Shopping for a cause? Discussing the history of charity shops

For the last few years, I've been researching the history of charity shops - and, importantly, the various types of shops set up and run by charities that don't look so much like what we picture when we image a 'charity shop'. When I'm not busy just coping with the chaos and uncertainty of the …

Voluntarisms and the Welfare State

Academic book reviews tend to take a long time before they appear in print. Some take longer than others. David Cameron was still Prime Minister when I promised to write a review of Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter's edited collection on the 'big society' for the journal Cultural and Social History. By the time I …

Retail & minority communities: call for contributions

Historians from the University of Wolverhampton are currently compiling an edited collection exploring the relationship between retail and community in modern Britain. The chapters focus on case studies that illuminates a particular example of the way retail practices have been shaped by social relationships and vice versa. Common to all of them is a recognition …