Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Lifestyle & Society

Why the 'couples where women do more housework stay together' study isn't shocking
The recent Norwegian study ‘Equality in the Home’ found higher divorce rates among couples who shared housework than among those where most of the tasks were carried out by the woman. What surprises me is that so many commentators were surprised by this.
Frank Furedi, Independent Voices, 1 October 2012

Riot-hit communities need more than this lazy policy
Too often government tries to "fix" communities whose problems can only truly be solved from within
Dave Clements, Independent Voices, 30 September 2012

My Take: 'I'm spiritual but not religious' is a cop-out
The increasingly common refrain that "I'm spiritual, but not religious," represents some of the most retrogressive aspects of contemporary society. The spiritual but not religious "movement" - an inappropriate term as that would suggest some collective, organizational aspect - highlights the implosion of belief that has struck at the heart of Western society.
Alan Miller, CNN, 29 September 2012

Capturing the moment the royals became slebs
Those grainy pics of a naked Kate Middleton tell a striking story about the celebrification of the Windsors.
Tim Black, spiked, 20 September 2012

Racism in football still a significant problem, says report
Racism remains a "significant problem" in British football despite improvements in recent years, according to a House of Commons committee report.
BBC News, 19 September 2012

Should you really dress little girls in leopard-skin bikinis, Liz?
Actress accused of sexualising youngsters with bikini range
Chloe Thomas, Daily Mail, 16 September 2012

Bradley’s winnings
The big money to be made in finance now is from turning in your own firm
Economist, 15 September 2012

From emotional and psychological well-being to character education
The recent revival of an old discourse of ‘character’ reinforces a search for better measurement as the basis for behaviour change strategies reflected in government interest in new ideas from behavioural science.
Kathryn Ecclestone, Research Papers in Education, September 2012

Bringing big ideas to life
Pop-ups events are becoming a very important part of our work. The reason is that bringing things to life in a visible tangible form is a very exciting thing to do.
Collaborate, 30 August 2012

The Demise of Working Men’s Clubs
Do Working Men’s Clubs hold their own key to survival, asks Ruth Cherrington
Ruth Cherrington, ResPublica, 17 August 2012


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