Policing pregnancy: the new attack on women’s autonomy

By Jennie Bristow.

Next year, 2018, will mark the centenary of British women gaining the right to vote. It was a qualified right, restricted to a particular section of women, but a crucial step forwards in the fight for women’s equality, leading quickly to the extension of suffrage in 1928. And look where we are now.

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Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’

Call for papers: Romantic relationships in a time of ‘cold intimacies’. BSA Early Career workshop and networking event, Monday 17 July 2017, Canterbury Christ Church University. This workshop will focus on bringing together scholars currently working on romantic relationships from a wide range of disciplines within the social sciences. Continue reading

A look behind the doors of this year’s ADvent calendar

By Lewis Davis and Rachel Hedger, second year Sociology students.

With John Lewis setting the precedent for Christmas adverts over the preceding years, you may well have had high hopes for this year’s festive flurry hitting your screens (and we don’t mean snow on your windscreen!). But after 2016 proved itself to be a pretty miserable year – Bowie, Wood, Rickman, Wogan (Brexit and Trump, too!) – the big businesses thought we deserved to be cheered up and these ads are definitely “more in tune with the Christmas the nation wants and needs to have in 2016” (Marketing Week, 2016). What they didn’t expect, however, was how happy their adverts would make us sociologists; adverts featuring prominent characters from minority ethnic backgrounds, empowered women and same-sex couples – bringing to the forefront traditionally marginalised groups. Not only this, but they focus on the feeling of Christmastime rather than turning this holiday into a commercial opportunity! (However, it can be argued they are buying our custom by creating this positive feeling inside us…) Continue reading