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Sociology
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ISSN (Print) 0038-0385 - ISSN (Online) 1469-8684
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  • Thank you to referees
    • Pages: 1200 - 1203
      Abstract: Sociology, Volume 53, Issue 6, Page 1200-1203, December 2019.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-19T10:32:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880774
       
  • Sociologies of Personal Relationships and the Challenge of Climate Change
    • Authors: Lynn Jamieson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The substantive concerns and theoretical insights of sociologies of family, intimate and personal life ought to place this body of work in closer dialogue with environmental sociology over the ‘big issue’ of climate change. However, its research active practitioners typically have a narrower repertoire of engagement with global issues and those who are outside the topic area often miss the value of its contributions. This article discusses common ground between this specialist area and sociologies of environmental issues in unpacking processes of social change through empirically grounded theoretical work. This includes the renewed theoretical emphasis on relationality, empirically based critique of the ‘individualisation thesis’, uses of ‘practice’ to transcend ‘micro’–‘macro’ and ‘social’–‘natural’ divisions, and interest in I/we boundary shifts. More fully recognising the potential of this overlapping territory may help leverage more effective sociological responses to the global challenge of climate change.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-19T03:43:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519882599
       
  • Cuisine, Health and Table Manners: Food Boundaries and Forms of
           Distinction among Primary School Children
    • Authors: Filippo Oncini
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Using data gathered during ethnographic fieldwork in two primary school canteens, this article investigates how pupils from different social origins perform and embody social class through food knowledge and demeanour. I employ Bourdieu’s concept of habitus to highlight three main oppositions concerning children’s relationship with food, which are rooted in the social and material environment of their families. Their gastronomic horizons (wide versus narrow), their awareness of the links between nutrients and health (specific versus general) and their embodiment of table manners (etiquette versus ludic) unveil how children’s dispositions are simultaneously structured by familial endowments and actively at work in the construction of social divisions.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-19T03:39:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880087
       
  • Multiculturalism Under Confinement: Prisoner Race Relations Inside Western
           Canadian Prisons
    • Authors: Justin EC Tetrault, Sandra M Bucerius, Kevin D Haggerty
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      What do race relations among Canadian prisoners tell us about national mythology, liberal multiculturalism, and racial colour-blindness' Drawing from almost 500 semi-structured interviews conducted with male prisoners inside four provincial institutions in Western Canada as part of the University of Alberta Prison Project, we analyse prisoners’ perceptions of race and detail how their beliefs in Canada’s national mythology – particularly multiculturalism – foster racial colour-blindness in daily prison life. Our data speak to both support for, and critiques of, liberal multiculturalism as a lived political philosophy. For instance, racial colour-blindness helps reduce ethnic conflict and encourages inter-group relations among racially diverse prisoners. As critics of liberal multiculturalism suggest, however, our participants individualized racism, focusing on what is often called ‘overt racism’ (such as white supremacy). Few participants acknowledged ‘structural racism’ or dwelled on the overrepresentation of people of colour in the prison system (even when housed on a unit that could contain over 60 per cent Indigenous prisoners). Some prisoners expressed a belief that Canada had overcome racism.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-13T01:35:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519882311
       
  • Book Review
    • Authors: Peter Millward
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-12T03:14:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519882632
       
  • Emotionality and Professionalism: Exploring the Management of Emotions by
           Journalists Reporting on Genocide
    • Authors: Caitlin Knight
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The dynamic nature of reporting requires journalists to interrogate their emotions as well as their sense of professionalism. This article focuses on the complex relationship between emotionality and professionalism mediated by journalists who reported on cases of genocide. This extraordinary conflict situation provides a unique lens from which to explore the personal and professional resolve of journalists. Utilising interviews with UK journalists that reported on genocides in Rwanda and Srebrenica, this article develops a framework which characterises journalistic emotional labour as distinct, multi-faceted and somewhat contradictory. While participants described reporting as a focused, professional process in which emotions were silenced, the instinctual element and residual emotional toll associated with reporting on genocide demonstrates emotionality was not entirely absent. This article therefore provides a future template from which to explore emotional labour as part of a transformative relationship between journalists’ emotionality and professionalism.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-12T03:13:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519882608
       
  • The Ambivalence of Adoption: Adoptive Families’ Stories
    • Authors: Cath Lambert
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The making of family through adoption is an emotionally and politically charged legal and social process. Both its historical and contemporary manifestations are characterised by ambivalence. Contemporary domestic adoption in the UK is at a point of profound reflection, as many of its ambivalent features are articulated at the levels of national policy making as well as within the micro political sphere of family life. Drawing on an online archive of adoption stories, in particular blogs written by adoptive parents, this article attends to the affective ways in which this ambivalence manifests within adoptive families. Queer theoretical resources are used to engage with themes of haunting, absence and loss, the strange temporalities of adoptive kinship and the complex politics of undoing at the heart of adoption.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-08T09:33:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880107
       
  • Book Review Symposium: Kate Boyer, Spaces and Politics of Motherhood
    • Authors: Lisa Smyth
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-06T02:49:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880478
       
  • Book Review Symposium: Kate Boyer, Spaces and Politics of Motherhood
    • Authors: Charlotte Faircloth
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-06T02:08:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880476
       
  • Book Review Symposium: Kate Boyer, Spaces and Politics of Motherhood
    • Authors: Maria Fannin
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-11-06T01:48:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880466
       
  • Book Review: Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin, National Populism: The
           Revolt against Liberal Democracy
    • Authors: Peter Jones
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-28T09:25:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880465
       
