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Peter Lunt on Erving Goffman
Social Science Bites
February 25, 2015

Peter Lunt on Erving Goffman

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Trevor Marchand on Craft
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January 21, 2015

Trevor Marchand on Craft

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Peter Ghosh on Max Weber and ‘The Protestant Ethic’
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December 15, 2014

Peter Ghosh on Max Weber and ‘The Protestant Ethic’

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Linda Woodhead on the New Sociology of Religion
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November 5, 2014

Linda Woodhead on the New Sociology of Religion

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Ivor Crewe on Psephology

Ivor Crewe on Psephology

In this episode of the Social Science Bites podcast series, political scientist Ivor Crewe, the current president of Britain’s Academy of Social sciences and the master of Oxford’s University College, discusses the modern art, and sometime science, of election polling.

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Sarah Harper on the Population Challenge for the 21st Century

Sarah Harper on the Population Challenge for the 21st Century

Around the world, populations are growing older. But is that because people are living longer? Or could it be that there are fewer younger people to dilute the demographic pool? And what about aging itself — when exactly is ‘old’ these days?

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David Goldblatt on the Sociology of Football

David Goldblatt on the Sociology of Football

As the World Cup kicks off, sportswriter and sociologist David Goldblatt discusses his unique academic vantage point of the beautiful game in the latest Social Science Bites podcast.

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Bruce Hood on the Supernatural

Bruce Hood on the Supernatural

Listen as Nigel Warburton talks with developmental psychologist Bruce Hood about the very natural tendency to look to the supernatural to explain events.

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Gregory Clark on Names

Gregory Clark on Names

What’s in a name? According to economist Gregory Clark, a lot of divine-able information about your family’s past and perhaps a fair bit about your children’s future. In the latest edition of Social Science Bites, David Edmonds talks with Clark about his at-times controversial examination of surnames and their nexus with social mobility.

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Craig Calhoun on Protest Movements

Craig Calhoun on Protest Movements

In the latest edition of Social Science Bites, American sociologist Craig Calhoun discussed the formation of protest movement and the role of social science in addressing and understanding these outputs of social change.

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Roberto Unger on What is Wrong with the Social Sciences Today?

Roberto Unger on What is Wrong with the Social Sciences Today?

In the latest edition of Social Science Bites, Brazilian philosopher and politician Roberto Mangabeira Unger discusses what is wrong with the social sciences today, arguing that they have degenerated into a pseudo-­‐science.

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Angus Deaton on Health and Inequality

Angus Deaton on Health and Inequality

Angus Deaton is a social scientist and the author of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. His Princeton colleague, the philosopher Peter Singer, argues that aid is vital to combat the terrible mortality rates in some countries. Angus Deaton disagrees..

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