Realities

The Social Review Podcast Episode 24: Capitalist Superheroes with Dan Hassler-Forest

Have you ever thought that superheroes are a bit capitalist? That the movies you go and see all have weird political undertones? This week, Jasper sits down with Dr Dan Hassler-Forest, an academic whose work focuses on the overlap between politics and pop culture to talk Disney, balancing being a fan with being a critic and the uneven ideologies of Batman movies.…

The Fight Of Our Lives

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(Picture credit: https://twitter.com/faizashaheen/status/1190647615962144775?s=20) We’ve been warned before. Kinnock warned us in 1983 not to be old, or sick, or young, or ordinary. We now face an election against a backdrop of falling life expectancy, thousands dead due to the economic policy of an uncaring government, a hostile environment against those who we deem ‘Other’ to us, a mental health crisis, stagnating wages, a…

Liminal Time

I don’t know what happens next. We’re in the between time, the fractal time. Anything could happen next. Election day is always strange, I think. A strange quiet after the long loud, the calm before the chaos and Curtice and all the rest. But stranger for me is the campaign itself – after however long a period of waiting, hoping, needing, finally…

The Social Review Podcast 22: The Class Ceiling with Dr Sam Friedman

Jasper sits down with Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Commissioner of the government’s Social Mobility Commission to talk about his book, The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged. Sam highlights the extent to which class barriers and advantages still permeates British society, why meritocracy is a myth and why private schools…

The End of a Long Road

For a lot of people, there is one particular issue that hooks them into politics. Something that they care about enough to spend their weekends at rallies, and then after a while their weekday evenings at dull meetings, until they find themselves booking rooms and printing posters and agreeing to go leafleting at odd hours and then suddenly, they have become political,…