  • What Is Digital Society' Reflections on the Aims and Purpose of
           Digital Sociology
    • Authors: Tom Redshaw
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-28T09:22:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880114
       
  • Book Review: Emily Nicholls, Negotiating Femininities in the Neoliberal
           Night-Time Economy
    • Authors: Katherine Appleford
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-25T01:05:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519880467
       
  • Does Paternal Involvement in Childcare Influence Mothers’ Employment
           Trajectories during the Early Stages of Parenthood in the UK'
    • Authors: Helen Norman
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Understanding the conditions that facilitate mothers’ employment and fathers’ involvement in childcare and housework is important for achieving gender equity in paid and unpaid work. Using Sen’s capabilities framework, the article explores the effect of paternal involvement in childcare on mothers’ employment resumption nine months and three years’ post-childbirth. Logistic regression is used on the UK’s Millennium Cohort Study. Results show that the probability of mothers resuming employment increase at both time points if the father is more involved in childcare nine months post-birth – and in some cases, this is more important for her employment resumption than her occupational class and the number of hours the father spends in paid work. However, attitudes have an even stronger effect, and appear to drive behaviour, as the probability of mothers resuming employment increase significantly three years post-birth if either parent endorses more gender egalitarian roles in the first year of parenthood.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-15T02:05:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519870720
       
  • Book Review: Kinneret Lahad, A Table for One: A Critical Reading of
           Singlehood, Gender and Time
    • Authors: Lynn Jamieson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-09T01:09:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860711
       
  • Gambling, Status Anxiety and Inter-Generational Social Mobility: Findings
           from the Mass Observation Archive
    • Authors: Emma Casey
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article is located within sociological research exploring the subjective experiences and emotional consequences of social mobility in the UK. It adds to recent attempts to examine the role of everyday cultural practices in making sense of journeys of upward mobility. The article draws on these theoretical advancements and applies them to a case study of everyday gambling practices using qualitative data (N = 24) collected from the Mass Observation Archive. The article represents one of the first attempts to examine the connections between social mobility and gambling. It draws on sociological research that explores the cultural as well as the economic underpinnings of social mobility and connects this to research examining the inter-relationships between gambling and class. By doing so, it aims to present a novel theoretical approach to the study of gambling as everyday consumer practice; one which can be understood alongside broader cultural and structural inequalities of class.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-07T07:53:16Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519874981
       
  • Book Review: Les Back and Shamser Sinha with Charlynne Bryan, Vlad Baraku
           and Mardoche Yemba, Migrant City
    • Authors: Georgie Wemyss
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-03T12:34:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519876816
       
  • Book Review: David Morgan, Snobbery
    • Authors: Sarah Wilson, Charlotte McPherson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-03T12:32:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519876814
       
  • Advantage ‘Finds Its Way’: How Privileged Families Exploit
           Opportunities in Different Systems of Secondary Education
    • Authors: Moris Triventi, Jan Skopek, Nevena Kulic, Sandra Buchholz, Hans-Peter Blossfeld
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses key findings from eduLIFE, a cross-national project that examined the emergence of social inequalities in 17 countries characterized by different models of secondary education. First, we build upon existing international studies and propose a broader classification of forms of differentiation in secondary education. Second, we elaborate a fourfold typology of secondary education systems. Third, we provide a longitudinal and comparative analysis of how social background, academic performance, and forms of secondary schooling create heterogeneous educational opportunities for recent generations. In particular, we discuss: (1) the allocation of students to different forms of secondary schooling; (2) student mobility among different types of education; and (3) the consequences of differentiation in secondary schooling for students’ educational careers. Our findings suggest that, on average, more privileged families successfully exploit the opportunities provided by specific institutional configurations of school systems in order to secure the most favourable outcomes for their children.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-10-03T02:58:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519874984
       
  • Book Review: Oliver Fillieule and Erik Neveu (eds), Activists Forever'
           Long-Term Impacts of Political Activism
    • Authors: Josh Bunting
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-09-20T01:24:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519872149
       
  • Book Review: Jessica Milner Davis and Sharyn Roach Anleu (eds), Judges,
           Judging and Humour
    • Authors: Cate Watson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-09-12T09:37:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519872150
       
  • Book Review: Shani Orgad, Tampere University, Finland
    • Authors: Hanna-Mari Ikonen
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-09-10T02:12:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519872158
       
  • Women, the Early Development of Sociological Research Methods in Britain
           and the London School of Economics: A (Partially) Retrieved History
    • Authors: Ann Oakley
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Histories of sociology have concentrated on the development of theory rather than methods. This article examines the work of five women researchers associated with the London School of Economics in the early 20th century to highlight an aspect of this neglected history: the development of research methods. Mildred Bulkley, Maud Davies, Amy Harrison, Bessie Hutchins and Varvara De Vesselitsky all carried out empirical research on the sociology of work, women and the household deploying multiple research methods, including surveys, interviews, observations, covert ethnography and diaries and schedules for recording household diets and finances. Their work combined a sensitivity to social context and lived experience within a framework integrating the drive to social reform with a focus on scientific sociology. Very little of this work is known today. An awareness of it changes our understanding of disciplinary history, particularly with respect to the provenance of research methods, and their role in establishing academic sociology.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-09-04T11:54:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519868631
       
  • Joint Book Review: Erzsébet Bukodi and John H Goldthorpe, Social Mobility
           and Education in Britain: Research, Politics and Policy and Sam Friedman
           and Daniel Laurison, The Class Ceiling: Why It Pays to Be Privileged
    • Authors: Will Atkinson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T12:29:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519867222
       
