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From The Picket Line

During the strike we will be circulating news, opinion and resources in support of the action. Please tag us with #FromThePicketLine if you would like us to share something. If you are interested in writing a blog post about the strike then please contact community@thesociologicalreview.com! Originally posted 22nd February 2018

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The Emotional Complexity of the USS strikes

By Ranjana Das I have been prompted to write this short note, partly reflexively, with the aim of recognising and working through the range of things I have felt as I have taken part in strike action in solidarity with colleagues across the UK, to save our pensions from being crushed. In other words, handing […]

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How Have the #USSstrikes Changed My Working Life?

By Jen Remnant Totally, irreversibly and not at all. The timing of the strike wasn’t great for me – though I suppose there is never a ‘good’ time for industrial action. I had just been awarded my PhD and was working in my first (fixed term) research job which finished two days after strike action […]

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Widening Our Participation

To whom it may concernCan you hear your own wordsThat fortify justify normalise these hallowed hallsAs walls of whiteness standing highTo keep us on the other side.Taming us, shaming usLetting us in if we are silent or compliant. But listen up, these walls have eyes and earsYour ugly words and dirty work don’t make poetryBut […]

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The 2018 University Strike, the Tuc’s Racism at Work Survey and Hegemony in Higher Education

By Stephen Ashe Brendan McGeever’s rapid response piece in Discover Society contends that the ongoing strike action in defence of our pensions ‘needs to be more attentive to the ways race, borders and nation are reproduced within higher education itself’. This is urgent. Not only do these issues feature prominently on placards and during rallies, teach-ins and teach-outs […]

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Collective Action and the Realisation of Your Own Smallness

By Mark Carrigan After nine days of strike action, I’ve begun to realise how formative I have found this experience and how frequently I will think back to it in coming months and years. In part, this is a reflection of the novelty of the action itself for me but also the novelty of the […]

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The ‘Structure of Feeling’ of the USS Strike

By Craig Haslop and Rosalynd Southern We are both already so proud of the achievements of the Universities College Union (UCU) and our colleagues – academic and support staff standing side by side with students – striking against the move by UUK to slash our pensions by over 50%. Through this action, we have already […]

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