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Daniel R. Smith

Daniel R. Smith

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Anglia Ruskin University

My research interests are in the sociology of class and culture, identity and popular culture as well as social media and celebrity. While diverse these areas of research are unified by a common sociological theme: how are social and cultural identities made and re-made in old and new forms?

The meritocracy is a smokescreen for inherited privilege

Jan 10, 2017 15:16 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life Politics

The politics of naming who is called what by whom can be used as a weapon, something we saw a great deal of in 2016 against a backdrop of the rise of populism generally. Sometimes it felt absurd: billionaires taking back...

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Economy

Central Bank of Russia likely to continue cautious monetary easing, hitting 8.50 pct by end-2017: Dankse Bank

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) is expected to cut the key rate by 25 basis points to 9.50 percent, as does consensus, at its monetary policy meeting scheduled to be held on April 28. CBR governor Elvira Nabiullina...

US under Trump Series: US will not terminate NAFTA but renegotiate

President Donald Trump and his team decided against pulling the plug on North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after the President held two separate phone calls with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the...

US under Trump Series: Trump administration unveils tax proposals

The US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin finally unveiled portions of the much anticipated Trump tax proposals on Wednesday. Mr. Mnuchin said that the proposal would reduce corporate tax rates from the current 35 percent...

South Korea GDP growth likely to hold up at 2.9 pct in 2017, supported by normalisation in domestic politics: Commerzbank

The South Korean economy is expected to hold up at 2.9 percent growth this year, supported by normalisation in domestic politics, continual strong exports performance and proactive policies. At the start of the year,...

JGBs trade flat after BoJ leaves benchmark policy rate unchanged

The Japanese government bonds traded flat after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) left its benchmark policy rate unchanged at its monetary policy meeting held earlier today. Also, markets will be focusing on the countrys March...

Politics

The Kremlin has its watchful eyes set on the French elections

The Ukrainian crisis, from the Maidan protests and the annexation of Crimea to the violent conflict in Donbass, has led to an unprecedented deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. As early as 2014, the West...

Jakarta governor election results in a victory for prejudice over pluralism

The long, divisive campaign for governorship of Indonesias capital city Jakarta is finally over, with unofficial results showing a decisive victory for the challenger Anies Baswedan over the controversial incumbent...

Ethiopia needs a multi-party democracy to end the crushing impact of corruption

A paradox has played out in Ethiopia over the last decade. While its economy has thrived, its political landscape has been overwhelmed by rampant corruption. In 2013, for example, more than 50 high profile people,...

The evolution of France's left and right politics, from the 1789 French Revolution to this year's election

France is heading to the polls on April 23 for the first round of its presidential election. This election holds particular importance for the European nation, which finds itself at a crossroads, with its whole political...

Turkey's constitutional referendum: experts express fear for a divided country

Unofficial results from Turkeys April 16 constitutional referendum show that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has won the right to expand presidential power. The yes campaign has won 51.37% of the votes while no has...

Science

Earth Day Protest Highlights Desperate Situation Of Science And Existing Hope

A few days ago, the world celebrated Earth Day. It was meant to be a time when humanity recognized the importance of Mother Nature, highlighting its plight in some form of solidarity. However, what ended up happening is...

Degrees of separation: companies shed degree requirements to promote merit over qualifications

At the end of 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that close to two-thirds of all Australians had completed a degree or apprenticeship. The growth in the number of people attending a university or...

Death metal: how nickel played a role in the world's worst mass extinction

Around 250 million years ago, life on Earth nearly came to an end, in a mass extinction between the Permian and Triassic periods known as the Great Dying. Some 90% of the species in the oceans and 70% of vertebrate...

Proof: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it's time for a new mission

Ever since studies started suggesting that chemical reactions between water and rock on Saturns moon Enceladus could provide enough energy in the water to feed microbial life, scientists have been searching for proof that...

"Pathogen hunters": citizen scientists track plant diseases to save species

Plant diseases threaten food security and sustainability. They affect ecosystems and change natural environments. They cost money, too. An enormous amount is spent globally each year to control these diseases; the damage...

Technology

Scientists Create Artificial Womb, Opens Doors To Miracles And Abominations

Science has given way to both some of the most useful and atrocious advancements in human history. The artificial womb that scientists just successfully created has the potential for breeding both. Not only does it offer...

Instagram Set To Hit 1 Billion Users Soon, Facebook Profits On The Rise

Facebook already has three platforms that surpassed the 1 billion user mark; its main platform, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Soon, its about to count Instagram on that exclusive list and unlike its two messaging platforms,...

Call Of Duty: WWII Revealed, Here Are The Noteworthy Details

Leaks about the upcoming Activision game Call of Duty: WWII has been flowing over the last few months, which provided the media and gamers a rough picture of what the game is going to be. With the official reveal of the...

New Amazon Echo Camera Offer Is A Huge, Creepy Security Risk

When the worlds biggest online retailer introduced the always-on feature of its Echo devices, it sparked a firestorm of debates with regards to security. As such, Amazon would have had to expect the same to happen when it...

Google Employs New Method To Combat Fake News And Offensive Content

With the tech giant still under a lot of pressure to do something about fake news and offensive content, Google is employing a new method to reduce the presence and visibility of either problem. The new solution largely...
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