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Trauma Induced Neurodegenerative Diseases: Reimagining dementia?

Written by Greg Hollin Knowledge regarding the causes of dementia have changed considerably over the course of the last hundred-or-so years. Nonetheless, since the discovery in the 1990s of gene variants that alter the risk of getting neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s-related dementias have been understood in primarily genetic terms, and social scientists have persuasively argued that… Continue reading Trauma Induced Neurodegenerative Diseases: Reimagining dementia?

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Together we stand? LGBTQIA* solidarity towards other minorities

Written by Aurora Perego [W]e will go to the Pride march all together […]. [We want] A home for everybody, otherwise why should we have equal marriage? Documents for everybody, otherwise what is the point of civil unions? Immediate jus soli, otherwise, the fair recognition of homosexual couples’ children will only serve to trace a… Continue reading Together we stand? LGBTQIA* solidarity towards other minorities

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Children Act 1989 Section 17: Child in Need today

By Jennifer Cooper This blog post will consider the provision of services for children who are considered ‘in need’ under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989. These services are often provided where children and families are struggling and experiencing some difficulties, although not to the point where the child is considered at risk of… Continue reading Children Act 1989 Section 17: Child in Need today

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How vaccine hesitancy intersects with social inequalities and community mistrust: emerging findings from a UK-US comparison

Ozge Ozduzen, Billur Ozgul, Bogdan Ianosev, Matthew Adams and Monika E. Fratczak Vaccine hesitancy is a multifaceted issue, sparking a lot of debates involving health, illness, religious beliefs, social inequalities, and misinformation. For example, data in both the UK and US points to sizable disparities in vaccination uptake between ethnic groups. The UK Office for… Continue reading How vaccine hesitancy intersects with social inequalities and community mistrust: emerging findings from a UK-US comparison

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A World Reimagined: The Art of Drone Visuals

By Lauren A O'Hagan In recent years, the expansion of drones with embedded cameras has significantly increased the production, consumption and sharing of new visual perspectives. Through social media and online platforms like Dronestagram and Skypixel, drone visuals are rapidly becoming part of our everyday visual experiences, generating images that differ from traditional visual conventions… Continue reading A World Reimagined: The Art of Drone Visuals

Coronavirus Pandemic, covid-19, Everyday life and critical diversities, Social Inequalities and Social Ordering

Migrant families, Covid-19 travel restrictions, and everyday bordering

By Maria Teresa Ferazzoli and Julie Walsh  In the early days of the pandemic, many countries closed their borders to stop the spread of COVID-19. International travel has continued to be restricted, but with changing caveats, including ‘essential’ travel only, restrictions on travellers from particular countries, and the introduction of vaccination ‘passports’. Most recently, borders… Continue reading Migrant families, Covid-19 travel restrictions, and everyday bordering

Science, Technology and Medicine in Society (STeMiS), Social Networking

What can Yik Yak’s relaunch tell us about kids and online anonymity?

By Ysabel Gerrard Dr Ysabel Gerrard is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society. She received a British Academy Small Grant to research young people’s views of anonymous apps, and will publish some of the findings of this research in a forthcoming book: “The Platform Generation: Young Lives and Social Media Content Policies” (University of… Continue reading What can Yik Yak’s relaunch tell us about kids and online anonymity?

Everyday life and critical diversities, Social Inequalities and Social Ordering

Beyond Gender Wars and Institutional Panics: Recognising Gender Diversity in UK Higher Education

By Sally Hines According to the UK’s media, academia is currently plagued by ‘silencing’, ‘no-platforming’, and ‘cancel culture’ amidst the Nation’s ‘gender wars’. Over the last year, barely a week has gone by without a broadsheet newspaper article, radio discussion programme, or TV report suggesting that UK Higher Education (HE) has reached crisis point in… Continue reading Beyond Gender Wars and Institutional Panics: Recognising Gender Diversity in UK Higher Education

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Is it still relevant to talk about deinstitutionalisation on World Mental Health Day?

By Maria Teresa Ferazzoli Campaigns like Let's talk have worked to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and helped to raise awareness about the importance of asking for help. However, there is still limited attention given to the experiences of people affected by severe and chronic mental illness.  Present western mental health care systems… Continue reading Is it still relevant to talk about deinstitutionalisation on World Mental Health Day?

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Sargol: The ‘Get Fat Quick’ Scam

By Lauren O'Hagan In contemporary society, the idealisation of thinness and the denigration of fatness have become dominant cultural ideals and are now the reference model to which men and women aspire when caring for their bodies. This “cult of thinness” is intensified by social media, which promotes a homogenised body standard that is unattainable… Continue reading Sargol: The ‘Get Fat Quick’ Scam