Imaginations: fifty years of Essex Sociology

Imaginations: fifty years of Essex Sociology

edited by Ken Plummer


A book to celebrate fifty years of the  Essex Sociology Department.

Through fifty contributions from past and present, the students and lecturers in the department tell the story of its history, its ideas and its community.

It provides an unusual insight into the workings of a British university department as well as the shape of modern British sociology.

You will treasure this book, not only if you worked or studied at Essex, but also if you care deeply about sociology and its future. For those who experienced Essex, it will touch on special memories. But it will also show how much more was going on there than you ever realised at the time. This multidimensional book portrays the amazingly sustained creativity of sociology over a whole range of different directions. That’s why it is much more than history: it also demonstrates the potential of sociology for the future. Paul Thompson An invaluable record of an extraordinary intellectual and educational institution, chronicling the heady years of its genesis and fruition. The volume teems with memories, anecdotes and reflections on this history from a proud assembly of those at the heart of its achievements.  Rob Stones

Imaginations: fifty years of Essex Sociology will be published by Wivenbooks in September 2014.
Copies can be ordered from The Wivenhoe Bookshop, the University Bookshop or direct from Ken Plummer at It will also become available on Amazon.
Publication price: £25 ISBN: 9780957085046; 208pp, 50 contributors.

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The book will be officially published and launched at the Essex 50th anniversary weekend scheduled for 12-14th September at the University. You can find more details of this on:

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