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Social Mobility Highest Around London, Lowest in some Rural Areas

According to a report released today, social mobility is generally highest around London and lowest in rural areas… How Social Mobility Varies by Local Authority in England in 2017 NB – There’s a nice ‘interactive’ infographic at the link above! … Continue reading

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Rich House, Poor House – Spreading the Myth of Meritocracy

In this Channel 5 series, one family in the ‘wealthiest 10%’ of Britain swap lives for a week with a family in the ‘poorest 10% of Britain’. As I see it this programme performs an ‘ideological control function’ – spreading … Continue reading

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Is There a Crisis in Youth Mental Ill Health?

Girls are more than twice as likely to report mental health problems as boys Poor girls are nearly twice as likely to report mental health problems than rich girls. One in four teenage girls believe they are suffering from depression, … Continue reading

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ExxonMobil – The Worst Corporation in the World?

ExxonMobil is the world’s largest oil and gas corporation – its main ‘business lines’ involve producing a range of fuels for cars, planes and ships, as well the technologies surrounding the extraction and refining of these fuels. ExxonMobil: Key Facts … Continue reading

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The End of Development?

A summary of The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity, by Andrew Brooks (2017) This blog post covers Part 1: Making the Modern World Chapter 1: environmental determinism and early human history The argument in this … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Detroit

The history of Detroit, USA from 1900 to the present day present offers an interesting case study in the benefits of industrial modernity in the early 20th century, and the problems caused by modernity’s decline from the 1960s. Detroit underwent … 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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What is Patriarchy?

Working definition The systematic domination of women by men in some or all of society’s spheres and institutions Origins of the Concept  Ideas of male dominance have a very long history, with many religions presenting it as natural and necessary. … Continue reading

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Ethnicity and Inequality in the UK 2017

The issue of why there are inequalities by ethnicity in the UK is a topic which runs all the way through the A level sociology syllabus. This post simply presents some sources which provide information on the extent of inequality … Continue reading

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Is Google Sexist?

In a memo published in August 2017 a (male) Google engineer suggested that gender inequality in the technology industry in general and Google in particular is not due to sexism, but due largely to biological differences between men and women. … Continue reading

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