Māori Article of the Week: Reflections from the field: It’s work, it’s working: The integration of sex workers and sex work in Aotearoa/New Zealand by Healy, Wi-Hongi, and Hati

The New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective played a lead role in the development of sex work policy and law in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This commentary examines the Collective’s experience and observations in working with the law at a practical and theoretical level. It addresses successes as well as areas that need improvement to uphold the aims of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Read the full article here. Read more

Book Review: The Sociology of Intellectuals: After ‘The Existentialist Moment’ by Simon Susen and Patrick Baert

During the third year of my undergraduate degree, I read Thomas Pynchon’s novel, The Crying of Lot 49. I finished it feeling I had been exposed to something intriguing – possibly even important – but with a hard-to-shift nagging doubt as to what the purpose of the novel actually was. It’s probably rather a parochial stance to question the ‘point’ of a book, but The Sociology of Intellectuals: After ‘The… Read more
Cover of The Sociology of Intellectuals by Susan and Baert

World Economic Forum: Here’s How Finland Solved Its Homelessness Problem

In the last year in the UK, the number of people sleeping rough rose by 7%. In Germany, the last two years saw a 35% increase in the number of homeless while in France, there has been an increase of 50% in the last 11 years. These are Europe’s three biggest economies, and yet they haven’t solved their housing problem. Across Europe, the picture is much the same. Except in Finland. Image: Housing First There, the number… Read more
Photo of a person walking past a homeless person asleep and wrapped in a quilt on a mattress on the footpath

Sabina Leonelli: Without urgent action big and open data may widen existing inequalities and social divides

I would like to tackle the role of big and open data in contemporary society, and the well-justified fear that the development of related digital technologies and artificial intelligence may widen existing inequalities and social divides. The term “big data” is typically associated with the idea that lots of data, about anything and everything, can now be rapidly produced, stored, and disseminated in digital… Read more
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Umair Haque: Are Young People Giving Up On Democracy?

There’s a curious trend sweeping the globe: young people appear to be giving up on democracy. Troubling, no? Now, there are many factors that could be playing a role, and probably are. Technology. Apps. Demographic divides. And so on. But I think there’s a subtler explanation. Young people are giving up on democracy because democracy isn’t working for young people. It is giving them a false choice between peasantry… Read more

Jana Bacevic: Universities, neoliberalisation, and the (im)possibility of critique

Last Friday in April, I was at a conference entitled Universities, neoliberalisation and (in)equality at Goldsmiths, University of London. It was an one-day event featuring presentations and interventions from academics who work on understanding, and criticising, the transformation of working conditions in neoliberal academia. Besides sharing these concerns, attending such events is part of my research: … Read more
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Māori Article of the Week: Humanising Secondary School Concepts: Learning from Aotearoa New Zealand to Peru by Macfarlane, Angel, Fickel, and Macfarlane

In the context of secondary education, changes are taking place which serve as an important source of inspiration for considering how to “promote the best possible realization of humanity as humanity” (Dewey, 1966, p. 95). Utilising concepts of care and restorative practice, high school students and staff in three schools in Latin America and Aotearoa New Zealand are engaging with alternative ways of understanding… Read more

Book Review: Assembly by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri

Writing in the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1848, Karl Marx famously posited that ‘revolutions are the locomotives of history’, its driving force. And yet, looking back from the present day, revolutions and other social movements have largely failed to enact their emancipatory ideals. Hardt and Negri’s newest work of political theory, Assembly, begins by asking why that should be the case: ‘why have… Read more
Cover of Assembly by Hardt and Negri

Pete Brook: When cops raided a hip 1970s London cafe, Britain’s Black Power movement rose up

At the start of the 1970s, the Black Panther movement in the United States was both well established and well organized. It was also well feared by the authorities. By contrast, black activism in the U.K. was young, with barely a toehold on power. The trial of the Mangrove Nine, in 1970, changed all that. From near total obscurity and against huge odds, a group of British activists propelled the black power concept into… Read more
Spread from The Sun August 15th 1970 detailing the Mangrove Nine protests

Residential movement within New Zealand: Quantifying and characterising the transient population released

This research looks at residential movements in New Zealand. Previous studies have linked frequent movement with poor outcomes for the affected individuals and their families, including poor education and health outcomes. Frequent residential moves, especially involuntary ones, can also worsen physical and mental wellbeing and future human capital. This research found that 5.6% of New Zealanders moved… Read more