Podcast – Grime as Working-Class Creativity – Les Back talks to East Man about his new album Prole Art Threat

In this edition of Street Signs we meet East Man – aka Anthoney Hart – and talk about his second album Prole Art Threat.  Ant is a London-based electronic musician who was born in Hastings, England in 1979, but grew up on the boundary of East London and Essex, playing Drum & Bass on pirate … More Podcast – Grime as Working-Class Creativity – Les Back talks to East Man about his new album Prole Art Threat

Urban Tree Festival by Peter Coles

Peter Coles, was one of four tree-lovers who set up the first Urban Tree Festival in London In 2018.  The aim was to fill a gap left when the Mayor’s Office switched its funding from a Tree Week in May to the London National Park City venture.    Back in 2018 we managed to crowdfund a little bit of money and charged a small amount for walks and talks, with the four … More Urban Tree Festival by Peter Coles

Writing social isolation in Burgess Park, South London by George Kalivis

 25 November 2020 [15:50–16:20]   Introduction : Crafting an attentiveness to the unspoken rhythms and textures of life is sociology’s most important gift to understanding cities. It’s noticing those remarkable things that often go unremarked upon and finding ways to record and honour what would otherwise be lost. As cities have emptied during the pandemic … More Writing social isolation in Burgess Park, South London by George Kalivis

Walking Places : Postcard from the Research Edge by Anita Strasser

The symposium I co-organised in January 2019 in Lisbon called Walking Places, seems long ago for many reasons!  I, Alex Rhys-Taylor and Emma Jackson were speakers among Portuguese academics and the symposium was supported by the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.    We have now published the conference proceedings, including my article ‘The Stone … More Walking Places : Postcard from the Research Edge by Anita Strasser

‘You Never Step in the Same River Twice’: a conversation about the power of music, cultural exceptionalism and identity with songwriter Kris Drever by Les Back

In the last edition of Streetsigns podcast we heard about the Vox Liminis project based in Glasgow that uses creative practices and song writing to help prisoners make sense of leaving prison and coming home.    In this edition we meet the award-winning Orcadian songwriter Kris Drever who is part of the Vox Liminis project and … More ‘You Never Step in the Same River Twice’: a conversation about the power of music, cultural exceptionalism and identity with songwriter Kris Drever by Les Back

Field Notes from Self Isolation by Virginia Bertelli

Introduction : Crafting an attentiveness to the unspoken rhythms and textures of life is sociology’s most important gift to understanding cities. It’s noticing those remarkable things that often go unremarked upon and finding ways to record and honour what would otherwise be lost. As cities have emptied during the pandemic and citizens remain confined to … More Field Notes from Self Isolation by Virginia Bertelli

Field Notes: connecting with older generations at a distance during COVID-19 by Robin Skyer

Introduction : Crafting an attentiveness to the unspoken rhythms and textures of life is sociology’s most important gift to understanding cities. It’s noticing those remarkable things that often go unremarked upon and finding ways to record and honour what would otherwise be lost. As cities have emptied during the pandemic and citizens remain confined to … More Field Notes: connecting with older generations at a distance during COVID-19 by Robin Skyer

On Interviewing and Asylum-Seeking by May Mundt-Leach

Three weeks into the MSc in Social Research at Goldsmiths, University of London and it is quickly becoming clear that it is crucial to think outside the box when it comes to methodology – particularly if we aim to do research that is both sociable and actively inclusive. Looking for reading on innovative methods I was kindly given a copy of Migrant City, which provides detailed insight into collective ethnographic techniques with migrants … More On Interviewing and Asylum-Seeking by May Mundt-Leach

Becoming different together by Les Back

Vox Liminis is a project in Glasgow that challenges criminal justice and fosters communities through song writing and music  How do you imagine a new kind of life if you have served time in prison? How can music help people trying to walk that line out of prison to a free life?  In this podcast we visit an extraordinary project called Vox Liminis based in the Gallowgate, in … More Becoming different together by Les Back

Such a Gas, Gas, Gas by Alex Rhys Taylor

It’s 6.00am on Tuesday morning in the car park of a redbrick housing estate in Tower Hamlets. An empty bay is strewn with over fifty small, metallic gas canisters along with three flaccid party balloons, an empty packet of Capri Sun and a crushed bottle of Lilt. Everything empty. Before they were emptied, each small cannister had contained 8 grams of highly pressurised nitrous oxide. Later that day, Rosie Duffield MP appeared in … More Such a Gas, Gas, Gas by Alex Rhys Taylor