The Department of Sociology at Leicester is one of the most prominent and influential in the country. It was one of the first departments of sociology to be established in Britain, and has a long and well-respected tradition both in teaching and research. There are few branches of the discipline in which it has not had some influence.
The Department's graduates have for many years been a major force in the shaping of teaching and research in other universities and colleges. Many of the well-known sociologists in this country have been students and/or teachers at Leicester. Apart from the present Vice Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, an eminent sociologist of education and methodologist, important names from the past include Norbert Elias, Ilya Neustadt, Anthony Giddens, Joe and Olive Banks, Miriam Glucksmann, Nicos Mouzelis, John Goldthorpe, Terry Johnson, Paul Hirst, Derek Layder, John Scott and Eric Dunning.
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- Gender and feminist theory
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This thesis, Pauper Narratives in the Welsh Borders: 1750-1840, will make a substantial contribution to how narratives are used to understand the practice of relief distribution under the old poor law. It will expand investigations of poor law correspondence into the little-studied Welsh border region by advancing previous use of pauper letters, and incorporating new forms of correspondence. The thesis hopes to act as a stepping stone for future works to analyse welfare in Wales in greater de...
Harvey, Ben Richard
This article examines the juncture point between British-(Anglo)-American elite women in the first half of the twentieth century, their female networks and newspapers. It considers the maternal background, reconstructing biological and fictive kinships, to illustrate generational patterns leading to both female barrier-breaking in elite western institutions and clustering in the political and charitable work environments. The paper covers a century of adult female life using a central stem ma...
Recent concerns about a shortage of capacity for statistical and numerical analysis skills among social science students and researchers have prompted a range of initiatives aiming to improve teaching in this area. However, these projects have rarely re-evaluated the content of what is taught to students and have instead focussed primarily on delivery. The emphasis has generally been on increased use of complex techniques, specialist software and, most importantly in the context of this paper...
White, Patrick; Gorard, Stephen
The study examines the consequences of widows’ usage of the services of Faith-Based (FBOs) and Secular aid organizations (SBOs) to empower themselves in rural communities in Abia state Nigeria. To achieve this, the study adopted ideas proposed in three human development theories, the Relational Autonomy, Capability and the Cultural and Institutional approaches to advance a more general framework that analyses the various levels (micro, meso and macro) rural widows in Nigeria could be empowere...
Nwokoro, Chioma Vivienne
The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the implications of nation-building policies in Kazakhstan for the future of Kazakh identity. To consider the implications of largely inclusive policies, this dissertation investigates how young Kazakh adults, born and raised in different cultural and geographical contexts yet with a shared experience of studying and working in the capital city, perceive ethnic, civic, and cultural categories of national identity. A mixed methods approach is use...
Drawing on a relational approach and based on an ethnographic study of street cleaners and refuse collectors, we redress a tendency towards an over-emphasis on the discursive by exploring the co-constitution of the material and symbolic dynamics of dirt. We show how esteem-enhancing strategies that draw on the symbolic can be both supported and undermined by the physicality of dirt, and how relations of power are rooted in subordinating material conditions. Through employing Hardy and Thomas’...
Hughes, Jason R. A.; Simpson, R.; Slutskaya, N.; Simpson, A.; Hughes, K.
Female sex tourism is a contested concept. “Sex tourism” often refers to commercial sexual relationships between tourists and locals, but few female tourists enter into explicitly commodified cash-for-sex exchanges. As a result, some researchers have emphasized the emotionality and intimacy of tourist women’s sexual relationships with locals and have described their practice as “romance tourism” rather than “sex tourism.” Other researchers disputed the distinction between male sex tourism and...
Sanchez Taylor, Jacqueline
Cosmetic surgery tourism is a significant and growing area of medical tourism. This article explores the gendered construction of cosmetic surgery tourism in different geographical locations through an analysis of destination websites in Spain, the Czech Republic and Thailand. We examine the ways in which gender and other intersections of identity interact with notions of space, place and travel to construct particular locations and cosmetic surgery tourist experiences. The relational geograp...
Holliday, R.; Hardy, K.; Bell, D.; Jones, M.; Hunter, E.... et al.
This thesis examines the experiences of young women participating in anarchist and environmental activism within the UK as a means of exploring the relationship between youth, gender, and political participation in a postfeminist, neoliberal context. Recent scholarship has identified young women as the ideal subjects of neoliberalism, where flexibility and reflexivity are prized and rewarded. Young women have been presented with new subject positions and forms of citizenship engagement but th...
Holyoak, Rose Erin