When I first started this blog I wrote that I wanted to use my reading, cinema viewing, theatre and exhibition visits to help me with understanding the discipline of social policy and my place in the world. This blog aims to be an inter-disciplinary space using culture to understand the practicalities of politics. Helen Dunmore does something similar with her fiction. She asks ordinary people to cope with the dramas of history and politics. For example, The Siege (2001) focuses on the Levin family trapped inside Leningrad while Hitler’s army surrounds the city. The Lie (2014) gives a raw portrayal of a soldier’s return from World War 1. Exposure (2016) examines a marriage under the strain of the Cold War. This novel does something different. The big event is the French Revolution. However, the triumph and horror of the ferocious events of Paris are experienced vicariously as the action of the novel is set in Bristol. Continue reading
This blog comes after three events.
First, the criminalisation of coercive control under the 2015 Serious Crimes Act.
The second, a short conversation with a much-loved ex-colleague (paraphrased below).
Me: “So, I work for a centre researching inter-personal violence”
Him: “Yes, I know, but isn’t all violence inter-personal?”
Me: “I guess so, but as opposed to state violence”
Him: “Good point”
Third, I finished reading Carmen Bugan’s Burying the Typewriter. Continue reading