Female jockeys; military migrants

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Military Migrants and the British Army. From Fiji to Ghana, the British military recruits soldiers to fight Britain's wars. Since 1998 overseas recruitment has been stepped up in response to labour shortages and diversity programmes. The sociologist, Vron Ware, talks to Laurie Taylor about her new book 'Military Migrants: Fighting for Your Country'. She argues that this new category of soldier inhabits a contradictory situation - on the one hand, praised as a 'hero' but on the other, stigmatised as an 'immigrant' and 'foreigner'. They're joined by the sociologist, Les Back. Also, Deborah Butler discusses her research on trainee female jockeys in the horse racing world.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

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Deborah Butler

Research Associate at the University of Warwick


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Abstract: Exaggerated femininity and tortured masculinity: embodying gender in the horseracing industry

Deborah Butler, Nickie Charles

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.2012.02129.x

The Sociological Review

Volume 60, Issue 4, pages 676–695, November 2012

Dr Vron Ware

Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Socio-cultural change (CRESC) and and the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), Open University


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Military Migrants: Fighting for YOUR country

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN-10: 1137010029

ISBN-13: 978-1137010025


Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)

Faculty of Social Sciences

The Open University

Walton Hall

Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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Les Back

Professor of Sociology Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London


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Abstract: Trust Your Senses? War, Memory, and the Racist Nervous System

The Senses and Society, Volume 6, Number 3, November 2011, pp. 306-324(19)

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