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After 300 years, more monkey business on Rock of Gibraltar 14 Aug 2013 | 04:59 pm

By Dr Chris Grocott, University of Leicester. Once again Britain and Spain have been at loggerheads this week over a 2.6 square mile rock which the former has occupied and the other complained about f...

Treat with care 7 Aug 2013 | 10:02 pm

By Dr Simon Bennett, University of Leicester. The government has responded to Baroness Neuberger’s report into the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) by announcing its termination. The report, More Care – L...

Austen on the £10 note – genuine victory for equality? 26 Jul 2013 | 07:04 pm

By Dr Julian North, University of Leicester. Jane Austen will be depicted on the £10 note from 2017. This is the direct result of the campaign, led by Caroline Criado-Perez, threatening to take the Ba...

Social Words in 100 objects – The Sweatband 8 Jul 2013 | 08:44 pm

The Sweatband: the moral arbiter of our time? Someone wiping the sweat from their brow is a classic image of physical labour; as a gesture it can be considered a synonym for hard work. The sweatband i...

Violence against women: confronting the silence 25 Jun 2013 | 06:52 pm

Dr Rebecca Barnes, Lecturer in Criminology. Last week, statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that one in three women worldwide are subjected to either physical or sexual violenc...

Riots in Rio: what’s going on? 24 Jun 2013 | 11:12 pm

By Dr Jon Moran The protests in Brazil need to be understood within the context of Brazilian politics over the last 40 years. Brazil was under military rule from 1964-1985. The previous populist democ...

Brazilian protestors 1, Global sport 0 24 Jun 2013 | 06:57 pm

By John Williams, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology. On the face of it, it must have seemed like a match made in heaven.  Ambitious, apparently prosperous Brazil, seemingly immune from world ec...

Social Worlds in 100 objects – The Football 12 Jun 2013 | 05:09 pm

The football: a ‘simple’ game? Something looking like a football, in shape and size, has probably been used in forms of play almost since the beginning of human civilisation itself. But, played from t...

Live event catch up: Richard III: Benevolent King or Murderous Tyrant? 7 Jun 2013 | 10:31 pm

Mark Cardwell reports on the Leicester Exchanges live debate, which took place at the University of Leicester on 6 June. The lively debate on whether Richard III was a benevolent king or murderous tyr...

Social Worlds in 100 objects – The Undergarment 5 Jun 2013 | 04:26 pm

The undergarment:  a tool for fashioning female identity? The Social Science of the World in 100 Objects is an innovative project that provides a social science perspective to everyday objects. It is ...

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