About this day
For A-level students
This autumn sees the return of the fascinating and challenging Sociology in Action enrichment programme to London. Through a thought-provoking, inspirational series of talks, leading experts will tackle a range of challenging questions pertaining to how society functions and the factors that experience life in today’s world. Offering students a unique chance to hear inspirational speakers grapple with today’s major sociological questions, this programme is guaranteed to leave them brimming with new ideas and perspectives.
The event will be chaired by Dr Marian Duggan from the University of Kent. Ian Luckhurst will deliver a lively, interactive examination session to help students achieve the skills and confidence they need to excel.
Programme & speakers
Equality is not enough! Germaine Greer
In this talk, Germaine Greer will examine why equality does not go far enough. Prof. Greer will draw on topical examples such as sex-selective abortion, the gender pay gap, and women in the military.
About Professor Germaine Greer
Born in Melbourne, Germaine Greer was educated in Australia and at Cambridge University. Her first book, The Female Eunuch (1969), remains one of the most influential texts of the feminist movement. Germaine Greer has had a distinguished academic career in Britain and the USA. She makes regular appearances in print and other media as a broadcaster, journalist, columnist and reviewer. Since 2001 she has been involved in rehabilitating sixty hectares of subtropical rainforest in south-east Queensland; in 2011 she set up Friends of Gondwana Rainforest, a UK charity, to help in financing that and similar projects.
Stratification by stealth: How digital sites classify and sell your data without you knowing Beverley Skeggs, London School of Economics
Bev Skeggs will discuss how Facebook structures friendships, drawing on research conducted during a seminal project on the relationship of values to value. How, and to what extent, does Facebook’s imperative to monetise social relationships reconfigure the value/s of friendship?
About Professor Beverley Skeggs
Beverley Skeggs is Director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme at the London School of Economics. Before taking up this post she was Professor of Sociology, at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published The Media; Issues in Sociology (1992); Feminist Cultural Theory (1995); Formations of Class and Gender (1997); Class, Self, Culture (2004); Sexuality and the Politics of Violence and Safety (2004)(with Les Moran) and Feminism after Bourdieu (2005)( with Lisa Adkins), and with Helen Wood, Reacting to Reality TV: Audience, Performance, Value (2012) and Reality TV and Class (2012). Between 2013-16 she was an ESRC Professorial Fellow working on a “sociology of values and value’ that included projects on the digital economy and use of Facebook and prosperity theology.
What's so sociological about disability? Tom Shakespeare, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Tom will show how ‘disability’ is ripe for sociological analysis, from the point of view of medical sociology, social policy, cultural sociology, or political sociology. But it’s not just an academic issue; it’s about changing lives and transforming the world.
About Professor Tom Shakespeare
Tom Shakespeare is a Professor of Disability Research. His primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and social and ethical aspects of genetics. He has focused on qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face and led projects about disability and sexuality.
Why Offender Profiling (as you know it) is dead: Predictive policing in the era of AI, Big Data and the Web Craig Webber, University of Southampton
This talk looks at the use of predictive algorithms employed to more efficiently deploy police to potential hotspots for crime. Craig will question what role criminology, psychology and sociology play in a world increasingly organised through Big Data, AI and the Web.
About Dr Craig Webber
Dr Craig Webber is Associate Professor of Criminology within Sociology at the University of Southampton. He has been central to building the links between Criminology and Web Science. His book, Psychology and Crime, was published in 2019.
Education policy and social inequalities Dr Alice Bradbury, UCL Institute of Education
Educational outcomes are marked by consistent disparities in relation to class indicators, ethnic groups and gender, and research suggests that education policy contributes to the maintenance of these disparities. Using examples from both primary and secondary education, this talk will explain how complex combinations of teacher expectations and policy can work to systematically disadvantage groups of pupils.
About Dr Alice Bradbury
Dr Alice Bradbury is an Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London. Dr Bradbury specialises in research on the impact of policy on classroom practices and inequalities, with a particular focus on issues of assessment in early years and primary schools. She has written extensively on primary assessment policy and the role of data, including the books Understanding Early Years Inequality (2013) and The Datafication of Primary and Early Years Education (2017, with Guy Roberts-Holmes). Her forthcoming book with Policy Press considers the relationship between the concept of ability and the reproduction of class and race inequality. Her current research projects explore the role of nursery schools in reducing disadvantage, the impact of Sats tests on primary schools, and the retention of BME teachers.