Days of the Week

Children's Nursery Rhymes Revisited  On Friday you took to the streets with your friends: ‘There's no Planet B – make climate change end!’ On Saturday you flew to Barbados and read that the insect population was critical – might soon be dead. On Sunday your family slaughtered a goat to celebrate your Homecoming – the … Continue reading Days of the Week

Everyday Life song

Tune: Wild Mountain Thyme (Traditional)  Lyrics: Barefoot Sociologist Sung January 2018 - April 2018 by Bristol undergraduate students and Barefoot Sociologist during the 9am lecture Enthusiasm: variable (plenty of laughter). Both parts recorded and sung 18th December 2018 by Barefoot Sociologist. 1. Now it's time for everyday life To explore our daily habits Shopping, Sleeping, Drinking, … Continue reading Everyday Life song

Martha

For the Perthshire Mummy Brigade   It’s 6 in the morning you’re lying in bed, You’re watching your husband get dressed and you’ve said: ‘Let me turn down your collar, I’ll straighten your tie.’ You’ve toasted his success, ‘Here’s mud in your eye!’ His new job is starting, he’s anxious as fuck, You hope that … Continue reading Martha

Collaborative Writing: Part Two

 Esther was pleased. The second year of running her ethnography unit was going well. True, a 9 am start was less than desirable and a number of students always arrived late, bleary-eyed and sleepy. Overall though the students were engaged, the mixture of fieldwork, readings and discussion was progressing smoothly and the challenges around ethics … Continue reading Collaborative Writing: Part Two

Collaborative Writing: Part One

Libby and Rachel met on the Ethnography unit. Rachel was studying Theology with Sociology and Libby single honours Sociology. They chose the unit for different reasons: Rachel because she wanted some empirical research experience and Libby because Esther was teaching it. Esther could have been teaching the history of toilets and sanitation and Libby would … Continue reading Collaborative Writing: Part One

A Funeral of Apples

The long and unusually hot Summer lead to an early Autumn of abundance. By September the trees in the Orchard were groaning under their weight of apples. Ned watched the pupils returning to the school and the school year begin with all its usual dramas about short staffing, challenging behaviour and unsupportive management. By mid-September … Continue reading A Funeral of Apples