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University celebrates half a century of Sociology

14 Feb 2014

Blog highlights 50 great ideas from Manchester

The University is celebrating 50 years of Sociology with a blog highlighting our academics’ greatest ideas and a range of activities and events.

Manchester appointed its first Professor of Sociology in 1964 – Peter Worsley, a noted British sociologist and social anthropologist, who introduced the term “third world” into English. Born in Birkenhead in May 1924, he was a key founding member of the New Left.

Today Sociology at Manchester is recognised, both nationally and internationally, as a leading centre for social research. It ranked joint first in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 and has more than 35 academic staff and 35 PhD students, making it one of the largest centres of Sociology in the country.

Throughout 2014, the department will celebrate its half century with the blog ‘50 Great Ideas from Manchester Sociology’, showcasing the contribution of Manchester sociologists past and present to key debates in areas such as development sociology, ethnomethodology, social inequalities, urban sociology, cultural practices, personal life, social movements, and methodological innovation. It is also organising events, a web archive of key works from the past 50 years and videos.

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