Workshop Alert: Researching Inequality: A theory for everything?

Very interesting workshop on research inequality, hosted by the British Sociological Association.  See below for email from Godfred Boahen.  It only costs £10 to attend and sounds particularly useful for postgraduates.


Friday 6 May 2011
Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Open University, Milton Keynes

We welcome expressions of interest to participate in this one day conference, which is sponsored by the British Sociological Association as part of a series of events for postgraduate students. Hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, the conference intends to create a forum for exploring the current state of sociological theories and methodologies on inequality and to consider their application in research practices. The conference will be of interest to postgraduate and career researchers in the broad field of inequality, policy analysts, and practitioners in services which address the consequences of social inequality.

The conference commences at 10AM and finishes at 5PM.

Key Note Speakers

Professor Mary Maynard (University of York) – Conducting Research on Social Inequalities: Do Qualitative Research Methods Travel?

Dr Val Gillies (London Southbank University) – From theory to practice: methodological reflections on researching inequality through ethnography.

The conference will also feature presentations by postgraduate students:
•    Michel Green (University of Sheffield) – Visualising Inequality in London: A Different Approach
•    Doyin Atewologun (Cranfield) – Advancing Racio-Ethnic and Diversity Theorising Through Intersectional Identity Work
•    Ben Baumberg (LSE) – The need for an overarching ‘theory of inequalities’ in Sociology and Social Policy
•    Kate D’Arcy (Sheffield) – Home education and Traveller Families
•    Jaimie Ellis (Southampton) – The development of Innovative Research Methods with Excluded Groups
•    Marian Peacock (Sheffield) – Women’s Lives in Unequal Societies
•    Natalie Gupta (Manchester) – The Impact of a Declining Wage Share on Income Inequalities in a Heterogonous Production Set-up: The Relevance of Drawing on the Classical Framework
•    Sumi Hollingworth (London Metropolitan) – Social mixing in urban schooling: exploring the processes of power and inequality
•    Beatrice Lam (Manchester) – Inequalities in education with reference to a study on parental educational involvement in Hong Kong
•    Konstanze Spohrer (Strathclyde) – Adopting a “Foucaultian” approach to researching socio-economic inequality in education


The conference is free for BSA members and £10 for non-members. Please reserve a place on the BSA website (, alternatively contact Godfred Boahen ( or Ester McGeeney ( to reserve a place.

Please also contact Godfred or Ester with all enquiries.”

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