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The newspaper: the rise and fall of a cultural form?

The newspaper: the rise and fall of a cultural form?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

Once our primary source of daily news, the printed word now competes with the internet, social media and television in an increasingly digital world. Roger Dickinson, from the University of Leicester’s Department of Media and Communication, charts the rise and fall of the newspaper.

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The short skirt: a symbol of victim blaming culture?

The short skirt: a symbol of victim blaming culture?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

Once a symbol of emancipation and economic prosperity, the mini-skirt today has strong connotations of sexual availability. Dr Clare Gunby from the Department of Criminology examines the implications of such assumptions for the criminal justice system.

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The stamp: a classic object in the development of education?

The stamp: a classic object in the development of education?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

Distance learning has been an alternative to face-to-face education for almost as long as the postage stamp. Social scientists at the University of Leicester look at how today’s distance learning marketplace is being dramatically transformed by digital technologies.

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The voting slip: democracy in action?

The voting slip: democracy in action?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

Did you bother to visit the polling station last Election Day? And what led you to tick the box next to your favourite candidate? Dr Ben Clements looks at the complex set of motivations behind our voting habits.

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The video game: a legitimate art form?

The video game: a legitimate art form?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:50 PM |

Dr Vincent Campbell from the University of Leicester’s Department of Media and Communication examines the violence inherent in modern video games. He questions whether they are vulgar and tasteless or in fact evolving into a provocative and authentic form of media.

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The clock: a true measurement of time?

The clock: a true measurement of time?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:50 PM |

The ticking of a clock marks the precise passage of seconds, minutes and hours. But what other measurements exist – and are they truer indicators of time for some? Dr Jane Pilcher looks at time from a social science perspective.

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The baseball cap: a symbol of pathological consumption?

The baseball cap: a symbol of pathological consumption?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

The baseball cap worn back to front is standard issue for that figurehead of the social underclass – the Chav. Professor Jo Brewis examines the way British gay culture commodifies and celebrates such stereotypes and unpicks what it reveals about our world.

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The banknote: a symbol of trust?

The banknote: a symbol of trust?

Posted by hi29 at Mar 26, 2014 03:46 PM |

A fistful of cash opens the door to a shopper’s paradise - but what really gives those slips of paper in your hand their value? Social scientist Dr Jane Nolan observes that a little trust goes a long way.

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Underwear: a tool for fashioning female identity?

Underwear: a tool for fashioning female identity?

Posted by hi29 at Oct 22, 2013 09:05 AM |

Dr Christina Tsaousi from the University of Leicester’s School of Management explores how a woman’s underwear choice goes much further than the material, and in fact forms part of their feminine identity.

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The sweatband: the moral arbiter of our time?

The sweatband: the moral arbiter of our time?

Posted by hi29 at Sep 25, 2013 03:20 PM |

Oliver Williams from the Department of Sociology examines the social significance of sweat and how, when health is framed as an individual moral responsibility, it can come to symbolise moral worth. He asks whether people really should be made to sweat about sweating.

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