Division of Sociology Seminar Series
From Dr Paul Fenton and Dr Rebecca Thompson
The Division of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.
- From: Wednesday 4 November 2015, 1 pm
- To: Wednesday 4 November 2015, 2 pm
- Location: Chaucer 3706, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT
The Division of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year to invite excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings. Staff and students from Sociology and the wider University are welcome to attend.
This week's seminar will be from Dr Paul Fenton and Dr Rebecca Thompson.
Politycal Literacy: Educating Young People for Active Citizenship - A Work in Progress? - Dr Paul Fenton
In this presentation, Paul Fenton (Principal Lecturer in Youth Studies) presents the early stages of his research that sets out the value of youth and community workers revisiting their historical function in offering ‘liberalia studia’, what Jeffs describes as “a liberal education best able to instill intellectual discernment, wisdom and a capacity to separate sense from nonsense…to engage in dialogue with young people, to raise their sights and help them build the world anew.” Drawing on data from recent elections and using Aristotle’s ‘Politika’ as a tool for evaluating the polity (the form or process of civil government or constitution) at work in the UK, Paul suggests a reemergence of ‘politycal literacy’ in youth and community work is needed that promotes the virtue of ‘polis’ (citizenship) as engaging young people as agents of change in the interest of the ‘common good’.
Windows of opportunity: findings from analysis of burglary victimisation in Europe - Dr Rebecca Thompson
The International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS) was launched in 1989 and has become an invaluable source of cross-national information on victimisation, fear of crime and criminal justice related issues. The ICVS has improved our understanding of victimisation risk and frequency beyond national borders and outside the traditional regional and cultural settings of victimisation research. This work explores the role of individual, household and country characteristics in relation to European burglary incidence using multilevel negative binomial modelling. Burglary victimisation frequency is mostly explained by household demographic and socio-economic attributes. The paper forms part of a wider Economic and Social Research Council funded project which explores the role of household security in burglary.
Should you be external to the University and wish to listen to one of our speakers, please inform the Research Seminar Coordinator Dr Jatinder Sandhu via email prior to the event you wish to attend.