Tag Archives: sociology

July 05

Smoky rooms of melancholic men

[Pictured is the now demolished ‘Blood Tub Hotel’, formally known as the New Dock Hotel, Birkenhead]. I didn’t realise how much I like pubs or relied on them,until COVID-19 shut the world down. Firstly, I rarely drink alcohol, and when I do it is whilst hosting friends at my house or dinners at theirs.  Apart […]

June 19

Page Three: The Naked Truth

I switched on Page Three: The Naked Truth with interest. The sex industry in all its guises is a contested space with campaigners calling to end the ‘exploitation’ and ‘objectification’ of women.   This fear of women displaying their breasts is nothing new. In the 1800s the anti-vice and puritan movements campaigned for Burlesque clubs […]

March 22

Steadfast hope

  What a surreal week. I am still convinced I am living in an episode of Black Mirror.   Living through the initial stages of a global pandemic has been like standing on rail tracks waiting for the train to hit. I wrote about COVID-19 here.   There has been a variety of responses to […]

March 15

The challenge of COVID-19

We live in strange times. This feels like an episode of Black Mirror or a Netflix drama. I remain half convinced that this is a nightmare. It is important that we all write journals, blogs, video clips, tweets, and make sure this time is documented. The future sociologists, behavioural psychologists, historians, politicians…they will all want […]

February 02

Prisons and Theology

Today is the final day of Christmas, it’s Candlemas. Now we head towards Easter and if you are a Christian, the cross.   Yesterday I blogged about space and emotions.   Today Rev Richard Ormond  (highly recommend you give him a follow) tweeted the following link. “There’s something very powerful about our sense of place. […]

February 01

Feelings and space

I talk a lot about emotion and affect, feelings and space, the importance of viewing familiar spaces differently. My Ph.D thesis was heavily informed by such concepts. I embody many liminal spaces, and places are in flux. They change depending on how I am with and how I am feeling. When I take a familiar […]

January 14

Self care is a radical act

  “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” —Audre Lorde I have used this Lorde quotation before and it is resonating more than ever. One day I will share more of my story with you, wax drippings onto scorched paper, but for now I must […]

November 09

I stand with lap dancers

Another day and another lazy piece churned out in the press by a privileged middle class women who is happy to use the subject of lap dancing to get her fee.   I am not going to link it because it’s the same conflated mess you can find anywhere.   It is not helpful to […]

September 01

Humility and Hospitality

    Today my research on organized crime groups was quoted in the Liverpool Echo. And this morning in church our gospel reading was Luke 14. 1, 7-14 which was brilliantly apt and spoke to me about so much. It is a part of the gospel of St. Luke where we are really getting into […]

September 01

Talk at Bloc Projects Sheffield

  Yesterday I gave a performative talk at Bloc Projects in Sheffield. This was part of Alison J. Carr’s ‘Into The Spotlight’ exhibition.  Thank you to my wonderful friend Jess who took this photograph. I recently gave sensory guided walks for FACT in Liverpool which I blogged about here. Yesterday was a brilliant experience, I […]