects and materials are on the move like never before, often at astonishing speeds and along hidden route ways. This collection opens to social scientific scrutiny the various systems which move objects about the world, examining their fateful implications for many people and places.
As inequalities widen and the effects of austerity deepen, in many countries the wealth of the rich has soared. Why We Can't Afford the Rich by Andrew Sayer exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others, through the control of property and money.