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Laurie Taylor -Sociology and the Popular Imagination

It will primarily be an account, based upon my eighteen years presenting Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, of the manner in which sociological concepts and sociological perspectives can attract and maintain public attention and interest. But it won’t be quite as serious as that sounds!

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Laurie Taylor, sociologist, author and radio presenter seen here at his home in Clerkenwell for a profile celebrating 30 years as a contributor to The Times Higher Educational Supplement, 28th October 2008 Commissioned by Alex Morgan for the THE (Photo courtesy of the National Portrait Galley)


Laurie Taylor is visiting professor in the department of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a Fellow of Birkbeck College and holds visiting professorships at the University of the Arts and Westminster University. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester, Queens Belfast, Aberdeen, Goldsmiths College, and Central England. His contributions to social science were recognised in 2003 by his election to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.

Before entering academic life at the University of York, where he went on to become Professor of Sociology, Laurie had eight years industrial and sales experience, worked as a librarian in Liverpool, taught in a London comprehensive school, and was a professional actor with Joan Littlewood’s famous Theatre Workshop Company at Stratford East.  He is the author of fourteen books on motivation, change, communication, and personal identity. His weekly satirical column on university life has been appearing in the Times Higher Education Supplement for the last thirty-four years.

Laurie can currently be heard every Wednesday afternoon on BBC R4 presenting Thinking Allowed, a programme, now in its fifteenth year, devoted to society and social change. He has recently completed the sixth series of his Sky Arts television interview programme, In Confidence. A book based on the series called In Confidence: Talking Frankly About Fame was published in August 2014.





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