  • Book Review: Chantal Mouffe, For a Left Populism
    • Authors: Victor Castrelo
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T12:27:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519867219
       
  • Egg Donation Imaginaries: Embodiment, Ethics and Future Family Formation
    • Authors: Nicky Hudson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article considers the sociological utility of the ‘imaginary’ for understanding how a growing number of women who seek to conceive using donated eggs might make sense of their future desires, hopes and ambivalences. By combining the imaginary with insights from authors working on ideas about everyday or ‘ordinary’ ethics it considers how deliberations about egg donation take place and how future motherhood is constructed. Three main aspects of what are referred to as ‘egg donation imaginaries’ are defined: ‘imagining donor egg motherhood’; ‘imagining donor motivations’; and ‘imagining the donor’. The article illustrates how the imaginary is a valuable analytical device because it illuminates how ideas, ambivalences, deliberations and reflections about future family building are deeply social, embodied and reflexive. The imaginary advances sociological theorising of reproduction more generally and helps to bridge existing tensions between individual practices and wider social and policy imaginaries.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T12:25:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519868625
       
  • Valuing Care and Support in an Era of Celebrating Independence: Disabled
           Young People’s Reflections on Their Meaning and Role in Their Lives

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Janice McLaughlin
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The right to a supported independent life is a central dimension to disability politics. This focus has been used to challenge institutionalised living and the exclusion of disabled people from areas such as education and employment. The importance given to independence has also led to a critique of care. This critique has been a point of contention between disability studies and feminist theorising. In this article I argue it is important to return to these debates because contemporary conditions mean advocacy of independence is being co-opted into rhetorics of self-sufficiency. At the same time care on its own does not offer a productive alternative. The article draws from an ESRC project undertaken with disabled young people to advocate for the importance of both supported independence and of support being caring. It concludes by arguing that an expansive welfare state is required to create the conditions that can make that possible.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T12:22:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519868630
       
  • Uncovering Hidden Emotional Work: Professional Practice in Paediatric
           Post-Mortem
    • Authors: Kate Reed, Julie Ellis
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The concepts of emotional labour and emotion management have been extensively explored across a range of health and social care occupations. Less is known about emotionality in ‘hidden’ and ‘taboo’ realms of health work. Drawing on data from an ethnographic study on fetal and neonatal post-mortem, we explore the ways in which professionals across occupation and status positions both articulate and manage their emotions. Post-mortem involves a range of practices which take place around the edges of life and death, medicine and hospital space. Although often concealed from members of the public (and from some professionals), such practices tend to be highly valued by professionals and parents. Our analysis moves beyond the current sociological focus on occupation, illuminating instead how emotional work is performed across multi-disciplinary teams in this secret context. In doing so we seek to contribute to the conceptual and empirical development of the sociology of emotion work.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T12:20:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519868638
       
  • Activating the Welfare Subject: The Problem of Agency
    • Authors: Lydia Morris
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      While accepting Banton’s recently expressed view that sociology and social policy are distinct disciplines, this article argues that times of radical change can profitably bring the two into closer dialogue. Considering an argument from Emirbayer and Mische that agency becomes especially apparent in unsettled times, it focuses on conceptions of agency at play in the design and implementation of recent UK welfare reforms, and in subsequent legal challenges. Identifying a series of key measures in the Welfare Reform Act of 2012 and the Welfare and Work Act of 2016, this article examines the challenges that have ensued, and the way that agency is revealed as both a site of disciplinary control and as a focus for contestation, pitting the purposive rationality of welfare reform against the practical reason that emerges from claimant experience.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T01:44:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519867635
       
  • Book Review: Romit Chowdhury and Zaid Al Baset (eds), Men and Feminism in
           India
    • Authors: Sylvia Chant
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T11:10:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519867215
       
  • Book Review: Susie Scott, The Social Life of Nothing: Silence,
           Invisibility and Emptiness in Tales of Lost Experience
    • Authors: David HJ Morgan
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T11:05:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519867047
       
  • Not Entitled to Talk: (Mis)recognition, Inequality and Social Activism of
           Young Muslims

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Hilary Pilkington, Necla Acik
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article considers the relationship between (mis)recognition, inequality and social activism through the lens of young Muslims’ response to their positioning as ‘suspect communities’. It draws on qualitative empirical research to suggest that the institutionalisation of misrecognition, including through the preventative (‘Prevent’) arm of UK counter-terrorism strategy, may mobilise young Muslims to resist ‘suspect’ status and make claims to the right to equal esteem. This forms part of the motivation towards social activism that mitigates the harm inflicted by misrecognition. However, the particular historical and cultural form of the institutionalisation of misrecognition, which renders ‘preventing Prevent’ a priority for young Muslims, may compound their status subordination. Drawing on critiques of the politics of recognition, and contextualising findings in debates on racism, anti-Muslim attitudes and societal securitisation, the article concludes that fighting misrecognition with recognition politics mis-places the role of power in subject formation and constrains young Muslims’ political agency.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T07:34:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519867630
       
