Category: Contemporary Sociology
16-24 year olds hit hardest by Coronavirus Pandemic
How has coronavirus affected the young?
CoronaVirus: A very divisive virus?
The CoronaVirus seems to be dividing us
The Sociology of Halloween 2019
Halloween’s not a huge deal in the United Kingdom, but it is still an annual festival/ ritual that everyone recognizes, and I imagine most people can relate to it having gone trick or treating as kid? At the very least you’ll likely be exposed to it via Strictly’s Halloween Special. Some stats on Halloween One…
700 000 children in the U.K. are currently registered with an emotional disorder, that’s 7.2%, of 5-19 year olds, or about 1 in 13, according to a recent survey by NHS Digital. And that’s just those children who have been formally diagnosed. That figure of 7.2% represents those children who have reached the clinical diagnoses…
Intersex Policing – the case of Caster Semenya
You’ll probably recognize Caster Semenya the female 400 meter runner with intersex traits who won the 800 meters in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. However she probably won’t be at next year’s in 2020 because the Court of Arbitration for Sport recently judged that female athletes with intersex traits won’t be able to compete in…
The dumping of plastic waste – a green crime?
Only an estimated 9% of the world’s plastic waste is recycled. A further 12% is burnt and the rest, 79% is buried in land fill or just dumped. China used to be the main dumping ground for the world’s rubbish, but it banned the import of plastic waste in 2017, which then lead to a…
Contemporary sociology – religion in the news
Three very recent examples of news events relevant to the sociology of religion. Austria recently joined the list of European countries banning the wearing of face veils in public – the headscarf is now banned in primary schools, but not Jewish or Sikh head coverings. Other EU countries to have done similar recently include France,…
Using contemporary examples to evaluate within the sociology of families and households
A level sociology students should be looking to using contemporary examples and case studies to illustrate points and evaluate theories whenever possible. In the exams, the use of contemporary evidence is something examiners look for and reward. Below are a few examples of some recent events in the news which are relevant to the sociology…