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Thinking Allowed 2019
Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts.
29th April 2019 at 12:15AM
- The changing middle classes
- Class ceiling
Randy McBee, Professor of Labor and Social History at the Texas Tech University, considers the rise of the American Motorcyclist from its largely working-class roots to the growth in "outlaw" motorcycle culture in the 1950s through to the development of the motorcycle rights movement of the 1960s and the emergence of the rich urban biker more recently. What impact has the 'biker' had on American culture and politics?
He is joined by Esperanza Miyake, Lecturer in Digital Media and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, and author of a new study of the 'gendered motorcycle' in film, advertising and TV. She asks why biker culture is often seen as essentially masculine and what happens to gender at 120mph.
- Skateboarding - Parkour
- Spectacular cities
- Cute and kitsch
- CEO Society - Time Management
- Detective fiction - homicide and social media
- No go world and holidays in the danger zone
- Remembering Emmet Till and the politics of memorials
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Professor Sophie Watson
Prior to joining The Open University, she held several high-profile academic positions at leading institutions including University College London, University of New South Wales, and the University of Bristol.
Dr Jess Perriam
Jess is a lecturer in sociology, primarily interested in the digital and everyday life. She received her PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018.
Prior to joining The Open University, she appeared on BBC World Service’s Newshour programme to discuss café loyalty schemes.
Before pursuing an academic career, Jess was a radio and online journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) between 2007 and 2011.