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    1. CameronB Brodie says:

      Are there still those who doubt that austerity is driven by ideology that is inescapably anti-social in nature? Time for some Critical Accounting and some gender-aware social economics and stuff?

      Public sector accounting, accountability and austerity: More than balancing the books?

      Purpose – The era of austerity that has followed the outbreak of the global financial crisis has posed a myriad of challenges for public services, with demands for major cuts in government spending, the delivery of balanced budgets and strategies for deficit reduction. The purpose of this paper is to consider how public sector accounting and accountability systems are implicated in the development and implementation of austerity policies. Also, it pinpoints a range of issues that accounting researchers need to be contemplating on the subject of accounting for austerity.

      Design/methodology/approach – Interdisciplinary literature review, coupled with an illustrative discussion of the changing nature of public sector accounting practices under austerity.

      Findings – Despite the significance and scale of austerity, public sector accounting research on the topic is in its infancy, with the prominent focus being on how accounting technologies are used to manage austerity. There have been few attempts to debate critically the construction of austerity and to provide alternative accounts of austerity. Accounting for austerity, especially in terms of its implications and consequences, is far too complex and challenging to be categorized as simply seeking to “balance the books”.

      Research limitations/implications – As an academic community, we need to be developing understanding of public sector accounting research under austerity across different organizational levels and contexts. Also, we should be framing the accounts of austerity in ways that respect and build on a sound understanding of the extensive available interdisciplinary research on this topic.

      Key research questions to address include: how is accounting shaping constructions of, and impressions, attitudes and behaviors toward, austerity and the status of governments and public service organizations? What do such patterns of development mean for the roles and contributions of public sector accountants under austerity? Are accounting systems destined to be used primarily as vehicles for cost-cutting, or can they be used as engines for growth and for thinking about public service responsibilities in more socially inclusive forms?

      Originality/value – Accountings of austerity in the field of public sector accounting research have been worryingly limited. This paper and the papers in this special issue of AAAJ address such failings, revealing a range of critical implications and challenges of austerity policies for public sector accounting research.

      Austerity, Audit, and Accountability : New Public Management and the Privatisation of Local Audit in England

      A ‘new politics’ of austerity, workfare and gender? The UK coalition government’s welfare reform proposals

    2. Dan says:

      Dedicated to Theresa on her various trips…

      Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

      C’mon Scotland, we’ve got better destination options available to us rather than letting this current clown continue holding the wheel.

      The past two years condensed into 40 seconds. We really don’t want to hang around and get caught up in the end result.

    3. CameronB Brodie says:

      One for Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who appears to be a democrat who respects the voluntary nature of the yoonyawn. Come on Scottish Conservatives, show the world you’re not blood-and-soil, English nationalist, Tories and give British nationalism the cold shoulder.

      Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

    4. Ian Foulds says:

      For the moment we could keep the parliamentary union with England and Wales but be separate along with Northern Ireland with an Economic Union?

    5. CameronB Brodie says:

      I appreciate the Scottish public had to be shown that Westminster does not deal with Scotland in good faith, but it is ethically immoral to attempt to change their political culture. That’s exactly what British nationalism does to us and we don’t like it. Dissolve the yoonyawn and protect the human rights of those living in Scotland.

      Ethics and Morality in International Relations

      International Relations Ethics and Morality in International Relations


      Ethical questions are central to the study of international relations, as it is a field of study concerned with war and peace, trade and production, and law and rights. Yet, a persistent conventional wisdom suggests ethics are marginal to international relations. This conventional wisdom has two sources. After World War II, as the discipline of international relations was taking shape in the United Kingdom and the United States, a number of prominent scholars holding a realist view on questions of ethics came to dominate the field.

      Figures such as Hans J. Morgenthau, Reinhold Niebuhr, and E. H. Carr criticized what they saw as the misplaced moralism of earlier scholars who put their faith in the power of law and institutions to reform international relations. Not long after this move toward a realist paradigm that was skeptical of ethics, the discipline also began to focus on developing a value-free social scientific approach that rejected ethical questions as part of the study of international relations, especially in the United States. Yet, these two early shifts in the discipline obscure the fact that questions of ethics have always been part of the study of international relations. International relations, however, is concerned with political events and social forces that impact the lives of individuals, communities, and the human species as a whole, making ethical considerations inescapable….

      Ethics and International Relations

      Ethical traps in international relations

      Ethical Reasoning in International Affairs
      Arguments from the Middle Ground

    6. CameronB Brodie says:

      Some essential reading for the Prime-minister.

      Hello everyone, is there such a thing as morality in the international arena?

