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Winner of the 1st Prize of the Enquire Blog Post Competition 2019: Ruth Tarlo-Challenging Stories about Work and Unemployment

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize.” This quote from the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is from a TED talk in which she addresses “the danger of a single story”, exploring how a limited and negatively stereotyped view of a …

Winner of the 2nd Prize of the Enquire Blog Post Competition 2019: Renelle McGlacken-Having Conversations with the Past and the Present: Visiting an Archive

Near the end of 2018, I made the long trip down to Brighton from Nottingham. Was my visit borne from a longing for the sea after a year living in The Midlands? No, this was strictly business (and Storm ‘Diana’ made sure that any seaside fun I planned was at my own peril). I was …

Winner of the 3rd Prize of the Enquire Blog Post Competition 2019: Duncan Fisher-Recruiting for Care during Times of Austerity

From January to April 2019 the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) ran a media campaign aimed at increasing recruitment and retention levels in adult social care (ASC) employment in England.  Action is undoubtedly necessary: with over 110,000 vacancies and staff turnover at 30% (DHSC, 2019: 4) the sector urgently needs a boost to …

Maayan Niezna-Labour, Law, Control: Migrant Workers and Unfree Labour

My research project interrogates different legal frameworks addressing ‘unfree labour’ of migrant workers; it asks whether a ‘labour approach’ can better explain, and then help us to resolve, this phenomenon of economic exploitation. I address two aspects of this question – the conceptual and the contextual. By ‘unfree labour’ I refer to practices of exploitative, …

Jana Kujundžić-Legal and Political Context of Marital Rape in Croatia

In my doctoral research, I am focusing on marital rape in Croatia and its legal and political implications. The way in which the public and the legal system understands and treats marital rape also shows a wider cultural and societal understanding of gender roles, criminal legal system and power dynamics. I am focusing on marital …

Jenni Hunt – Sharing Stories: Participation in Museums

How can museums talk about disability? More and more, museums want to talk about histories that have been concealed – revealing the lives of women, of LGBT+ people, working class people, immigrants, and disabled people.  However, working out the right way to talk about these issues can be challenging. Disabled people have frequently been dehumanised, …

The 11th Enquire Conference – Call for Papers

The next ENQUIRE conference will be held on 9th March 2019. This is an annual conference which showcases postgraduate and early career research across a wide range of social science disciplines and academic institutions. Our theme this year is ‘Social Research in Uncertain Times’, and our call for abstracts is open until 28th January. Further information about the …

‘Look like they may be in a gang’: (Track)Suits, Work and London’s Grime Artists

Last month, a segment entitled ‘Knife and Gun Crime Epidemic’ aired on Good Morning Britain, which centred on the rise of the police’s tactics of stop and search. Piers Morgan waded into the debate, with an inflammatory enquiry asking ‘what is wrong with stopping and searching young black youths who look like they may be …

The Viva

I was recently asked to speak at The School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Nottingham on my experience of the viva. When I started planning what I might say, I tried to think about how I conceptualised the viva prior to undertaking it. The first thing that I wrote down, without …

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 …