Day: April 1, 2019

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A Geographical Gaze At The ‘Migration Crisis’: Refugees’ Squats As Strategies Of Resistance

By Valeria Raimondi From 10th to 14th April 2018, the AAG American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting was held in New Orleans (LA, USA). More than 9,000 scholars representing 90 different countries attended the conference, and around 6,000 papers were presented, covering all the possible fields and topics related to theory, methods, and practice of […]

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Free University Brighton: Education for Love, Not Money

By Lambros Fatsis, Haley Freeman, Jo O’ Gorman, Dyanne Parish, and Adam Sauerteig In the not-so-immediate, yet still acutely felt, aftermath of strike action over proposed changes (=cuts) to academics’ pensions last winter, debates about who “the University” is and what universities are (for) have taken centre stage. But they have haunted the minds of those working in […]

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As REF 2014 goes by: a fight for cash and glory… (with apologies to Casablanca)

By John Holmwood and Stephen McKay In this analysis of REF 2014, we extend the analysis of disparities across sub-panels that we recently published in a blog for the Times Higher. We show how these outcomes are not ‘facts’ about the relative standing of the social sciences, but artifacts of a flawed exercise.  Notwithstanding its severe limitations and pronounced neo-liberal […]

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Brexit: How Do We Reimagine?

By David Beer In a recent piece in OpenDemocracy, Mary Fitzgerald suggested that in the wake of the EU referendum it is time to reimagine Europe. This, she argues, requires us to be open in drawing upon a range of perspectives. The current malaise would certainly lend itself to such a rethink. Yet there is an […]

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Brexit: Brace yourselves for Rising Racism and Islamophobia

By Sadia Habib The campaign for Britain to Exit (Brexit) from the European Union has now been firmly established as one that promoted racialised rhetoric ruthlessly and without any concern for the consequences. What does this mean for the multicultural conviviality in the postcolonial cities in Britain? Even before the result was declared on Friday, social […]

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What After Brexit? We Don’t Know, and If We Did, We Wouldn’t Dare Say

By Jana Bacevic In dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will be singingAbout the dark times. – Bertolt Brecht Sociologists are notoriously bad at prediction. The collapse of the Soviet Union is a good example – not only did no one (or almost no one) predict it would happen, it also challenged social theory’s dearly-held assumptions about […]

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Brexit – is this Schrödinger’s neoliberalism?

By Liz Morrish The day after what the BBC has been calling a seismic event is bound to feel rather numbing. Twitter was filled with people saying how their timeline had not prepared them for this. Like me, many were connected to other left-leaning, progressive internationalists, and so had felt entitled to discount what they […]

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The Working Class and Vote Leave

By Catherine Price We have voted to leave the European Union and the Brexit side has won. For many working class people this vote was about more than the European Union. It was a chance to be heard when their voices had been lost. For me as a PhD student at university, I was torn […]

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Darkness over Europe

By Jessamy Perriam Last weekend I co-organised a group of Goldsmiths Sociology PhDs meeting at Cumberland Lodge in the days immediately after the referendum result. Suffice it to say, the mood was reflective in light of this. A handful of us spent time at the Lodge last year and at the time naively found the […]

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The Larger Lessons of Intergenerational Conflict from the Brexit Vote

By Steve Fuller Shortly after it was announced that those in favour of leaving the European Union had won the UK referendum, I was among the first to pounce on the fact that attachment to the European Union directly varied with age cohort: The older the voter, the lower the attachment. And the fact that […]

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Broken Utopia: Britain’s Young People After the Referendum

By Benjamin Bowman The situation for young people in the UK was tough already, before the Referendum. To quote one young participant I spoke to in the course of my research, it’s about communities needing investment and being told “well, we haven’t got the money”. Austerity has had a deep effect on young people who […]

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Brexit: Turkeys Voting for Christmas?

By Lisa Mckenzie An earlier version of this article stated that the total turnout in the referendum on leaving the European Union was 38 million. This was incorrect and the figure has been corrected. For 30 years in the UK academics, political and community activists, trade unionists, and even religious groups have warned, argued, evidenced, threatened […]

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Brexit and the Necessity of Knowing Europe

By Lorenza Antonucci If you are looking for a fresh perspective out of the trite arguments put forward during the post-referendum debate, it is time to pay attention to what happens in (the rest of) Europe. Paradoxically, this is the only way to truly understand Brexit. Will Davies wrote an excellent piece on the sociology of […]

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Thinking and Acting Sociologically After Brexit

By Lambros Fatsis In the wake of Brexit, the country has experienced a radical shake-up which revealed what happens when sharp social divisions are allowed to fester uncontrollably for far too long. Such cleavages in society may lurk quietly in the background, or even pass unnoticed for a while, but soon enough become impossible to […]

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Vote Brexit, or Capexit!

By Susan Robertson June 23rd, 2016 is etched on the nation’s memory, not only because it was a day when the pollsters, punters and polis would have their respective says and day of reckoning, but somehow life in the days that followed quite literally felt as if the earth had been jolted from its axes […]

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