Category Archives: Social class, wealth and income inequalities

A Sociological Analysis of Cruise Ships

Venice is a city of 55.000 inhabitants, which is swamped on some days by more than 40, 000 cruise ship passengers, and many of the residents aren’t impressed at their transient visitors, as many of these ships dwarf the architectural … Continue reading

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Social Mobility: Start Poor, Stay Poor?

In July 2016 Theresa May gave a speech on the steps of Downing Street in which she proposed to build a ‘country that works for every one of us’ and not just for the ‘privileged few’. Seventeen months on, the … Continue reading

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Social Class and Inequality Visualizations

Here a few visual updates and links which highlight the extent of class inequality in the UK today… 1. In Education… 3 year olds from the richest fifth of households are twice as likely to be ‘school ready’ than 3 … Continue reading

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Analysis of The Government’s 2014 Report on White Working Class Underachievement

White working class underachievement is persistent and real, but contemporary government reports are potentially biased in that they might fail to take seriously critical (left wing) analysis of issues such as this. Students might like to read the summary below, … Continue reading

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The Effects of Poverty on Life Chances in the United Kingdom

Being in poverty has a negative affect on an individual’s life chances. Being poor means you’ll struggle to make ends-meet, you’ll be stuck renting rather than buying your own house, you’ll probably be in stuck in a debt-cycle, your kids … Continue reading

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What is Poverty?

Working Definition: The condition of not having access to those things considered ‘basic’ or ‘normal’ within a society (1) Origins of the Concept The academic use of the concept can be traced back to Seebohm Rowntree’s (1901) study of Poverty … Continue reading

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Social Class and Crime

In this topic we examine the relationship between social class and crime. According to available statistics, class background is correlated with both the amount of and type of offending, but there are some significant limitations with the statistics on social … Continue reading

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White Working Class Underachievement

A recent parliamentary report has found that poor white boys and girls do worse in schools than children in other ethnic groups. How much worse do poor white children do? The report uses students who received free school meals (FSM … Continue reading

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Mary Berry’s Cultural Capital and Gregg Wallace’s Love of Sociology

Mary Berry’s recent comments against deep fat fryers and Jaffa cake dunking could be interpreted (using Bourdieu) as an example of the unconscious process through which the middle classes assert and maintain their superiority by defining working class practices as ‘bad … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News (2)

Application of sociology to a few recent news events. 1. The Death of the Duke of Westminster Following the death of his father, the new Duke of Westminster has inherited a £9 bn fortune – making him the third richest … Continue reading

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