Re-blogging: this piece was first published at RightsInfo, as part of a series celebrating 20 years of the Human Rights Act. Original (with pictures) here: https://rightsinfo.org/the-human-rights-framework-offers-a-chance-for-ordinary-people-to-call-the-powerful-to-account/
In September 2003 I was subject to a stop and search by police while on my way to a demonstration against the DSEi arms fair in London’s Docklands. I was told I was being searched under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act and later Continue reading The Human Rights Framework Offers a Chance for Ordinary People to Call the Powerful to Account
First posted at Medium.
Oh no — I’ve just come across the phrase ‘digital immigrant’ in opposition to ‘digital native’. The implication is that those born into the internet age are naturals at navigating its byways and cultural mores. I don’t think the term ‘digital immigrant’ is supposed to bring the foul right-wing political discourses of migration into play — but even if you Continue reading You’re not digital natives, you’re settlers
(NB This is a re-post. First published on movements@manchester.)
Having recently discovered that Scopus offers some useful tools for analysing large sets of search results, I decided to try to use them to get an overview of social movement scholarship over the last four decades.
Continue reading Some Trends in Social Movement Scholarship over Four Decades
[NB Re-post. First published at movements@manchester.]
Parliamentary Affairs has just published an interesting public lecture by Matthew Flinders, along with responses by Jack Corbett and Ian Marsh. The lecture brings together a whole host of complaints that have been targeted at advanced liberal democracies in trying to understand nose-diving levels of trust in politicians and voter turnout among young citizens. It is a systematic and insightful piece that ultimately Continue reading Reflections on ‘The Problem with Democracy’
As the early UK elections results started to confirm last Thursday’s exit poll predictions of an SNP landslide and overall Conservative victory in the 2015 General Election, Peter Mandelson was asked what went wrong for labour. His answer was that it was squeezed by two nationalisms Continue reading Was it nationalism wot won it?
(NB Re-post. First published at Discover Society.)
Among scholars of social movements there is presently a lively debate about the ethics of social research. While the topic of research ethics is rarely one that excites non-specialists (except when Facebook are involved in emotional manipulation experiments) the debate has some important ramifications. Continue reading Towards an Ethic of Public Sociology
‘Resilience’ has become a buzzword among a range of policy networks, wherein it serves as an ambition. People ought to become more resilient. The world is threatening: the economy, the climate and terrorism all figure as dangers against whose impacts we must resile. The fertile discourse of resilience spawns Continue reading Against resilience
Just spent the morning listening to a couple of folks who were labour activists in the 40s and 50s. Now wondering how we organise politically under the sociological conditions of late modernity. If the class structure isn’t there to support the traditional labour movement (in the same way), what can we build instead?
An important and tricky question, no doubt; in the following I may only succeeded in rewording it…
Continue reading Just who do you think we are?
Conservatives in power, vicious cuts applied to the welfare state while regressive taxes increase, police violence perpetrated against the poor against a background of declining legitimacy. Yes, the parallels between 2011 and 1981 are irresistibly suggestive of a political explanation for the British summer riots.
Continue reading Can I blame Apple for the British Riots?
The ConDems incessantly justify cut after cut with reference to Labour’s supposed welfare profligacy. So maybe its time to remind ourselves why the budget deficit has increased dramatically… Continue reading Reminder: the budget deficit was not caused by welfare spending
In Times of the Technoculture, my old boss Frank Webster argued that current info society trends in the capitalist economy are largely the logical extension of trends that have been around more or less since the birth of capitalism. Specifically, Continue reading The New Machine
Today’s protests will be mainly read as anger at the hike in student fees resulting from the government’s massive withdrawal of funding from higher education. Very important issues, to be sure. But the issue at stake is broader, even, than the debate over whether higher education is a public good. Refusal to pay for higher education is just one part of an ongoing, broad-ranging assualt on future generations by those currently in positions of power. Continue reading Students take aim at the ‘Never Had it So Good’ Generations