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.
Coming February 2022 from Manchester University Press £20 Hardback (illustrated) PRE-ORDER
'A marvelous, profound look at the art of hitchhiking: it is a journeying, questing book, opening up avenues of exploration, following curiosity-paths, creating networks of thoughts and discursive, fascinating politics. This is a book with a world within its covers: I am richer for having read it.'
Jay Griffiths, writer and author of Wild: An Elemental Journey
Upcoming events and talks
February 2022 (tbc)
Appearance on 'Free Thinking' on BBC Radio 3
Book launch of 'Driving with strangers' (Blackwells, Manchester and online)
May 14th 2022. Reading at Northern Publisher's Book Fair (11.40am)
Recent events and talks
12th January 2022. Appearance on BBC Radio 4 'Thinking Allowed' discussing strangers and xenophobia with Laurie Taylor and George Makari. Podcast available here.
17th September 2021 at 'Real Zero in a Hurry' DecarboN8 International Conference
( This was the Shared Mobilities strand. My talk starts at 26 mins. References used in the talk. Thanks to those who contributed!)
Availability, contact and mutual aid
WHAT I DO
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: email@example.com I do not have an agent or anyone answering emails, so it may take a day or two to get back to you.
MUTUAL AID & GIFT ECONOMICS
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. I tend to respond quickest via Twitter.
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