E032 Surviving Society with the BSA: Shey Fyffe

Marcus Garvey, Rastafarianism and the United Negro Improvement Association: in the first of our conversations at the British Sociological Association (BSA) Annual Conference in Glasgow, we talk to the wonderful Shey Fyffe about her research on histories of Black thought.

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Special thanks to Aaron Winter, Nasar Meer and the BSA for the support and funding that made our trip to Glasgow possible!

E031 Jason Arday: Growing up Black in the 90s

In this bonus episode we are joined by Jason Arday to relay our experiences of growing up Black in the 1990s, our relationships with popular culture and contemplate whether much has changed in terms of racialisation and racism in the UK. We share some cultural analysis through music, raving, gigging and finish with a little bit of academic fashion tips!

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E030 Gargi Bhattacharyya: Rethinking Racial Capitalism

What are the links between ecological crisis, capitalism and racism? How has racism in the UK changed since the ’70s? And why do celebrities suddenly feel they need to come out as TERFs*? Chantelle and Saskia revel in a bit of Marxism with Gargi Bhattacharyya, who talks to us about her new book Rethinking Racial Capitalism, and we have a think about why the idea of racial capitalism offers more questions than answers. The usual disclaimers about ranting, swearing and laughing apply 😉

*Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist

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E028 Resistance, Resilience and Ranting

Welcome to Season 3 of Surviving Society! This week we talk about what we’ve been reading, how our sociological imagination has changed since beginning the podcast, and how we are individually coming to terms/coping with the current political mess. Expect the usual laughter, ranting and swearing throughout!

The books we talk about are Michelle Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, a racist book on populism, and Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Worker’s Rights by Molly Smith and Juno Mac.

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E027 Surviving Society with Ben Rogaly

In this episode we are lucky enough to be talking to Professor Ben Rogaly, human geographer at the University of Sussex, activist, and one of Saskia’s PhD supervisors. Ben tells us about his work with residents of Peterborough, what ‘gangmastering’ is, and why Peterborough is an important place when it comes to thinking about Englishness, migration and racisms. As well as talking about whiteness in rural England, we ask Ben to help us out in thinking about the debate around anti-semitism in the Labour party – why is it such a big political issue? Why is it so complicated to talk about? And what is Zionism? Along the way, Saskia gets to whip out her 16th Century History A Level knowledge, Tissot contributes his info from the Daily Stormer, and Chantelle brings in her insider view on the Midlands. Thank you so much Ben for coming on the pod and for helping us to survive society!

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E026 The Surviving Society Alternative to Woman’s Hour: Rebecca Scroggs

This week we are back with an Alternative to Woman’s Hour featuring actor and activist Rebecca Scroggs! Rebecca shares her experiences in the acting world as a mixed-race Black woman, we talk #MeToo, #TimesUp and #ShutUp (disclaimer: not a real movement…yet), and we have a think about how complicated social class can be. The chair of a housing cooperative, we also talk to Rebecca about the current political climate in relation to social housing, and why squatting is a radical act. Expect lots of laughs, strong language and some digestible academic thinking 🤓

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E025 Joe Kennedy: Authentocrats

This week we travel to Sussex to speak to Dr Joe Kennedy of the University of Gothenburg about his new book Authentocrats and as per we get SUPER POLITICAL. Discussing the policies and legacies of centre-ground political parties, Joe explains how he wants to show that Labour is just as guilty as the Tories and UKIP when it comes to using the ‘authentic’ views of stereotypical small-town voters as an excuse for racist policies. In a conversation that ranges from crime dramas to Game of Thrones to Lord Byron, we ponder why the way in which we talk about places matters, whether a more precise politics is possible, and whether Joe will oblige us by defining neoliberalism. Thank you so much Joe for taking the time to talk to us!

The passage Joe reads at the beginning of the episode is from pp202-203 of Authentocrats. Click here to read a longer extract from Joe’s book.

Warning: This episode contains some academic jargon. We recorded the episode in a cafe so there is some background noise for the first 28 minutes.

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