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Laurie Taylor Website

Laurie Taylor is a distinguished sociologist and radio and television presenter. He was one of the founding members of the National Deviance Conference, a group of radical and critical criminologists who met regularly at York University (where he became Professor of Sociology). Among other books, he is the co-author (with Stanley Cohen) of Psychological Survival, a study of long-term prisoners, and of a study of identity in the modern world entitled Escape Attempts: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life. He was a regular contributor to BBC R4’s “Stop the Week” and the presenter of “The Radio Programme” and “The Afternoon Shift”. Since 1988 he has presented BBC Radio 4’s “Thinking Allowed”, a programme devoted to the latest developments in social science. He is a Fellow of Birkbeck College, chairman of The Rationalist Association, commissioning editor of New Humanist and has contributed a satirical column to The Times Higher for the past three decades. He is currently filming the third series of “In Confidence for Sky Arts”, an hour-long interview programme involving leading thinkers of the day. (Guests so far have included Jonathan Miller, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Will Self, Stephen Fry, Shirley Williams, and Andre Previn).