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BSA Class Study Group Launch Event: Social Class, where to next?

22 June 2021 (9.30am-1.00pm BST)

Plenary Speakers

Opening keynotes:

  • Professor Yvette Taylor, University of Strathclyde - Working-Class Queers: Repetitions or Re-imaginings?
  • Dr Kirsteen Paton, University of Liverpool - Where are the politics of the sociology of class?
  • Closing panel: New voices, intersectional perspectives and the current state of social class in UK sociology

About the Event

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on social class in the UK as the economic, educational and social outcomes of the crisis have been shown to disproportionately impact poor and working-class people and communities. At the same time, a decade of austerity and the looming fallout of Brexit combine to make the current moment one in which working-class lives deserve to be at the forefront of sociological enquiry. Given the enduring power of class inequalities, further bolstered by the current coronavirus crisis and in recognition of the manifold ways in which social class intersects with other substantive fields of sociology, the BSA is launching a study group focused on social class.

The event has been designed as a means to discuss contemporary sociological debates around class, as well as to launch the study group. As part of the launch we will establish the role and remit of the class study group, and invite suggestions from participants on next steps. Breakout room activities will be designed to generate discussion around these themes. We also welcome interested parties to register their interest in a more formal role within the group.


9:30–9:50 | Introduction from convenors

9:50–11:20 | Keynotes

11:20–11:30 | Comfort break

11:30–12:00 | Breakout room activities

12:00–1:00 | Panel discussion: Social class, where to next?
Panel members: Chantelle Lewis, Goldsmiths; Dr Yusef Bakkali, De Montfort University; Dr Utsa Mukherjee, University of Southampton; Dr Berenice Scandone, NatCen Social Research.


This event is free of charge but registration is required.


Dr Carli Rowell, University of Sussex and Dr Hannah Walters, UCL.