5th February 2016, Rose Theatre in Kingston

Conference Date: Friday, 5th of February 2016

Conference Venue: The Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HL

The data is clear, the UK has a very high level of economic inequality compared to other developed countries. There are also significant gaps between the the poorest and the wealthiest in a range of other policy areas including health (mental and physical), education, and involvement with the criminal justice system, criminal victimisation and political participation.

It is also the case that the attention of academics and researchers is increasingly concerned with the issue of social inequality. This is perhaps a consequence of the publication of a range of influential work on the subject by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, Thomas in Britain, Thomas Picketty in France and Joseph E Stiglitz in the USA that has made a compelling case that social inequality should matter to everyone. Or because academics and researchers are looking for new ways to understand and explain the complexities of lived experiences, social action, identities and cultures that characterise life in the UK today.

Whatever its cause, researching social inequality does present a number of methodological and ethical challenges to academics and researchers in the field. For example:

  • Who are the ‘hard to reach’ in research on inequality?
  • Should research only focus on those most disadvantaged by current patterns of inequality? What about those in the middle? Or those who are most advantaged by the current situation?
  • Are traditional methodologies fit for purpose when researching inequality?
  • Does the challenge of inequality require a different kind of approach to social research?
  • How can we map the everyday experience of social inequality or its effect on social practices?

This one-day conference will focus on new ways to investigate and understand social inequality. We are particularly interested in receiving abstracts on the following:

  • The use of interesting/unusual methodological approaches to investigate social inequality
  • The use of multi-methodological approaches to investigate social inequality
  • Views on the ethics of researching social inequality
  • Views of research impact, and what this is in social inequality research
  • The use of methodologies designed to explore the impact of social inequality on perceptions of community, environment or the self

Abstracts should be no more than 350 words and sent to socinqconf@gmail.com by the 30th of November 2015.

If you have any questions please contact one of the conference organisers:

Heidi Seetzen h.seetzen@kingston.ac.uk

Carlie Goldsmith carlieg@north-rtd.co.uk

Mark Ramsden mjr60@cam.ac.uk

5th February 2016, Rose Theatre in Kingston