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.
This site explores the intersections between mobility, anarchism, sociology and music – principally through my current work on the history of hitchhiking – but also covers previous publications on ecological protest group Earth First!, DIY culture and the politics of research. There's a smattering of book reviews, opinion pieces, song lyrics, poems and over the top gig write ups too.
Some tasters ...
Opinion piece: That space where our names should be: writers, acknowledgments and the 'creative underclasses of history'. NEWEST
'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 available for public talks and lectures of any form or duration on any of the subjects contained in the website. As an experienced lecturer, editor and proofreader, a more formal curriculum vitae of my capabilities are attached here.
I will travel a reasonable distance by public transport or hitchhiking given notice but do not fly or attend events which may require one to.
Fees are always negotiable. It is nice to get paid in the formal economy, but I am happy to support projects which may wish to trade in other currencies (vegan stews, organic beer, goodwill etc).
If you like some of the material on this site and feel inspired to support it with a few pounds, dollars, euros, or yen, then I would be very grateful. Being an independent writer/researcher does not come with a five-figure salary!
Best way of contacting me is by email or following me on twitter:
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Copyright issues. "Let no one say I have nothing new to add. The arrangement of materials is always new" Guy Debord. Quote, cite, paraphrase by all means but do it respectfully. We all borrow from one another. Nobody sues anyone unless they have got huge amounts of money to spend or lose.