Slides – The Folds of Home

Here are my slides from this year’s Housing Studies Association Conference. This was part of a session on the meaning of home, with fantastic papers from Yoric Irving-Clarke and Craig Gurney. Thanks to everyone for the interesting discussion and braving the early 8.45am start. Summary: This presentation drew on interviews with formerly homeless young people in Scotland during the first year they had moved into their own independent tenancy. And …

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Weber, the body, and capitalism

“It was in the attempt to form a new type of individual that the bourgeoisie engaged in that battle against the body that has become its historic mark. According to Max Weber, the reform of the body is at the core of the bourgeois ethic because capitalism makes acquisition ‘the ultimate purpose of life’, instead of treating it as a means for the satisfaction of our needs; thus, it requires …

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Slides – Mental health and punitive welfare conditionality

Here are my slides from last week’s Urban Studies’ Monday Workshop (1st June 2020). I presented work in progress on a journal article, drawing on data from the Welfare Conditionality project to explore how punitive welfare conditionality is caustic to mental wellbeing. Abstract: This workshop brings together the experiences of 144 people with mental health problems from the Welfare Conditionality project and the literature on punitive welfare, social suffering, and …

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Upcoming workshop presentation – Mental health and punitive welfare conditionality

Tomorrow, Monday 1st June, at 1pm I’ll be presenting work in progress on a journal article, drawing on data from the Welfare Conditionality project to explore how punitive welfare conditionality is caustic to mental wellbeing. The presentation is part of the Urban Studies’ Monday Workshops at the University of Glasgow. Abstract: This workshop brings together the experiences of 144 people with mental health problems from the Welfare Conditionality project and …

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The Hypomanic-Depressive – This Weird Depression

After 19 years with near persistent mental illness, last month I was diagnosed as having bipolar II. A diagnosis the more I learn about the more I am discovering so many difficulties I’ve faced over the years are associated with it. The most gut-wrenching of which is the long time between illness onset and receiving a correct diagnosis. On average, it takes 10 years for someone to receive a bipolar …

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