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Read our most-read articles from 2021 here:
Sarah Everard and the myth of the ‘right’ amount of panic
Fiona Vera-Gray, author of The Right Amount of Panic, talks about Sarah Everard and how we blame women for never having the ‘right’ amount of panic.
Could you really get 10 years in prison for lies about travel?
Joshua Rozenberg, author of Enemies of the People?, discusses whether any UK court would give the government’s maximum 10-year prison sentence for lying about where you have travelled from.
Hardboiled and neo-noir crime fiction: What’s in it for criminologists?
Launching his book A Criminology of Narrative Fiction, Rafe McGregor explains why crime fiction, even though often clichéd, has a value to criminologists in its depiction of the causes of crime and social harm.
First, they came for the sex workers
Raven Bowen, author of Work, Money and Duality, examines the ostracisation and criminalisation of the UK’s sex industry workers, and warns that this is a signal for a growing attempt to control wider sections of the populace.
Sociology needs critical realism
Priscilla Alderson, author of Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research, calls for critical realism to be applied to the field of sociology so that its discordant and disparate strands of research can be connected into a more policy-relevant discipline.
Domestic violence in lockdown: The needs of Black and minoritised communities during the pandemic
Launching the report ‘Domestic violence during the lockdown: the needs of Black and minoritised communities during the pandemic’, Aisha K. Gill and Sundari Anitha outline the issues specific to minority women, from forced marriage, rejection by refuges and reduced contact with support agencies.
The decolonisation of childhood studies
Manfred Liebel, author of Decolonizing Childhoods, tracks the colonial and Eurocentric bias in childhood studies. He calls for more collaboration with non-Western researchers as well as support for children taking on the role of researchers themselves.
Child protection post-pandemic: Asking bigger questions
Based on their article in Critical and Radical Social Work, Brid Featherstone, Anna Gupta and Kate Morris argue for the light that COVID-19 has shone on the inequalities scarring our society to include in its focus child protection and its relationship to wider social and economic policies.
A time for radical empathy
Terri E. Givens, author of Radical Empathy, explains why we need to move beyond walking in someone else’s shoes to taking action to improve our society, setting out the path to this in six distinct steps.
Radical Empathy will be out in paperback in February 2022
Allegations of parental alienation are used to silence survivors of domestic abuse
Jenny Birchall and Shazia Choudhry report on their research, published in the Journal of Gender-Based Violence, on allegations of parental alienation and how the culture of the family courts reinforce these allegations and other gendered myths.
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