    7. CameronB Brodie says:

      One for all those who believes in the British version of constitutional government.

      NOFX – The Idiots Are Taking Over

    8. CameronB Brodie says:

      believes = believed.

    9. Dave McEwan Hill says:

      Or perhaps an even better version.

      In this great future we can’t forget our past

      Watching all the hypocrites mingle with the good people we knew

    10. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi D McE H.

      That’s a great version of the song. I recall it was on the B Side of the 12″ version of “Daddy Cool”. Hud on, I’ll check…

      Yeah, it was.

      She had a great voice for the song. Typin’ about ‘a great voice for the song’. This single came out around a year before Rainbow’s version. Another chanteuse with a great voice.

      BTW: that song was written by Russ Ballard, ex-Argent. Here’s his version from just before Clout’s.

      Question is… Why wasn’t it a hit before Rainbow’s version?

    11. Dave McEwan Hill says:

      Brian Doonthetoon at 7.43

      Yep. Much better than Daddy Cool. And that was the one that was played in all the Nigerian discos, beer houses, brothels etc. (Not a lot of difference). Gyrated with mony a dusky lass to the strains of that great disco record

    12. chicmac says:

      Madness in NZ.

      My daughter and grandaughter were locked in to their nursery for hours.

      Now we will have to share their on going fear of reprisals.

    13. CameronB Brodie says:

      Further to Waleed. I wasn’t joking when I suggested British society is afflicted by structural and institutional racism (see Westminster and Brexit, for example). The Islamophobic nature of contemporary British white nationalism has the same cultural root as English antisemitism. Brexit is as much about supporting Islamophobia as it is about exposing British democracy to further neo-liberal privatisation.

      Equality-of-oppressions and anti-discriminatory models in social work: reflections from the USA and UK


      Although the equality-of-oppressions paradigm in the USA and the anti-discriminatory framework in the UK are progressive steps in affirming the lives of many groups, they are limited in their ability to highlight the continued significance of racism in contemporary social work education. This comparative paper examines how universal frameworks of oppression in social work have helped to diminish the significance of racial oppression and begins by discussing their evolution in both countries.

      The next section is concerned with the rise of postmodern theory and its influence in reshaping issues of oppression. Finally, a model of differential vulnerability is offered as a way of identifying how the multiplicity of oppressions varies in frequency, intensity and pervasiveness. The authors suggest that this model can make a difference by reconfiguring models of oppression which interweave differential vulnerability to not only make the necessary connections between forms of oppression but also to reaffirm social work’s commitment to racial equality.

      Keywords: Equality-of-Oppressions, Anti-Discriminatory Practice, Postmodern, Race Equality

      Addressing racism: a new approach to promotion of positive policies is needed

      Neoliberal anti-racism:
      Responding to ‘everywhere but different’ racism

      How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

    14. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Wee shout out to Smallaxe and Mrs S, if they’re still dipping in.

      Aye thinking of ye’s.


    15. CameronB Brodie says:

      re. the state’s drive towards the self-id of sex and the adoption of radical science as the basis of pubic policy. Why would a right-wing and increasingly authoritarian state undergoing a sustained period of economic, political and constitutional crises, wish to conflate sex with gender? Neo-liberalism is sufficiently misogynistic without further assistance from the New Right.

      Gender, race, and class in the local welfare state: moving beyond regulation theory in analysing the transition from Fordism


      In this paper we attempt to provide a conceptual framework which can help inform our analysis and understanding of current transformations taking place within the welfare state. We argue that the French school of regulationist literature, though able to provide a broad frame of reference for analysing contemporary shifts in economy and society, needs to be supplemented by an analysis which focuses on the racialised and gendered character of the welfare state.

      In the paper the ways in which the ‘universal’ welfare state has operated to exclude minorities and marginalised groups are charted, and we argue that in practice the Fordist mode of social regulation (MSR) operating in Britain generated a hierarchy of oppression. This hierarchy was constituted
      through the relations of class, race, and gender, and we show how these are currently being redefined as the British state seeks to mediate the crisis tendencies inherent in the Fordist MSR.

      Policy, Politics, Gender. Bringing Gender to the Analysis of Welfare States

      Reinforcing neoliberalism: crisis and austerity in the UK

      How Welfare States Shape the Gender Pay Gap:
      A Theoretical and Comparative Analysis

    16. CameronB Brodie says:

      Don’t get me wrong, radical science is an important part of proper science. It’s just that the state appears to be implementing a completely twisted interpretation of Radical Constructivism.

