East London student tipped for prestigious sociology prize

FORMER East London University student Ben Pitcher has been shortlisted for a prestigious national sociology award. He is tipped for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams’ memorial prize for his first book on the thorny issues of terrorism and racism

FORMER East London University student Ben Pitcher has been shortlisted for a prestigious national sociology award.

He is tipped for the British Sociological Association's 'Philip Abrams' memorial prize for his first book tackling the thorny issues of terrorism and racism in Britain today.

Ben's long-titled work, The Politics of Multiculturalism: Race and Racism in Contemporary Britain, sets out to address the controversial issues of our times, based on the PhD he completed at the university in 2007. These include the politics of nationalism, the 'war on terror' and why racism "still pervades British society in the 21st century." Ben now works as a Sociology lecturer.

The memorial prize was set up to commemorate Prof Philip Abrams' contribution to sociology.

The winner will be announced at the Sociological Association's annual conference in Glasgow next month.

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