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Archive for July, 2014

Ethnicity

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Set of free films from the University of Manchester with the focus on ethnicity.

These short – 3 – 4 minute – films currently focus on two aspects of ethnicity – it’s relationship to inequality (employment and health) and identity – examining different ways to talk about ethnic identity.

Crime Statistics

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

A consistent feature of Oiffical Crime Statistics and British Crime Surveys is 25-year fall in UK crime – and new Home Office research suggests a possible explanation.

Nick Morgan “The heroin epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and its effect on crime trends” looks at variety of UK crime trends and offers a useful overview of different kinds of sociological explanation that both teachers and students will find useful.

The main interest here, however, is the claim that the generational fall in various types of crime is closely linked to changing patterns of drug use, with the rise and fall of heroin use being particularly pertinent as one explanation for falling crime.

Social Inequality: The Spirit Level

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Trailer for film version of Wilkinson and Pickett’s pioneering work on global inequality.

If you’re not familiar with the book, or want to give your students some reading material, this document (part of our Crime and Deviance Channel) looks at some of the ways inequality relates to crime and deviance.

Ruling class or Power Elite? A contemporary application of C. Wright Mills?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

If you’re looking for ways to give the concept of a Power Elite a contemporary classroom update you might like to think of how it can be applied in the context of a “War on Terror” and NSA / GNCQ surveillance.

Noam Chomsky’s article “Whose Security? How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector” contains some interesting examples / ideas you can pick-out for your students.

Really Simple Simulations: “On Trial”

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

An “On Trial” pdf template that can be used to create a range of simple classroom simulations

The idea of the RSS “On Trial” template is to make using Simulations in the classroom as easy as possible, especially if you’re doing some flipped teaching / learning.

As the title suggests the Sim involves using a Courtroom Trial as the basis for arguing pro-and-anti positions about a range of possible topics and issues (basically anything in Sociology / Psychology that fits this particular template).

National Identity

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The British Social Attitudes survey is useful in the context of defining national identity because it reflects how individuals themselves define their identity. This has two useful dimensions:

Firstly. it gives a broad insight into the different meanings involved in the conceptualisation of identity.

Secondly, it gives students a lot of scope for practical evaluations of this type of definition.

The data is available:

Online

Download (select “National Identity” then “Download separate chapters” if you just want the Identity data).

McDonaldisation

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ritzer’s concept of McDonaldisation is a well-known phenomenon characteristic of modernity and modern societies.

However, a contemporary example (and more besides) wouldn’t go amiss and once again Amazon supplies the evidence…