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Sociological Perspectives on Advertising

A brief summary of pages of 27-32 of Joel Stillerman’s ‘Sociology of Consumption’: The Effects of Advertising and Branding on Consumers (with comments!). The theories covered in this section include: The Manipulation Thesis (1) This originated with Adorno and Horkheimer’s … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice, Ethnicity and Racism

Both Paul Gilroy and Stuart Hall argue that crime statistics are socially constructed and these statistics do not reflect underlying differences in crime rates. They argue instead that the variations in stop and search and imprisonment rates by ethnicity are … Continue reading

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Feminist Perspectives on Society

Feminist perspectives on society and social inequalities, for A level sociology, theory and methods module. Introduction – The Basics Inequality between men and women is universal and the most significant form of inequality Gender norms are socially constructed not determined … 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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Sociological Perspectives: The Basics

Sociological Perspectives in A Level Sociology Given that ‘society’ is complex and multi-layered, a key aspect of studying A-Level Sociology is being able to view society and social action through a number of different sociological perspectives, or lenses, because different … Continue reading

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Core Themes in AS and A Level Sociology

According to the AQA, the following are the most important aspects of studying Sociology. What’s below is taken straight from the AQA web site Integral elements All the following must be an integral part of the study of each topic … Continue reading

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Subcultural Theories of Deviance – Useful Resources

Useful Sources for learning about Subcultural Theory In addition to your text book and main in-class hand-out, the following resources are especially useful: ReviseSociology.com – basically the main hand-outs on-line for easy access. A nice video summarising Albert Cohen’s Status … Continue reading

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Subcultural Theories of Crime – A Summary

Introduction/ The basics Subcultural Theory explains deviance in terms of a deviant group, split apart from the rest of the society which encourages deviance Historical Period: The 1940s- 60S, Underclass Theory – 1980s Albert Cohen: Status Frustration working class boys … Continue reading

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Functionalism and Strain Theory – Useful Resources

In addition to your text book and main in-class hand-out, the following resources are especially useful for enhancing your knowledge and understanding of Functionalism and Strain Theory, and for evaluating these theories of crime and deviance.  Obviously anything on this … Continue reading

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Consensus Theories of Crime: An Introduction

Introduction: Consensus Theory the Basics! According to consensus theories, for the most part society works because most people are successfully socialised into shared values through the family and education. Socialisation produces agreement or consensus between people about appropriate behaviour and … Continue reading

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