Category: Sociology on TV

  • My Top Ten Fictional Films with Sociology Content

    Films are a great way to teach sociological theories and concepts – and there’s lots of films out there which do just that. In no particular order…. (And links to analysis to follow) Fight Club – The most obvious reading is of this as a classic critique of the false consciousness and alienation the working […]

  • The Apprentice Final Five and Class Inequality

    The Apprentice – The Final Five demonstrates some of the subtle ways in which the class structure disadvantages those from working class backgrounds – To focus on just one example, Frances was a straight A student who dropped out of the University of Durham because ‘it sounds ridiculous’ but she didn’t feel liked she fitted in. […]

  • Crude – The Real Cost of Oil

    This documentary is the story of a lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.The case, worth $27 billion is one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. The Plaintiffs are suing Chevron for damage cause by 30 years of operation in the Amazon between 1960-1990. […]

  • Lies, Damn Lies, and The Apprentice?

    Or is Alan Sugar some kind of Calvinist God? ‘One in four entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 24 months…. Already in this process I have invested £1.25 million pounds in 5 businesses, and they haven’t failed, and the reason they haven’t failed is because they’re being mentored by me’. Alan Sugar, introductory […]

  • Nadiya Hussain’s Gift to A Level Sociology

    The Chronicles of Nadiya, fronted by last year’s Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain, is  a surprisingly solid piece of sociological TV. (Episode 1 is available on iPlayer until Friday 23rd Sept 2016, or on eStream until Armageddon if yer one of my students.) Given Bake Off’s significant contribution to the reproduction of class inequality, I was […]

  • Sociology on TV August – September 2016

    There’s a couple of really useful documentaries relevant to the crime and deviance module which have been on recently, which you might want to grab for college estream if you teach Sociology – As I see it you can get a good three-five years out of a good documentary. Life Inside Wandsworth Prison demonstrates how […]

  • 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 taste’ and ‘unhealthy’. Gregg Wallace picked up on this with his comments about Berry’s attack […]

  • Sociology on TV – August 2016

    A new monthly post outlining recent programmes relevant to Sociology on TV – most will be on the BBC as iPlayer’s what I mainly use to access televisual hyperreality. Just one to kick off with – because I just watched it. This might well be the only programme and the only post too, this kind […]