by Bristol University Press and Policy Press
22nd December 2021

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Woman looking behind her on an empty street.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.



Man in a cap sat in an airport as the sun sets.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.


Dark image of a man in a hat from behind.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.


Artwork on woman in red with red umbrella. 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.


A drawing of two faces looking at each other. One has a coiled up strong in the place of their brain and the other has a messy tangle of string. Both strings are connected through the mouths of the figures to symbolise someone making sense of someone else's confusion. 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.


Brick wall behind white bars with "Home sweet home" written on it. 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.


Three children walking down the street with their arms around each other. 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.


Drawing of a rainbow in window. 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.


Black Lives Matter fist paintingA 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


Blue broken plates on the floor. 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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