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SLSP5314 Reading List 2019-2020

Understanding Society and Culture, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Ipek Demir
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set Readings for Seminar 2:

  • Code, Lorraine (1993) ‘Taking Subjectivity into Account’ in Feminist Epistemologies, edited by Linda Alcoff and Elizabeth Potter, Routledge. (e-book 
  • Patricia Hill Collins (2008) 2nd edition ‘Black Feminist Epistemology’, in Black Feminist Thought, Routledge, 251-271. Chapter 11. (this edition is an e-book)

Additional Readings:

Alcoff, Linda and Potter, Elizabeth (eds) 1993 Feminist Epistemologies, Routledge.

Kuhn, Thomas (2012) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, University of Chicago Press (especially Chapter 4 on Normal Science as Puzzle Solving).

Lakatos, Imre ‘Criticism and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 69 (1968 - 1969), pp. 149-186

Nelson, Lynn Hankinson (1990) Who knows: from Quine to a feminist empiricism Philadelphia, Temple University Press.

Popper, Karl (1982) Conjectures and Refutations : the Growth of Scientific Knowledge. Routledge.  

Demir, Ipek  (2008) Incommensurabilities in the work of Thomas Kuhn, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Vol.39(1), pp.133-142 (for summary of Kuhn’s views and criticisms).

Seminar 3 Set Readings:

  • Beck, Ulrich (2016) Varieties of Second Modernity and the Cosmopolitan Vision, Theory, Culture and Society, 33, 7-8, pp. 257–70. (e-copy via library)  
  • Bhambra, Gurminder (2015) ‘Opening the Social Sciences to Cosmopolitanism?’ in Connected Sociologies, Bloomsbury. (this book is open access- it is freely available from the publisher’s own website) Focus on Chapter 3, Section III onwards.

Additional Readings:

Beck, Ulrich (2009) World at Risk, Polity.

Beck, Ulrich (2006) Cosmopolitan Vision, Polity

 Beck, Ulrich; Bonss, Wolfgang; and Lau, Christoph (2003) The Theory of Reflexive Modernization, Theory, Culture and Society, 20, 2, pp. 1–33.

Bhambra, Gurminder (2007) Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination.

Giddens, Anthony (1990) The Consequences of Modernity, Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Giddens, Anthony (1991) Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age, Cambridge, UK: Polity.

Demir, Ipek (2016) 'Rethinking Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Diaspora the Diasporic Cosmopolitanism of Europe's Kurds'. In: Bhambra, GK and Narayan, J, (eds.) European Cosmopolitanism Colonial Histories and Postcolonial Societies. Routledge , London, UK , pp. 121-135.

Seminar 4 Set Readings:

Additional Readings:

Hai Yu, Xiangming Chen, and Xiaohua Zhong (2016) ‘Commercial development from below : the resilience of local shops in Shanghai’ in Global Cities, Local streets : Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai, Zukin, Sharon, Philip Kasinitz, And Xiangming Chen (edited), Routledge. (e-book). Many other chapter are also interesting)

Legates, Richard and Stout, Frederick (eds.) (2011) The City Reader, Routledge. (e-book)

Short, J. R. and Kim, Y. (1999) Globalisation and the City, Longman (Besides the extract on blackboard, you can focus on chapter 6, 7, 9

Thorns, David (2002) The Transformation of Cities, Palgrave. (chapter 6)

Ulldemolins, Joaquim (2014) ‘Culture and authenticity in urban regeneration processes: Place branding in central Barcelona’ Urban Studies, Vol.51(14) (e-copy via library)

Zukin, Sharon (1987) Gentrification: Culture and Capital in the Urban Core Annual Review of Sociology, Vol.13, pp.129-147 (available online)

Zukin, Sharon (2009) Naked City, Oxford University Press (available online)

Seminar 5 Set Readings:

  • Hesmondhalgh, D. (2013). ‘Change and continuity, power and creativity’, in Cultural Industries. London: Sage, 1-33. (scanned copy is available on Minerva)  
  • Horkheimer, M. and Adorno, T. (2002). ‘The culture industry: Enlightenment as mass deception’, in The Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 94-136. (e-copy via library)  

Additional Readings:

Calabrese, A. (2005) 'Communication, global justice and the moral economy', Global Media and Communication, 1(3): 301–15.

Couldry, N, (2007) ‘Communicative entitlements and democracy: The future of the digital divide’, in R. Mansell et al. (eds) The Oxford Handbook on Information and Communication Technologies. Oxford University Press, 383-403.

Habermas, J. (1989) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Jay, M. (1996) The Dialectical Imagination, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Urry, J. and J. Larsen (2011) The tourist gaze 3.0, London: Sage.   

Seminar 6 Set readings:

  • Barber, B. (2004) Jihad vs. McWorld. In F.J. Lechner and J. Boli (eds) The Globalization Reader, 2nd edn. Malden, MA AND Oxford: Blackwell. (e-book)    
  • Potts, T. (2012). ‘Dark tourism’ and the ‘kitschification’ of 9/11. Tourist Studies, 12(3): 232-249. (e-copy via library)  
  • Sturken, M. (2011). Comfort, irony and trivialization: The mediation of torture. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 14(4): 423-440. (e-copy via library) 

Additional readings:

Klein, N. (2002) ‘Between McWorld and Jihad’, Development, 45 (2), 6–10.

Barber, B. (2010) ‘Terrorism and the New Democratic Realism’, in G. Ritzer and Z. Atalay (eds.), Readings in Globalization: Key Concepts and Major Debates. Blackwell.

