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In an increasingly divided political landscape, we're helping people exercise their rights to a fairer, safer, more satisfying life.

In the Democratic Citizenship theme blog, our experts discuss topics including our local heritage, international relations, law and government.

7 posts found

Behind the Japanese court ruling that tattoo artists need to be qualified doctors The future of Japan's tattoo industry is under threat for social reasons

27 September 2017 Dr Stephen Crabbe 7 min read

Stephen Crabbe, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Translation (Japanese to English) at the University of Portsmouth, writes for The Conversation about regulating tattoo art in Japan

Close up of tattoo artist at work

Ink stigma: the Japanese tattoo artists fighting back

24 February 2017 4 min read

Japanese tattoos have been popular in the UK since King George V. But things are different in Japan.

Traditional Japanese tattoo on a man's back and shoulder

Why your ability to speak English could be judged on how you look

01 January 2017 5 min read

The belief in the linguistic superiority of the 'native speaker' is often based on assumptions of ethnicity.

Man holding sign saying 'do you speak English?'

Back to the 19th century: how language is being used to mark national borders

04 October 2016 5 min read

Right wing press is using a particularly out of date ideology to link language change and immigration.

Old map of Europe

The wrong online persona can make you a social media casualty

06 February 2014 6 min read

A lecturer at Nottingham University has become the latest casualty of unwise social media use after causing outrage with Facebook posts.

Black shirt reading "eat. sleep. tweet."

Watch where you put that emoticon AND KEEP YOUR VOICE DOWN

06 February 2014 7 min read

Emoticons, punctuation and creative spelling have been debated since the very beginning of online text-based communication.

Students with open laptops in lecture

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