IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Book launch - Disaster Anarchy: Mutual Aid and Radical Action

27 April 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Gathering of protestors. Image: Life Matters via Pexels

Join this webinar to hear author Rhiannon Firth, along with John Preston and Jessica Ringrose, discuss the launch of this new book.

This event is free.

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Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity

Anarchist-inspired social movements have been central in helping communities ravaged by disasters, stepping in when governments wash their hands of the victims. 

Looking at Hurricane Sandy and Covid-19, and the social movements that mobilised relief in their wake, 'Disaster Anarchy' is an inspiring and alarming book about collective solidarity in an increasingly dangerous world.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in social policy, social movement, sociology, education and politics.

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About the Speakers

Dr Rhiannon Firth

Lecturer in Sociology at IOE, UCL

Her research is focused on the intersection of Sociology, Education and Politics, with a focus on the pedagogical and prefigurative practices of social and ecological justice movements.

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Professor John Preston

Professor of Sociology at University of Essex

His focus is on the sociology of disasters, emergencies and existential threat. He is the author of several books on the sociology of disasters, including ‘Disaster Education’, 'Grenfell Tower: Preparedness, Race and Disaster Capitalism' and ‘Coronavirus, Class and Mutual Aid in the United Kingdom’ (with Rhiannon Firth).

Professor Jessica Ringrose

Head of the Sociology section at Department of Education, Practice and Society - IOE

Her research areas includes Gender Equity in Education, Youth gender and sexuality, Youth Activism, Youth and Social Media, Feminism in Education.

More about Professor Jessica Ringrose