The Art of Sociology?

Some fieldnotes left here for me to think more about later. The sort of thing I’d always intended to use the academic section of the website for but haven’t much got around to so far. Linked to some thoughts about literature and good writing in the previous post on here. I’ve been thinking about sociology …

Reading “The Versions of Us”

Let’s nor split hairs, beat around the bush or dance on the head of a pin here, as if we would, but this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. This being “The Versions of Us” by Laura Barnett. A triptych of a book that plays with time and reality in three versions …

The Art of Conversation: Series One

Sustainable and Resilient Cities, Liverpool: The complete Series One In a year of precious few unexpected joys this has been an unexpected joy. The making of a whole series of podcasts with my friend Abi O’Connor that we’ve both enjoyed working on so much that we’ve already started Series Two. Which will begin soon. But …

The Quiet City

Tomorrow (31st October) is World Cities Day 2020 A day marked by the United Nations to focus on urbanisation as a central issue for development and to encourage cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing urban challenges towards sustainable development. This blog post, in which I adopt the persona of ‘The City of Liverpool’ …

Particular Cases of the Possible: A continuing story

A paper and presentation for a University of Liverpool History PGR Work In Progress Seminar on October 28th 2020, about where I’m up to with my PhD work. Beginning with a story It had never been good enough, the way far too many people round the city had been forced to live, ever since their …

In Sunlight Autumn

Although the day has dawned rainy here in Liverpool and seems likely to continue that way we are having the beginnings of a glorious autumn. I know because I’m spending most of my working time outside in the weather these days, noticing it. Writing much of my sociology PhD on an allotment since the early …