Tag: Sociology

  • A-Level Sociology Growing in Popularity!

    A-level sociology entries increased by 23% between 2018 and 2022.

  • Herbert Bulmer’s Symbolic Interactionism

    meaning emerges from interaction and society only seems stable!

  • 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.

  • The bombing of the Dover Refugee Centre: An Act of Terrorism….?

    The plight of migrants coming to the UK in boats has been highlighted this week with the bombing of an immigration centre by a pensioner who then went on to kill himself. The article above by The Guardian raises the question of why the police aren’t treating this attack as an act of terrorism, as…

  • Socialisation

    Socialisation is the process whereby an individual learns the norms and values of a culture. Giddens and Sutton (2017) provide a lengthier definition: For sociologists socialization is the process whereby the helpless human infant becomes a self-aware, knowledgeable person, skilled in the ways of the culture into which he or she was born. Socialization of…

  • What is Culture?

    A simplified sociological definition of culture is ‘the whole way of life of a group of people’, which is abbreviated from Ralph Linton’s (1945) more extensive definition of the term: ‘The culture of a society is the way of life of its members; the collection of ideas and habits which they learn, share and transmit…

  • Four Types of Culture

    Folk culture, mass or popular culture, high culture and low culture

  • Feminism and Malestream Sociology

    Some Feminists argue that early sociology was ‘malestream’ – meaning it was mainly focused on studying boys and men and theorising about women’s roles by Functionalists (for example) was itself patriarchal. This post explores whether sociology is still malestream today.

  • What is the Cost of Living Crisis?

    The cost of living crisis is a social problem in Britain in 2022. It is when the cost of basic goods such as gas, electricity and food increase rapidly and faster than average wages, pushing more people into poverty. This post explores what items have increased in price, and who is affected the most.

  • Good Resources for Teaching the Sociology of Sex and Gender

    An introduction to sex, gender and gender identity  The resources below have been selected to help A-level sociology students and teachers studying (and teaching) an introduction to the concepts of sex and gender in the very first weeks of the two year course. However the material below should also be useful across the entire two…