Category Archives: Key Sociology Concepts

What is Capitalism?

  You really need to understand what Capitalism is in order to understand Marx. Wikipedia (1) is actually a useful starting point here, defining Capitalism as “an economic system in which the means of production are privately owned; decisions over … Continue reading

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The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills

Below is an extract from the “The Sociological imagination” by C. Wright Mills (1959) – I get students to read through this in lesson 1 of A-level sociology and simply answer the two questions below:  “Nowadays men often feel that … Continue reading

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Top Ten ‘Big Questions’ for A-Level Sociology Students

One way of introducing sociology is to introduce some the ‘big questions’ that sociologists asks. Here are just a few of them… To what extent is the individual shaped by society? Is there such a thing as a social structure … Continue reading

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