    17. CameronB Brodie says:

      There’s me thinking today’s Calcutta Cup would be just another noble defeat for Scotland, so went about fighting the gender and race-blind injustices of Britain’s enduring colonial legacy. Wait….what? Oh nuts.

      Critical Post-colonial Realist view on how to deal with the English school of International Relations

    18. X_Sticks says:

      So @hackalumpoff kindly dropped by today present me with the runners up prize from the @WingsScotland social auction. Thank you Nana!

    19. CameronB Brodie says:

      Here’s one for Scottish Conservatives who are unable to support contemporary white British nationalism.

      Critical Post-colonial Feminist IR v English school IR, in the race for cultural hegemony

    20. CameronB Brodie says:

      And here’s one for folk who’ve just skipped those last two links. This is sort the insight you’ve missed. 😉

      The Best Spiderman & StormTrooper dance off Ever

    21. CameronB Brodie says:

      Here’s some sports psychology and a bit of Critical Realism, to reflect today’s match and Scotland’s constitutionally imperiled status.

      Post-positivist, critical realism: philosophy, methodology and method for nursing research


      Background: Healthcare research acknowledges a range of paradigms. This article asserts that there is a place for post-positivist research for the nursing profession, particularly through critical realist methodologies. There are limited examples of this type of research and this may discourage nurses from considering it as a viable option.

      Aims: It will 1) provide a detailed overview of Bhaskar’s critical realism and 2) illustrate nursing research methods with published examples.

      Discussion: Bhaskar’s critical realist methodology is explained and three main research methods are illustrated: critical realist evaluation, action research and ethnography.

      Conclusion: Post-positivism negotiates some of the conflict and differences between positivism and interpretivism. It offers a variety of methodological choices for nurses who do not wish to align themselves strictly with facts, cause-effect and proving hypotheses or with only participant perspectives and experiences. Bhaskar’s critical realist principles may be used to study complex and open systems such as those of teams and organisations, public health interventions and social situations; but particularly the complexities of nursing practice, service delivery and design.

      Critical realism as a philosophy and social theory in information science?

      Effective ways to develop and maintain robust sport confidence: strategies advocated by sport psychology consultants

      Relational coaching in sport: Its psychological underpinnings and practical effectiveness

    22. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @X-sticks –

      Richly deserved sah!


    23. CameronB Brodie says:

      Sorry for taking up so much space but I’ve just go to be me. Hit or miss. Sitting here all by myself trying be everybody else. Can’t you see, I’ve got to be me….hit or miss.

      Bo Diddley — Hit Or Miss

    24. X_Sticks says:

      Ah, Cameron, there’s no doubting you’re you. At least not from me anyway 😉

    25. Nana says:


      Glad you liked it 🙂

      @Ronnie Anderson

      I missed your call Ronnie, I was out with the dug.

    26. CameronB Brodie says:

      Are you calling me a bit nippy? 🙂

    27. X_Sticks says:


      You were only able to nip me by calling in reinforcements! 😉

    28. CameronB Brodie says:

      Still not let that go? Ah well, I feel for you. 😉

    29. X_Sticks says:


      Aye, right! No Nana salved my pain with her lovely wee plaque. An I’ll be aiming to have another go next time. Supporters of independence NEVER give up! No surrender! (I’ve been listening to too many DUP politicains of late 😉 )

    30. CameronB Brodie says:

      I’m a six in one shampoo type feminist, so I reckon expressing masculinity is fine so long as it doesn’t involve objectifying women or undermining their social position and AGENCY. I love tits though. My mum has a lot to offer in that respect, as her garden is home to Great Tits, Blue Tits, Cole Tits and even Long-tail Tits, although they’re not proper tits, apparently. 😉

      Pornland – Funny Place

    31. CameronB Brodie says:

      By Grabthar’s hammer, “never give up, never surrender”. 🙂

    32. cearc says:

      Now, now, laddies – take it outside.

    33. CameronB Brodie says:

      Hey X_Sticks.

      Bo Diddley – I Don’t Like You

    34. CameronB Brodie says:

      Scottish Conservatives please note that it is the Tory element in your party that has destroyed Britain. As with natural law, Tories reject natural morality.

      The Conservative Critique of Liberalism

      The Projective Consciousness Model and Phenomenal Selfhood

      Causal Theory of Action

      Naturalizing Metaethics

    35. CameronB Brodie says:

      Rushed at that a bit and got ahead of myself, so here’s a bit of Phenomenology and Philosophy of Mind and stuff.

      Paley’s Moral Philosophy


      WILLIAM PALEY’S Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy, first published in 1785, played a seminal role in the dissemination of utilitarianism in England. Adopted as an integral part of the curriculum at Cambridge University, the Principles helped shape the political thinking of England’s intellectual elite well into the nineteenth century.

