Young people's talk about celebrities serves important social functions - making sense of the massive inequality and replacing envy with pleasure in being 'ordinary', shows research.
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Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new ESRC-funded study.
Today we’re one year away from the referendum on Scottish independence, and the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps are drawing up the battle lines. But in the great debate some issues are less discussed than others.
Gibraltarians' sense of Britishness had changed profoundly, and are now at least as likely to celebrate a specifically Gibraltarian identity as a British one. New ESRC-funded research will be exploring the ethnic identity of the people of Gibraltar.
The Faclair na Gàidhlig (Dictionary of the Scottish Gaelic Language) which is part-funded by the ESRC, has now been given a boost by a £2 million funding package from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The dictionary will fully document the history of the Gaelic language from 1100 onwards.
A study supported by the ESRC and the Department for International Development presents some surprising results of the controversial Zimbabwean land reform - and challenges five particular myths.
Muslim ethnic minority communities have been integrating into British and German cities for some time, according to research presented at the NORFACE Migration Conference at University College London this week.
New ESRC- funded research shows that if you live in an isolated rural area you are likely to concentrate better than if you live in a city.
A report from ScotCen Social Research and the Electoral Reform Society used data from the ESRC-supported Scottish Social Attitudes Survey to find out ordinary citizens' attitudes to further devolution.
Whether independent or devolved from the UK, Scotland is set to gain more control over welfare spending – but politicians have not engaged with the challenging issues of welfare spending in the future, warns Professor David Bell, a Future of the UK and Scotland Fellow.
The Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression (VOME) project developed new methods to raise public awareness about internet security, an issue highlighted with today's celebration of Safer Internet Day.
The second full set of data from the Understanding Society survey has been released, marking a milestone in the extensive longitudinal research project covering 30,500 households.
A recent ESRC study found that many working-class ethnic minority families are inspiring their children to be high educational achievers – even if the parents have had very little education themselves.
Servant lives a century ago consisted of backbreaking work, long hours, low pay and often complete segregation from their superiors, says Dr Pamela Cox, Director of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at Essex University and presenter of a new BBC series.
The Westminster Faith debates, organised by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, concluded with a debate between former Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and the former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore.
Teenagers who read gossip magazines are more likely to engage in unhealthy eating behaviours such as binge eating, skipping meals or making themselves sick after meals, according to an ESRC-funded study.
An exhibition focusing on the Welsh copper industry examines how this global industry affected Wales' social, cultural and urban development.
The market of 'modest fashion' is growing ever larger, with women - mostly for religious reasons - using mainstream fashion to achieve their definition of modesty.
Research shows that Deaf translation of the Queen's speeach has changed over the last decades, from Sign Supported English to an emerging 'Received Pronunciation' of British Sign Langauge.
The 'stock take' of UK residents on census day Sunday 27 March provides valuable data for social scientists.
The first findings of the Understanding Society survey have been published, covering a wide range of areas of people's lives and experiences.
Professor Paul Cheshire: Despite its importance for welfare, housing in Britain is arguably worse and more expensive than in any comparable country in the world.
Professor Richard Rodger looks at structural and sociological shifts brought about changing housing policy over the last 100 years.