Social Semiotics for a Complex World

The Social Semiotics of Trump

So Trump won the US Presidential election, against most predictions. Why? And what forms of analysis could have done better?

Social semiotics for a complex world was designed to provide that better analysis for circumstances like this. It was written before Trump’s giddy rise, fall … Read More

Understanding the Life Course

What makes us live or die the way we do or often survive to such an old age today? Is it biology/genetics or society/culture which decide our life pathways? Alternatively, are our lives a result of the complicated and often unclear interactions between biology and the environment? Are we therefore … Read More

The Age of Sharing

It was in the Autumn of 2010 that I noticed that the word ‘share’ was all over the internet. Two or three things were immediately obvious: first, the word ‘sharing’ has very positive connotations and hints at intimate, authentic interpersonal relations; second, it has fairly deep roots in the world … Read More

Gender and Migration

I write from Dallas, Texas about a recent article in The New York Times (July 25, 2015, p. A17) with the headline “Texas is Forced to Ease a Policy on Immigrants”. The article reported on the problems of Ms. Nancy Hernandez who, after giving birth to a baby girl in … Read More

A Feminist Manifesto for Education

I celebrate international, global, feminist research and activism to provide a manifesto for the future in my book A Feminist Manifesto for Education. European Union (EU) funded research through the Daphne programme about violence against women and girls (VAWG) provide the basis for my argument of the need for … Read More

Digital, Political, Radical

In our digital age discussions of media activism abound – whether in the guise of Twitter Revolutions referred to in relation to uprisings in the Arab world and North Africa; through the mobilization of mass protests often organized via social media in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal against austerity politics; … Read More