Thursday, 25 September 2014

Dr Xiaodong Lin - Marginalized masculinities: rural men in urban China

Dr Xiaodong Lin gave a talk on 'Marginalized masculinities: rural men in urban China', at the European Research Network meeting on ‘Men, Masculinities and Gender Equality: exploring masculine subjectivities at the margins’ on 25th September, at Newcastle University.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dave Beer Interview - Figure/Ground on his Punk Sociology book

David Beer is senior lecturer in Sociology and his research is mainly in the fields of culture and media in the everyday context, social and cultural theory, and methods and empiricism in social and cultural research. 

He has recently been interviewed by Figure/Ground about his Punk Sociology book. They also discussed academia and disciplines.

The full interview is available online at

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Jerry Booth and the Phil Strong Memorial Prize

In September last year Jerry Booth was fortunate to be awarded the Phil Strong Memorial Prize by the Medical Sociology section of the British Sociological Association. The purpose of the prize is to contribute to the advancement of medical sociology by supporting post-graduate research and is awarded to unwaged PhD students not in receipt of a grant on the basis of an application setting out how the prize money will be used. Jerry used it to attend meetings of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) to rehearse aspects of his thesis and to explore how his work might best be communicated to an audience of medical educators.

He attended events and contributed to ASME workshops on professionalism and research in medical education and rounded off the year by presenting a paper to ASME’s annual conference. Entitled Tomorrow’s Doctors: from manifesto to manual it used sociological approaches to standardisation as a way of understanding the evolution of the three editions of Tomorrow’s Doctors, the General Medical Council’s template for undergraduate medical education.

The paper was a contribution to medical educators’ nascent recognition that they need theoretical approaches if their thinking is to develop further, and the year’s experiences should also add a bit of ethnographic colour to what would otherwise be a rather dry literature review of the development of medical education in the thesis.

The work it financed gave a chance to show how sociology can contribute to a fuller understanding of the history and progress of the field of medical education.

Monday, 15 September 2014

York and Cardiff academics launch new resource for family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious states

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York and Cardiff academics launch new resource for family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious states

A unique online resource for family members and others involved in the care of people with severe forms of brain injury is to be launched this week.

Featuring over 250 in-depth interview film clips, the resource explores family experiences of having a relative in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. It explains key terms, reflects on the challenging choices families confront and outlines the clinical and legal context of decision-making about medical treatment.

Compiled by Professor Celia Kitzinger and Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Co-Directors of the York-Cardiff Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, the research has been made into a new section on the award-winning charity website, due to launch in London on 17 September.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, the resource presents findings from nearly four years’ research, featuring interviews with 65 different family members as well as talks from leading medical practitioners in the field of serious brain injury.


An exhibition featuring artwork, poems and postcards from family members will also be on display during a drinks reception. Entry is free but strictly by ticket only. For further details and to register for the event, visit:

Dr Nisha Kapoor wins ESRC Future Research Leaders Award

Lecturer in Sociology, Nisha Kapoor has recently been awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award to look at ‘Race and Citizenship in the Context of the War on Terror’.

This will be a three-year project beginning in January 2015. The research will investigate the growing insecurity of citizenship in the context of the War on Terror with a particular focus on different forms of citizenship removal and exclusion and their racial dimensions. In the post 9/11 context the use of extradition, citizenship deprivation and charter flight deportations have been promoted, assisted in part by changes to the law, yet little is known about the full extent of these forms of removal; who it is that is being extradited, having their citizenship deprived and being deported en masse; what the conditions are in which these removals occur; and what the justifications are for their use. This research aims to address these issues.

Friday, 12 September 2014

CAPACITIE Project Newsletter

CAPACITIE Project Newsletter

Newsletter Issue 2, September 2014

Read the latest edition of the CAPACITIE Project newsletter via this link

It includes an update of what our PhD Student Rina Siyengwa has been working on in the past few months.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Landmarks and future adventures: celebrating 50 years of conversation analysis

On the 29th July, the Language and Social Interaction Research Cluster in the Department of Sociology at York held a symposium to mark the significance of 2014 in the history of conversation analysis (CA). 

It is 40 years since the publication of the highly influential paper, A Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation (Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson, 1974); 30 years since the landmark publication of edited collection, Structures of Social Action(Atkinson & Heritage, 1984); and, as we were recently reminded at the world’s largest ever CA conference – held in June at the birthplace of CA (UCLA) – it is now 50 years since Sacks gave his first lecture on conversation analysis. 

Capitalising on this moment in time, we held the symposium to celebrate and reflect critically on the accomplishments, challenges, and future possibilities created by the field’s exponential growth over the last five decades. 

With invited facilitators from Europe (Dennis Day, Simeon Floyd, Trine Heinemann, Anssi Peräkylä) and the US (Galina Bolden), the event was based around semi-structured discussion sessions aimed at creating space for reflection that is often absent from our busy working lives. 

We were delighted by the creative way in which participants entered into the spirit of the day, generating exciting ideas for future collaborative working.

BSA Postgraduate Forum Event: The Promise and Perils of Researching Sensitive Issues

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