Fairness and Equality

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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    Five minutes with Laura Bates: Feminism, politics and business in the contemporary UK

Five minutes with Laura Bates: Feminism, politics and business in the contemporary UK

Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism Project website in 2012, and since then has become a key advocate for women’s rights in the UK.  In an interview with editors Jennifer Thomson and Helena Vieira, Laura discussed the greater number of women in British and international politics, the problem of sexual assault on UK university campuses –  and the many challenges […]

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    Equality and the Left: A politician’s response to “Social Class in the 21st Century”

Equality and the Left: A politician’s response to “Social Class in the 21st Century”

Helen Goodman recently gave a response to Mike Savage’s new book, “Social Class in the 21st Century”, explaining how the current distribution of economic, social, and cultural capital creates an unequal society. Here, by outlining some of the ways through which such distribution creates a hierarchy of groups, she writes that a new approach will be necessary for a […]

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    Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, has pledged a ‘relentless focus on improving life chances’. But a new UNICEF Report Card comparing child well-being outcomes across rich countries shows the UK could do better for its most disadvantaged children. The Report Card’s authors, John Hudson and Stefan Kühner, explore the UK’s record and ask […]