How can we reimagine the relationship between academia and activism to provide new opportunities for social change?
Based on an ethnography with an anti-violence feminist collective, this vibrant and vital book develops an interdisciplinary approach to activism and activist research, helping us reimagine the role of scholarship in the fight against social inequality.
With its reflections on novel tools that can be utilized in the fight for social justice, this book will be a valuable resource for academics in critical management studies, sociology, gender studies, and social work as well as practitioners and policymakers across the social services sector.
Social work academics and policy
Idit Weiss-Gal and John Gal
Israel, established in 1948, is a small country in the Middle East with
a population of 8.3 million people, nearly 75% of them Jews and just
over 20% Arabs, most of whom are Muslims (Israel Central Bureau
of Statistics, 21 April 2015). Israel is a liberal democracy but also
defines itself as a Jewish state, reflecting that the country was created
by the United Nations to provide a safe haven for Jews after the
Holocaust. This decision was a result of continuing efforts by the
Social work academics and policy
María Asunción Martínez-Román
and Miguel Ángel Mateo-Pérez
There are very few empirical studies of the level of engagement of
social work academics in the creation of social welfare policies in
Spain. There are even fewer that approach the topic from a quantitative
perspective. This chapter offers an initial descriptive approach to the
level of engagement and participation of faculty at schools of social
work in Spain in the design, evaluation and implementation of social
The chapter is
During the past ten or 15 years, the UK has witnessed an increase in
street gang culture and the emergence of violent urban street gangs
which are active in a small number of urban areas. This phenomenon
includes recent changes in gang composition (increased organisation
with ever-younger affiliates staying in the gang longer), (Pitts, 2008b;
Densley, 2013), presentation (links to the drug economy and so-
called ‘postcode beefs’) (Pitts, 2008b; Densley, 2013) and a concurrent
upswing of serious and seemingly chaotic gang
Over the past decade, police–academic partnerships have developed considerably in scope and size.
This process has been spurred on by shifting attitudes towards research in the police and academy.
However, these partnerships are largely confined to a select few countries in the Global North.
They are also rendered ‘fragile’ by issues relating to culture, funding and sustainability.
Introduction and background
The increasing prominence of police–academic partnerships over recent years has caught the attention of criminologists who
Academics and policy analysis: tension
between epistemic and practical concerns
In the modern so-called ‘knowledge society’, the state is expected to act rationally
in the pursuit of its tasks (Voßkuhle, 2008). This implies, among other things, that
public policy decisions must be based on the best available knowledge. What is
needed is both descriptive knowledge of given situations, including statistical data,
and theoretical knowledge of causal relations – knowledge needed to identify the
causes of a problem and to
Academic staff are critical to the HE system, contributing both original knowledge and scholarship to schools of thought and subjects of study. The role of academic staff has changed considerably with them now engaged in governance, lead roles, publishing, delivering research and teaching excellence, conferences and curriculum development, among a few areas ( Graham, 2015 ). This chapter explores the different aspects of academic staff experience.
Despite various policy changes and anti-racism frameworks in many HEIs, systemic institutional