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Interethnic Friendships in British Civil Society Organizations

We should question the assumption that civil society organizations have helped bridge ethnic divides in British communities, write Liran Morav and Senhu Wang. Like the rest of Europe, Britain is an increasingly diverse society. However, communication across cultural divides can be tricky. Members of different communities do not always agree on how their neighbourhoods shouldContinue reading “Interethnic Friendships in British Civil Society Organizations”

Crossroads and Burning Houses: Why Feminism Cannot be Colour-Blind

For years, Black Lives Matter has called attention to the horrific reality of police violence threatening the lives of Black people all over the world, writes Miriam Dzah. In 2015, Crenshaw started the campaign Say her name pointing out the silence and lack of representation around Black women’s deaths within and beyond the Black LivesContinue reading “Crossroads and Burning Houses: Why Feminism Cannot be Colour-Blind”

The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Post-Structuralist Approach

The coronavirus pandemic has proved both horrifying and fascinating in almost equal measure, writes Gwen Jones. The world has watched as societies have been turned completely upside down; the sense of being both deeply connected by shared experience, and isolated as we shelter alone in our homes. Particularly remarkable, at least by the standards ofContinue reading “The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Post-Structuralist Approach”

Authority in Coronavirus: Policing by Consent, or Coercion?

The country stands still and the majority of the population remain behind closed doors in a bid to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, writes Zak Macklin. Facilitated by interactions between the Government authorities and the population, a society predicated on personal freedom has sacrificed a number of activities on a scale comparable to thatContinue reading “Authority in Coronavirus: Policing by Consent, or Coercion?”

The Environmental Impact of the Internet

The environmental impact of the internet as a medium is being concealed by discourse connoting incorporeality – and it’s a big problem for the climate, writes Connie Walsh. In June 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met with 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg to discuss the climate emergency. Articles in The Guardian reporting their meeting are headedContinue reading “The Environmental Impact of the Internet”

Welcome to the Jungle: The Cruel Optimism of Amazon’s Fulfilment Centres

Tom Mayer and Saide Mobayed reflect on a field trip to the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Peterborough. We know. Time is the most valuable asset. Life gets busier and faster. Yes, we also know that you have that deadline to meet, those 43 articles to read, and a bunch of friends to catch up with.Continue reading “Welcome to the Jungle: The Cruel Optimism of Amazon’s Fulfilment Centres”

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