“On Wednesday 4th May, along with some of my colleagues and mentors in the sociology department, I went to the Theatre Royal Plymouth to watch Labels. The focus of the show, as you would probably guess, is labels and stigma- something Joe (the star and writer), as someone who is mixed-heritage, has experienced a lot growing up. Utilising sticky labels as props to great effect, Joe builds parallel narratives from his own life course and the rising anti-immigration rhetoric, to show how words have real effects.” … More Review of “Labels” by Worklight Theatre | Sticks and stones may break your bones… but they heal eventually whereas labels are sticky.
“I’m not sure whether this mirrors the sentiment of those currently caught up in Middle Eastern mass exodus. […] following is an edited excerpt of the beginning of Hannah Arendt’s 1943 essay “We Refugees”. […]
Should we be asking these Muslim refugees to change their culture in order to fit in with our Western way of life? […] We should not allow them to be treated as exceptions as the Jews were in Hitler’s Germany. I like to think we’re still far from anything like that, but the direction we’re going in when we turn a blind eye and ignore the lessons of history.” … More Refugee Crisis Continues | Keep Ignoring Everything
“Zižek’s main point, reduced in the article title to “The Non-existence of Norway”. We could go as far as to say this point is really about the non-existence of the idolised Western way of life but Zižek is specifically referring to how many refugees are not simply aiming for Europe, but Scandinavia- idealised by left-liberals for being a haven of tolerance and demonised by right-conservatives for precisely the same reason. While Norway may be a more-than-averagely tolerant and more-than-averagely equal society, it cannot, like any other Western country, profess to have overcome all the inherent contradictions and problems of capitalism while remaining part of that global system.” … More On the Non-Existence of Norway (idolised Western way of life)
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating those who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing”