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Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night

Following the press coverage of a take-away owner who was murdered in my home town, a curiosity in seeking to learn more about the lifeworld of the migrant night worker has led to some initial reflections that I feel compelled to share with you as part of my doctoral research project. We all have some …

“I am Korean”: North Korean Defectors Negotiating Identity in London

In recent years, approximately 400-500 North Korean defectors have settled in New Malden, south-west London, living alongside a substantial and established community of over 10,000 South Korean immigrants.[1] A significant number of North Koreans decide to move to New Malden, London, where there is an established South Korean community, as English language barriers prevent them …

The 10th Enquire Conference: Identity, Belonging and Activism in the 21st Century

The next ENQUIRE conference will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018. This is an annual event showcasing postgraduate and early career research from a wide range of social science disciplines and academic institutions. We have a track record of providing a positive and encouraging environment for the presentation of research on a breadth of …

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 …