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Archive for July 2010
There was a fascinating article by Gary Younge on the Guardian’s website at the weekend. He argues that the last few months of British politics has seen the right enjoy considerable success in establishing a dominant framework within which mainstream political… Read More ›
A fascinating video documenting the EDL protest and UAF counter-protest in Manchester city centre last October.
Vince Cable’s plans for a graduate tax look set to fail as senior Tories brief against it. Their reticence apparently stems from a feeling that it would be unfair for high earning graduates to be forced to pay more than the value… Read More ›
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We have been conducting a large online international study investigating peoples’ wellbeing called – The International Wellbeing Study. This study has been running since March 2009 and basically investigates peoples’ wellbeing over the course of one year. We would very… Read More ›
As a follow up to his lecture here’s Jeremy Rifkin’s concept of empathic civilisation explored through the medium of animation. It’s part of a new series being produced by the RSA (whose strap line reads ’21st century enlightenment program’) and they… Read More ›
I don’t think I would have the strength to go through an Iron Man movie but for my nieces and nephew who were eager to watch it. In this barely analytical review, I’m paraphrasing the first chapter of Eric Cheyftiz’s… Read More ›
An intriguing (though depressing and plausible!) talk by Slavoj Žižek about the prospects faced by Western democracy. He paints a grim picture of a society where “all small personal pleasures will be kept” but democracy is gone. As he puts it: “things cannot… Read More ›
Recent entry to parliament Zac Goldsmith (Conservative MP for Richmond and son of billionaire financier James Goldsmith) makes a fool of himself defending allegations that he broke election financing rules. Is this strategy something a spin-doctor recommended? If so is it… Read More ›
This post provides introduction and context for the activist ethnography in following post. Having become a self-defined ‘activist’ at some point in 2008, the stories told by older members of my affinity group at Warwick University always held great appeal…. Read More ›
New Activism or Old Politics? Sounding student reaction to HE’s crisis This free, one-day event will discuss likely student reactions to the impending cuts and rising fees in higher education.
Given the brewing conflicts within British higher education it seems like an opportune moment for a thorough sociological analysis of academia. Such an analysis would supplement the expansive literature on the subjugation of higher education to market forces through a… Read More ›
One Dimensional Woman is aphoristic and polemic from the start. As the author asks as the beginning of the book: “where have all the interesting women gone?”. In this slim volume the philosopher Nina Power attempts to answer this question. Through… Read More ›