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The academic void
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The academic void

  I am a proud father. My son recently graduated, and we went off to witness the intelligence of our offspring gets its just desserts.   Steve Latham   The university, which shall be nameless, is situated in the middle of the countryside, on a small, modern campus, circa 1968. […]

Shrinking society
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Shrinking society

Church-going is declining. Among migrant communities, it is still strong. But for the second and third generation the attractions of active religion are also less.   Steve Latham   Before the atheists get too excited, however, they need to reflect that the same phenomenon is occurring among political parties and […]

Changing sexualities
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Changing sexualities

In a post-structuralist, post-modern, cultural world, sexual identity as an idea has itself become questionable. Instead of a ‘natural’ sexual identity, the notion has developed that sexual identity is socially constructed. Steve Latham Before the nineteenth century homosexuals did not exist. Perhaps I should explain. Michel Foucault famously made the […]

Lancashire lad
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Lancashire lad

I remember growing up in Radcliffe, in Lancashire. A small industrial town, with hundreds of chimneys belching smoke over the valley. None remain now. Steve Latham The cotton industry has collapsed. Our temporary historical blip, of imperial protection, has been replaced by global capitalism, and the terminal decline of British […]

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Why we have to choose to choose

19th June 2013… So, tomorrow I officially join the ranks of middle aged men. I am going through that noble rite of passage, a prostate operation, in Guy’s hospital.     Steve Latham   I think it’s only fair. Women have their share of medical issues, which they have to […]