Olivia Mason is a postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow in the school of Geographical Sciences. Her research interests lie in gender, space, and power and feminist methodologies. Previously she has studied the role of tour guides in shaping the tourist gaze in dark tourist destinations in Bosnia. Her current research interests are in female Islamic blogging in the Middle East and how these blogs use emotional narratives to engage readers and create a new political space of active citizenship

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    Reading List: 8 wonderful social science books to read on Valentine’s Day 2014

Reading List: 8 wonderful social science books to read on Valentine’s Day 2014

Valentine’s Day always sees slushy tales of love crowd our news feeds, but in truth many ideas connected to […]

Book Review: Renewing Feminisms: Radical Narratives, Fantasies and Futures in Media Studies, edited by Helen Thornham and Elke Weissmann

This book aims to reclaim some of the roots of the feminist movements in the 1960s to 1980s and, additionally, present […]

Book Review: From Global to Grassroots: The European Union, Transnational Advocacy, and Combating Violence against Women by Celeste Montoya

From Global to Grassroots looks at how transnational activism aimed at combating violence against women is being used to instigate changes […]

Book Review: Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails by Christopher J. Coyne

Despite billions of dollars in foreign aid and the efforts of thousands of NGOs and tens of thousands of aid […]

Book Review: Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance, edited by Anissa Helie and Homa Hoodfar

Using case studies from Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, Israel and India, Sexuality in Muslim Contexts argues that Muslim religious traditions […]

Reading List: 10 must-read books on women’s rights, history and achievements for International Women’s Day

8th March marks International Women’s Day: a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present […]

Book Review: Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of The Visual in Political Struggle by Lina Khatib

Politics in the Middle East is now seen and the image is playing a central part in processes of political […]

Book Review: Women, Power and Politics in 21st Century Iran by Tara Povey and Elaheh Rostami-Povey

This book examines the women’s movement in Iran and its role in contesting gender relations since the 1979 revolution. A […]