Category: Sociological concepts
Postmodernism and Popular Culture
Postmodern theories of popular culture emphasise a breakdown of the boundaries between culture, society, art and popular culture, substance over style and a decline of metanarratives
Education Policy and Gender
How have education policies addressed gender differences in society and school?
The increasing cost of Christmas
25% of people say they can’t afford the Christmas they want in 2022, double the number from 2021.
Culture, Class and Distinction
Recent sociological research criticises Bourdieu’s theory that social classes are divided by taste
Global Population at 8 Billion People
the world population hit 8 billion on 15th November 2022, but the growth rate is slowing and the UN doesn’t present this as too much of a problem!
John Berger was a marxist cultural thinker who argued that art reflects ruling class ideology.
Marxism and Culture
Culture is what distinguishes humans from animals, but under Capitalism culture becomes a tool of the elite used to repress the masses. However, there is capacity for individuals to rise above false consciousness and usher in communism which is where the spontaneous production of culture can happen under free conditions.
Culture: Functionalist Perspectives
Functionalists Durkheim and Mauss argued that social structures shaped human cultures. Aboriginal societies with simple structures had simpler (‘primitive’) cultural classification systems, industrial societies had more complex cultures.
Marxism applied to Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak, the choice of the Global Elite for British P.M..?