If you are new to the CPN or this 30 Day of September campaign, we run a month of daily posts on a different topic each year. This year we are focusing on ideas, articles, books, films, etc., that have inspired members of the Network. There will be a different post from a different CPN member each day until the end of the month.
Thinking Allowed is a 30 minute, weekly radio discussion programme which focuses on the latest social science research as well as casting historical perspectives on the gurus of sociology and philosophy (for example a recent programme on the ideas and legacy of French Sociologist Pierre Bordieu http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07gg1kb ). The programme is hosted by Laurie Taylor, who previously held a professorial post in sociology at the University of York. Since 2014, Thinking Allowed has also collaborated with The British Sociological Association to announce an annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography.
I was introduced to this programme when I was grappling with Foucauldian concepts of governmentality, and endeavouring to understand how (or if) his later ‘ethical phase’ could be reconciled with the archeological and genealogical phases. A special edition of the programme, dedicated to Foucault, offered me an accessible route into some of his more complex considerations of subjectivity, and subsequently allowed me to rationalize my position. I became a regular listener of the programme, enjoying the critical debates and contemporary empirical research regarding diverse aspects of society and culture.