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    Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

With politicians, media, and much of public opinion already framing welfare as a problem, what is the impact of television shows that claim to ‘expose’ the daily lives of claimants? Ruth Patrick draws on her latest book to explain the mismatch between such portrayals and claimants’ realities. She writes that while some of Britain’s poorest are being exploited for […]

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    Interview with Ruth Hunt: LGBT rights in Britain – culture, education, and religion

Interview with Ruth Hunt: LGBT rights in Britain – culture, education, and religion

Since formed in the late ’80s, Stonewall has been at the forefront of social and legislative progress for LGBT equality. Ahead of her LSE lecture, Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, sat down with Hayley Reed and Artemis Photiadou to discuss the charity’s work, the importance of education, the role of faith communities, as well as some of the challenges that […]

Do women and men support women’s representation equally?

With the prospect of the first female President of the USA now fading from view, the question of women’s political representation remains prescient. But do women and men feel the same way about women in formal political office? Peter Allen and David Cutts explore that question here.

Recent decades have seen a growing consensus emerge among mainstream political parties on […]

Who’s afraid of identity politics?

In the aftermath of  Donald Trump’s election and the Brexit vote, Jonathan Dean assesses the problematic messages behind – and alarming consequences of – recent debates over ‘identity politics’.

 

Amidst the recriminations and collective shock in the face of Trump’s victory (and the myriad other reverses suffered by progressives in 2016), a consensus is emerging: the weakness of the left is attributable to its embrace […]

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    ‘Womenandgirls’ in the UK government’s HIV/AIDS agenda

‘Womenandgirls’ in the UK government’s HIV/AIDS agenda

 

British aid policy remains committed to helping women and girls fight HIV/AIDS, but, as Sophie Harman explores in her new movie Pili, too often the human realities behind these policies are forgotten.

 

 

On a visit to a health centre in Malawi in 2015, the then Minister for International Development Lynne Featherstone reiterated the UK government’s commitment to the global HIV/AIDS […]

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    Asylum seekers in Britain: putting the economic ‘pull factor’ in context

Asylum seekers in Britain: putting the economic ‘pull factor’ in context

Asylum seeking is now widely construed as a primarily economic rather than political phenomenon. Lucy Mayblin explores how the ‘pull’ factor of economic migration is exaggerated in the British context, and unpicks some of the myths behind it.

Since the early 1990s asylum policy in wealthy states, particularly in Europe, has become increasingly dominated by the concept of the ‘pull factor’. That […]

Refugees and integration in the UK: the role of gender

The population of refugees in the UK is growing, yet our understanding of the process of integration is limited. Jenny Phillimore and Sin Yi Cheung break new ground and explain how gender impacts on the process. They offer unique insights drawing on areas including language proficiency, health, employment, and housing, and outline key recommendations that the government must consider in […]

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    Why the Conservative ‘Gay Pardon’ for the dead is a strategic distraction that harms the living

Why the Conservative ‘Gay Pardon’ for the dead is a strategic distraction that harms the living

The government’s plan to offer statutory pardons to men convicted of now-abolished homosexual offences will actually only apply to a minority of men. It is merely a symbolic act that does not right the wrongs of the past but instead exploits LGBTQ rights for political gain, argues Justin Bengry. He writes that it is the state that needs to […]

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