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Thinking Allowed 2015

OU/BBC's Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show airs.

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Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Thinking Allowed is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences in partnership with The Open University.

Here, we bring you exclusive content from The Open University's academic experts responding to the subjects Laurie Taylor and his guests explore, as well as links to teaching materials such as the Open University module, Introducing The Social Sciences.

You may also like to try one of our FREE courses we have compiled to complement the programme.  

See below for more information about each episode and exclusive content produced by our academics on a range of subjects. You may also like to watch these exclusive videos with presenter Laurie Taylor on all things to do with social sciences. 

We also host Society Matters, a blog that seeks to inform, stimulate and challenge your perceptions of everyday life and our changing world. 

You can also get involved with the topics discussed on the programme every week by visiting the The Open University Social Science's Facebook page and participating in the Friday Thinker posts

You may be interested in taking it further with The Open University by seeing what courses and modules we have to offer. 

Thinking Allowed is on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesdays at 4.00pm and repeated on Monday mornings at 12.15am. Full broadcast details, and listen again links, can be found on

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Middle-class drug dealers and globalisation of white collar work

Middle class drug dealers:

Laurie Taylor discusses a study into suburban drug selling amongst well heeled teens in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, USA. The author, Richard Wright, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, reveals a world which provides a striking counterpoint to the devastation of the drug war in poor, minority communities. Instead, he found that middle class 'dealing' rarely disrupted conventional career paths or involved legal risks and violence. A British perspective is provided by
Richard Hobbs, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex.

White collar jobs which move to the Global South:

Shehzad Nadeem, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, charts the impact on emerging economies of the globalisation of IT and service sector work. Is it producing upward mobility in countries like India?

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Middle-class drug dealers and globalisation of white collar work Laurie Taylor discussed suburban drug dealing and the globalization of IT services in this week's Thinking Allowed. Read more
Arab Londoners - Migrants and British identity On this week's Thinking Allowed, Laurie and guests look at British-Arab people and the way London has changed their... Read more
White working class boys and French thought This episode of Thinking Allowed looks at British boys' underachievement in education and French intellectuals.  Read more
Factory music and volunteering post-recession On this week's programme, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss pop music in worker's culture and how the 2008 recession... Read more
The 'Precariat' and humour in sociology On this episode of Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor and guests dicuss an emerging new class, the 'Precariat' and also... Read more
Lesbian lives in Russia and big data On this epiosde of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed lesbian relationships in Russia in a post communist era are explored as... Read more




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