Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy is a Reader in Education and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow. He previously worked as an academic at King’s College, London, University of Chester, University of Stirling, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin and Northern Illinois University. Mark is an active researcher in the fields of education and public policy. His research interests include educational sociology, critical theory, accountability in higher education, and public sector reform.

The World: Not Gone Mad

The World: Not Gone Mad

Theresa May’s recent attack on the Human Rights Act was either an example of political cynicism or political stupidity. She may even have managed to find the exact space where the two converge. This space is a dangerous but necessary one for a politician to occupy. Communicative acts between politician and public are fragile and easily knocked off target. In this… Read more →

The Corruption of Honour

The Corruption of Honour

The American Novelist Douglas Preston believes that the strange case of Amanda Knox was ‘all about honour, reputation and the saving of face’ (Guardian, October 5th, 2011). Amanda Knox, along with Raffaele Sollecito, recently had her conviction for murdering Meredith Kercher overturned. She spent 4 years in an Italian jail for a crime she did not commit, even though the… Read more →

Keeping Score

One emotion that this site will return to again and again is resentment. A more complicated emotion that given credit for, the energy invested in resenting others is something to behold, a bottomless pit of anger, frustration and sense of injustice (resentiment is a topic for another day). Some of its emotional power stems from its origins in feelings of… Read more →

Absence as a presence that attacks

Absence as a presence that attacks

Caring about what other people think of you is seemingly there from the beginning. In an article entitled “The language of absence”, Hayuta Guverick describes a film on infant development, in which early signs of dependence between self and other are starkly illustrated:   “One scene in particular left a powerful impression on me. A mother is holding a small… Read more →