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Poverty, inequality and social justice

Statue of Margaret Thatcher in Westminster

Ian Cummins, author of 'Welfare and Punishment', presents an analysis of the punitive turn since 1979 that has resulted in a huge increase in the prison population and a shredding of the welfare safety net.…Read more

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by Terri Givens  |  19th January 2021

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast we speak to Terri Givens, author of 'Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides'. At this crucial moment, as Biden and Harris step into power, Terri explains how radical empathy, achieved through connection and vulnerability, is the path to a point of truth and reconciliation.…Read more

'Thank you' written on the side of a building
by Sarah Bird  |  15th January 2021

Sarah Bird, Commissioning Editor, talks about how our peer reviewers in 2020 raised over £10,000 for Bristol University Press' charity of the year, Julian House.…Read more

'Top 10' in vintage letterpress type

From craft beer to lockdown resistance and modern slavery, Transforming Society reveals our top ten articles of this extraordinary 2020. …Read more

Two women talking by water

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the vulnerable, and will continue to do so in the economic downturn. Karen McArdle, co-author of 'The Impact of Community Work', champions the role of community work in frontline support as well as giving people a voice to be active citizens in the future.…Read more

girl with heart balloon street art
by Alison Shaw  |  13th November 2020

As we come towards the end of University Press Week, Chief Executive of Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, Alison Shaw reflects on the theme of the week - #RaiseUP.…Read more

Faded people on a sofa
by John Clarke  |  6th November 2020

John Clarke, author of 'Critical Dialogues', reminds us that the inequality in society means that people’s perspective of home can vary hugely, and explores the disruption the pandemic has had on our sense of place. …Read more

Mother and daughter walking to school
by Vicki Dabrowski  |  28th October 2020

Vicki Dabrowski, author of 'Austerity, Women and the Role of the State', calls out the toxic narrative of blame on women and minority groups to deny the need for social provision in times of COVID-19 and austerity.…Read more

Graffiti saying 'Shut down capitalism'
by Tom Vickers  |  27th October 2020

Launching the paperback of 'Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis', Tom Vickers charts UK COVID-19 policy as evidence of capitalist exploitation of migrant workers and vulnerable groups, but sees the potential for a positive mobilisation of society and new alliances.…Read more

Line of people wearing face masks
by Pádraig Carmody Gerry McCann Clodagh Colleran and Ciara O’Halloran  |  22nd October 2020

Launching the new Rapid Response title ‘COVID-19 in the Global South’ - available to download free Open Access - Pádraig Carmody, Gerry McCann, Clodagh Colleran and Ciara O’Halloran explore some of the key issues that have arisen in the Global South with the COVID-19 pandemic.…Read more