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Sociology Research

Cambridge sociologists are active in research and maintain strong publication records. Sociology is an integral part of a large social science research base in Cambridge where multiple forms of cross-departmental and interdisciplinary collaboration are actively encouraged and supported.  As a Department, we are committed to theoretically strong, empirically oriented research. The Department has a number of research priorities which provide a flexible framework for our research activity while at the same time allowing individual researchers the scope to pursue their own interests. The research activity of the Department, is currently organized into the following three core areas of excellence.

Theory and Culture

Social Theory provides essential tools to reflect on societal developments, especially on contemporary trends. Social and political transformations over the past decade have been dramatic, even by historical standards: take, for instance, the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent austerity regime in several countries...

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Politics and Inequality

A significant group of researchers within the department work study political processes across the world, including Britain, Continental Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, South Asia, and North and Southern Africa. Many use a comparative-historical method, tracing broader patterns that go beyond specific countries. For...

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Science and Technology

Cambridge Sociology has a thriving community of scholars working in the areas of science and technology studies, including the social study of biomedicine, digital sociology, reproductive sociology and the sociology of new media technologies. Our research on topics such as assisted conception, diagnostic health...

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Latest research news

The End of October: Yet Another Class Victory?

4 December 2017

David Lane Discussions of the October Revolution, which have taken place in connection with its hundredth anniversary, have dwelt on the role of Lenin and the Communist Party in the seizure of political power, on the subsequent success of the USSR as a force for modernisation in the USSR and Asia, and its impact on the...

The Significance of the October Revolution of 1917

7 November 2017

David Lane (First published on Valdai.com ) The October Revolution took place against the background of European social-democratic movements which had profound reservations about the idea of instigating a socialist revolution in Russia in 1917. The early twentieth century social-democrats believed that the Tsarist...