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Department of Sociology


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2020 Coronavirus Pandemic: A Post-Structuralist Approach

The coronavirus pandemic has proved both horrifying and fascinating in almost equal measure, writes Gwen Jones.

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Authority in Coronavirus: Policing by Consent, or Coercion?

In the piece, first-year HSPS student Zak Macklin considers the role of authority in times of coronavirus through the lenses of major theories of power.

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The Environmental Impact of the Internet

Third-year sociology student Connie Walsh challenges the view of the internet as "incorpereal" and without enviromental impact.

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Why We Strike

Director of Undergraduate Education Dr Ella McPherson explains the rationale behind the UCU strikes and how students and staff can support each other. (Raven login required).

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The Wuhan Closure: Chaos, Love and Hope

Ruichen Zhang came home for Chinese New Year in January 2020 and is now stuck in Wuhan due to the coronavirus outbreak. Read her story of chaos, love and hope on The Cambridge Researcher.

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From PhD to Parliament and back: A POST fellowship experience

Amarpreet Kaur describes her time at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) during the second year of her PhD.

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Welcome to the Jungle: The Cruel Optimism of Amazon's Fulfillment Centres

Tom Mayer and Saide Mobayed from the MPhil Sociology programme reflect on a fieldtrip to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Peterborough.

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Chile in Crisis: Analysis from a country on the brink

Affiliated Lecturer Dr Jorge Saavedra Utman reports on the civil unrest from his home country of Chile, which he presents as “a pivotal case in the existence of neoliberalism and the shortcomings of democracy”.

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"Hearing the voices of women who need to be heard"

Members of the Decolonise Sociology Committee reflect on Angela Davis' historic visit to Cambridge in 2019, where she appeared in live conversation with poet and novellist Jackie Kay.

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A World Leader

The Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre for teaching and research in Sociology, consistently ranked first in UK league tables by The Guardian, The Independent and The Times.

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