      “It has laid the foundation of the Moral Philosophy of many hundreds—probably thousands—of Youth while under a course of training designed to qualify them for being afterwards the Moral instructors of Millions,” Archbishop Whately wrote in 1859; “such a work therefore cannot fail to exercise a very considerable and extensive influence on the Minds of successive generations.” As late as 1933, John Maynard Keynes called Paley’s Principles “an immortal book.”1

      Paley’s political philosophy remains difficult to classify, especially by modern standards. His theological utilitarianism helped buttress the formation of classical liberalism, the most important political ideology to emerge from the Enlightenment. Yet his Principles also contains passages that mesh comfortably with traditional eighteenth-century aristocratic paternalism, a philosophy frequently antagonistic to liberalism.

      Then too, despite his published opposition to the French Revolution, some considered Paley sympathetic to radicalism, a charge that may have affected his clerical advancement. Paley vivified the gross inequalities of the distribution of property; he condemned the slave trade; he proposed a graduated income tax that appealed to Tom Paine. In 1802, the Anti-Jacobin Review noted that from Paley “the most determined Jacobin might find a justification of his principles, and a sanction for his conduct.”2

      Though radicals during the 1790s never claimed Paley as an ally, his iconoclasm remained appealing to many commentators. Paley wrote during a transitional era of rapidly evolving civic discourse when traditional political labels proved inadequate and emerging ideological designations had yet to be fully formed.3


      Extended Cognition and Ethics

      Socially Extended Cognition and Shared Intentionality

    36. CameronB Brodie says:

      P.S. Tories tend to be the racist skinheads cultural nationalists of the Conservative world. That is who has led Britain to ruin. Certainly it would appear that contemporary British nationalism is only capable of accommodating those who identify as English/British Christians, or just plain white Anglicans. Is that how Scottish Conservatives want the world to view them as, a colonial in a Crown protectorate devoid of human significance and cultural value?

    37. Macart says:



      Also? Same as Ian B. A wee shout out to Mr & Mrs Smallaxe.

      You’re missed and hoping the best for you.

    38. Dorothy Devine says:

      Ian B and Macart , I have been scared to ask how things are for Smallaxe and Sybil . I too think about them often and I hope for the best.

    39. Macart says:


      Of recent times, (when I’ve had to tend to family issues), I’ve had more than one occasion to think of good folk no longer posting or able to post.

      You did well on the old MT this morning and yes there’s a lot of that horse shit on rinse and repeat recently. Hard to ignore it and sometimes harder not to. You know what to look for when that idiocy rears its head. A friendly face and a friendlier ear.

      There’s plenty out there. 🙂

    40. CameronB Brodie says:

      Finding the Sea of Green and destroying the false philosophy of the Blue Meanies is really what it’s all about, frankly. The Tories are not Above Good and Evil 😉

      The Beatles – Within You Without You

    41. chicmac says:

      Cammy B and other seekers.

      I am reading the book ‘Winners Take All” by Anand Giridharadas.

      It is American oriented therefore arguably some years behind European intellectual thought but all the more interesting for that.

      An interesting read. I don’t agree with everything in it but generally speaking his logic is sound.

      Of particular interest is the way he tries to get inside the logic bubble of ‘the elite’.

      The way he does this is by an imagined first person viewpoint from a young undergraduate’s perspective as they progress through the system.

      As such, he may be erring on the overly generous side regarding the motivation of those people although I am sure there are many who do start out with essentially altruistic ideals.

      It is still a recommended read from me.

    42. CameronB Brodie says:

      I feel like a bit of a show-off. Sorry for being a smartypants, it’s just that understanding social production of social stratification, was a topic of particular focus for us. You can’t plan a sustainable society unless you attend to the rectification of colonial-legacy issues.

      Pierre Bourdieu and elites: Making the hidden visible


      One of Pierre Bourdieu’s great skills and gifts to organizational researchers is his ability to reveal and make manifest the hidden mechanisms of social stratification that often remain invisible in organizational and social life. In this chapter, we explore Bourdieu’s contribution to the study of elites, power and domination.

      We apply his ideas and concepts illustratively to four specific areas of research: class domination and cultural reproduction in big business; the importance of reflexivity for social mobility; the transactional nature and legitimizing function of entrepreneurial philanthropy and the discerning processes of taste formation, indicative of underlying status distinctions, serving as another means of exercising power.

      The conceptual arsenal provided by Bourdieu is far from exhausted by management and organization studies. We need it most of all to continue exploring the activities of elites in the global field of power as, largely unobserved, they tighten their stranglehold on global wealth and resources.

