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Live Music In Edinburgh Throughout July: Ragged University has teamed up with Edinburgh Fringe Live to bring you 26 live music acts over the month of July on the Peartree Garden Stage. Come Along, enjoy the sun with some music....

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12th August Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Central Library in the George Washington Browne room, one floor down on the Mezzanine level at 5pm to hear ‘Plebs’: the Ruskin College Strike of 1909 by Colin Waugh - plus - 'Left for the Rising Sun. Right for Swan Hunter. The Plebs League in the North East of England 1908/1926' by Robert Clive Turnbull....

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Why Free Events ?

All events are free, and with the project model having been piloted and critiqued widely, the Ragged is looking for further support to explore just how many positives can come from doing something so straight forward as open learning events.  Much well intentioned comment has come with the perspective that Ragged should charge for the events, even if just a token. Well, this is not something which is going to happen as it would change the model in a fundamental way.

For those who want to understand the deeper workings of the project please see the social capital presentation.  As an enterprise we want to foster cooperation not only between individuals, but also between organisations.  An extended supplement is being written on this which will be available in the not too distant future.

Ragged is an inclusive social capital project: loosely described as situations where people choose to voluntarily associate with each other and where participation in that group serves as a free resource to those people


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‘A Journey Into Light’? Psychiatric Drug Promotion And The Marketing Of Madness by Dina Poursanidou and Lou Rawcliffe


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Last week, as part of carrying out research into women’s mental health at  Manchester University, a colleague and I visited  a Medium Secure Unit  for women in the North West for a meeting to discuss some training for mental health nurses on the sexual and reproductive health of  women  accessing  psychiatric  care.

Secure mental health services are defined as ‘specialist services providing treatment for adults with mental disorders including personality disorders that mean that they are at significant risk of harming themselves or others. In such services, patients are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983/2007 and many, but not all, will be convicted offenders. In this context, ‘secure’ relates to the range of physical, relational and procedural measures put in place to ensure the provision of a safe and secure environment in which to deliver treatment.

There are three levels of secure mental health care: High, Medium and Low. The purpose of security measures is to ensure the safety of patients and the public, to prevent escape and absconding and reduce the likelihood of patients failing to return from agreed periods of leave. Medium Secure Services  cater for people who present a significant risk of harming themselves or others. Many patients will have a history of offending and some will have been transferred from prison or from the courts to receive inpatient treatment’ (

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Sponsume is an independent venture based in London. Launched in August 2010, it is the first crowdfunding platform dedicated to creativity and innovation launched in the UK and Europe!  Sponsume was founded by Gregory Vincent, a passionate advocate of microfinance. Prior to creating Sponsume, Greg worked as an assistant tutor at Oxford University and as a financial analyst in London.

Sponsume’s logo was designed by Hackney-based artist Violaine Verry. Website design and development by Jan Lodey and Reece Marsland.  Sponsume received praise from a number of publications, including The Times, The Guardian, the BBC website, the British Journal of Photography, The Stage, Le Figaro and TechCrunch Europe.  Also has the ability to embed.

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Social Capital and Pierre Bourdieu: A Digest by Alex Dunedin

Social Capital and Pierre Bourdieux: A Digest

Pierre Bourdieu was a sociologist who’s interest focused on social class and stratification along with inequality. His perspectives evolved through trying to develop a cultural anthropology of social reproduction.

In the 1960s he described the dynamics of structured sets of values and ways of thinking as forming ‘the habitus’. This alludes to the space between the subjective agency and objective position.

Bourdieu examines the dynamics between the cultural institution and the individual; it might be interpreted that he focuses on how the institution is a space which takes agency away from some individuals and lends agency to others. Groups can use cultural symbols to distinguish themselves, both signalling and constituting their position in the social structure.

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Ethnocentrism and Country of Origin Effects: The Process of Purchasing by Doreen Soutar


This literature review is divided into three main sections: This section looks at the models of purchasing behaviour…


The early models of purchasing behaviour were developed in the 1970s, and were informed by research in psychology into the relationship between the individual’s intention to act and their subsequent behaviour (Fishbein & Azjen, 1975). These models relatively simplistic, suggesting that behaviour was a result of a reasoning process which took internal thought processes and external influences into account. As these models were applied to purchasing decisions and expanded, it became clear that purchasing decisions were only partly rational, and contained a much wider and more complex interaction of influences.

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