[REVIEW] Finding Myself in Britain: Our Search for Faith, Home & True Identity by @AmyBoucherPye

As someone whose PhD essentially focused upon British identity, and how the government during the Second World War sought to capitalise on that to ensure full engagement in the war by British citizens, a super-fan of Kate Fox's Watching the English, along with really enjoying Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island and Icons of England, I was pleased to be sent a review copy of Amy Boucher Pye's Finding Myself in Britain... and interesting…

Review: Medicine, Morality and Political Culture: Legislation on Venereal Disease in Five Northern European Countries, c.1870-1995

Having written a whole chapter on Venereal Disease propaganda in the Second World War (and a journal article that I need to put forward), this looks interesting: Catching venereal disease is different from catching a cold. It's nastier, more intimate, raises suspicions, and makes you wonder why you were so stupid not to have safe sex, or why you had sex at all. Not surprisingly, the loaded meaning of VD has haunted European society for…

Dutton, W.H. and Blank, G. (2011) Next Generation Users: The Internet in Britain 2011. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

From the introduction This report opens by describing the emergence of “next generation users” who are developing a new pattern of Internet use. We follow the emerging next generation users throughout the next eight sections that summarise the details and highlights of the 2011 survey. The report closes with a methodological appendix. The first detailed section of the report focuses on describing the diffusion of the Internet as an innovation in information and communication technology…

Pride of Place @timeshighered

The British landscape and representations of it in art give rise to a happy patriotic glow in many people. Fred Inglis shares that fervour Is it still possible to claim oneself, in polite academic company, to be a patriot? Both the present and the previous prime ministers have gestured, a bit apologetically but I think sincerely, towards such a frame of mind for themselves and even for their parties. Everyone is at pains to dissociate…