Section 136 and Mental Health Act; BBC World Service

Laurie Taylor explores The World Service, talking to Marie Gillespie about her study into the role of the diasporic broadcasters at the heart of the BBC's foreign service. Even though the Service has derived much of its creative and diplomatic significance from these men and women, they've been largely absent from academic work and public debate. Professor Gillespie's work brings to light the invisible writers and intellectuals who've been responsible for the BBC's credibility as an international broadcaster. She's joined by Ramy Aly, a Middle Eastern scholar who has studied the BBC Arabic Service, in particular. Also, who decides when someone is a danger to themselves or others? Professor Gillian Bendelow discusses her research into the use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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Marie Gillespie

Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Open University



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Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932-2012)
Marie Gillespie, Alban Webb (Editors)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 0415508800
ISBN-13: 978-0415508803

Ramy Aly

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo



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The BBC World Service in Arabic: A Dilemmatic Triangle Competing Elites, Conflicting Priorities, and Contested Media Strategies. Aly, R & Baumann, G. (2012)
Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan Contact Zones at the BBC World Service
Marie Gillespie, Alban Webb (Editors)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN-10: 0415508800
ISBN-13: 978-0415508803

Gillian Bendelow

Ethnography Award

Thinking Allowed in association with the British Sociological Association announces a new annual award for a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture.


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