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The Stigma Behind Mental Health in the British Army

By: Lauren Davies, BA Sociology student This blogpost has been written following Lauren’s experience on our Level 6 Professional Experience module, working alongside Dr Natalie Jester on a project that explores the representation of gender in British Army…

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The Stigma of Poverty and Unemployment

By: Abbie Eaton, BSc Criminology and Sociology student We live in a society where we are socialised to determine success based on our job positions and our financial income. Those who are unable to conform to these ideas…

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Missing White Woman Syndrome, what is it and why does it exist?

By: Hannah Lewis, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Binge watching new shows on streaming sites has become a favourite past time for many and a large amount of the population excitedly tuned in recently for the return of…

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Class of Covid-19: The disruption to education

By: Chloe Bunce, BA Sociology student The Coronavirus pandemic introduced unforeseen challenges; the education system was greatly impacted to the extent that school closures occurred. Social theorists such as Imogen Tyler see societal institutions as ‘stigma machines’ with…

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The ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ – but only for certain Gentlemen?

By: Lewis Keenan, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Allegations within the last two years has led to public knowledge of the deep rooted and seemingly institutional racism within the structure of English cricket. The lack of diversity at…

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Social mobility or social wellbeing? Why it is time to change the social mobility narrative

By: Dr Louise Folkes, Lecturer in Social Sciences “Working-class people should aim ‘lower’ than Oxbridge, social mobility tsar to say” (Dixon, 2022) On 9th June, The Telegraph published an article with the headline above, deliberately inviting provocation and…

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See Something? Say Something! Child Criminal Exploitation Awareness

By: Angharad Davies, PhD student In 2021 5,468 referrals were made to the National Referral Mechanism[1] regarding Child Exploitation in the UK. 2,689 of those were made in relation to Child Criminal Exploitation. Home Office (2022) On March…

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“Thank you for the flowers, but I demand respect” (Kommersant, 2019): Why we still need International Women’s Day

By: Dr Louise Livesey, Senior Lecturer in Criminology There are a few ‘international days’ which I hold dear. But I am passionate about International Women’s Day (8th March)[1] alongside its end-of-year cousin, the UN Day for the Elimination…

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Creating hope for those in prison

By: Dr Susie Atherton, Senior Lecturer in Criminology Creating ‘hope’ within a prison setting may seem a strange and even futile endeavor, given that this is a population many deem unworthy of help, or unwilling to change. The…

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Hungry Britain: how austerity and stigma help explain the rise in food insecurity

By: Nikki Rodgers, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Around 10% of the British population is food insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient amount of food. Although the UK government do not have…

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