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Poverty, inequality and social justice

Art saying 'Granddaughter cycled past shouting "don't die Sally"'
by Lisa McKenzie  |  8th April 2021

Lisa Mckenzie launches the Kickstarter campaign Lockdown Diaries of the Working Class (UK), the publication of a graphic novel through which marginalised working-class people voice their own experience, rather than have it spoken about. …Read more

Tim Wakeman profiles some recent victories by Acorn Oxford, a syndicalist organisation fighting for tenants’ rights in one of the most expensive places to live in the UK, and argues that the Acorn model could be used on more or less any issue to bring change.…Read more

Kid working on a computer
by John Bynner and Walter R. Heinz  |  26th March 2021

John Bynner and Walter Heinz, authors of 'Youth Prospects in the Digital Society', outline some of the challenges and uneven prospects young people face in a digital society. …Read more

Strands of light
by Peter Beresford  |  15th March 2021

In this podcast, Jess Miles speaks to Peter Beresford about his new book, 'Participatory Ideology', why we need to change the way we look at ideology and how more of us can be included in its creation.…Read more

Irish flag painted on wood
by Mary P Murphy and John Hogan  |  5th March 2021

Mary C Murphy and John Hogan, editors of 'Policy Analysis in Ireland', consider how austerity since 2008 has deepened public service fault lines exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.…Read more

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

Hand holding heart
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