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Peter Kalu

Social class, the left-behind, migration and the history of underclass occupations as exemplified by the demographics, including ethnicity, of car wash attendants. Mobilities, the cocooning effect of the car cockpit and the discombobulation of temporarily evacuated drivers bringing their car for valeting at car wash enterprises. Employment structures and practices of car washes and the economics of the geographical distribution of car wash enterprises within urban landscapes. Semaphore, sign and cross-languaging in bottom-rung car wash businesses. Aspiration, rags-to-riches myths and film fantasies connecting British car wash work with the American Dream. The interrelated economic histories of car wash employment and taxi driving.

in Manchester
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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

Border figures of the fantastic
Patricia García

that echo repetition. The compound hosts the same type of families, of the same social class and nationality – ‘we're all, curiously, from the West Country’ (Ballard, 2006a : 474) – with the same entertainment activities. They are presented as clones in ‘huge self-contained holiday complexes’ (Ballard, 2006a : 476). This is strengthened through expressions that dilute any features of individualisation and difference – ‘a crowd of bewildered people’, ‘hordes of people’ (Ballard, 2006a : 475), and multiply normative behaviour exponentially, for example: ‘Everywhere

in Border images, border narratives
Philip Lawton

. While one aspect of the European model of city centre living might involve a mix of social classes living in close proximity to affordable shopping districts, the model that predominated in Ireland focused on exclusive upmarket living, primarily orientated towards the attraction of young middle-class workers. The notion of higher densities was itself usurped by an obsessive desire for taller buildings, often proposed in historically sensitive areas such as the Liberties in Dublin. Those that were built stand as reminders of a time now all but vanished. The monumental

in Spacing Ireland
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Jenny Pickerill

-environmentalism. Second, extent of access is of integral importance to any consideration of CMC use, as with minimal access not only is its use restricted but its influence upon others is curtailed. There has been a general push within British society to increase access to CMC (Wills 1999). This has included the increase of public access points at libraries and cafés, and provision at schools, colleges and places of work. There remain, however, stark differences in access determined by locality, age, income, gender and social class Introduction 13 (Jordan 1999a; Walch 1999). Access

in Cyberprotest
Bernadette Quinn

-year period from 1986 to 2006 (Lunn, Fahey and Hannan, 2010). Research has consistently found that lone parents are more likely to be from lower social classes than other parents (Lunn, Fahey and Hannan, 2010). According to European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU SILC) data (CSO, 2009), they experience the highest at risk of poverty (35.5 per cent), deprivation (63 per cent), and consistent poverty (17 per cent) rates of any household type. These EU SILC trend data suggest that the fortunes of lone-parent families in Ireland improved over the boom

in Spacing Ireland
A pragmatist responds to epistemic and other kinds of frictions in the academy 
Susan Saegert

contain 24 entries related to social class, including essays on class warfare and class consciousness and development of a consistent anti-capitalist position (for example, Dewey 1929/2008 b). Mentions of women are in the middle in frequency, at nineteen, and are less well developed theoretically. References Alcoff , L.M. ( 2006 ) Race, gender and the self . Oxford : Oxford University Press . Alcoff , L.M. ( 2007 ) Epistemologies of ignorance: Three types , in S. Sullivan and N. Tuana , eds, Race and epistemologies of ignorance . Albany, NY

in The power of pragmatism
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Situating peripheries research in South Africa and Ethiopia
Paula Meth, Alison Todes, Sarah Charlton, Tatenda Mukwedeya, Jennifer Houghton, Tom Goodfellow, Metadel Sileshi Belihu, Zhengli Huang, Divine Mawuli Asafo, Sibongile Buthelezi, and Fikile Masikane

everyday and researching the lived experiences of urban change are valid intellectual exercises. In practice, however, as we have progressed through our data collection we have debated and faced challenges with the question of who or what characterises the everyday. As outlined above, we commenced with the intention of giving voice to varying everyday lives occupying the peripheries, no matter what social class or housing form they occupied – our aim was to ‘sample’ those who lived there in order to capture multiple experiences of the peripheries. Our starting position

in African cities and collaborative futures
Nikolas Rose

Martin , P. ( 2016 ). The biosocial: Sociological themes and issues . The Sociological Review Monographs , 64 ( 1 ): 7–25 . Müller , N. , Weidinger , E. , Leitner , B. , and Schwarz , M.J. ( 2015 ). The role of inflammation in schizophrenia . Frontiers in Neuroscience , 9 : 372 . Muntaner , C. ( 2004 ). Commentary: Social capital, social class, and the slow progress of psychosocial epidemiology . International Journal of Epidemiology , 33 ( 4 ): 674–80 . Nussbaum , M. C. ( 2011 ). Creating capabilities . Cambridge, MA : Harvard

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
Stuart Hodkinson

housing for rent, supported by a generous financial subsidy, at standards previously the preserve of the middle class. Arguably the heyday of public housing and state provision came under the 1945–51 Labour government. Its main champion, the left-wing Minister of Health, Nye Bevan, opposed speculative house building and in a much-quoted speech he made to Parliament in 1949 envisaged public housing for all social classes as part of his famous vision of a mixed community ‘where the doctor, the grocer, the butcher and the farm labourer all lived in the same street’.11 Far

in Safe as houses