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‘The More it Changes, the More it Stays the Same’: Why Policing Needs Radical Change

Faith Rhiannon Clarke interviews Satish Sekar, Bianca Ali and Roxanna Dehaghani to bring together perspectives on historically rooted racism in the criminal justice system, vulnerability and mental health in custody, and why ‘Kill the Bill’ protests are mobilising people throughout society.

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Welsh Keywords: Treftadaeth

Our Welsh Keywords offers contemporary perspectives on the meaning of words in Welsh, inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords. In this issue, Andrew Green explains why he will often go to any length to avoid this term, and its English equivalent ‘heritage’. As institutions like the National Library face chronic underfunding, how to protect Welsh cultural memory in the face of austerity and philistinism?

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Priced out Via Pinterest: Cottagecore and the Second Homes Crisis

Collage artist Llinos Anwyl investigates the online subculture of ‘cottagecore’, which has become popularised during the pandemic, and argues that the class dynamics of this aesthetic threaten to exacerbate gentrification in her home village of Moelfre and beyond.

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The Irish Sea: Both Barrier and Gateway

Anthropologist Jonathan Evershed describes how his life has been defined by Irish Sea crossings. He draws on the deep history of connections between Wales and Ireland to detail what’s at stake with post-Brexit border changes, and how a renewed, progressive Pan-Celticism could benefit both nations.

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