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The Richer, The Poorer

The Richer, The Poorer

Lansley, S. (2021) The Richer, The Poorer – How Britain Enriched the Few and Failed the Poor A 200 Year History, Bristol, Policy Press. You might think that someone who starts a book with a quote from singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen like,... More…
The Social Causes of Health and Disease

The Social Causes of Health and Disease

Cockerham, W. C. (2021) Social Causes of Health and Disease (3rd Ed). Cambridge, Polity Press. It’s never a bad idea to return to a disciplinary handbook that offers up the fundamentals of a subject. Regarding this blog, that core discipline... More…
What are (sociology) books for?

What are (sociology) books for?

Rumours of the death of the book may be exaggerated, but its persistence remains a puzzle.  Who and what are academic books for, now that information is largely accessible at the press of a button?   Reviewing the three books shortlisted... More…
Living under the medical gaze in a time of pandemics

Living under the medical gaze in a time of pandemics

It’s a Sin shows us what it’s like to feel the medical gaze in times of pandemics It’s a Sin is a new drama series (Channel 4 and HBO) written by Russell T Davies which chronicles the lives of a... More…
Support workers as invisible healthcare providers

Support workers as invisible healthcare providers

Book Review: Support Workers and the Health Professions an International Perspective, the invisible providers of healthcare Support workers are: ‘a worker who provides face-to-face care or support of a personal or confidential nature to patients and/or service users in clinical... More…
Who Killed my Father

Who Killed my Father - Review

A pointed reflection on class injustice and toxic masculinity from the young French author of ‘The End of Eddy’ It is more common for novels and memoirs (of which this book is both) to be more interested in psychological than... More…
Who are you calling diseased?

Who are you calling diseased?

In Britain and elsewhere the so-called ‘obesity crisis’ is regularly headline news. Media coverage focuses on the health risks associated with higher BMIs and the financial implications of this for the National Health Service (NHS). People are encouraged to act... More…
Joker

Joker

May Contain Spoilers In the same week as World Mental Health Day (10th October) the blockbuster, from the DC Comics’ Batman series, “Joker” was number one in both the UK and US box offices.  While the various Batman movies, and... More…
Compassion and Solidarity

Compassion and Solidarity

Is there more anger in the news than usual? Ala Sirriyeh, 2018. The Politics of Compassion: Immigration and Asylum Policy. Bristol: Bristol University Press. xiv, 208 pp. Boris Johnson’s inflammatory language at the first session of the UK’s Westminster parliament after its... More…
Student Mental Health, Social Class and Insecurity in Sally Rooney’s "Normal People"

Student Mental Health, Social Class and Insecurity in Sally Rooney’s “Normal People”

ISBN 9780571334650 Format Paperback Published 02/05/2019 Length 288 pages Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People (recently published in paperback) has drawn a great deal of praise being suggested as a “future classic” for its zeitgeisty insights into the relationships and... More…
Brexit and the End of Empire

Brexit and the End of Empire

“There is no gold at the end of the Brexit rainbow” Rule Britannia: Brexit and the End of Empire, by Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson, Biteback, 344 pages As the clock ticks down to the UK leaving the European Union (EU)... More…
Highlights of 2018

Highlights of 2018

Dear Readers, Thanks for reading our posts and for following us on Twitter.  Also, thanks to the many guest authors who have blogged for us over the last year. We hope you all have a merry break over Christmas and... More…