Archive for March 2012

The Hacktivist Imagination

In The Sociological Imagination, C.W. Mills set out the essential task for sociology as he saw it. His call was simple: to search for and articulate those (casual) connections between individual social environments (what he called ‘milieux’) and the wider socio-historical forces… Read More ›

How much sleep?

In 2001, Roger Ekirch (historian at Virginia Tech) published an important paper that revealed a wealth of historical evidence that throughout our history humans used to have a different sleeping pattern from us today.  They used to have a “first… Read More ›

The invisible mothers

These mysterious looking old photographs were not intended to be as sinister as they may appear to us. IN order to make the best use of the technology of the time, and to achieve a well-focussed photograph of the ever-fidgeting children, photographers used… Read More ›

Review of Precious

A word of warning: this is not an uplifting film. It is however one of the rare films worthy of the epithet “unmissable”. Set in 1987, it tells the story of Claireece Precious Jones (usually known simply as Precious): a 16… Read More ›