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Sociology

Social ties, networks and social movements

Research in this cluster studies patterns of social ties and social networks to get a better understanding of how society works, by looking at the relationships within these networks.

We study the networks of musicians, scientists and student activists, as well as covert networks. This cluster also includes research on social movements - where people who aren't politicians get involved in politics - in everything from anti-corporate protests after the recent banking crisis, to the suffragette movement in the early 20th century.

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How new tactics spread through suffragette groups

As part of a wider project investigating how social movements use different tactics to get their message across, Gemma Edwards is researching suffragette networks to find out how some suffragettes moved from peaceful protest to militancy.

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