Dr Umit Cetin

Senior Lecturer

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309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW
Semester 1: Wednesdays 12- 2 pm

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I have been a lecturer in Sociology in this department since 2007 where my specialist teaching is in sociological theory, sociology of religion and work experience. I completed my first degree in Sociology here and my MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have completed my PhD at the University of Essex, researching into suicide in the Alevi Kurdish/Turkish community in London. Since 2010 with Dr Jenkins, I have been working with the Alevi community around identity issues.

4SOCL001W Thinking Sociologically (Module Leader)

4SOCL008W London Lives: Migrant London

5SOCL001W  Modern Social Theory (Module Leader)

5SOCL004W The Sociology of Religion (Module Leader)

5SOCL003W Work Experience: Practice and Reflection (Module Leader)

5CRIM005W Youth, Crime and Justice  

5WSEL015W Community Engagement through Volunteering

SSOC601.Y Sociology Dissertation

My main research interests are in the areas of classical and modern social theory, work and employment, religion, migration, suicide and identities. My PhD was funded by the Sociology Department at the University of Essex, consisting of a sociological examination of suicide amongst second generation Alevi-Kurdish young men in London. Since 2010, Dr Celia Jenkins and I have conducted further research with the London Alevi community concerning identity issues with second- generation youth. We pioneered a unique collaboration between the London Alevi Community Centre, local schools and ourselves to produce units on Alevism at Key Stages 1-3 for the core RE curriculum. These are the first schools in the world to teach Alevism in the core curriculum so we have enjoyed widespread publicity in the Turkish press both here and in Turkey and the curriculum materials will be published for use by other schools. In 2014, we won the British Education Research Association Prize for our collaboration with the secondary school piloting the lessons and will use the £2,000 prize money to fund an after-school club to explore Alevi hidden culture. In 2014, together with Dr Caroline Barnes and colleagues from Kocaeli University in Turkey as co-applicants, we received a British Academy Fellowship Award of £10,000 to conduct an international survey of the London Alevi community and their communities of origin in Turkey. 

2018

An Ethnographic Study of Suicide Among Young Men in the London Alevi Community (2018)
Cetin, U. 2018. An Ethnographic Study of Suicide Among Young Men in the London Alevi Community. in: SAGE Research Methods Cases Sociology Sage.

2018

From a ‘sort of Muslim’ to ‘proud to be Alevi’: The Alevi Religion and Identity Project combatting the negative identity among second-generation Alevis in the UK (2018)
Jenkins, C. and Cetin, U. 2018. From a ‘sort of Muslim’ to ‘proud to be Alevi’: The Alevi Religion and Identity Project combatting the negative identity among second-generation Alevis in the UK. National Identities . 20 (1), pp. 105-123.
Editorial of Special Issue of National Identities: Alevism as an ethno-religious identity: Contested boundaries (2018)
Jenkins, C., Aydin, S. and Cetin, U. 2018. Editorial of Special Issue of National Identities: Alevism as an ethno-religious identity: Contested boundaries. National Identities. 20 (1), pp. 1-7.

2017

Cosmopolitanism and the relevance of ‘zombie concepts’: the case of anomic suicide amongst Alevi Kurd youth (2017)
Cetin, U. 2017. Cosmopolitanism and the relevance of ‘zombie concepts’: the case of anomic suicide amongst Alevi Kurd youth. British Journal of Sociology. 68 (2), pp. 145-166.

2016

Durkheim, ethnography and suicide: researching young male suicide in the transnational London Alevi-Kurdish community (2016)
Cetin, U. 2016. Durkheim, ethnography and suicide: researching young male suicide in the transnational London Alevi-Kurdish community. Ethnography. 17 (2), pp. 250-277.

2018

Alevism as an ethno-religious identity: Contested boundaries (2018)
Jenkins, C., Cetin, U. and Aydin, S. (ed.) 2018. Alevism as an ethno-religious identity: Contested boundaries. London Routledge.

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