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Civil disobedience contesting Cyprus’ partition: citizens acting against crossing points closure

Gregoris Ioannou As of mid-March 2020, crossing the dividing line between the northern and the southern part of Cyprus has been forbidden. Although the closure was termed temporary and only made possible through the appeal to, and exploitation of, the public health crisis provoked by global pandemic Covid-19, the process through which this was done […]

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Immigrants’ Rights Activism in Sweden, the United States, and Japan

Apichai W. Shipper International migration has become widespread as political turmoil in war-ravished nations is forcing people to seek asylum in more peaceful and prosperous nations, while economic growth and diversification of advanced industrialized countries lure workers from developing countries across borders. In response to international migration, policymakers have struggled to reinterpret or reform existing […]

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Report: Seven Thousand Songs

Victoria Adukwei Bulley on making MOTHER TONGUES As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting important work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world. The following report was originally published in 2017 in The Poetry Review, and re-published by The Poetry Society online. It […]

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Fat Activist Podcasts

As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting important work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world. This week we are featuring three podcasts broadcasting from within fat activist themes. Their self-penned blurbs and links to listen are below. Rebel Eaters Club – listen […]

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Precquaranty

Eloísa Martín She opened her eyes and didn’t feel the weather. It should be like this in the womb, she thought, not quite conscious, not fully awake. She stretched her arm to the left side of her bed to notice that, again, her partner was not there. He was certainly locked in the home office […]

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Research by the developed on the developing – View from the “researched”.

Themrise Khan Sociological research into issues that plague the Global South is largely dominated by research institutions and researchers of powerful developed countries in the Global North. Be it academic or practitioner-based research into poverty in Africa, unequal wealth distribution in Latin America, or gender discrimination in South Asia, researchers from the North mostly define […]

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Dispossessed and Dispensable – A Visual Reflection on Covid-19 and the Social Determinants of Health in occupied East Jerusalem

Manal Massalha As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting important work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world. The following visual essay was originally published on Progressive City. It is re-published here with kind permission of the author, and with new images added. […]

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Academia: A choice between people and buildings or a trick in a hamster wheel?

Lisa Overton with Rebeca Cruz and Myhanh Ha The Higher Education sector needs to change. This blog presents the initial analysis of 24 qualitative semi-structured interviews with women-identified academics about their experiences of the 2018 UCU-USS strikes focusing on ‘futures’ as a theme to examine what the ‘new’ University could look like. One vision reflects […]

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Where the Maya People Live: Land Management in Yucatán, Mexico

Dr Ana J. Cabrera Pacheco As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting important work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world. The following blog post is based on the author’s research for their PhD thesis (2017) and was originally published in June 2020 […]

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Book Review: Hustle and Gig by Ravenelle

Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy by Alexandrea J. Ravenelle was published by University of California Press (Oakland, California) in 2019. Alexandrea J. Ravenelle is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. She tweets @ajravenelleNYC […]

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Basta

Betsy Stanko In 1980 Betsy Stanko was one of the first people (with Ximena Bunster Burotto) to bring a sexual harassment case against a University. She has since campaigned and written extensively on sexual violence. Her book “Intimate Intrusions: Women’s Experience of Male Violence” (1985) remains a classic and a must-read for anyone wanting to […]

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Activist Class Cultures Project

From Class Action As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world. The following blog post was originally published on Class Action. The post introduces the Activist Class Cultures Project, a campaign to take social justice groups […]

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Teaching with Documentaries

From Racism Review As part of this month’s themed content exploring sociology and activism, we’re re-posting important work from the blogs and project spaces of activists and sociologists around the world. The following blog post was originally published on Racism Review,  a highly collaborative blog that highlights sociological research on race and racism, and the […]

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Blood Donor Activism, Homonormativity and the Sexual Politics of Credible Participation

Benjamin Weil My ongoing research into blood donor activism in the UK – predominantly gay and bisexual men protesting the deferral of men who have sex with men from donating blood aka the “gay blood ban” – in part locates this activist practice as evidence of what Lisa Duggan has described as the now-entrenched “homonormativity” […]

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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (Netflix, 2020).

Review by Dan Goodley, Ruby Goodley and Rebecca Lawthom Lockdown TV. Bingeing Box sets. These have become elements of our everyday lives. Tiger King. The Last Dance. Normal People. Entertainment or survival by televisual feasting? You decide. Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is the latest high profile offering from Netflix. This is an exceptional contribution. […]

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