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Black and white playing cards
by John Morrissey  |  19th June 2020

John Morrissey, Associate Director of the Moore Institute for Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway, explores the flimsy construction of neoliberalism and argues that now is the time to take stock of what an economy is actually for.…Read more

Candle covered by barbed wire
by Albie Sachs  |  10th June 2020

The foreword by Albie Sachs to 'International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development Critical Perspectives', edited by Gerard McCann and Féilim Ó hAdhmaill.…Read more

Protest sign saying 'Justice for George Floyd #Icantbreathe'
by Glenn W. Muschert  |  4th June 2020

FREE TO DOWNLOAD: ‘Police Homicides: The Terror of “American Exceptionalism”’ by Robert Aponte and Hannah Hurrle from the forthcoming Agenda For Social Justice. Find the link in this piece with an introduction from Glenn W. Muschert, co-editor of the book. The chapter clearly defines the problem of police violence, provides evidence for its nature and extent, and lays out practical and feasible solutions which, if followed, would reduce the extent and severity of police violence.…Read more

Abstract blocks
by Tina Sikka  |  29th May 2020

Tina Sikka discusses the disproportionate way COVID-19 is impacting Black and other minority ethnic communities, and how we have to make sure these statistics are not used to perpetuate erroneous assumptions about innate group differences.…Read more

Neon words 'human' 'need' 'desire'
by Hartley Dean  |  22nd May 2020

Hartley Dean, author of 'Understanding Human Need', explores what it means to be human and whether we need to reframe what human need means.…Read more

Magnifying glass
by Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard  |  20th May 2020

Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs, authors of 'Social Divisions and Later Life', show that COVID-19 is like a magnifying glass, amplifying but not fundamentally altering the chronology of life and death nor the impact of social divisions.  …Read more

Russian doll

Laura Dean, author of 'Diffusing Human Trafficking Policy in Eurasia', discusses whether current human trafficking policies are effective, and how they might be improved. There is an accompanying policy briefing to this piece. …Read more

Men in snow

Based on Diffusing Human Trafficking Policy in Eurasia, by Laura Dean, this briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around human trafficking policies in Eurasia.…Read more

Chess board

Dr Martin Glynn, criminologist, academic and data storyteller looks at race, COVID-19 and the ongoing struggle for ‘racial recognition’ within parts of British society. He is the author of the forthcoming 'Black Art and the Criminological Imagination', out in 2021. An audio version of this blog piece is available on Soundcloud, Apple and Spotify.…Read more

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by Amanda Grenier Chris Phillipson and Rick Settersten  |  11th May 2020

Amanda Grenier, Chris Phillipson and Rick Settersten, editors of 'Precarity and Ageing', examine some of the challenges facing older people, with particular focus on the precariousness that can come with old age.…Read more