Sociology @ Goldsmiths

Leading edge Sociology


August 2016

Secularism Is The Fundamentalist Religion of France

The burkini bans have ignited fierce debate in France and worldwide, while opinion polls suggested most French people backed the bans for reasons of secularism, or laïcité.

Sara R. Farris, Senior Lecture in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, examines the fundamentalism of laïcité.


The conflict between religion and media has deep roots

A recent report into the place of religion in public life presented a gloomy picture of the relationship between media and religion. Whilst media misrepresentations usually concern Muslims, the most vocal complainers are Christians. Abby Day argues the reason for this may lie in more fundamental, ancient and even ontological concerns.



Frightened of Each Other’s Shadows 

It’s part of contemporary life we experience but are ashamed to discuss. But Nihal Arthanayake wants to talk it: about the things that are left unsaid.

Featuring SociologyGold’s own Les Back (@AcademicDiary), listen again to the conversation at

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