Category Archives: Sociology in the News

Why Did Labour Gain Seats in the 2017 General Election?

In the recent June 2017 General Election, Labour won more votes than it did in 2001, 2005, 2010 or 2015, proving almost all the forecasts and commentators wrong.According to this Guardian article there are three main reasons for this… It … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News: Parental Choice Versus State Control

The supreme court this week upheld the ban on parents taking their children out of school for family holidays during term time. The decision upheld a fine imposed on Jon Platt by the Ilse of White Council for taking his … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News

This seems to be a clear-cut (and very unfortunate) example of overt discrimination on the basis of religion: On 16th February, Juhel Miah, a respected British Muslim schoolteacher travelling as part of a school trip to New York was denied entry … Continue reading

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Ethnic inequalities in social mobility

Black and Asian Muslim children are less likely to get professional jobs, despite doing better at school, according to an official government report carried out by the Social Mobility Commission.  This blog post summarizes this recent news article (December 2016) which … Continue reading

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Company Bosses really don’t deserve their high incomes

The link between what bosses are paid and a company’s financial performance is “negligible”, according to new research summarized by this BBC news item (December 2016) The median pay for chief executives at Britain’s 350 biggest companies was £1.9m in … Continue reading

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Causes and Consequences of The Civil War in Syria

Below are a few resources focusing on the causes and consequences of the ongoing (hopefully soon to be recent) civil war in Syria. (‘War and Conflict’ in relation to development is part of the A Level Sociology Global Development topic). … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News – Focus on Education

A couple of interesting items in the news this week about the pros and cons of strict systems of education. This article from the Daily Mail outlines the strict social-control policies at the The Michaela Community School (a free school) … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News (8) – Killer Clowns and Donald Trump’s Misogyny

The Killer Clown Craze  The societal response to the so called ‘Killer Clown Craze‘ seems like a good example of a moral panic. Piers Morgan (moral entrepreneur supremo) has waded in against the craze, and as soon as he gets … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News (7)

Headline celebrity news this week was that Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of the morning at her luxury apartment in Paris. Five armed men disguised as police men tied her up and locked her in … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News 6 (Surveillance and Crime Control)

Last week, millions of mobile phones across New York City got a text alert. It read “Wanted: Ahmed Kham Rahami, 28 year old male. See Media for pic, call 9-1-1 if seen” The message related to a man suspected of … Continue reading

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