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What does a kiss mean?

What does a kiss mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Shiningcolors | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
The kiss has changed its cultural meaning across the century - from a sign of favour to a marker of desire. How did that happen?

The British hitman: A brief introduction

The British hitman: A brief introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Piero Cruciatti | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
David Wilson explains why the reality of killers for hire doesn't match the image suggested by the media.

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city?

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city? Creative commons image Credit: Rodhullandemu under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
A century ago, Liverpool revelled in its cosmopolitan character. Nowadays, though, the city is far less ethnically mixed. What happened?

The late-modern hipster

The late-modern hipster Copyright free image Credit: Cheryl18 New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Unloved and shunned by sociologists. Bjørn Schiermer considers the plight of the elaborately bearded youth cult.

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist' 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist' 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed hosts a special programme dedicated to academic research in ethnography.

The purpose of war

The purpose of war Copyright free image Credit: ArmyAmber New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.

The illicit world of Indian dance

The illicit world of Indian dance Copyrighted image Credit: Vonora | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Although Bollywood has brought social change, the history of dancers in India is a story of shaming. Anna Morcom visited Thinking Allowed to...

Thinking Allowed: Free will explored

Thinking Allowed: Free will explored Copyrighted image Credit: Aydindurdu | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests delve deeper into the concept of freedom on this week's Thinking Allowed. 

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties Copyrighted image Credit: By Flogal via Dreamstime under subscription
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Mar 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss studies into citizenship and the links between family ties and stories. 

Thinking Allowed: Global clothing and poverty, fur inheritance in Poland

Thinking Allowed: Global clothing and poverty, fur inheritance in Poland Copyrighted image Credit: © Katie Nesling | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Mar 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss fast fashion and hand-me-downs regarding the links to class and poverty.