  • Towards a Sociological Understanding of Sexting as a Social Practice: A
           Case Study of University Undergraduate Men
    • Authors: Steven Roberts, Signe Ravn
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article makes the case for understanding young people’s engagement with ‘sexting’ as a social practice. Moving away from the dominant focus on teenagers and (sexual) risk and instead approaching sexting as an ‘everyday’ practice sheds light on how sexting is perceived and situated as a normalised part of contemporary youth culture. Drawing on 10 focus groups with 37 undergraduate men in Melbourne, Australia, our data reveal young men’s significant emphasis on consent, mutuality and respect, marking out ‘appropriate sexting’ practices as distinct from harassment or image-based abuse. Nonetheless, the centrality of a transactional approach to sexting questions those seemingly positive dispositions. Social practice theory permits sophisticated understanding of these nuances, seeing them as bound up and produced in correspondence with the broader meanings, embodied skills and material artefacts that are associated with sexting.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-08-01T02:41:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519864239
       
  • Hierarchical Assemblages of Citizenship and Belonging: The Pedestrian
           Speech Acts of British Gujarati Indian Walkers
    • Authors: Aarti Ratna
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The 2018 Windrush generation controversy, made public state-induced hostilities towards African Caribbean citizens of the nation. However, this is not a new phenomenon. The state’s de-humanising treatment of racial and ethnic minority migrant settlers has a much longer history. I make visible this history by exploring the informal walking pastimes of five, married, British Gujarati Indian couples, many of whom, like other South Asian migrants, arrived in England during the 1960s and 1970s. Using the notion of pedestrian speech acts, I explore the relationship between race, urban multiculture, citizenship and belonging. The findings signal how public and state discourses are mobilised by these walkers to repeatedly invoke their citizenship, mainly by ‘Othering’ Eastern European communities, as well as in terms of what I have called hierarchical assemblages of citizenship and belonging, elucidating the dynamic complexities of racial, ethnic, religious, caste, class, gender, and generational unities and tensions.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-31T09:41:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860413
       
  • Necropolitics and the Slow Violence of the Everyday: Asylum Seeker Welfare
           in the Postcolonial Present

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Lucy Mayblin, Mustafa Wake, Mohsen Kazemi
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article responds to dual calls for researching and theorising everyday social phenomena in postcolonial studies on the one hand, and serious engagement with the postcolonial within the discipline of sociology on the other. It focuses on the everyday lives of asylum seekers living on asylum seeker welfare support in the UK. Asylum seekers offer a good case study for exploring the postcolonial everyday because they live in poverty and consequently experience daily harms at the hands of the state, despite the UK fulfilling its obligations to them under human rights law. The article proposes a conceptual framework drawing together sociologies of the everyday, necropolitics and slow violence in tracing how hierarchical conceptions of human worth impact on the everyday.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-31T09:41:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519862124
       
  • Exploring Women’s Mutuality in Confronting Care-Precarity: ‘Care
           Accounts’ – a Conceptual Tool
    • Authors: Anni Raw, Linda McKie
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Exploring scholarship in reciprocity, gift and gendered social capital, and drawing upon research and analysis across 15 years (2003–2018), this article offers fresh theoretical insights into everyday practices of low-paid women with care responsibilities. Framing women’s pragmatic mutuality in confronting precarity in their care arrangements, we propose the concept of ‘Care Accounts’, articulating a practice of collaborative workplace problem solving. Women lodge and generate good will with colleagues by swapping or extending their shifts to cover for each other; generating capacity and continuity of care across unexpected family events or crises. Systems of reciprocal workplace mutuality – care/work micro-networks – build as women pool their capacity to respond. We highlight, however, an ensnarement effect of Care Accounts, as they further lock women into low paid jobs. We suggest priority attention must be given to the prevalence and urgency of ‘care-precarity’ and the dereliction in care planning that Care Accounts reveal.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-24T03:34:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519856236
       
  • Book Review: Felicity Wood, Universities and the Occult Rituals of the
           Corporate World: Higher Education and Metaphorical Parallels with Myth and
           Magic
    • Authors: Grace Krause
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-19T09:18:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519863230
       
  • When Borders Migrate: Reconstructing the Category of ‘International
           Migrant’
    • Authors: Anastasia Gorodzeisky, Inna Leykin
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Using the Baltic states as an empirical example of a wider social problem of categorization and naming, this article explores the statistical categories of ‘international migrant/foreign-born’ population used in three major cross-national data sources (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Eurostat and The World Bank Indicators (WBI)). We argue that these seemingly politically neutral categories ignore historical processes of state formation and migration, and privilege the current ethnonational definition of the state. We demonstrate how, in regions with recent geopolitical changes, the international migrant category’s spatial and temporal constraints produce distorted population parameters, by marking those who have never crossed sovereign states’ borders as international migrants. In certain social contexts, applying the international migrant category to those who have never crossed international borders shapes and legitimizes restrictive citizenship policies and new forms of social exclusion. We further argue that, when uncritically adopting this category, transnational institutions assert territorial imaginaries embedded in ethnonational political discourses and legitimize exclusionary citizenship policies.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-19T03:39:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860403
       
  • Understanding Individual Voluntary Giving as a Practice: Implications for
           Regional Arts Organisations in the UK
    • Authors: Caroline Moraes, Athanasia Daskalopoulou, Isabelle Szmigin
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This research examines individual voluntary giving as an integrative practice. Our research speaks to the new funding challenges traversing the British arts sector. Historically reliant on government funds, increasingly regional non-profit arts organisations must diversify their income sources and target a range of voluntary givers. By drawing on practice theories and interpretive qualitative data, we illuminate how giving understandings, procedures and engagements interconnect and interact, coming together in ways that lead to specific giving choices that prioritise cause-based charities over the arts. In doing so, we make two original contributions towards existing sociological research on voluntary giving. First, we transform and broaden the scope of empirical research by conceptualising voluntary giving as an integrative practice. Second, we offer a lens through which to investigate and explicate shared social processes, mechanisms and acts that traverse structures and individuals, co-construing and reproducing voluntary giving patterns.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-19T03:35:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860376
       
