Category Archives: Social Theory (A2)

Bauman’s Consuming Life A Summary – Chapter 2 – The Society of Consumers

Summary of chapter One  A fairly lengthy, paraphrased summary with a few comments in italics In consumer culture people behave ‘unreflexivly’ – without thinking about what they consider to be their life purpose and what they believe to be the … Continue reading

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Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s The Indivdualised Society (preface)

It may sound odd doing a summary of a preface, but there is a lot of heavy stuff in here…. According to Bauman ‘Sociology can help us link our individual decisions and actions to the deeper cause of our troubles … Continue reading

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Theory and Methods: A Visual Overview

A summary of theory and methods for A-level sociology, AQA. (Theory part only!) Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives on Veganuary

Launched in the United Kingdom in January 2014, Veganuary is a global campaign that encourages people to try eating a vegan diet for the month of January. Veganuary is dedicated to changing public attitudes, while providing all the information and … Continue reading

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A Sociological Christmas 

Family, friends, gifting and food, these are the main things which people say makes ‘Christmas important to them’, at least according to a survey carried out by YouGov this time last year, on behalf of the British Humanist Association… And … Continue reading

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The Steps of Quantitative Research

Quantitative research is a strategy which involves the collection of numerical data, a deductive view of the relationship between theory and research, a preference for a natural science approach (and for positivism in particular), and an objectivist conception of social … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Social Action Theory

This post introduces the key idea of social action theory in simplified form for first year A-level sociology students… Unlike structural consensus and conflict theorists social action theorists do not try to explain human behaviour in terms of an objective … Continue reading

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Bauman’s ‘The Individualised Society’ – A Summary of the Preface

It may sound odd doing a summary of a preface, but there is a lot of heavy stuff in here…. According to Bauman ‘Sociology can help us link our individual decisions and actions to the deeper cause of our troubles … Continue reading

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What is society, and should sociologists study it?

Working Definition: ‘Society is a concept used to describe the structured relations and institutions among a large community of people which cannot be reduced to a simple collection or aggregation of individuals.’ (1) Origins of the Concept: The concept of society … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives – Key Supporting Evidence

Below are a few quantitative and qualitative sources (case studies and statistics) that can be used to illustrate aspects of the main perspectives within A-level sociology – Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, Social Action Theory and Post and Late Modernism Functionalism Bruce … Continue reading

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