Tim Strangleman

Tim Strangleman is Professor in sociology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent. He studies work identity, deindustrialisation, corporate photography, and nostalgia, in particular in the former Guinness brewery at Park Royal, west London.


June 30, 2012 Industrial Heritage and the Value of Working-Class Memory

In 2011, I was helping one of my sociology students get started on an essay.  She wanted to write, she said, “something on coalmining communities”. I suggested she narrow the topic, since coal mining was, until relatively recently, a widespread industry in the UK. She responded by suggesting that she could look at “somewhere up…

September 11, 2009 The Remembrance to a Lost Work: Nostalgia, Labour and the Visual

Taken from the Introduction to Ming Jue: Photographs of Longbridge and Nanjing (Stuart Whipps, 2008, Walsall: New Art Gallery) Photography by Stuart Whipps [http://www.stuartwhipps.com/] One of the main concerns sociologists had in the 1960s and 1970s was how industrial workers coped with the boring monotony of their routine jobs, but ironically within two decades attention…