  • Musical Taste and the Creation of Place-Dependent Capital: Manchester and
           the Indie Music Field
    • Authors: Alexandros Skandalis, Emma Banister, John Byrom
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Drawing on qualitative interviews with indie music fans in Manchester, UK, we explore how experiences in the indie music field inform spatial and place-specific understandings of musical taste. Inspired by Bourdieu’s sociology of taste, the concept of place-dependent capital incorporates the interplay of the experiential dimensions of taste, and the overall structures in which they are embedded. We develop our findings into three themes, which allow us to highlight the diversity of ways in which our participants create place-dependent capital: exploring the taste of place; dwelling in place; and creating a sense of place. We propose the usefulness of place-dependent capital as an alternative theoretical tool, which acknowledges both structural and experiential dimensions of musical taste, allowing us to demonstrate the situatedness of indie music fans’ tastes.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-18T01:47:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860399
       
  • Advocacy Research on Homophobia in Education: Claims-Making, Trauma
           Construction and the Politics of Evidence
    • Authors: Mark McCormack
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Sociology has an ambivalent relationship with advocacy research because the benefits of participation and engagement must be balanced with concerns about bias. The current study uses 10 recent research reports on homophobia in British educational settings, written and funded by campaigning charities, as a case study of contemporary advocacy research. Presenting a sociological analysis of these documents and adopting a social problems approach, claims-making processes in the reports are documented and significant methodological and analytical flaws are identified. Instead of objective research, these reports are campaigning documents that seek to gain media coverage and influence policy. Implications for how the reports should be used as resources for research and social policy are examined, and a more nuanced and sophisticated approach to engaging with advocacy research is called for.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-18T01:44:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519858585
       
  • Book Review: Dan Allen, Margaret Greenfields and David Smith (eds),
           Transnational Resilience and Change: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies
           of Survival and Adaptation
    • Authors: Kamila Fiałkowska
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-17T10:30:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860713
       
  • Book Review: Tania Saeed, Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion,
           Ethnicity and the Female Voice
    • Authors: Rashida Bibi
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-17T09:53:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860706
       
  • Book Review: José Esteban Castro, Bridget Fowler and Luís Gomes (eds),
           Time, Science and the Critique of Technological Reason: Essays in Honour
           of Hermínio Martins
    • Authors: Andrew Tudor
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-02T07:29:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519855305
       
  • Popular but Peripheral: The Ambivalent Status of Sociology Education in
           Schools in England
    • Authors: Sarah Cant, Mike Savage, Anwesa Chatterjee
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article reports the largest UK study of sociology school teachers’ views of the discipline. Drawing on the sociology of the professions, we reflect on the ambivalent positioning of sociology in schools. Despite buoyant uptake, teachers claim that sociology is perceived as dated and has lower status than other elective courses, often described as a ‘soft’ and ‘easy’ subject that anyone can teach. While many students are reported to benefit from the transformative education that sociology affords, the failure to designate the subject as facilitating entry to higher status universities serves to further marginalise the discipline. We argue that sociology in schools is weakly bounded, poorly supported and lacks strong professional coherence. While this allows sociology to have an open, critical and reflexive character, it comes at the price of not being able to control delivery in schools and make claims for high status.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T09:57:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519856815
       
  • Strategies for Reflexive Ethnography in the Smart Home: Autoethnography of
           Silence and Emotion
    • Authors: Christine Hine
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Smart technologies in the home promise efficiency and control, but this simplistic story obscures their potential to reconfigure relationships and introduce new tensions into domestic contexts. This article explores ethnography as a method to facilitate sociological analysis of smart technologies in the home and develop a grounded understanding of their role in lived experience. The article assembles insights from ethnography of silence, ethnography of infrastructure and autoethnography. While much sociological commentary stresses the dataveillance capacities of such technologies, for ethnographers it is important to remember that our role is to do justice to members’ understandings whether they relate to dataveillance or not. Ethnographers need to address the common tendency for facilitating technologies of this kind to become unspoken aspects of everyday life. Autoethnography offers a route into exploring the nuanced meaning of the silences that the use of smart technologies entails and engaging with emotional dimensions of their use.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-06-24T01:47:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519855325
       
  • The Methodological Divide of Sociology: Evidence from Two Decades of
           Journal Publications

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Carsten Schwemmer, Oliver Wieczorek
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Past research indicates that Sociology is a low-consensus discipline, where different schools of thought have distinct expectations about suitable scientific practices. This division of Sociology into different subfields is to a large extent related to methodology and choices between qualitative or quantitative research methods. Relying on theoretical constructs of the academic prestige economy, boundary demarcation and taste for research, we examine the methodological divide in generalist Sociology journals. Using automated text analysis for 8737 abstracts of articles published between 1995 and 2017, we discover evidence of this divide, but also of an entanglement between methodological choices and different research topics. Moreover, our results suggest a marginally increasing time trend for the publication of quantitative research in generalist journals. We discuss how this consolidation of methodological practices could enforce the entrenchment of different schools of thought, which ultimately reduces the potential for innovative and effective sociological research.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-06-17T11:54:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519853146
       
  • Book Review: Ross Deuchar, Gangs and Spirituality: Global Perspectives
    • Authors: Abby Day
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-05-29T02:54:36Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519849325
       
