The Vagabond Sociology Site
Independent writing, research, and music
from the cultural kerbsides
Where I am coming from...
We are all travellers, yet not always explorers. How and why we move through time and space is as important as the ideas which we carry with us whilst doing so. How we research and write about these journeys, and those who we meet on them, says much about the societies which we wish to create and the people we would like to be.
My travel and transport related writings on this site include ...
sociological theory informed by ecologism and anarchism
essays on the history of hitchhiking and transport mutual aid
essays on popular culture, politics and the environment
book reviews of political/ecological fiction and nonfiction
support for fellow writers, poets, musicians and artists
my own poems and songs.
Some tasters ...
NEW in November 2021.
Driving with strangers: what hitchhiking tells us about humanity Manchester University Press £20 Hardback (illustrated) PRE-ORDER
'The Hitchhiker as a theorist' - a sociological look at societies from the kerbside, http://raspunicum.de/misc/Purkis_Theorist_Hitchhike.pdf
Availability, contact and mutual aid
I am a writer, independent academic, tutor and musician.
If you want to collaborate on a project, suggest a review or ask about my research, please email me:
If you want to know more about my writing, teaching and research history, you can access my curriculum vitae here.
Being an independent writer and academic does not come with a five figure salary, so contributions are always welcome.
Whilst it is nice to get paid in the formal economy, I am very happy to support projects which may wish to trade in other currencies (vegan stews, organic beer, goodwill etc).
I use social media sparingly but you are welcome to message me through the usual channels (youtube/podcasts coming shortly).
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