Miranda Christou

Miranda Christou is an associate professor in sociology of education at the University of Cyprus. Her research interests focus on questions of nationalism, globalization and the expansion of radical right youth movements. She has worked on multiple European projects such as “INCLUD-ed: Strategies for Inclusion and Social Cohesion in Europe from Education” and “SOLIDUS: Solidarity in European Societies: Empowerment, Social Justice and Citizenship.” She has published her work in various journals including Current Sociology, Qualitative Inquiry and British Journal of Sociology of Education. She was co-editor (with Spyros Spyrou) of the book Children and Borders (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).

Alt-Medicine: How the Far Right Weaponizes Vaccine Hesitancy

Religious groups and alternative medicine advocates have always been resistant to vaccines. But in the current COVID-19 anti-vaccination movement, they have mutated into variants of the far right in a violent mush of anti-establishment conspiracies, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Religion has always played a role in low vaccination rates. A 2015 literature review on religious barriers to... Continue Reading

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Turning Family Into a Political Weapon

In March 2019, the World Congress of Families (WCF), in collaboration with the International Organization for the Family (IOF), organized its 13th conference, “The Wind of Change: Europe and the Global Pro-Family Movement,” in Verona, Italy. Sponsors and speakers at the event came from two groups: church representatives and NGOs. For example, one of the speakers was a Romanian archpriest,... Continue Reading

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