      The Social Foundations of Global Conflict and Cooperation:
      Waves of Globalization and Global Elite Integration, 19th to 21st Century

      Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions

      Introducing elite discourse: the rhetorics of status, privilege, and power

    43. chicmac says:

      Erm.. yes.

      I did say that Giridharadas’s book was perhaps some years behind European intellectual thought but my commendation of it is specifically because it is:

      a) American in viewpoint.

      b) Has already attained a significant reach, potentially paradigm shifting.

      c) The vicarious literary device he uses, greatly increases accessibility.

      I guess it is kind of analogous to Stephen Hawking’s ‘Brief History of Time’ for non physicists in its dumming down while managing to contain the essence of the thinking behind ‘justifiable elitism’.

    44. CameronB Brodie says:

      Erm, sorry my bad. It was rude of me not to reply to your comment more fully. Thing is, I feel under a bit of pressure to keep my comments brief as I’m taking up so much space. That’s my excuse and I hope you’ll accept it.

      a) totally relevant as there are strong similarities in cultural practice, e.g. neo-liberal governance. Britain used to trail the USA by a couple of decades or so, in terms of adopting USofA cultural practices (see NHS privatisation, for example). I think this dynamic has intensified since I studied it, in terms of strength of USofA’s cultural influence and the rate of social adoption in Britain of USofA cultural practices. Brexit will most likely further accelerate and intensify this form of socio-cultural reproduction.

      b) about bloody time. 🙂

      c) sounds like a good read. 😉

    45. chicmac says:

      Nae bathir.

      In my view, it is important to promote distilled, accessible material.

    46. CameronB Brodie says:

      I hear what your saying and totally agree. I just wish more of the stuff I’m posting was immediately accessible to the cause. These gives an impression of the sort of palate I’m trying to working with though.

      A beginner’s guide to: Professor Eric Donald Hirsch

      Theory, Culture & Society

      A Beginner’s Guide to Social Theory

      Understanding Communication Theory

    47. Shinty says:

      Hi guys,

      Something I just came across, for all you night hawks out there.
      Hope you like it.

    48. yesindyref2 says:

      @chicmac / @CBB
      It needs both really, easy read stuff, and also more in depth stuff.

    49. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @CamB –

      Any chance you could drop me a line at ianbhood [at] gmail [dot] com

      Someone wants to get in touch with you. It’s all good.


    50. CameronB Brodie says:

      Ian Brotherhood says
      Still waiting on a confirmation code from gmail.

      Book (feat. Ndidi O.) – Hold On, I’m Coming

    51. CameronB Brodie says:

      re. the colonisation of womanhood. Time for some more International Relations Theory and a bit of post-colonial feminism?

      Gender, Feminist Theory, and Post-Colonial (Women’s) Writing


      The concept of gender has influenced, defined, and oriented much of feminist discourse in the past three decades. Donna Haraway has stated that all the modern feminist meanings of gender have roots in Simone de Beauvoir’s insight that one is not born a woman. Gender, explains Haraway, is a concept that developed to “contest the naturalization of sexual difference in multiple arenas of struggle.

      Feminist theory and practice around gender seek to explain and change historical systems of sexual difference, whereby ‘men’ and ‘women’ are socially constituted and positioned in relations of hierarchy and antagonism.”1 According to Elaine Showalter, gender has been used within Anglo-Saxon discourse to stand for the social, cultural, and psychological meaning imposed upon biological sexual identity. She further states that while earlier feminist literary criticism was interested primarily in women and women’s writing, “[t]he introduction of gender into the field of literary studies marks a new phase in feminist criticism, an investigation of the ways that all reading and writing, by men as well as women, is marked by gender.”2

      Feminist scholars were now able to theorize gender beyond the limits of sexual difference. This shift was necessary and significant because sexual difference had been central to the critique of representation in feminist writings and cultural practices of the 1960s and 1970s. Indeed, Sandra Harding has referred to feminist inquiries into the sex/gender system as “a revolution in epistemology.”3 Feminist theorists in recent decades have thus generally drawn from the diversity inherent in feminism(s).

      United by Strength or Oppression? A Critique of the Western Model of Feminism

      Understanding Postcolonial Feminism in relation with Postcolonial and Feminist Theories

      Feminism and Postcolonialism: (En)gendering Encounters

    52. CameronB Brodie says:

      Is it normal to wait for hour to get a confirmation code? Have I broken gmail or am I just too thick to set up an account? It’s almost certainly the later. Today has not been my day.

