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Thinking Allowed: Hoarders and microbreweries

Updated Friday, 13th March 2015

On this episode of Thinking Allowed Laurie Taylor hears about the sociological perspective on hoarding and microbreweries in the UK is discussed.

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

Messy bedroom of a hoarder Creative commons image Icon Earthworm under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license On this week's programme


The sociological meaning of 'clutter' is discussed. Laurie Taylor talks to Scott Herring, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Indiana University, and author of a book which provides an in depth account of how modern hoarders came into being. He suggests that they attract attention primarily because they disrupt our notions of how things should be organised, rather than because of anxieties about mental health.


Also, Thomas Thurnell-Read, Lecturer in Sociology at Coventry University, discusses his study of microbreweries and the revival of traditional beer in the UK.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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