Social media follows in the footsteps of early cyberpunk fiction, attempting to persuade us of the myth that we are nothing more than the work we do and the fiction we present the world. Reality turns out to be more mundane: in both fact and fiction, we cannot exist or interact with the world outside except with our bodies. This leads us to the final realisation, that happiness lies not in curating a flawless representation of ourselves that we can hide behind but in engaging with those we trust without pretence and learn who we truly are.

On 28 June 1969, police raided a gay club in Greenwich Village, New York. Not an unsurprising event – it was still illegal for men to dance together in a nightclub, let alone have consensual sexual relationships, and “masquerading” as …

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Hot on the heels of our last humanities purchase, we are delighted to add the 1980s module of Mass Observation.  This digital archive contains topics of interest to a wide range of subjects, including History, Politics, the Social Sciences and …

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Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology is an excellent starting point for researching a wide variety of topics in Sociology.  This encyclopedia also introduces many topics in Criminology and Education among its 1,800 entries, and so is useful for anyone studying these …

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A database reminder One person in seven experiences disability (World Bank, World Report on Disability, 2015, Washington, DC). Yet the story of this community and its contributions is largely absent from the scholarly record. Disability in the Modern World: History …

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