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Towards a Microsociality of Austerity

On 14th April Gareth Williams, Eva Elliott and Ellie Byrne spoke at a conference held at Cardiff University. Hosted by Valerie Walkerdine and David Studdert, Towards a Microsociality of Austerity explored ways of thinking about and using micro-social approaches to community-based studies.

The CISHeW team talked about the theories and methods influencing their current research, giving specific examples from one of the case study areas of the Representing Communities project. Microsociality is a useful analytic as it shifts the focus away from static, ‘gluey’ concepts like ‘community’ and instead talks about ‘communal beingness’.

This constructs a more dynamic and fluid notion of community and puts the focus on affective relations and practices which have been relatively under-explored in relation to community. A special issue of the journal Sociological Review will follow the event.

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