Monthly Archives: July 2016

Nature and Nurture Explanations of Human Behaviour

While not denying the role of biology in explaining some aspects of human behaviour, sociology very much emphasises the role of society (nurture) rather than nature in explaining human action. The material below forms part of lesson one of an … Continue reading

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Feminist Perspectives on Society – A Summary Grid

Topic Area Summary A2 Main Ideas Feminism the Basics: Gender inequality primary lens for analysis Gender is socially constructed Patriarchy is one of the root causes of sex inequalities Feminism is a political movement Liberal Feminism Socialisation main cause, not … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives applied to Social Policy

Social policy refers to the actions governments take in order to influence society, or to the actions opposition parties and ‘social movements’ (Marxism and Feminism) propose to do if they were to gain power. The barriers to certain social policies … Continue reading

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Postmodern and Late Modern Sociological Thought

A brief summary of post and late modern thought, for A Level Sociology. Postmodern Thought Late Modern Responses to Postmodern Thought Ideas about the economy, politics and society Post-Industrial, service sector, portfolio workers and consumption is central Declining power of … Continue reading

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Modernity and Postmodernity – A Summary

Technological changes, globalisation and the move from Modernity to Postmodernity Two key processes which underpin the move from ‘Modernity’ to ‘Postmodernity’ are technological changes and globalisation. The development of satellite communications and transport technologies seem to be the main causes … Continue reading

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Social Action Theory – A Summary

Unlike structural theorists, social action theorists argue that people’s behaviour and life-chances are not determined by their social background. Instead, social action theorists emphasises the role of the active individual and interactions between people in shaping personal identity and in … Continue reading

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Liberal, Marxist and Radical Feminist Perspectives on Society: An Introduction

Most Feminists would balk at the idea of generalising Feminist theory into three basic types because part of Feminism is to resist the tendency towards categorising things. Nonetheless, in A Level sociology it’s usual to distinguish between three basic types … Continue reading

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Wealth and Income inequality in the U.K.

Official statistics suggest that the richest 20% of the U.K. are 100 times wealthier than the poorest 20%; the richest fifth’s annual household income is 5 times greater than the poorest 20% of the U.K. Population, after benefit and taxes are taken … Continue reading

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An Introduction to AS and A Level Sociology

Good Resources to explore further The Sociological Imagination by C Wright Mills (Amazon link) A summary of thinking sociologically chapter one by Bauman and May (ReviseSociology) A fairly in-depth web based summary of Thinking Sociologically by Bauman and May Meet … Continue reading

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Assessment Objectives and Key Skills in A Level Sociology

There are three key skills you need to demonstrate in A level Sociology (see the Sociology Student Handbook for how they are weighted in the exam) AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts and evidence AO2 Apply sociological theories, concepts, … Continue reading

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