Management

The banknote: a symbol of trust?

The banknote: a symbol of trust?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

A fistful of cash opens the door to a shopper’s paradise - but what really gives those slips of paper in your hand their value? Social scientist Dr Jane Nolan observes that a little trust goes a long way.

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The baseball cap: a symbol of pathological consumption?

The baseball cap: a symbol of pathological consumption?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

The baseball cap worn back to front is standard issue for that figurehead of the social underclass – the Chav. Professor Jo Brewis examines the way British gay culture commodifies and celebrates such stereotypes and unpicks what it reveals about our world.

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The bottle of water: what does it mean to commodify a natural resource?

The bottle of water: what does it mean to commodify a natural resource?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:50 PM |

Once assumed to be unlimited in supply, water now has a greater scarcity value. Dr Georgios Patsiaouras at Leicester’s School of Management analyses the global commercialisation of water and questions the implications for consumers and the environment.

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The cotton bobbin: symbolic of a lost heritage?

The cotton bobbin: symbolic of a lost heritage?

Posted by arj13 at Sep 10, 2013 11:55 AM |

The cotton bobbin – a spool of thread to be found in every household sewing kit. This humble object was once a symbol of the dominance of British manufacturing – the source of sustenance and pride for a generation of workers. Dr John Goodwin of Leicester’s School of Management reveals how the loss of this key industry from the Midlands has emptied factories and wasted skills.

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The curriculum vitae

The curriculum vitae

Posted by jcm22 at Nov 20, 2014 12:09 PM |

A ticket to a job interview. Professor Melanie Simms examines the challenge facing today’s young people as they try to build a CV.

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The desk: a symbol of bureaucratic rule?

The desk: a symbol of bureaucratic rule?

Posted by hi29 at May 08, 2014 01:15 PM |

What does the desk mean to you? And what has it meant through history? Professor Gibson Burrell from the School of Management argues that the desk is much more than a work surface, and in fact signifies changes in power relations from the past to our contemporary world.

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The Social Worlds project ran from March 2014 to November 2015. This site is no longer being updated but provides an archive of all the articles which were created as part of the project.

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