The hidden problem behind the rise of ‘resilience’ in popular culture

The notion of having 'resilience' in response to the challenges life throws at you has emerged as a prominent and acclaimed ideal in recent times. Being able to 'bounce back' from any kind of difficulty, whether being made redundant, getting divorced, or coping with bullying, sounds like an advantageous attribute to hold, so what is... Continue Reading →

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What is ‘neoliberalism’?

The term 'neoliberalism' is banded around everywhere in the media - in online news, in books and on TV - and grows in ever more prominence but what does the concept actually mean? Neoliberalism is an economic and political ideology that has become widespread since the 1980s. It refers to how the economic model of... Continue Reading →

The brave new world of work and capitalism

The world of work has changed considerably in the past hundred years. To understand how it has shifted, we need to contextualise cultural work within the broader frameworks of capitalism and society. This allows us to establish key overarching themes that characterise contemporary work, as well as identify forms of employment inequality. We've shifted from... Continue Reading →

John M. Hull’s ‘Touching the Rock’

In Touching the Rock (1990), Hull provides an unflinching and deeply compelling account of his transition to complete blindness. The diary-like entries spread over four years describe what it's like to be a blind man - from his altering sense of space and time, to fatherhood, work, and his faith. John M. Hull, a Professor... Continue Reading →

‘Women and Power’ by Mary Beard

In the excellent short book Women and Power, classicist Mary Beard discusses the long history of women being silenced in the public sphere by taking the reader on a riveting journey through Western civilisation starting in Ancient Greece and ending in our contemporary Twitter-era. Beard argues that today's problematic issues around silencing women and/or punishing... Continue Reading →

The authenticity industry

Everyday we’re bombarded with messages that testify to be the ‘real thing' from organic fruit and vegetables, to shampoo, music, and travel. Even public figures and celebrities use the label to win us over. Why is authenticity pervasive in popular culture and why do we crave 'the real'? Why have advertising executives latched on to... Continue Reading →

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