What’s Sociological About Selfbuild? by Michaela Benson

Selfbuild: ‘where the first occupants arrange for the building of their own dwelling and, in various ways, participate in its production’ (Duncan and Rowe 1993: 1331) Recently, I appeared on Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4’s flagship social science programme, talking about my research on selfbuild in an episode focussed on the sociology of housing.  You… More What’s Sociological About Selfbuild? by Michaela Benson

Cours de Poetique: More Than Just a Car Park by Charlotte Bates

Apprehension. The sounds of the city are all around us, but here inside a brief reprieve. Darkness. Ears relax and open as the harsh streetscape fades. An assault to the nose. Urine. Glass crackles underfoot. Sitting here on my musical stool I begin to sense the city anew. In front, traffic, a busy rush between… More Cours de Poetique: More Than Just a Car Park by Charlotte Bates

Keeping one eye on the bus: a tribute to Doreen Massey by Emma Jackson

  My friend Hannah once handed me a badge with a woman’s face on it, she’d been at a feminist geography workshop. ‘I tried to get you Doreen Massey, but they ran out straight away’. This is one of the many things that have popped into my head since learning of Doreen Massey’s death on… More Keeping one eye on the bus: a tribute to Doreen Massey by Emma Jackson

‘Have you tried picking your nose yet?’: On navigating the city with acrylic nails by Louise Rondel

In the 18 months since I’ve started occasionally paying to have a manicure, I find myself constantly checking out other women’s nails: staring enviously at the hands of the receptionist at my doctor surgery, of the young lady who works at the café, of the women in my gym with their highly-polished, beautifully-shaped, chip-free acrylic… More ‘Have you tried picking your nose yet?’: On navigating the city with acrylic nails by Louise Rondel