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Grenfell Tower – Profits before Safety?

This truly horrific, and avoidable tragedy seems to be a perfect illustration of the downsides of neoliberal policies – deregulation, cutting public services (such as social housing) and outsourcing to private companies are the three cornerstones of neoliberal economic policy … Continue reading

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Right Wing American Media Bias

Identifying media bias through content analysis is a key skill in sociology. The American media is often accused of having a right-wing bias which means they will present a pro-capitalist, pro-business world view as normal and desirable and promote a … Continue reading

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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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Globalisation – Key Concepts and Definitions

Communism – an economic system in which the means of production are owned in common and wealth distributed according to need. Cosmopolitanism – where people or societies are tolerant of other people’s or societies’ ways of life and values; this … Continue reading

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Kenichi Ohmae, The Borderless World – Neoliberal Radical Globalism

Harlambos (2013) describes Kenichi Ohmae as ‘one of the most uncompromising and wholeheartedly enthusiastic advocates of globalisation from a right-wing neoliberal perspective who sees economic change as the driving force of globalisation’ The interlinked economy  According to Ohmae (1994) political … Continue reading

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A Level Sociology: Global Development Module Overview

Globalisation and its consequences There are Economic, Cultural and Political elements of Globalisation Optimist view of Globalisation Pessimist view of Globalisation Transformationalist Traditionalist Also… Does Globalisation mean the decline of the nation state? The problems of defining and measuring development … Continue reading

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The US bombing of Afghanistan – A $16 million distraction from the harms of neoliberal policies at home?

America’s two latest attacks on Syria and Afghanisatan have been headline news in the last fortnight – in case you missed either of them… In Syria – the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles to damage and air base in response … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity

This is a brief summary of Jason Read’s: A Genealogy of Homo-Economicus: Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity (2009) Introduction Neoliberalism represents a fundamental shift in ideology – firstly, it is not generated from the state, but from the quotidian … Continue reading

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Are Downshifters Resisting Neoliberalism?

This is a summary of Verdow: The subject who thinks economically? Comparative money subjectivities in neoliberal context The findings below are based on a comparative study of the money values of 3 groups of Australian generation Xers -‘ordinary’ low and … Continue reading

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What is Individualisation?

Individualisation is ‘compulsory’ rather than being about genuine personal freedom, and is an integral part of self-hood in the neoliberal (dis) order. As Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim (2001/2002) have argued, individuals are compelled now to make agonistic choices throughout … Continue reading

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