    53. CameronB Brodie says:

      Perhaps not stupid, just not fully engaging the brain. I’m waiting for a text that will be received by a phone in Edinburgh. I’m in Dundee. ;(

      Ian Brotherhood
      Expect an e-mail from an unusual address.

    54. CameronB Brodie says:

      Had to resort to a bit of the old “survival sex” myself. It’s not solely a woman’s issue.

      Maceo and The Macks – Cross The Track (We Better Go Back)

    55. CameronB Brodie says:

      I’m certain Scotland’s nationals would be far more agitated about Brexit if they fully comprehended their vulnerability. The best way to combat vulnerability is by emancipating the victim’s powers of AGENCY.

      Judith Butler’s ‘not particularly postmodern insight’ of recognition


      Although Judith Butler regards recognition as the theme unifying her work, one finds a striking absence of dialogue between her and the authors of the normative theories of recognition – Honneth, Habermas, Ricoeur, etc. In the present article I seek to call into question this sentiment, shared by the two sides, of a radical theoretical heterogeneity.

      First I seek to show that the theory of performativity which Butler developed initially, contrary to all expectations, sets her relatively apart from the tradition to which she conforms (the French reading of Hegel), and brings her closer to the proposition represented by the normative theories of recognition in general, and that of Honneth in particular.

      Then I highlight how the recent modulations in her theory, through the appearance of the idea of a constitutive vulnerability, which enables her to found an ethics, undermine for once and for all the claim of irreducibility
      maintained by each of the two theories in relation to the other.

      Judith Butler, ethics, Axel Honneth, recognition, vulnerability

      Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
      Chapter 7 Vulnerability and Marginalized Populations

      Why Marginalization, Not Vulnerability, Can Best Identify People in Need of Special Medical and Nutrition Care

      A framework for understanding old-age vulnerabilities

    56. CameronB Brodie says:

      victims of social or cultural oppression, obvs.

      Young Pulse Rework – Running Away

    57. CameronB Brodie says:

      Roy Ayers Ubiquity, apparently.

    58. CameronB Brodie says:

      re. the politics of Harry Potter. Interested in a bit of Critical Literary Analysis and perhaps a bit of Queer Theory?

      In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling, 2003), Dolores

      Umbridge slides into the picture as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. “Umbridge immediately meets with active resistance from the students. Her imposed ideals clashes with the existing culture and, therefore, are rejected out of hand” (Crews,2013, p. 18).” Umbridge wanted change and actually clashed with the other female characters. It was a simple battle between good and evil: Umbridge wanted change; Professor McGonagall wanted peace amongst the students.

      During the power struggle between good and evil with Umbridge, Harry, Hermione, and Ron make it a point to fight back. Hermione encourages Harry to lead a group of students who would fight to maintain the good within the castle. Again, Hermione steps up as the influencer, changing the game around from victim to champion.

      A Feminist Literary Criticism Approach to Representations of Women’s Agency in Harry Potter


      After Criticism, a Call to Rethink Queer Theory

    59. CameronB Brodie says:

      re. Scotland’s missed oil wealth.

      Forensic Analytics and Management Accountants

      The Role of Forensic Accounting and Its Relationship with Taxation System in Iraq

      The Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice
      Introduction: The Idea of Distributive Justice

      Distributive Justice, Equity, and Equality

    60. Nana says:

      For everyone asking after Smallaxe, I spoke with him earlier today and he asked me to pass on his regards to you all.

      He is battling through treatment at the moment which leaves him feeling very tired.

      Here are two tunes from him so get up and dance!

    61. Macart says:


      Thanks Nana. 🙂

    62. CameronB Brodie says:

      It’s literally been years since I last sent an e-mail, just checking I’ve not forgotten that particular social skill. Not meaning to be pushy, it’s just my emotional state is already under assault from the stresses of Brexit. 😉

      Little Richard – Keep A-Knockin’

    63. CameronB Brodie says:

      Ian Brotherhood

    64. CameronB Brodie says:

      Poor, woke-bro, Owen.

      Let’s talk about racism in education and international development

      We may be leaving Europe, but pan-European racism isn’t leaving us

      Challenging racism in the workplace

      Tackling race hate incidents in the workplace

    65. CameronB Brodie says:

      Jim Hagart
      Honest, I’m not stalking you bud. 😉 Time for a bit of cultural morphology?

      The Origins of the English Parliament, 924-1327
      English Exceptionalism?

