At this year’s graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, the Sociology team presented graduating students with the fourth edition of the annual Westminster Sociology Dissertation Anthology, which showcases some of the outstanding and innovative research produced by final year Sociology students at the University of Westminster.
The aim of this anthology is to reward good dissertations, to provide an example of quality work for future dissertation students, and to promote more widely the achievements of our students in Sociology at Westminster.
The anthology includes work by Nisha Waller, who uses depth interviews to explores the experiences of six women who have been the partner of a male prisoner. Mehreen Khan’s contribution deploys an intersectional analysis to explore how South Asian Muslim women have made choices about their education, career and future aspirations. Chloe Payne’s chapter sensitively draws on interviews and ethnographic data to provide an in-depth account of the experience of ‘postvention’, the activities which aim to support the bereaved after a suicide in the UK. Kim Corti provides a critical and comparative examination of the discourses around veganism in UK national newspapers. Finally, Luke Allmond’s dissertation explores sexism in the contemporary music scene in Oxford.
While these five projects are incredibly diverse, they all have qualities that make them distinctive of the kind of work our students produce in Sociology at Westminster: they engage creatively and passionately with some of the urgent issues of our time, they use a finely tuned sociological imagination to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, and they are motivated by a desire to understand and challenge social inequalities.
Nisha, Mehreen, Chloe, Kim and Luke are not alone in producing great dissertation projects. The Sociology team had the pleasure to read some really excellent work. In particular, we would like to commend dissertations by Lois Anderson, Neela Khan, Marwa Fichera, and Jake Lovric. Well done to you all – we are very proud of you!