Ruth Cain

Ruth Cain is Lec­turer at Kent Law School, Uni­ver­sity of Kent.

Zombie Capitalism and the Grinning Void

Please would you tell me,’ said Alice … ‘why your cat grins like that?’ ‘It’s a Cheshire-Cat,’ said the Duchess, and that’s why. Pig!’ She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite jumped… ‘I didn’t know that Cheshire-Cats always grinned; in fact, I didn’t know that cats could grin.’ ‘They all…

The Philpott Trial, Welfare Reform and the Facialisation of Poverty

How emotive images of victims and perpetrators strategically divert attention from systemic injusticeThe British Right celebrates the personality cult of its heroine Margaret Thatcher this week, at a time when an obsessively individualised personality-politics dominates the press and is increasingly redefining the terms of political debate and proffering mandates for legal change. The creep of…

The Fetus Fetish & the Erosion of Reproductive Rights in the USA

Rennie Gibbs, a 15 year old girl from Missisippi, has been charged with murder for the following reasons: her baby was born dead, and she apparently took cocaine during pregnancy. A direct causal link between the drug use and the stillbirth was not established. In similar vein, the state of Utah recently proposed legislation to…