6 episodes

This is the first of a new series of annual meetings organised under the Faculty of Social Sciences theme area of 'Inclusive Societies'. The context for the event is a world of increasingly stark social divisions, politically polarised debate and new forms of expulsion from livelihoods. The conference offered a reflective space in which we can discuss social problems and the means by which responses to inequality, social injustice, crime and other issues can be identified in a constructive way. This collection offers a snapshot of some of the discussions that took place at the conference.

Inclusive Societies Conference Sheffield University

    • Society & Culture

This is the first of a new series of annual meetings organised under the Faculty of Social Sciences theme area of 'Inclusive Societies'. The context for the event is a world of increasingly stark social divisions, politically polarised debate and new forms of expulsion from livelihoods. The conference offered a reflective space in which we can discuss social problems and the means by which responses to inequality, social injustice, crime and other issues can be identified in a constructive way. This collection offers a snapshot of some of the discussions that took place at the conference.

    • video
    Introduction to a Conversation on the Pro-Social

    Introduction to a Conversation on the Pro-Social

    Professor Rowland Atkinson introduces some of the themes that will be discussed during the conference.

    • 11 min
    • video
    Zoe Williams in Conversation

    Zoe Williams in Conversation

    Professor Rowland Atkinson and Zoe Williams from The Guardian discuss some the issues that have emerged from the conference.

    • 6 min
    • video
    The Antisocial City

    The Antisocial City

    Professor Rowland Atkinson is the Research Chair in Inclusive Society at the University of Sheffield, and his interdisciplinary research crosses the boundaries of urban studies, sociology, geography and criminology. In this presentation, Professor Atkinson describes some of the fascinating urban social problems resulting from gentrification, and the super-rich in UK residential life.

    • 23 min
    • video
    Cities and Crises (and some good news) in comparative perspectives

    Cities and Crises (and some good news) in comparative perspectives

    Sophie Body-Gendrot, a Ph.D from Sciences-Po, Paris, is a Professor of Political Science and American studies at the Sorbonne and Director of the Center for Urban Studies. This keynote talk describes some of Sophie's interdisciplinary research into urban areas, and concludes with what works in the 'inclusive city'.

    • 45 min
    • video
    Social Cleansing us out: Stigmatising and devaluing the working class

    Social Cleansing us out: Stigmatising and devaluing the working class

    This presentation draws upon research within working class communities in Nottingham and East London, families who rely upon public services, welfare benefits and social housing and since 2010 are being subject to harsh cuts in their welfare benefits through austerity policy linked to the banking crash of 2008. Lisa addresses the key argument that there has been a significant change in representation of how working class people have been negatively re-branded and stigmatised over the last 30 years, and forces working class people from the most interesting and popular places to live in the UK.

    • 19 min
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    The social today

    The social today

    Zoe Williams, columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman describes the 'problem' with society today, discussing Game of Thrones and the upper squeezed middle on the way.

    • 18 min

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