  • Book Review: Steven Roberts, Young Working-Class Men in Transition
    • Authors: Jeff Hearn
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-05-09T08:49:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519846441
       
  • Book Review: Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human
    • Authors: Paul J D’Ambrosio
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-05-09T08:33:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519846438
       
  • Book Review: Tracy Shildrick, Poverty Propaganda: Exploring the Myths
    • Authors: Duncan Fisher
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-12T07:56:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519841834
       
  • Ageing in a Gentrifying Neighbourhood: Experiences of Community Change in
           Later Life
    • Authors: Tine Buffel, Chris Phillipson
      First page: 987
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-01T11:29:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519836848
       
  • The Rhetoric of Recessions: How British Newspapers Talk about the Poor
           When Unemployment Rises, 1896–2000
    • Authors: Daniel McArthur, Aaron Reeves
      First page: 1005
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-09T02:45:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519838752
       
  • Teaching Grenfell: The Role of Emotions in Teaching and Learning for
           Social Change
    • Authors: Laura Connelly, Remi Joseph-Salisbury
      First page: 1026
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-11T09:31:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519841826
       
  • Social Isolation as Stigma-Management: Explaining Long-Term Unemployed
           People’s ‘Failure’ to Network
    • Authors: Michelle Peterie, Gaby Ramia, Greg Marston, Roger Patulny
      First page: 1043
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Social networks play an important role in helping people find employment, yet extant studies have argued that unemployed ‘job-seekers’ rarely engage in ‘networking’ behaviours. Previous explanations of this inactivity have typically focused on individual factors such as personality, knowledge and attitude, or suggested that isolation occurs because individuals lose access to the latent benefits of employment. Social stigma has been obscured in these debates, even as they have perpetuated stereotypes regarding individual responsibility for unemployment and the inherent value of paid work. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 80 unemployed Australians, this article argues that stigma-related shame is an important factor in networking decisions. First, it demonstrates that stigma is ubiquitous in the lives of the unemployed. Second, it identifies withdrawal from social networks and disassociation from ‘the unemployed’ as two key strategies that unemployed people use to manage stigma-related shame, and shows how these strategies reduce networking activities.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-01T09:48:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519856813
       
  • Establishing a Disciplining Financial Disposition in the City of London:
           Resilience, Speed and Intelligence
    • Authors: Alex Simpson
      First page: 1061
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Examining the strategies, investments and values employed by finance workers in the City of London, this article draws on interview and ethnographic data to develop a culturally dominant ‘financial disposition’. Manifesting as an overarching strategy of discipline, and identifying the interlocking performative values of resilience, speed and intelligence, the findings articulate how finance workers invest in a system of practical and cognitive social relations to uphold an ideologically coherent system of ‘frictionless’ financial exchange. In doing so, the article allows us to see how an ideologically dominant market order, which is overwhelmingly subject to structural levels of analysis, establishes a set of durable yet adaptable social relations that contribute to the production of a coherent market system. It is a development that gives new meaning to the ways individuals adapt and contribute to the reproduction of material and structural relations and come to characterise the financial experience.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-18T01:52:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519860402
       
  • The Symbolic Efficacy of Pope Francis’s Religious Capital and the
           Agency of the Poor
    • Authors: Gustavo Morello
      First page: 1077
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores the paradox between Pope Francis’s success as a critic of global markets and the limitations of his religious capital in his home country of Argentina. While for some observers it might be obvious that the pope can influence people’s thinking about social and political matters, the findings of this article highlight the role of ‘non-specialist’, ordinary believers in setting limits to Francis’s religious power. Using Bourdieusian theory and a ‘lived religion’ methodological approach, I explore the agency of ordinary believers in the religious field. By studying the limits regular believers established to the efficacy of Pope Francis’s religious capital, we better understand how the agency of non-specialists operates in the religious field. This research is based on a non-random sample of semi-structured, in-depth interviews of 42 lower socioeconomic status interviewees, self-identified as Catholics, Evangelicals, Others and Non-Affiliated; conducted in Córdoba, Argentina from November 2015 to December 2016.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-06-11T01:46:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519853109
       
  • The Stickiness of Non-Religion': Intergenerational Transmission and
           the Formation of Non-Religious Identities in Childhood
    • Authors: Anna Strhan, Rachael Shillitoe
      First page: 1094
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The rapid rise of those identifying as ‘non-religious’ across many countries has prompted growing interest in the ‘religious nones’. A now burgeoning literature has emerged, challenging the idea that ‘non-religion’ is the mere absence of religion and exploring the substantive beliefs, practices and identities that are associated with so-called unbelief. Yet we know little about the micro-processes through which this cultural shift towards non-religion is taking place. Drawing on data from an ethnographic study, this article examines how, when, where and with whom children learn to be non-religious, and considers the different factors that are implicated in the formation of non-religious identities. While research on religious transmission has demonstrated the importance of the family, our multi-sited approach reveals the important role also played by both school context and children’s own reflections in shaping their formation as non-religious, suggesting a complex pattern of how non-religious socialization is occurring in Britain today.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-06-25T08:20:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519855307
       
  • Family Secrets and the Slow Violence of Social Stigma
    • Authors: Ashley Barnwell
      First page: 1111
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-05-08T12:57:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519846443
       
  • ‘We Don’t Want to Go and Be Idle Ducks’: Family
           Practices at the End of Life
    • Authors: Erica Borgstrom, Julie Ellis, Kate Woodthorpe
      First page: 1127
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-24T02:04:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519841828
       
