Category: 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 what is produced and what is bought and what prices should be are determined mainly…

  • 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 their private lives are a series of traps. They sense that within their everyday worlds,…

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

    Does society shape the individual? Do class, gender, ethnicity influence our life chances? How and why do societies change?