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 …

Making Happy Job Seekers – Precarity and Emotional Resilience

Don’t call them unemployed, please. The charity’s management invited me to East London to talk about their employability programmes. Don’t call them unemployed, repeats one of the managers. I have only recently taken over my position as a lecturer in London, having previously lived and worked elsewhere in Europe. I am not accustomed with the …

Thieving Black Man(liness): When cultural appropriation becomes entirely necessary

Our third guest contribution is from Will Nyerere Plastow, a scriptwriter and filmmaker, currently working at the BBC. I stepped out of the ring my brain aching and my mouth tasting of blood. For the final round I'd had tunnel vision, trying to beat down my rapidly tiring opponent. But I hadn't done enough. I …

A Tale of Two Cities: health inequalities in 21st century London

This is a guest contribution from Emma Brooks who is currently a PhD student at UCL Institute of Education researching antenatal care in London.   Piotr appeared to have it all: he worked full-time as a builder and was happily married with two young children. At the beginning of each pre-entry ESOL class he would …

Being a Dirty Smoker: How public health academia villainises the poor

In my first week of my PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine I made a terrible mistake. We were all settling in working on our literature reviews and I’d gone out into the courtyard for a cigarette. Suddenly an unidentified voice from a few stories above started shouting down at me: …