Publication highlights

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.

For more details of recent publications, please visit our staff profiles or the Lancaster University Research Portal.

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: Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment

    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.

  • Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain

    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: moving materials in a global age

    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 routeways. 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.

  • Why we can't afford the rich

    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.