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Being a sexual minority in contemporary China: The challenges ahead

Recent years have witnessed increasing media coverage of LGBT-related issues in China. For instance, in 2014, Qiu Bai, a student from Guangdong province, sued the Chinese ministry of education on the grounds that a number of university textbooks described homosexuality as a disorder and advised in favour of shock therapy as a possible cure. After …

The 9th Enquire Conference – A Review

The 9th Enquire conference, held on Saturday 25th February 2017, was themed around Social Inequalities and Social Research. Social inequalities manifest in multiple areas of life and can advance or inhibit an individual or group’s social status and power. Much social research is concerned with recognising and observing inequalities in action and, in so doing, …

Who’s Story To Tell? Thinking On Reflexivity & Positionality

“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Placing a Dictaphone, red light blinking, under a generous person’s nose and asking them to share accounts of their life is an intimidating act, for them as a participant …

9th Enquire Conference: Inequalities and Social Research

On 25th of February 2017 postgraduate researchers from various disciplines met at the 9th Enquire conference to discuss inequalities and social research. There were 18 papers and three keynote speeches given on a variety of topics, including for example: precarity and youth, social mobility in Chile, climate change, marginality as a gift, the British monarchy, …

Marginality is a gift

In a recent talk in Barcelona, on the topic of lived and everyday Islam and sexuality, I turned to Jemimah again. The conference organisers wanted me to sensitise the audience – consisting primarily of practitioners and policy makers – to the complexity of lesbian and gay Muslims’ management of homophobia, Islamophobia, and racism within the …

The 9th ENQUIRE Conference: Inequalities and Social Research

The ENQUIRE conference is an annual event run by postgraduates in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham. Now in its 9th year, the ENQUIRE conference has a track record of showcasing and supporting postgraduate and early career research in a positive and encouraging environment, and from a wide range of social …

Writing guidelines

Thank you for contributing to the Enquire Blog! As a University of Nottingham blog, there are a few regulations which each blog entry must adhere to. We have put these together and summarised them in the guidelines below, to help you with the writing process. If you have any queries regarding the format, writing style, …

This is not an obituary

Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at The University of Leeds, one of the greatest sociologist of our times, died on the 9th of January 2017, aged 91. I did not know Bauman, and it would be inappropriate for me to write his obituary. Others have already done so, and these can be accessed via …

Introducing The Enquire Blog

Welcome to the newly-established Enquire Blog, a place for postgraduate social science researchers to share ideas, research findings and reflections. This first post, written collectively by the first editorial team (Macarena Orchard, James Pattison, Emmanuele Lazzara and Ed Wright) explains what Enquire is, how the organisation started and where it is heading, starting in 2017. …