      This chapter considers the extent to which the English parliament both resembled and, more particularly, differed from the assemblies of continental Europe, notably those of France. It uses continental comparisons to draw out and enlarge on some of the main themes treated in the preceding chapters. It shows that much of parliament’s peculiar evolution can be traced back to its Anglo?Saxon origins and to the peculiarities of English political society, where the nobility’s lack of privilege, notably their inability to escape taxation, provided a common platform for their association with other political groups.

      A second theme of this chapter lies in the extent to which parliament developed as a popular assembly, where policies could be publicly announced and transmitted to the localities and where redress of popular grievances could be sought. In both these respects parliament differed from its continental counterparts, giving some considerable substance to the ancient notion of ‘English exceptionalism’.

      Keywords: France, continental assemblies, privilege, English exceptionalism, political society, taxation, redress of grievances

      Exceptionalism, Empire, and the Dark Side of National Greatness

      Becoming Exceptional? American and European Exceptionalism and their Critics: A Review

      Brexit and British exceptionalism: the impossible challenge for Remainers

    66. CameronB Brodie says:

      re. Fireman Sam being sexist. Does his character endorse or support misogyny and how?

      Megatextuality: Re-enunciating media intertextuality in the age of global media discourse

      Intertextual Politics in the Trump Era

      Making Meaning of Gender and Sexual Identities in Early Childhood: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Canadian Early Childhood Curricula

      Queer International Relations

    67. CameronB Brodie says:

      Time for some of my thoughts and some Gender Semiotics and stuff? Should be accepted knowledge to Sevrin Carroll @Guardian, given he’s the “Semiotic Kid” and all. 😉

      Sex is a biological marker locating an individual’s reproductive place within time and space. It remains fixed throughout life, though it’s defining characteristics are vulnerable to change through the impact of environmental factors. The correct identification of sex is a vital component of effective health management by both the individual and state.

      Gender is a socially constructed maker locating and individual’s social place in the world. It is fluid across time and space. Gender is a vital tool of political science and it’s introduction to practice has helped to improved the social position of women.

      Conflating sex and gender can only have a negative social effect that will impact on the whole of society, not just women.

      I’m all for gender fluidity but WOMANHOOD can’t be achieved simply by putting on a frock and denying bio-medical science. That way lies the totalitarian state.

      Gender Semiotics and the 21st Century Feminist Utopia: Implications on National Security and Socio-cultural Development

      Abstract—The female gender has over the years envisioned a society where she is accorded a modicum of recognition. She has fought and continued to fight for equality between the genders. Her aspiration for a balance in power has only remained in what appears to be a utopia, rather than what is reality. And over the years, there has been a triggered-inadvertent battle between the genders, male and female.

      Hence, this article is intended to investigate the progress that the various feminist conjectures have undergone in an attempt to create a perfect world for the female genus. We consider the battle of the sexes the basis for global insecurity and socio-cultural underdevelopment as we launch an exploration through the history of women and women agitations from its earliest periods to the present, and thereafter conclude that in the future the ruling/heading gender will become “the subjugated” (not in physical strength) but both in the domestic and the public spheres.

      We have investigated the various waves of feminism, starting from the first wave, to the second and then the third. It has been discovered that the female has moved from the domestic space to the public space, a transformation that is so drastic even in recent times. Thus, we conclude that, someday the story of “who’s in charge now” will be changed to “who’s subjugated then”. In this article, therefore, we lay bare those semiotic proclivities that reveal the anticipated victory of the female gender in the battle of the sexes. The Feminist Standpoint Theory in addition to Semiotics is the framework used in presenting this ambition.

      Index Terms—wave change, relevance, public space, domesticity, social order

      Undressing the Power of Fashion: the Semiotic Evolution of Gender Identity By Coco Chanel and Alexander Mcqueen

      Clothing semiotics and the social construction of power relations

      Beyoncé as a Semiotic Resource: Visual and Linguistic Meaning Making and Gender in Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest

    68. Dave McEwan Hill says:

      An interesting versionof the best rock’n’roll record ever

    69. CameronB Brodie says:

      That put me in mind of another classic that’s been covered a few times.

      Richard Berry and The Paroahs – Have Love, Will Travel

      I forgot to mention earlier that there are strong ‘intellectual’ and ideological associations between the alt-right and the TRA movement in the USofA. The bridge between these positions is good old MISOGYNY. There’s probably similar in the UK.

    70. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Black By Popular Demand

      “I’d argue that sex is *more* concrete than race. ”

      Sex is biologically grounded and characterised by it’s dimorphism. The descriptive category “race” has no biological basis and is socially constructed in the same manner as gender. It’s continued use as a means of describing humans has little sociological value and, in fact, perpetuates prejudice and racism.

