Archive for January, 2011
‘Celebrity chavs’ like Jordan and Kerry Katona reflect the moral delinquency of white working-class girlsJanuary 27, 2011
Shacking up: an autoethnographic tale of cohabitation
From Qualitative Inquiry
There is little doubt the landscape of family life has changed over recent decades. As divorce rates thrive and step families are far more common, family relationships may be more complex for many compared to previous generations. This paper is an autoethnographic account of the author’s experience of cohabitation with her partner and his two children. She tries to move beyond her personal experience and comment on the larger social, cultural, and political forces affecting cohabiting families.
Scent of a woman
men’s testosterone responses to olfactory ovulation cues
From Psychological Science
According to this research, odors can be a subtle factor affecting human mating, similar to the behavior of other animals. Monitoring the responses of men after smelling t-shirts worn by ovulating women, non-ovulating women and some not worn at all, they observed reactions and biological changes. This study provides evidence that ovulatory cues are detectable, the findings suggest that smell can be identified as a relatively subtle biological process that guides mating and can be linked to sexual behavior and initiation of romantic courtship.
Search engines and the production of academic knowledge
Surveys prove that students performing topic searches for scholarly papers overwhelmingly choose search engines, rather than library-based research discovery networks, as their preferred starting-point. Are they getting the best and most relevant information? This article argues that search engines in general, and Google Scholar in particular, have become significant co-producers of academic knowledge. Academic users therefore need to raise their awareness of exactly how search engines operate, to ensure it is quality and not just popularity that drive their selection of sources.
How media obsession fuels public fascination with the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ yet leaves other serial killers to serve their time as almost unknownsJanuary 18, 2011
When serial killers go unseen: The case of Trevor Joseph Hardy
UK headlines last week highlighted news regarding the denied plea of the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ and confirmation he will spend all his life behind bars. This serial killer always sparks huge public interest. The article examines the differences in the way serial killers are represented in the British media and considers how the public fascination for killers such as the ‘Ripper’ is fueled by the media, yet other serial killers like Trevor Hardy are almost unknown. The argument is that since the 60’s the British media have become addicted to portraying serial killers, making them a media event, shaping public responses based on what and how they report and therefore what they dictated as most newsworthy.
From Space and Culture
As Australia has become the latest victim of severe flooding, we are mindful of the potentially devastating consequences. This article looks back to the 2007 floods in North East England, to consider the care needs that are revealed, disrupted, and produced by the dependencies and vulnerabilities associated with flood recovery. It also uses diaries to document and understand the everyday experiences of individuals following the floods. The research highlights the importance of place and space within health care. The consequences of flooding on homes may cause disruptions to the meanings, objects, and routines that help make up these safe spaces, therefore can have a profound impact on our emotional and physical landscapes.
Effects of acute alcohol consumption on the perception of eye gaze direction
This article explores the link between alcohol and increased aggression by assessing differences in how people look at others. The study uses a gaze perception task to monitor the response of participants to stimulus faces to gauge if they felt they were looking towards or away from them. It observed how such perception may change with the amount of alcohol consumed. This study also considers the gender differences between such perceptions. The findings suggest that alcohol consumption does influence how people perceive social situations; these effects may have important implications for alcohol related violence.
There is an established link between genetics and male homosexuality, popularly dubbed the ‘gay gene’. This article examines the reporting of the ‘gay gene’ in the British press compared with scientific journals to illustrate the conflicts between science and the media, it attempts to suggest steps to improve the relationship to enable serious debate. Focusing on both homosexuality and science, it identifies not only the problem of representing science in the media, but also argues there is a need for a scientific understanding of the media and public to enable better public debate.
Light and corporate identity: Using lighting for corporate communication
This study explores how lighting design can alter the perceived brand identity of a room. Today’s shop lighting doesn’t just need to show off the goods in their best light, but also convey the brand image strategically in a chain of stores. This research required participants to rate images of rooms displaying different lighting variations with brand attributes. There was a strong correlation between the scales uniform-differentiated, bright-dark, cold-warm, and traditional-modern. The study represents a first step towards using lighting visualizations for subjective assessment.