Bauman, Z. (2008) Liquid Fear. Cambridge: Polity.

Latour, B. (2011). On the Modern Cult of Factish Gods. Durham, NC: Duke UP.

Chomsky, N. (2002) ‘Who are the Global Terrorists?’, in K. Booth and T. Dunne (eds.), Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Seminar 7 Set Readings:

Additional Readings:

 Crime, Culture and City Blog:

 Davis, Mike (2006) City of Quartz, Verso (chapter 4 on Fortress LA) (e-book)

 Lash, Scott & Urry, John (1994) Economies of Signs and Space, Sage (e book) – especially chapter 6.

 Legates, Richard and Stout, Frederick (eds.) The City Reader, Routledge (e-book)

 Mooney, Gerry (1999) ‘Urban ‘disorders’, in S. Pile et al (eds.) Unruly Cities?, Routledge Ch. 2 (e-book)

 Pile, Steve et al (eds.) Unruly Cities?, Routledge (e-book)

 Wilson, William J. (1996) ‘From institutional to jobless ghettos’ in Legates, Richard and Stout, Frederick (eds.) The City Reader, Routledge (e-book).

Seminar 8 Set Readings:

Additional Readings for Seminar 8:

 Ball, Stephen  et al. (1995) ‘Circuits of schooling’ in Sociological Review, Vo. 43, No. 1, pp. 52-78.

Ball, Stephen, Reay, Dianne & David, Miriam (2002) ‘'Ethnic Choosing': Minority Ethnic students, Social Class and Higher Education Choice’ Race, Ethnicity and Education, Vol:5

Chitty, Clyde (2002) Understanding Schools and Schooling, Routledge

Halsey, Albert Henry et al. (edited) (1997) Education : Culture, Economy, and Society, Oxford University Press

Lauder, Hugh (2006) Education, Globalization and Social Change, Oxford University Press

Molnar, Margit.; Wang, Boqing.; Gao, Ruidong. (2015) Assessing China's skills gap and inequalities in education

 Reay, Diane (2017) Miseducation : Inequality, Education and the Working Classes, Policy Press

Reay, Dianne (2005) Doing the dirty work of social class? Mothers' work in support of their children's schooling. The Sociological Review, 53(2): 104–16. 

Sheng, Xiaoming Cultural capital and gender differences in parental involvement in children's schooling and higher education choice in China, Gender and Education, 01 March 2012, Vol.24(2), pp.131-146

Wu, Xiaoxin (2014) School choice in China : a different tale? Routledge

Seminar 9 Set Readings:

  • Brown, Philip and Lauder, Hugh (1996) 'Education, Globalization and Economic Development' Journal of Education Policy, 11(1) 1-25. (e-copy via library)  
  • Holmwood, John, (2018) 'Race and the Neoliberal University'. Decolonising the University'. In: Bhambra, Gurminder K. and Nisancioglu, Kerem and Gebrial, Dalia, (eds.), Decolonising the University. London: Pluto Press. Chapter 3. (e-book)  

Additional Readings:

Alexander, Claire and Arday, Jason (eds) (2015)  Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academia, Runnymead: London

Biggart, Andy & Furlong, Andy (1996) ‘Educating ‘discouraged workers’ in British Journal of the Sociology of Education Vol. 17, No:3, pp. 253-266  (online)      

 Bhopal, Kalwant (2017) ‘Addressing racial inequalities in higher education: equity, inclusion and social justice’ in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40 (13): 2293-2299.

Bhopal, Kalwant ‘Why a post-racial British society remains a myth – even in universities’

 Brown, Philip (2000) ‘The globalisation of positional competition?’ in Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 633-653

Brown, Phillip, Hesketh, Anthony, Williams, Sara, (2004) The mismanagement of talent : employability and jobs in the knowledge economy, Oxford University Press (e-book via library) [especially chapter 9: Great Training Robbery]

Friedman, Sam and Laurison, Daniel (2019) The Class Ceiling Why it Pays to be Privileged, Bristol University Press

Reich, R. (1997) ‘Why the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer’, in Halsey, A. H. et al (eds.) Education: Culture, Economy, Society, Oxford University Press Ch. 9

Wells, Amy Stuart ; Serna, Irene (1996) ‘The Politics of Culture: Understanding Local Political Resistance to Detracking in Racially Mixed Schools’ Harvard Educational Review, 1996, Vol.66 (1)

Seminar 10 Set Readings:

Carole Cadwalladr, ‘Why Britain Needs Its Own Mueller’, New York Review of Books, 16.11.2018  

Carole Cadwalladr, TED talk, 16.04.2019  

Anthony Barnett, ‘How to win the Brexit Civil War. An open letter to my fellow Remainers’, Open Democracy, 06.06.2018,  

Nicolas Boyle, ‘The Problem With The English’, The New European, 17.01.2017  

Will Davies, ‘England’s New Rentier Alliance’, Political Economy Research Centre, 01.08.2019,  

Rana Dasgupta, ‘The Demise of the Nation State’, The Guardian, 05.05.2018 


Additional Readings for Seminar 10:

Abramson, Seth (2018) Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, New York: Simon & Shuster

Amer K. and Noujaim, J. (2019) The Great Hack, Netflix documentary  

Cadwalladr, Carole (2017-19) The Guardian, all articles 2017-19 [go to the newspaper’s website author search]

O’Toole, Fintan (2018) Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain, London: Apollo

Zuboff, Shoshana (2019) The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, New York: Profile Boo


This list was last updated on 12/09/2019