  • ‘You Can’t Just Stick with Those You Like’: Why Friendship Practices
           Threaten Fraternal Life in Cistercian Monasteries

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Mikaela Sundberg
      First page: 1143
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-09T02:41:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519838693
       
  • Unequal Youth Migrations: Exploring the Synchrony between Social Ageing
           and Social Mobility among Post-Crisis European Migrants
    • Authors: Simone Varriale
      First page: 1160
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores how symbolic boundaries between youth and adulthood shape experiences of upward and downward social mobility among EU migrants. Drawing on 56 biographical interviews with Italians who moved to England after the 2008 economic crisis, and focusing on three individual case studies, the article reveals that normative understandings of adulthood emerge as a central concern from participants’ biographical accounts, and that they mobilise unequal forms of cultural, economic and social capital to maintain a feeling of ‘synch’ between social ageing and social mobility. Drawing on Bourdieu and the sociology of adulthood, the article proposes the notion of synchrony to explore how tensions in the relationship between social ageing and social mobility shape experiences of migration. This allows for an innovative theoretical bridge between cultural class analysis, adulthood studies and migration studies, and for a better understanding of how intersections of class and age shape intra-European migrations.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-07-18T08:19:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519858044
       
  • Imagining the ‘West’ in the Context of Global Coloniality: The Case of
           Post-Soviet Youth Migration to Finland
    • Authors: Daria Krivonos, Lena Näre
      First page: 1177
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The article argues that the post-Soviet youth construct their migratory projects as an effort towards social distinction vis-a-vis post-socialist imaginary. We argue that their migration can be understood as a search for distinctiveness and for what is perceived as a ‘better’, that is, more western, lifestyle. Analysing their narratives through the prism of imagination, we demonstrate how young Russian-speakers vision the position of the post-socialist condition within the global coloniality of power and claim their belonging to the western project as educated young people with global cultural capitals. The article brings the case of Russian-speakers’ migration within debates on global coloniality and offers a contribution to the theorising of post-socialist imaginaries in the context of global coloniality and sociological imagination. The analysis is based on a multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in 2014–2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-06-11T01:56:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519853111
       
  • Book Review: Kalwant Bhopal, White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial
           Society
    • Authors: Derron Wallace
      First page: 1194
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-03-26T01:38:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519837177
       
  • Book Review: Sarah Neal, Katy Bennett, Allen Cochrane and Giles Mohan,
           Lived Experiences of Multiculture: The New Social and Spatial Relations of
           Diversity
    • Authors: Maike Isaac
      First page: 1196
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-03-22T02:34:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519837181
       
  • Book Review: Steve Fuller, Post-Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game
    • Authors: Will Mason-Wilkes
      First page: 1198
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      PubDate: 2019-04-12T12:36:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519841830
       
  • Sociological Ambivalence: Relationships between Birth Parents and Foster
           Parents
    • Authors: Margaretha Järvinen, Stine Tankred Luckow
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Inspired by Merton and Barber’s sociological theory on ambivalence, this article analyses ‘co-parenting’ between foster parents and birth parents as prototypes of ambivalent relationships; that is, relationships based on incompatible role requirements. This incompatibility is rooted in the conflicts between (a) the professional role of foster carers and their emotional involvement in the child in their care, and (b) the status of birth parents as ‘failed parents’ (from the perspective of the authorities) and their continuous aspirations to get their child home again. The article is based on qualitative interviews with foster parents and birth parents of children in foster care in Denmark. We show how the structural ambivalence is associated with difficulties, for both foster parents and birth parents, in translating the principle of ‘the best interest of the child’ into concrete practice in out-of-home placements.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519896937
       
  • Strong, Weak and Invisible Ties: A Relational Perspective on Urban
           Coexistence
    • Authors: Maxime Felder
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The dichotomy between ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ ties is a common theme in sociological scholarship dealing with urban space, yet urban ethnographers have long been describing the prevalence of impersonal relations. Such relations can be described as fleeting encounters between complete strangers, while others – as in the case of ‘nodding’ relationships – are durable and have yet to be conceptualised. The notion of ‘invisible ties’ is proposed as a conceptual handle for studying typical urban relations that complement the established notions of strong and weak ties. Through an empirical study of four residential buildings in Geneva (Switzerland), these ‘invisible ties’ are revealed by means of a systemic approach to social urban life, from which two key actors emerge: ‘socialisers’ and ‘figures’. This research addresses gaps in the literature on interpersonal relations in urban contexts by focusing on the interplay between different types of social ties, encompassing the whole continuum from anonymity to intimacy.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519895938
       
  • Book Review: Andrew King, Kathryn Almack and Rebecca L Jones (eds),
           Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: Multidisciplinary
           International Perspectives
    • Authors: Paul Simpson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519897907
       
  • Book Review: Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton and Sinikka Elliott, Pressure
           Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do
           about It
    • Authors: Laura Valli
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519897906
       
  • Book Review: Tim Strangleman, Voices of Guinness
    • Authors: Christopher J McLachlan
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519897903
       
