FEATUREPOLICY

How is ‘Devo Manc’ reshaping Greater Manchester’s transport infrastructure and who is doing it?

By Dr Mike Hodson and Professor Andrew McMeekin With the launch of a new project based at the University of Manchester—‘Making devolution work differently: housing and transport in Greater Manchester after devolution’—Mike Hodson …

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SOCIETY

Voodoo sociology, unemployment
and ‘the low-pay, no-pay cycle’

Rob MacDonald In many parts of the country there are plenty of ‘crap jobs’ – but what is missing are jobs that are rewarding, respectful and lasting. Too much contemporary …

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ECONOMY

Let’s Have a Public Inquiry on Money

Adrian Byrne, Manchester Positive Money Coordinator The time for a public inquiry on money, finance and their effects on society in the 21st century is fast approaching. The last time the …

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ECONOMY

Silk Road 2.0, Manchester city-region and the new global infrastructure space

Jon Silver, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Durham University The visit from the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Manchester is just the latest and perhaps most high profile moment in what …

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POVERTY PORN

“Being Poor is Not Entertainment”: Class Struggles against Poverty Porn

by Imogen Tyler The fate of groups is bound up with the words that designate them. (Bourdieu, 1984) Aust[ralian] election public sick of public sector workers and phony welfare scroungers …

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POLICY

Not racist, just resentful

By: Ben Gidley, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, COMPAS, University of Oxford In continental Europe, governments, civil society and academics are increasingly likely to repeat the mantra that integration is “a …

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POLICY

Were 2011 rioters sentenced more harshly?

By Dr Carly Lightowlers and Dr Hannah Quirk In the wake of the summer disorder of 2011, debate around the proportionality of sentences dispensed for relatively trivial behaviour, such as stealing …

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SOCIETY

A Review of “Getting By” and the ‘Culture of Poverty’ theory

By Steve Crossley There is an old cartoon depicting Jesus’ final words which has being doing the rounds on Twitter recently. In the image, Jesus expressly states that he doesn’t …

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SOCIETY

Resisting Criminalisation – Supporting ‘Sites of Resistance’

By Becky Clarke, Kathryn Chadwick and Patrick Williams  There is a growing commitment within a group of critical criminologists at Manchester Metropolitan University to exposing, analysing and campaigning around social …

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