Victorian homeless

Fred Inglis travels the bumpy road from Victorian workhouse to the modern British benefits system

Jamaican immigrants in South London canteen, 1948

Panikos Panayi follows the struggles and achievements of those who made this country their home amid difficult circumstances

Anthropologist in the Amazon

This brave book attempts to show that social anthropology and social anthropologists can offer insights into today’s world and also point to solutions, says Simon Underdown

‘Billingsgate Market’, London, 1808 by J. Bluck after Rowlandson and Pugin

The speech of the lower classes won acceptance only after a make-over, finds Elspeth Jajdelska

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Biblical parable of the talents

Book of the week: Great writing can enlighten and encourage dialogue between disciplines, says Gary Morson

Ciara Cremin

The sociologist and author of on finding her voice, tights and superheroes, and why people are told to ‘man up’ but never to ‘woman up’

Men kissing with pride flag

A study of one of Europe’s leading thinkers on sexuality contends that brutality is a force behind much queer activism and political thinking

Ancient Greece

Do ancient cultural ideas drive the insistence that Greece pay all its bills in full? asks Emma Gee

Plant drawings

James Stevens Curl on a tome that emphasises the physician/naturalist’s role in transforming cabinets of curiosities into major institutions of the Enlightenment

Vaccination van

Free market ideology has contributed to ‘vaccine hesitancy’, endangering us all, says Harry Collins

Angela Merkel effigy

Gender still matters, even for Angela Merkel; the future of education and Moocs; religion and terrorism; sports fandom; and the rise of the coroner

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The execution of Joseph Oppenheimer

Book of the week: Bryan Cheyette straddles truth and fiction in observer accounts of anti-Semitic persecution

Red tomatoes

Language is key to making sense of people, finds Martin Cohen, but beware words’ flexible meanings

Great Lakes Bush Viper

A study of snakebite gives a good overview of the development of the written scientific method, says Geoffrey Cantor

2.8 Hours Later

Enduring popularity of flesh-eating monsters is a response to real threats, says Marcus Leaning


To properly appreciate a work of art we must judge it, not simply adhere to the modern paradigm of explaining it in context, contends Gary Day

Gay bees

Matthew Reisz wonders how nature’s polymorphous perversity will win support for the political cause of sexual equality

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