SOCIETY

Purple Wall Problem

By Penny Anderson My bedroom has three dirty, off-white walls (magnolia – the blandness of choice for buy to let rentiers) while one (just one) wall is a vibrant, intrusive …

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ECONOMY

Payday lending

By Carl Packman There were celebrations at the start of the new year by many who have been campaigning against the unscrupulous behaviour of the payday lending industry: at last …

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Photo: Loren Kerns. License: CC BY 2.0
SOCIETY

The new, British Hikikomori?

By Robert MacDonald, Teesside University In Japan there is a thing called Hikikomori. It is difficult to describe to British people, where there has been no obvious parallel. In Japan, …

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SOCIETY

Working the edges in and against the State

By Joe Penny When we think about resistance to the politics of austerity and its effects, we often think of visible and embodied forms of protest: people marching on the …

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Photo: Neil Moralee. License: CC BY 2.0
POVERTY PORN

Poverty Porn and the War on Welfare

By Tracey Jensen In August this year, Iain Duncan-Smith announced his intentions to get ‘even tougher’ on the welfare system and to further reduce the Household Benefit Cap. The Cap formed …

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