CESR Review: September 2014

Articles by CESR members

The factors influencing women to become teachers in Pakistan, Written by Mahwish Khan

Mahwish Khan is a postgraduate student and lecturer in CESR ; her PhD thesis is a study of the feminisation of the education sector in Pakistan. The main aim of this research is to identify the reasons behind the increased participation of women in the education sector in Pakistan and to explore how feminisation impacts upon occupational segregation and the working patterns of male and female teachers. The findings are based on 70 semi-structured interviews with men and women teachers working in public and private sector educational institutions in Lahore.

Engaging in Critical Business Enquiry - Research Conference, Written by Dr Paul Bennett, Dr Hilary Drew and Dr Dominic Page

In the July 2013 edition of the CESR Review, we published an article showcasing the UWE first-year undergraduate module Engaging in Critical Business Enquiry. This module, taught primarily by CESR members, provides our students with an introduction to research methods and gives CESR staff the opportunity to utilise their own research in the undergraduate classroom. All students engage with the research process during the course of Engaging in Critical Business Enquiry, producing a review of the literature around a contemporary work theme and design a research poster. Despite not being mandatory, many students choose to undertake primary research to support the conclusions they draw from existing studies. A key – and perhaps the most exciting - element of the module is a research conference at the end of term.

Changing conceptualisations of mental illness: Revisiting the concept of stigma Written by Dr Dominic Page

The dominant Western approach to understanding mental ‘illness’ is neither historical nor universal; it is relatively recent in its formation, and culturally distinct in nature, driven predominantly by the medical profession. In this article Dominic Page discusses the historical conceptualisation of mental health, the influence of medicine on how mental illness is understood. It presents a summary of the criticisms of this dominant approach, before outlining the emerging responses from the sociological literature, particularly the concept of stigmatisation. However, it highlights the clear limitations of such an approach in the context of employment exclusion, and presents an alternative model informed by concepts of structuration, the social model of disability and embodied impairment.

Homecare workers have the right to be paid National Minimum Wage: Is the game now up for employers who have broken the law? Written by Lydia Hayes

Lydia Hayes holds a law and society fellowship with Cardiff Law School and is working with Sian Moore, from CESR , on a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust funded investigation into the electronic monitoring of working time in homecare and its impact on homecare workers. This article discusses how National Minimum Wage law impacts on homecare workers and suggests how the newly enacted Care Act 2014 might influence wages in the future.

The representation of women in the role of Chief Pharmacist in Acute Trusts in England Written by Jane Coleborn

Jane Coleborn is Chief Pharmacist at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon. This year she was awarded an MSc Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care) in the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE. As part of her postgraduate study she completed a  dissertation exploring the representation of women in the role of Chief Pharmacists prompted by recent media coverage on the under representation of women in senior management positions in the private sector. Here Jane summarises her research.


Book Review: Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider, Satnam Virdee, Palgrave Macmillan, 27 Jun 2014. Reviewed by Professor Sian Moore

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