The Matter of Black Lives

The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is considered by many to be a controversial statement, a fact which leaves me in equal states of anger and confusion. In an ideal world, people saying “Black Lives Matter” would be questioned only for their desire to state the obvious. Yet, the idea that Black people’s lives, their very…

I teach, therefore I am? Teacher identity, symbolic interactionism and other ramblings

Is there such a thing as ‘teacher identity’? Research suggests that there is, and that developing a ‘teacher identity’ is a social process as well as a personal one. According to Beijaard, Meijer, & Verloop (2004), teachers continuously interpret and re-interpret their professional identity, which itself consists of multiple sub-identities and is highly context-dependent.

Can Reggae music be a means of challenging racism, class and gender?

With the advent of reggae in the 1960s, Jamaican music exploded on the international scene (Rhiney and Cruse, 2012; p.4). Many of the lyrics in reggae songs relate to the urban experience and speak of issues pertinent to race, class, poverty, resistance and change (Rhiney and Cruse, 2012)

Is there Racism in 21st Century Britain?

This essay will explore the prevalence and nature of racism in 21st century Britain, paying particular attention to Islamophobia and British politics, media, sports and education.