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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New Publication – ‘Punitive benefit sanctions, welfare conditionality, and the social abuse of unemployed people in Britain’

A co-authored article with colleagues from the Welfare Conditionality project – Sharon Wright and Del Roy Fletcher – has been published in Social Policy & Administration. The article is open access so can be read without a university account. Abstract: A defining feature of U.K. welfare reform since 2010 has been the concerted move towards greater compulsion and sanctioning, which has been interpreted by some social policy scholars as punitive and …

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