The right protest for the wrong reasons

Having previously kept quiet about the sharp rise in student fees in England, I finally cracked and wrote this post over at the Sociological Imagination.  In short: I think the student march was the right protest for the wrong reasons:

  • ‘the right protest’ because I think raised fees will be disastrous;
  • but ‘the wrong reasons’ because I don’t think some of the protestors’ claims about the (direct) impact on inequality are true.

(Evidence-based violent disagreement is as welcome as ever, either below or on the original post).

Also, take a look at the rest of the material on The Sociological Imagination – it’s probably the best UK Sociology blog that I know, and aside from thought-provoking posts they also link to a range of interesting stuff on other sites.

About Ben Baumberg Geiger

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent. I also helped set up the collaborative research blog Inequalities, where I write articles and short blog posts. I have a wide range of research interests, at the moment focusing on disability, the workplace, inequality, deservingness and the future of the benefits system, and the relationship between evidence and policy. You can find out more about me at
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