Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Phantoms of the Job Centre?

I have been unemployed and looking for a job for the last five months. In this time I have applied for approximately fifty jobs, and have spent a considerable amount of time looking for many more. I have predominantly been looking for administrative work, and I’ve been struck by two ‘features’ of the job market. Features very different from when I was in a similar position five years ago. Continue reading


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The Anatomy of a Joke

This blog considers the use of ‘humour’ as an excuse for offensive and discriminatory statements. It looks at how jokes are constructed, how they are told, and what makes them funny. Throughout this the importance of subverting power dynamics is highlighted as a key factor in the use of humour around dark or emotive subjects, and the distinction between a joke and an offensive statement is defined. Continue reading


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