This blog was initially set up to support my ESRC funded PhD work at the University of Glasgow which can be poorly summed up in the provisional title Precarious Transitions: How education shapes young working class individuals’ perceptions of work in austerity Scotland, and various other academic projects that I had hoped to complete between 2013 and 2016 specifically in the areas of:
– Precarious work forms
– The future of work
– Social mobility
– The effects of austerity
However….politics somewhat took over. I still maintain a distinct interest in the above despite this, and I am always keen to speak with other academic practitioners or interested individuals on the above topics.
Largely I seek to comment on matters of political concern and challenge myself to a few theory jousts in between. I broadly subscribe to a classical form of socialism – that sees economic inequality as the primary site of contestaion, yet do so pragmatically and as such I gladly throw my support behind any groups/parties who have common goals and methodologies. I am a critical member of the Labour Party, and I also happen to work in the Scottish Parliament for an MSP of that parish.
I make no apologies for my occasionally recalcitrant attitude regarding certain sections of the political class, and nor should you.
Mortal Ash Hill is a busy exit road leading out of the Humberside town of Scunthorpe, a town in which I grew up. It lies directly East of the ever dwindling steel works which were for so long the lifeblood of the area, and immediately adjacent to a failing retail park that once represented a supposedly bright new future for a town now abandoned by a seemingly globalised economy. This place, like so many other locations in so many similar towns, is the legacy of many years of neglect and short sighted policy that has blighted these islands. It neatly represents the purpose of my study, the lived reality of a post industrial age.
The Mortal Ash is also a play written by Richard Cameron which focuses on life in a decrepit South Yorkshire town and its inhabitants. Incidentally Cameron also lived in Scunthorpe for a time and I suspect his reasons for choosing this name are not far removed from my own.
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