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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Engaging Sociology: Raising children with invisible disabilities

We were delighted to begin this year’s series of ‘Engaging Sociology’ lectures with a talk by Linda Blum, Associate Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, USA, about the themes in her new book: Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality (New York University Press, 2015).

Professor Blum explored how the burgeoning diagnoses of children with social, emotional, behavioural disorders convey new cultural messages about the kind of behaviour that is considered ‘normal’ and acceptable for children, and the ways in which certain forms of ‘parenting’ are variously blamed for children’s disabilities, or proposed as a way of managing children’s problems. Continue reading