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Parallel London, parallel lives
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Parallel London, parallel lives

Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival gangs.   Steve Latham   Instead of the black-on-white violence which characterised the 1990s, this was a fight between two Asian gangs. In parts of London, […]

Sex and antagonistic pluralism
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Sex and antagonistic pluralism

In a post-structuralist, post-modern, cultural world, sexual identity as an idea has itself become questionable. Instead of a ‘natural’ exual 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 […]

Guilt matters
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Guilt matters

“Guilt is a great motivator”, I said to my therapist. She was not impressed. Of course I was being provocative. But psychotherapists are often concerned at mitigating our guilt-feelings, seeing them as signs of a repressive superego.   Steve Latham   Guilt can indeed be induced, as a means of […]

A history of migration
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A history of migration

As thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers cross over from Asia and Africa into Europe, it throws up resonances with the movement of peoples through history.   Steve Latham   The drift of peoples has frequently been from the East into the European peninsula, with the original settlement of human […]

The political symbolism of colour
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The political symbolism of colour

How can people be conservatives? Surely no right-thinking individual would admit to being part of this antiquated tribe?   Steve Latham   This is especially so during this recession, with conservative governments throughout the globe cutting back on welfare, and choosing policies which favour the rich over the poor. But […]