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    Using digital media reinforces inequalities in political participation.

Using digital media reinforces inequalities in political participation.

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In the past decade digital spaces have become increasingly important in politics and to political participation. But does using digital media help to mobilize new people to participate in politics? In a new study which looks at data across 25 years, Jennifer Oser and Shelley Boulianne find stronger evidence for the opposite effect: political participation motivates digital media use, […]

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    Southern Democrats’ split with Republicans over Confederate symbols is more recent than you might think. 

Southern Democrats’ split with Republicans over Confederate symbols is more recent than you might think. 

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Following the recent police killing of George Floyd, recent months have seen Confederate monuments and symbols removed from public display in parts of the Southern US and elsewhere. And while Southern Republicans generally oppose Democrats who are pushing for these changes, this is a relatively recent development, argue Christopher A. Cooper and co-authors. By analysing public opinion data, they find that up until the 1990s, there […]

Book Review: The New Despotism by John Keane

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In The New Despotism, John Keane revives this term to examine how the ‘new despotism’ functions today through qualitatively different characteristics and processes to its older forms. As the book skilfully identifies how the new despotism thrives on ambiguity above all, this is a perceptive study that will shift the analytical lens through which despotic regimes are viewed, writes […]

Why are CEOs commenting on racial injustice?

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They speak out not to promote their personal views but because it benefits the company’s bottom line, writes Swarnodeep Homroy.

In the last few weeks, CEOs of large American companies have publicly condemned the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis police. In the last few years, CEOs have been increasingly speaking on social issues, which […]

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    Book Review: New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times edited by Kim Toffoletti, Holly Thorpe and Jessica Francombe-Webb

Book Review: New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times edited by Kim Toffoletti, Holly Thorpe and Jessica Francombe-Webb

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In New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times, Kim Toffoletti, Holly Thorpe and Jessica Francombe-Webb bring together contributors to explore how sporting femininities have been shaped by a postfeminist context, tracking changing gendered power relations in sport and physical cultures alongside new forms of inequality and sexism. This collection is a refreshing and comprehensive look at postfeminism, sporting […]

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    Book Review: The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility (Ayelet Shachar in Dialogue) by Ayelet Shachar

Book Review: The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility (Ayelet Shachar in Dialogue) by Ayelet Shachar

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In The Shifting Border: Legal Cartographies of Migration and Mobility, Ayelet Shachar challenges conventional understandings of borders in dialogue with six scholars in order to develop effective conceptual tools for resisting the seemingly disparate practices of state migration control. Lior Erez highly recommends this book as a clear and compelling contribution to the scholarship on migration and mobility.

The Shifting […]

Book Review: What is Digital Sociology? by Neil Selwyn

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In What is Digital Sociology?, Neil Selwyn offers a new overview of digital sociology, advocating for its mainstream acceptance as a valuable expansion of sociological inquiry, while dispelling the misconception that it is a entirely new or radically different form of sociology. This is an excellent introduction to digital sociology, recommends Huw Davies, that will be particularly helpful for […]

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    Abstract appeals to free speech won’t solve the debate surrounding Confederate monuments—it’s a political question

Abstract appeals to free speech won’t solve the debate surrounding Confederate monuments—it’s a political question

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This month has seen the most recent push to remove Confederate statues in cities across the Southern US. Nathan T. Carrington and Logan Strother unpack the argument made by some who support the statues that their removal flies in the face of freedom of speech. They argue that questions over the fate of Confederate monuments are by their nature, […]

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    The protests over George Floyd’s death show how film and culture can be tools of anti-racism, but we must continue to value them beyond this moment.

The protests over George Floyd’s death show how film and culture can be tools of anti-racism, but we must continue to value them beyond this moment.

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The death of George Floyd while being arrested by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota has led to a renewed wave of #BlackLivesMatter protests both in the US and across the world. Clive James Nwonka looks at why these protests are different this time, how social media have allowed them to spread across the world, and the limitations of film and […]

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    How the show goes on in time of injustice, violence, and pandemic

How the show goes on in time of injustice, violence, and pandemic

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We need to repair our sense of global fragmentation and feel our way to collective action, writes John Paul Stephens.

The world feels as if it is in shambles. At the time of this writing, I am in Cleveland, Ohio, a city under curfew in the midst of protests against police brutality and racism, following the killing of George Floyd […]

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