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Forensic Architecture and Violence

Forensic Architecture and Violence

Thresholds of Detectability and Investigative Aesthetics The state, via the police and criminal justice system, is normally responsible for the investigating the crimes of individuals.  But what happens when the state is the alleged criminal and those seeking to uncover... More…
The ADHD chronicles: Squeezing through the bars of the iron cage

The ADHD chronicles: Squeezing through the bars of the iron cage

My first two attempts to get evaluated for ADHD only resulted in promises that the psychologist would call me back. This never happened, and the only official indication that I was ever in contact with him/her was the invoices I... More…
Digital Healthcare: On the ethics and politics of data

Digital Healthcare: On the ethics and politics of data

A two-day symposium on ‘Digital Healthcare’ was held last month at the University of Nottingham, focusing on the social logics, ethics and politics of data and technology provision. Speakers and delegates from a range of disciplines came together to discuss and... More…
Not in the club? It’s par for the course

Not in the club? It’s par for the course

Golf is a game where individual players hit a small plastic and rubber ball (a descendant of the ‘hairy ball’ it is believed), with a largely metal club. It is widely understood to have originated in Fife, on the east... More…
Falling out of love with the car?

Falling out of love with the car?

Have we reached ‘peak car’?  Many pointers in the UK and internationally suggest we have.  There’s been a slow down, even a reverse, in our love affair with the private car.  On average, those of us in high income countries... More…
Governing in the heat

Governing in the heat

As I write it’s baking hot, and seems to have been for days. The usual risks apply to writing about it though. By the time this is published the thunder storms we have been promised may have brought cooler wetter... More…
On Brexit, Nurses and Migrant Workers in the NHS

On Brexit, Nurses and Migrant Workers in the NHS

Figures released this week by the Nursing and Midwifery Council show a 96% drop in the number of EU nurses applying for jobs in the UK after the Brexit vote in June 2016.  In July 2016, 1304 nurses joined the... More…
Old wine in new bottles? On the new NICE Guidelines for Depression

Old wine in new bottles? On the new NICE Guidelines for Depression

Before NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) finalised and published its first depression guidance in 2004, it made a draft publicly available for comment. NICE will make a draft of a new version of this guidance available... More…
Tory landslide Was Averted

Tory landslide Was Averted

So, there is a general election tomorrow.  Maybe one of the most critical elections in the post-war period.  If you are reading this blog, the chances are that you deeply care about the NHS, schools, universities and believe in having... More…
Muddying the NHS waters- a 5 year forward view

Muddying the NHS waters- a 5 year forward view

I knew it was coming. I didn’t know what shape it would take but I knew that, eventually, my habit of drinking voracious daily amounts of Diet Pepsi would eventually catch me up. I’d been told once by a drunken... More…
The dynamics of health inequalities

The dynamics of health inequalities

Since the publication of the Black Report, through numerous subsequent policy documents and much policy activity the health differences between the rich and poor in Britain remain a reality which blights the lives of millions. Inequalities in health bring earlier... More…
Performing Masculinity

Performing Masculinity

In a little over an hour, these two talented performers say as much or more about contemporary masculinity as a whole library shelfful of sociological tomes Peter McMaster’s “27” is a theatrical piece which springs from a young man’s intimation... More…
Learning to Drink in Nigeria: Tales from Hollywood and Nollywood

Learning to Drink in Nigeria

In Nigeria, there is no concept of ‘counting your units’ nor are there nationally co-ordinated public health campaigns to challenge the normalisation of drinking alcohol ‘to excess’. With little or no regulation of the alcohol industry, transnational drinks companies are... More…
Extending Patient Access to GPs: who will benefit?

Extending Patient Access to GPs: who will benefit?

Investing in extended patient access to GPs is a key government objective, but which patients will benefit, and will it have its intended consequences? Despite little evidence that it is demanded by patients, extended access to GPs, providing care outside... More…
Review: La Fille Inconnue (The Unknown Girl)

Review: La Fille Inconnue (The Unknown Girl)

In a previous post, I lamented John Berger’s failure to represent realistically contextualised doctor-patient relations in his photo essay (with Jean Mohr) A Fortunate Man. By way of contrast, in reviewing The Unknown Girl or La Fille Inconnue, I argue... More…
Progressive alliances & the parlous state of British democracy

Progressive alliances & the parlous state of British democracy

There was news this week that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt faces an ‘unauthorised’ progressive alliance in his Surrey constituency that will attempt (against Labour Party policy) to unseat him in the forthcoming general election.  The proposal is that local Labour... More…
It was Big Tobacco, not Trump, that wrote the post-truth rule book

It was Big Tobacco, not Trump, that wrote the post-truth rule book

After two chaotic months as president, Donald Trump is widely credited with rewriting the political rule book. We are witnessing Trump’s new era of post-fact politics, where distraction and obfuscation are central, and critical stories are dismissed as “fake news”.... More…
Logan Review: “The world is not the same as it was”

Logan Review: “The world is not the same as it was”

Is Logan the first post-Trump era movie? I have tried to avoid major spoilers but may contain minor plot spoilers The movie Logan marks the end of a nearly twenty-year period in which Hugh Jackman has played the character Wolverine... More…
Gig-Economy: Gig-Health?

Gig-Economy: Gig-Health?

Health and wellbeing in the workplace has been an important area of study in medical sociology and social epidemiology.  Those knowledges centre on the complexity of workplace health, that health and wellbeing are the outcome of a myriad of social... More…
Zygmunt Bauman: On the Quest for Health

Zygmunt Bauman: On the Quest for Health

Zygmunt Bauman, who sadly passed away at the age of 91 in January, was one of the most influential sociologists of his generation. Bauman was Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds from 1972 until his retirement in 1990.... More…