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 …

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: …

Homophobic rainbow garlands: the homocommercialism of Brighton Pride

“Nice cans love!” A guy wearing a rainbow garland just walked past my friend who was holding her and her girlfriends’ can of beer, one in each hand out in front of her chest (the normal way to hold cans of beer). “Woah… this is Brighton Pride you can’t be making comments like that.” Of …