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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

Perceptions Of The Russian October Revolution In The Great Britain

6 October 2017

David Lane comments: Stefan Zweig in his 1927 book, Decisive Moments in History, ranks Lenin’s return to Russia in October 1917 as one of the three most decisive ‘moments’ in recent world history. The others were the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815. ‘Decisive moments’ are defined by...

Racism in Latin America- Dr Moreno Figueroa presents in Guadalajara

5 October 2017

Racism is a social construct, argued Dr. Mónica Moreno Figueroa at La Catedra de la Interculturalidad y Seminario de Epistemologías Decoloniales , during the conference held at the Universidad de Guadalajara in September 2017, which discussed the structure, practises and impact of racisim. During her talk, Dr Moreno...