Go home: Coronavirus, national protection, and the lost path towards home

This is a guest contribution from Yunpeng (Dery) Du, A PhD Candidate in Applied Linguistics, based at UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom. Two weeks ago, an elder shouted hysterically at me when I was in Walthamstow Reservoirs, a small wetland sitting close to my accommodation in north London. “Go home!”, the shout created ripples …

Challenging Marriage as a Sociopolitical Script

This is a guest contribution from Siobhán Healy-Cullen, A PhD Candidate in Psychology with a critical social psychology perspective, based at Massey University, New Zealand. I self-identify as a cisgender heterosexual female, and I am in a monogamous long term relationship. On account of this, my sexuality and sexual identity is deemed to be ‘healthy’ …

Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lock Down (Part two)

I want to buy a car. I want my freedom back. Freeeee! The government has announced a softening of the lockdown. People can move now within their region. The radio clarifies that social distancing still needs to be maintained, it has become part of our ‘new normality’. Wear masks, keep distance, don’t hug, stand in …

We will not tolerate any form of abuse: Reconstructing disability assessments and surveillance post-Covid

This blog was written in collaboration and conversation with a friend, who would prefer to remain anonymous.  We will not tolerate any form of abuse… I started reading the sign in the waiting room of the Centre for Health and Disability Assessments. Back before the Covid-19 lockdown I was waiting with a friend for an …

Home is where the front door is: Corona homemaking in the UK

“Stay at home”, the government tells us. The message is everywhere: Spotify adverts, and messages on people’s homes, businesses’ windows, and Facebook walls. Every time I read it or hear it, there is a shooting of fear down to my stomach. As Carter, Green, and Speed point out, it is a difficult, and somewhat ironic, …

We’re back!

Good News. Disruptiveinequalities.com is back - we are relaunching our blog. Given our own mobility and involvement with other national contexts our future accounts will also involve stories of banal inequalities and everyday resistances that we find in other parts of the world. Whilst our ethnographic explorations began in London, we are excited about taking …

Voiceless Latinx. Domestic Violence, Socioeconomic Precarity and the Monolingualism of London’s Police Apparatus

This month we have a contribution from educator and thinker, Arnaldo. He currently teaches in London where he also researches and writes about the London Latinx community.  It is my first time in a London police station.  My nerves are crackling like water on hot grease, however, on the surface I am stoic.  I have the impression …