Social science

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Comparing free-market politics with state socialism may be an intellectual dead end, says Aniko Horvath

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East Asia’s most iconic garment is as dynamic as any Western mode of dress, finds Joy Hendry

General John Pershing inspects female telephone operators serving in Europe

June Purvis on the female pioneers on the frontline in the war to end all wars

A historic Alleanza Nazionale election campaign event in Rome

Matthew Feldman on a timely history that roams over the Continent

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Job hunting? Like it or loathe it, LinkedIn is key and emotional labour is mandatory, says Philip Roscoe

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Prostitutes need the help of economists to argue for the rights and protections that other workers take for granted, says Victoria Bateman

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Without more conservative perspectives in the academy, lawmakers will increasingly ignore and potentially defund social science, says Musa al-Gharbi

Gravitational waves

The principles of scepticism and open-mindedness are vital in a post-truth world, an expert on experts tells Matthew Reisz

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Discriminating in hiring practice against particular intellectual perspectives is no less sinister than discriminating against particular political persuasions, says Glenn Geher

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Liz Morrish reflects on why she chose to tackle the failings of the neoliberal academy from the outside
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Researcher argues for the importance of getting to grips with the male organ

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US and UK campuses are putting their corporate interests before the public good, says Paul Bernal

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Book of the Week: Emma Rees praises an effort to show how to turn personal traumas into political resistance

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Sarah Wise on how the insanity plea developed in English law and why ‘homicidal mania’ became acceptable to experts

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During a hospital stay, Emily Michelson learned why the humanities and sciences are in no way opposites

Trump supporters

Social science must return to qualitative research to understand social and political shifts, say Pamela Prickett and Elaine Howard Ecklund

pro choice advocates (right) and anti abortion advocates (left) rally outside of the supreme court

Contributors hope resource will encourage students to avoid ‘assimilationist’ mindset

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Number of first-year students from India, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria all down
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In an era of post-truth politics, academics and their research still have a vital role to play in influencing policy, says Graeme Reid

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Spanning 200,000 years of human trading, this study considers the influence of technology and the fallout of global interconnectedness, says Juliet Webster