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Conference organized by our very own Andrew Miles (among others). Sounds exciting!

The purpose of this conference is thus to re-visit the central issue of method in cultural participation research. They plan to address this from the two, overlapping, perspectives of conceptually- and empirically-driven work. On the one hand, they want to showcase research focused on understanding participation from different methodological perspectives (methods in practice); on the other hand, contributions highlighting the importance of the study of methods for understanding participation (methodological rationales).

Keynote speakers

Invited keynote speakers include:

  • Philippe Coulangeon (Sciences Po, Paris, France).
  • Nick Crossley (University of Manchester, UK).
  • Tally Katz-Gerro (University of Haifa, Israel).
  • Terhi-Anna Wilska (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

In addition to keynote speakers, guest speakers and session leaders include: Predrag Cveticanin (TIMS, Serbia), Laurie Hanquinet (University of York, UK), Semi Purhonen (University of Tampere, Finland) and Understanding Everyday Participation team members.

Conference Committee

Adrian Leguina (University of Manchester)

Andrew Miles (University of Manchester)

Claire Huyton (University of Manchester)

Susan Oman (University of Manchester)


Tastes in Practice, University of York seminar, 15th July

Tuesday 15 July 2014, 9.15am to 17:45


The Stratification and Culture Research Network is pleased to announce a one-day seminar on tastes at York. The seminar is jointly organised by the Research Centre ECCE and the Sociology Department at the University of York.

Presentation of the event

Understanding people’s tastes has proved to be one of the most difficult tasks for cultural sociologists. This seminar will investigate the meaning of tastes – lying between the social, the aesthetics and morality – and show why studying tastes matters in the understanding of social inequalities, social values and conventions. Why and how do people develop tastes for certain cultural objects and activities rather than others? How do people make sense out of them? What are the subtle and complex links between tastes on the one hand and social stratification and identities on the other? How can we explore tastes to understand their social relevance?


  • Antoine Hennion (MINES-ParisTech/CNRS)
  • Mike Savage (LSE)
  • Steph Lawler (Newcastle University)
  • Lisa Mckenzie (LSE)
  • Aaron Reeves (University of Oxford)
  • Stijn Daenekindt (Universiteit Gent)
  • Thomas Franssen (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Sam Friedman (LSE)



This is available on the Eventbrite website


Location: Research Centre for Social Sciences Training Room (YH/001b), 6 Innovation Close Heslington, The University of York, YORK YO10 5ZF

Admission: free

LSE Sociology seminar on ‘Culture and Social Change: the role of the aesthetic’

The Stratification and culture network is delighted to be affiliated with the upcoming LSE seminar ‘Culture and Social Change: the role of the aesthetic’. This seminar addresses what we in this network see as a fundamental need to recognise the aesthetic as itself central to the generation and manifestation of social inequalities. Some of the themes underpinning the seminar have been explored by our network members Laurie Hanquinet and Mike Savage in their recent work (see our link to Sociology paper below), whilst the seminar itself should be a great opportunity to examine these issues with other researchers with interests in this field.

More details are here. Any questions about the event can be sent to

Qualitative approaches to the study of elite practices: LSE workshop 28th November

Qualitative approaches to the study of elite practices

LSE Cities meeting room, November 28th, 10.30 to 3.30

Provisional programme

This workshop will consider the prospects for qualitative studies to enrich the analysis of elites, a topic previously been dominated by quantitative analysis. We will reflect on the differences between anthropological and sociological ethnographies of elites, reflect on both the advantages but aldso difficulties in elite studies, notably gaining access, and also on ethical issues.

10.30: introductions

11-12.00: Shamus Khan (Columbia), Reflections on the writing of ‘Privilege’,

12-13: Luna Glucksberg (Goldsmiths), Researching the super-rich in London: ethnographic and qualitative approaches.

13-14: Lunch

14-15.30: panel including

  • Elisabeth Schimpfossl, (Liverpool), Researching the Russian wealth elite,
  • Georgia Nichols (LSE), Formula 1 as an elite practice
  • Sam Friedman (City) Breaking The Glass Ceiling? Social Mobility into the British Elite’

This will be a small informal seminar and numbers will need to be controlled. Further offers of talks and anyone from outside LSE who wishes to attend should contact

New Event

The Launch Workshop of the Stratification and Culture Research Network

‘Emerging Cultural Capital and New Forms of Distinction’

Organisers:  Sam Friedman (City),  Laurie Hanquinet (York), Mike Savage (LSE), Andy Miles (Manchester)

According to many sociologists, cultural snobbery is dead. Taste for ‘High’ culture is no longer a reliable status symbol and instead a new elite of cultural ‘omnivores’ has emerged. However, this workshop aims to explore a very different intellectual current. It examines the possibility that hierarchies of legitimacy may now exist within categories of both high and low culture and, furthermore, that the pursuit of cultural distinction may not just be a matter of what objects are consumed, but the way they are consumed. In particular, the workshop will reflect on the recent findings of the BBC Great British Class Survey, which indicates that there may now be two types of cultural capital: that associated with highbrow taste, and that which the BBC team provocatively term ‘emerging’ cultural capital. We ask, has cultural capital moved on? And does this demand fresh angles of sociological enquiry?

The one-day workshop will be held at LSE on September 12th 2013