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Disclosure and Social Work; A Barrier to a Second Chance? One Story Amongst the Many by David Anderson

What follows is a personal testimony, it is an account of my experience of so-called ‘care’ from a Local Authority in Scotland and my journey away from crime to a settled and productive life. It documents the difficulties I experienced when being subject to the disclosure system in Scotland whereby previous convictions must be exposed when applying for certain jobs. Read more

Employment Support Allowance: Over 100,000 Claims Closed Following Death of Claimants by Alex Dunedin

Employment and Support Allowance is a financial premium for people who have limited capability for work because of their sickness or disability given to make sure that individuals can live a sufficient standard of life.  It is an income-replacement benefit paid in place of wages or an income which would allow them to do the most fundamental day to day things. Read more

Trouble in Paradise: ‘Positive Prison ? Positive Futures…’; An Interview with Pete White

What kind of society do you want to live in ?  One which is structured around control and retribution or one which is built on the principles of rehabilitation and forgiveness ?  For me this question sits at the heart of what we refer to as the law and criminal justice system.  Read more

Methodologies of Participation: Shared Anthropology, Corporate Parenting and Care Experience by John Morrison Part Two

This continues the presentation given by John Morrison exploring ‘Methodologies of Participation: Shared Anthropology, Corporate Parenting and Care Experience’. The first part contained an introduction to some of the themes and ideas which John explores and follows how he has laid out his PhD focusing on the participatory approach of Jean Rouch in Shared Anthropology.

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Biases In Psychology Which Affect How People’s Intellectual Contribution Is Valued; Behavioural Reactions to Dissonance and Confirmation Bias

This is the final part of three essays examining how people can be dehumanised through everyday mechanisms of perception.  The first part examined Prejudicial and Biased Reasoning as Illogical and Irrational; and the second part explored Implicit and Explicit Bias. In the third part we will examine Behavioural Reactions to Dissonance and Confirmation Bias.

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Biases In Psychology Which Affect How People’s Intellectual Contribution Is Valued; Implicit and Explicit Bias

This is the second part of the paper I have written examining biases In psychology which affect how people’s intellectual contribution is valued.  As an enquiry, the first part examined the central notion that ‘Prejudicial and Biased Reasoning is Illogical and Irrational’. The final part of the series explores Behavioural Reactions to Dissonance and Confirmation Bias. Read more