Thinking Allowed

by BBC · · ·

New research on how society works

Maps and Postcodes Oct. 24, 2018

Maps and postcodes. Is there such a thing as a predictive postcode? Can it reveal more about us than our bank account, ethnicity or social class? Laurie Taylor poses the question to Roger Burrows, Professor of Cities at Newcastle University. Also, Mapping Society - Laura Vaughan, Professor of Urban Form and Society at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, examines how maps not only serve as historical records of social enquiry, but also reveal the ways in which difference and inequality are etched deeply on the surface of our towns, villages and cities. Producer: Jayne Egerton



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Rich Russians. Also, millionaire tax flight.
Palaces for the People Oct. 10, 2018
Palaces for the People: the decline in civic life.
Push Buttons Oct. 3, 2018
Push buttons: pleasure, panic and the politics of pushing.
Creativity Sept. 26, 2018
Creativity re-examined. Has it become a meaningless buzz word for our times?
Post-Truth Sept. 19, 2018
Post-truth - what is it and how did we get to this point?
Drifters Sept. 12, 2018
Laurie Taylor explores the life and times of the American train hopping hobo.
Smart Cities July 25, 2018
Laurie Taylor presents a special edition recorded at the Open University in Milton Keynes.
Beauty - Ugliness July 18, 2018
Beauty and ugliness.
Suburbia Revisited July 11, 2018
Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works.
'Selfies' - narcissism or self-expression? Also, choosing to disconnect from ICTs.
Gangs and spirituality June 27, 2018
Gangs and spirituality - can religious belief lead members away from crime?
China today June 20, 2018
China - how was it lifted out of poverty and what does the future hold?
Light and Dark June 13, 2018
How the meanings of light and dark have changed over time in the context of urban life.
Size Discrimination June 6, 2018
Laurie Taylor considers what it means to be very tall, very big or very short.
Business Schools May 30, 2018
Should business schools be shut down? Laurie Taylor examines the arguments.
Law and Order May 23, 2018
Law and Order: the drama series revisited 40 years later.
Marx and Marxism May 16, 2018
Marx and Marxism revisited.
Laurie Taylor analyses the social and political consequences of our digitised world.
Universal Basic Income - could it work?