Category Archives: Sociology

April 05

Alternative Dissertation (my new favourite module)

If you have read my blog before or follow me on twitter, you will know that my work-related pride and joy is my specialist module SOCI349 Crime Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more about this module here and I keep a resource list here. In September 2021 I launched a new optional […]

February 11

Partygate: a Lockdown of Justice?

I wrote another blog post for the University of Liverpool blog which can be accessed here. The image is mine and does not represent the views of my employer or any of the scholars cited in my work.

December 30

Pass the Light On

Sitting in the cathedral clutching my candle we were told “If you’ve got a neighbour pass the light on” as the flame did a relay throughout the people. We each cautiously lit the wick of our immediate neighbour’s candle, anticipating the lights being switched off and sitting bathing in the glow of our flames. Alone […]

December 15

Teaching Community

Teaching is a place of transgression and transformation. Those of us who have had a non-traditional and non-linear journey into academia know that teaching is where radical change happens. Teaching from the place of pain and trauma, rather than merely to them, is an emotionally-grueling endeavour. It is a labour of love and it bears […]

October 29

Cite the strippers

“Our struggles can have meaning and our privileges- however precarious under patriarchy- can be justified only if they help to change the lives of women whose gifts- and whose very being, continue to be thwarted and silenced” (Adrienne Rich, 1979, p.38). On my modules I have always encouraged and promoted radical citation practices. Alongside peer-reviewed […]

September 25

Pedagogy resources

I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool. I am an ambitious T&S educator who is committed to innovative pedagogy and working towards positive change. My trajectory into academia has been non-traditional and I am very keen to advocate for the value of lived experience and the need to widen participation. I […]

August 20

Death, Sociology and the People

I am currently on week 3 of my month-long annual leave. I have fallen into a comforting pattern of lay-ins (I usually get up at 5am) long walks with the dogs, yoga, time with my husband, friends and family. I work all year looking forward to this summer break, and this slowness is what I […]

August 07

Book Review- Dr Angela Jones ‘Camming’

For those who regularly read the blog, you will know that I run a third year module on the sex industry at the University of Liverpool. I keep an updated sex work resource list here. I have spent 20 years in and around the sex industry and never tire of reading the new research. Dr […]

June 02

SOCI103 Social Change in Contemporary Society resources

This is a first year core module that has 270 registered students. Learners are provided with a detailed reading list and a module guide with additional readings. The module is split into 3 blocks: Race, Class and Gender. Week 1: What is ‘Race’, what is ‘Ethnicity’? Race and Ethnicity Explained What is race and what […]

March 24

Plasticdollhead- The single

One of my brilliant former students Annie has a band called Shoplifter, and their debut single is named after this very blog: Plastic doll head! The biggest honour of my life. Check out their music page here. The single launches on Friday 26th March 2021. Gemma x