“Privatising Justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control” A book launch with Jennifer Fleetwood.

Book launch : Privatising Justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control by Wendy Fitzgibbon (University of Leicester) and John Lea (Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths).   On the 28th May 2020, we celebrated the publication of ‘Privatising justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control’ by Wendy Fitzgibbon (University of Leicester) and John Lea (Visiting … More “Privatising Justice: The Security Industry, War and Crime Control” A book launch with Jennifer Fleetwood.

Food Poverty and Charity in the UK: food banks, the food industry and the state. A report by Pat Caplan

What does food poverty mean to you?   Not having enough to eat, being malnourished, being hungry?  Not being able to eat foods which you want or which are good for your health?  All of these are part of definitions of food insecurity or food poverty.  Isn’t this just a part of being poor?  Yes and no. If you are … More Food Poverty and Charity in the UK: food banks, the food industry and the state. A report by Pat Caplan

Beating the bounds by Katherine Robinson

It’s now early summer, the time of year to beat the bounds. Beating the bounds is an ancient tradition in which people gather together to walk the boundaries of the local area, and in this way, re-establish rights of common land. It was a way of passing on local knowledge, a way of teaching children how to navigate their locality and a way of learning where you were from.  Beating the bounds can be … More Beating the bounds by Katherine Robinson

Police, race, punishment: New directions in Criminology. Seminar Series 2019-20 by Jennifer Fleetwood & Theo Kindynis,

Goldsmiths has long played a role in British scholarship on crime and justice. Professor Stuart Hall’s scholarship was, and remains, hugely influential in British criminology. Goldsmiths has also been home to well-known criminologists including Frances Heidensohn, Tim Newburn, Mike Shiner, Geoff Pearson, Tara Young and Jenni Ward – to name just a few. Building on the Sociology … More Police, race, punishment: New directions in Criminology. Seminar Series 2019-20 by Jennifer Fleetwood & Theo Kindynis,

Sick Cities, Ill Manners by Alex Rhys-Taylor

“London is deeply uncivilised now and public space has become uncouth. There has been a universal outbreak of incivility.”   Boris Johnson, Shadow (When Education Secretary, before becoming the Mayor of London, and later Prime Minister.)  From blogs, through tabloids to broadsheet op-eds, popular discourse about cities has long been strewn with treatise bemoaning the rudeness of twenty-first century cities life. We all know the complaints. Commuters pushing onto the train without letting that little … More Sick Cities, Ill Manners by Alex Rhys-Taylor

Deptford is Changing – Book Launch by Anita Strasser

On the 24th January 2020 I launched the book Deptford is Changing: a creative exploration of the impact of gentrification in Deptford Town Hall, which is the practical outcome of my PhD research in Visual Sociology. The book is the outcome of 2 years of collaborative and creative research into the impact of gentrification and … More Deptford is Changing – Book Launch by Anita Strasser

The Persistence of Light and Sound: An Archaeology of Atmospheres by Rupert Griffiths

OCAT Institute, Beijing In the mid-1990s, the photographer Uri Gersht made a series of photographs entitled Rear Window, each taken from the bedroom window of his high-rise apartment in south London. They show the London night sky, with a thin sliver of the urban skyline barely scratching the bottom of each frame. In London, as … More The Persistence of Light and Sound: An Archaeology of Atmospheres by Rupert Griffiths

Podcast : What would you give London For Christmas? By Les Back

The way people celebrate Christmas conjures, what Jennifer Mason and Stuart Muir call, a ‘social atmosphere’. The city comes to life differently at this time of year.  Even the style of gift giving can be imbued with, and shaped by, subtle associations with social class, ethnicity and urban social divisions. The festive glow of the … More Podcast : What would you give London For Christmas? By Les Back

Emigration Nation: Michaela Benson talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and UK Citizens living in France

‘Britain needs to remember that it is an emigration nation as much as it is an immigration nation’ says Michaela Benson in this month’s edition of Street Signs podcast.  She talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and the experience of UK citizens living in the EU.  Michaela’s original and thoughtful perspective offers … More Emigration Nation: Michaela Benson talks to Les Back about her work on Brexit and UK Citizens living in France

‘Mulberry’: new book launch by Peter Coles

In his new book, Mulberry, Peter Coles, CUCR Visiting Fellow and tutor on the Photography and Urban Cultures (PUC) MA degree course, shares his passion for this humble tree. As the sole food for the silkworm, the mulberry is the (often silent) partner in a multi-billion, global silk industry, accompanying the secret of silk-making on … More ‘Mulberry’: new book launch by Peter Coles