Written by Danica Darley, PhD student in the Department of Sociological Studies As a fledgling criminologist and social researcher, I spend too much time thinking about the type of research I want to do. Thanks to people like Professor Dick Hobbs, I’ve been able to see how I could use my own experiences to shape… Continue reading A criminologist’s reflections on Ethics and Integrity in Autoethnographic Research
A “Quality of Life” Threatening Illness
ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) Written by Natalie Wotherspoon Imagine feeling ill but not being believed, experiencing symptoms no one can sufficiently explain and feeling lost in a healthcare system where there is a lack of consensus on how to define and categorise your diagnosis. Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome… Continue reading A “Quality of Life” Threatening Illness
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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