Category: Pot Luck
The legalisation of Pot in California
Sociological perspectives on the legalization of marijuana in California and other states
Sociomaterial Perspectives on the self in digital networks
Sociomaterial perspectives hold that datafication via digital devices (both personal and public) are fundamentally intertwined with the way we construct our identities and ‘practice selfhood’, so much so that it is more accurate to say that today we ‘live in media’ rather than ‘we live with media’. The most obvious manifestation of the intertwining of…
What is Reliability?
Reliability is the consistency of a measure of a concept. There are three factors researchers generally use to assess reliability: stability, internal reliability and inter-rater reliability
Explaining South Korea’s Development #1
Korea was a Japanese Colony from 1910 to 1945, providing food and fuel for the ‘motherland’. Following the fall of the Japanese Empire at the end of World War II, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel into North and South Korea, North Korea controlled by communist Russia, and South Korea governed by the United…
ExxonMobil – The Worst Corporation in the World?
ExxonMobil is the world’s largest oil and gas corporation – its main ‘business lines’ involve producing a range of fuels for cars, planes and ships, as well the technologies surrounding the extraction and refining of these fuels. ExxonMobil: Key Facts and Stats Registered in Texas, USA. Assets (2016) – $330 billion Revenue (2016) – $218…
Glencore – The World’s Worst Transnational Corporation?
Glencore is one of the world’s largest commodities companies – it operates in 150 countries extracting natural resources such as iron and copper, but also has interests in coal and oil, as well as numerous agricultural products. Glencore – key facts and stats It is registered in Switzerland Has £128 billion in assets (2015) Had…
Asking Questions about Theories and Concepts in Sociology
My weekly ‘Monday teaching and learning’ post: I’ve been thinking about questioning in A-level Sociology recently,* in particular I’ve been asking myself ‘what are the best quick-fire questions to ask students about theories and concepts’ and ‘what’s the best way to present these questions’? By ‘best’ I mean what kinds of questioning style will most…
Is Britain Racist?
Just a round up of some relatively recent evidence of discrimination against ethnic minorities in the U.K. (and the odd stat from the USA!) 50% increase in unemployment for young ethnic minorities – have the coalition abandoned 16-24 year old black and Asian youth? Ethnic minorities face barriers to employment, despite having better qualifications (Guardian…
What is the United Kingdom Census?
The UK National Census is one of the best known examples of government statistics. The last UK census took place on 27 March 2011. Statistics from the UK censuses help paint a picture of the nation and how we live. They provide a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics, and…
A Very Brief History of the Democratic Republic of Congo
This year I’m using the DRC as a major case study in underdevelopment (it is last on the UN’s HDI rankings after all) – Here’s my (mainly cut and paste from Wikipedia) very brief history of the DRC – I’ll add in video links, general links, pictures and extracts from numerous books later… The Stuff…