  • Comparing Capitalisms: Debates, Controversies and Future Directions
    • Authors: Geoffrey T Wood, Matthew MC Allen
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Various strands of the comparative capitalisms (CC) literature agree that the advanced economies have liberalized in recent years, bringing with it rising income and wealth inequality and job insecurity; although these perspectives differ in important ways, there is much common ground between them to explain this heightened level of inequality and insecurity. Through reviewing contributions to three key CC perspectives since 2007/2008, we argue that they have tended to focus on developments in co-ordinated market economies, leading to a neglect of growing structural crises in liberal market economies, which have contributed to the UK and the USA entering uncharted socio-political waters. We extend recent work that emphasizes how variation between countries in labour-market institutions, different corporate forms and states’ fiscal policies help to explain income and wealth inequality to highlight future research agendas that seek to combine more systematically these institutional areas to explain social inequalities, workers’ experiences and socio-political crises within capitalist systems.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519895937
       
  • Violence and Politics: Reconsidering Weber’s ‘Politics as a
           Vocation’
    • Authors: Jack Barbalet
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      Today, more than ever, consideration of politics requires reflection on the role of violence and the ethical conduct of leaders. These and associated issues are central in Weber’s ‘Politics as a vocation’, published 100 years ago. While frequently cited, Weber’s definitions of politics and the state, and his understanding of the vocation of politics, are seldom subject to close examination. In the present article Weber’s treatment of the state and politics in terms of the means of violence is shown to be inadequate and misleading. The extra-territoriality of the modern state, necessary in war-making and international intrigue, is continuous with its means of violence, but curiously ignored in ‘Politics as a vocation’. Finally, Weber’s account of morality in the political vocation is shown to have high polemical resonance but low analytic value.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519895748
       
  • Temporally Distributed Aspirations: New Chinese Migrants to New Zealand
           and the Figuring of Migration Futures
    • Authors: Bingyu Wang, Francis Collins
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article contributes to the literature on migration aspirations by examining their temporal dimensions and capacity to shape and be reshaped through migration. Drawing on qualitative research with Chinese migrants in New Zealand, we unpack the shifting character of aspirations to migrate in relation to three dimensions: everyday times; individual lifetimes; and institutional times. Utilising this temporally sensitive theoretical approach, the article shows that migration aspirations do not occur at one time – before migration – or across one duration – but rather articulate with multiple temporalities ranging from the intensity or slowness of everyday life, through appropriate progression through life courses, to the broader vistas of institutional and geo-historical time. Migration aspirations are hence necessarily temporally distributed rather than located in a singular chronological instance, or only in relation to a linear arrangement of past–present–future, and as a result, we argue for greater attention on the generation and reconfiguration of aspirations across time.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519895750
       
  • Bowling Together' Practices of Belonging and Becoming in a London
           Ten-Pin Bowling League
    • Authors: Emma Jackson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article uses the case of an ethnographic study of a London ten-pin bowling alley to propose a framework of ‘practices of belonging and becoming’ for understanding convivial participation in urban space. Drawing insights from the bowling league, the article puts forward four propositions for rethinking belonging through bowling: as a practice that embeds people in place; as a relational practice experienced across time and place; as a performance that acts on the sense of self and the body; and as a theatrical performance that enriches and resonates through a scene. The article proposes that these four intertwined registers can be used beyond this example to advance dynamic theories of belonging and to enrich an understanding of the production of convivial urban spaces in the contemporary city.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519892528
       
  • Critiquing – and Rescuing – ‘Character’
    • Authors: Andrew Sayer
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      The article looks at how sociology might regard the concept of ‘character’, both in terms of the way it is used in public discourse and in its own accounts of social life. In the former, the concept is likely to be regarded with suspicion, especially where it is used to explain individuals’ life outcomes in a way that ignores social structures and depoliticizes inequalities. Such usages are to be found in political discourse on welfare and in the character education movement as a solution to problems of ‘social mobility’. Yet if character refers to individuals’ settled dispositions to act in certain ways, then it has some affinities with the Bourdieusian concept of habitus. The article argues both for developing the critique of ideological uses of the concept and for considering how it might be used in ways that do not misrepresent its explanatory and normative significance.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519892532
       
  • Global Migration, Local Communities and the Absent State: Resentment and
           Resignation on the Italian Island of Lampedusa
    • Authors: Michela Franceschelli
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article draws on the case of the Italian island of Lampedusa to explore how global migration nurtures populist discourses at the local community level. Lampedusa, a key transitory site for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe, revealed strong concerns about the neglect of local public services and the mismanagement of migration. These concerns fed a deep sense of resentment that the islanders addressed toward the Italian state, resonating with the experiences of other communities around the world and reifing populist ideas. Based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork, and disseminated by a film documentary, the article reveals how apparently similar global populist experiences disclose different local worries and long-term historical processes. In doing so, it unfolds the socially situated nature of Lampedusa’s populist resentment and so it contributes to a more thorough understanding of the relation between local communities and the national state as it is being reflected through debates on migration.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519890824
       
  • Brexit and the Classed Politics of Bordering: The British in France and
           European Belongings

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Michaela Benson
      Abstract: Sociology, Ahead of Print.
      This article considers what Brexit means for British citizens living in France. Drawing on empirical research I examine the emotional and material impacts that uncertainties about their futures have had on their lives. The article documents the measures they take (or anticipate) in their bids to secure their future rights to stay put in France. However, not everyone is well placed to secure their own future. Foregrounding Brexit as bordering – the social and political process through which judgements are made about who is ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ of the privilege of (European) belonging – I question who among these Britons is newly bordered through Brexit and with what impacts' As I argue, Brexit is unevenly experienced, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and generating new fault lines of belonging among the British in France as they are repositioned in relation to hierarchies of European belonging.
      Citation: Sociology
      DOI: 10.1177/0038038519885300
       
 
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