      Human sexual dimorphism–a sex and gender perspective


      The term gender is essential in recent biological anthropology. After decades of critical discussion the differentiation into biological sex and social gender is accepted as especially useful. The distinction into sex and gender makes a more complex view at biological phenomenon such a sexual size dimorphism typical of Homo sapiens possible. Although sexual size dimorphism has a clear evolutionary basis and is caused by genetic and hormonal factors, socio-cultural factors such as gender role in society and gender typical workload influence the degree of sexual size dimorphism too.

    71. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Black By Popular Demand
      Of course there are genetic differences across ethnic groups, but these differences are insignificant. Your genome is essentially the same as mine, a white Scottish male, so we are both humans of the same value and significance.

    72. CameronB Brodie says:

      It is really is scarry that this task has been left up to private members of the public with no real access to political power.

      Sexual dimorphism and human evolution: An overview

      Why are women smaller than men? When anthropology
      meets evolutionary biology


      Sexual Dimorphism in Human Teeth from Dental Morphology and Dimensions: A Dental Anthropology Viewpoint 🙂

    73. yesindyref2 says:

      Kind of seems appropriate, somehow.

    74. CameronB Brodie says:

      I hope folk don’t think I’m some sort of “wingnut”. 😉


      1.2. Sex Differences and Sex Ratio

      The biggest somatic and health differences among humans are those between the sexes, albeit with clear overlaps. Not only morphology and physiology obviously differ, but as well morbidity and mortality, and processes like growth and development.

      From a biological perspective, in normal, non disadvantageous circumstances, girls are the stronger sex since conception onwards. On the average, the skeleton in healthy newborn girls is more advanced than in neonate boys, while healthy girls start their puberty two years earlier. Moreover, in contrast to girls, boys are weaker because they have only one Xchromosome, so they may suffer from X-linked recessive diseases that are rarely if ever seen in females.

      Before birth, significantly more boys are likely to be lost, as well as during childhood. Nature compensates by more conceptions of boys; about 105 males are born for every 100 females. In adulthood the ratio of men to women equalizes. From then on, the sex ratio reverses, because at every stage of life males stay more prone to diverse diseases and less viable than females.

    75. CameronB Brodie says:

      Might be a bit rough for your taste but definitely starts in a country vein. Seemed appropriate seeing as how it’s pulp fiction that has brought us all here. 😉

      Guitar Center Sessions: Dick Dale – Misirlou

    76. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Kevin Hague
      Get some help lad, you’re living in a delusional world of your own make-believe. That isn’t healthy for you or those you seek to influence.


      Common pool resource theory appears to assume that external authorities are responsible for initiating attempts to ‘decommonise’ common property regimes. An unusual decommonisation proposal put forward in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 1960s questions this assumption; in this instance the decommonisation proposal was initiated by rightsholders in the common property regime. The proposal would have enabled rightsholders to purchase their arable fields, thus privatising them and removing them from the hybrid tenure system called crofting.

      A critical historical and contemporary survey of the political contexts surrounding this proposal discloses that the particular hybridity of the ‘crofting commons’ is a result of a historical process of ‘domestic colonization’ within Britain, and that this tenure system exists within a deeply-sedimented structure of domination whose normative assumptions may have influenced the decision of the rightsholders to propose decommonisation in the first place.

      Keywords: crofting, decommonisation, colonization, imperialism, privatisation, Leviathan

    77. CameronB Brodie says:

      ‘Decommonising the mind’: historical impacts of British imperialism on indigenous tenure systems and self-understanding in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

    78. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Kevin Hague
      Just in case you’d prefer not to seek professional help and would rather rely on your own self-determination instead. Just remember, a healthier state of consciousness is within you if you only you are prepared to look hard enough. 😉

      Colonizing and decolonizing minds

      The Interface of Language and Theory of Mind

      The metaphysics of agency

      Them and Us*:
      Autonomous agents in vivo and in silico
      * With apologies to Will Hutton.

    79. CameronB Brodie says:

      One for the ravegators.

      ZHU – Cold Blooded

    80. yesindyref2 says:

      Ironically the only thing standing between Kevin Hague becoming the full, well-rounded and balanced individual he could become is the absence so far of a YES vote, where he can stop standing staring at the Wash and telling the waves to stop rolling over his feet.

      I may have some details about that bit of history incorrect all the same 🙂

    81. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      For those of us fortunate enough to see ourselves as Dundonians.

      GG, the guy behind the “Retro Dundee” web site,

      has started a new project, “Droll Dundee”, looking at quirky stories from the local press in the period before “Retro Dundee”, ie the 50s and earlier.

      Worth a look and bookmark.

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