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Crime as Postmodern Spectacle: Fear, Fascination and Murder as Video Game

Friday, August 28th, 2015

A significant feature of what we might call “crime in postmodernity” is the idea that the media, in all its many forms, plays a central role in the construction of criminogenic discourses, where the role of the media is twofold.

First, media are important because they propagate and, in some senses, control organise, criticise, promote and demote (marginalise) a variety of competing narratives.

Second, none of these is especially important in itself (teachers and students, for example, probably do most of these things); they become important, however, in the context of power and the ability to represent the interests of powerful voices in society.

In a situation where knowledge, as Sarup (1989) argues, is ‘fragmented, partial and contingent’ (‘relative’ or dependent on your particular viewpoint), and Milovanovic (1997) contends ‘there are many truths and no over-encompassing Truth is possible’, the role of the media assumes crucial significance in relation to perceptions of crime and deviance in contemporary societies. In this respect, media organisation takes two forms:

  1. Media discourses (generalised characterisations such as crime as ‘a social problem’) and
  2. Media narratives – particular ‘supporting stories’ that contribute to the overall construction of a ‘deviance discourse’ – instances, for example, where deviance is portrayed in terms of how it represents a ‘social problem’.

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NGfL Cymru (The Finding of The Hub)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

While previous posts about the very wonderful Welsh National Grid for Learning have pointed you to different parts of the site, these links now point to the “Hub Home” pages for:

  1. Sociology
  2. Psychology

There’s a lot of A-level resources here to explore – from textbooks through PowerPoints to online materials – and, best of all, they’re absolutely free.

Psychology Review Part 2

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Mooching around the Hodder Education / Phillip Allan site looking for stuff, as you do, I “came across” 3 extra online copies of the magazine. Not sure why these are hidden away from prying eyes (it’s already difficult enough to find the Online Samples on the site), but here they are – get them while they’re lukewarm / before someone decides to delete them…

Free Online Sample 1

Free Online Sample 2

Free Online Sample 3

Sociology Review

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Like its A-level Psychology counterpart, Sociology Review offers good-quality articles and support materials designed to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of both Sociology and the requirements of the A-level exam.

The publishers, Hodder Education, have started to develop a strong web presence for the print magazine, part of which involves offering some nice freebies related to each issue’s content, which you can check-out here:

Sample Magazine – actually, if you know where to look (and we do…), 4 free online sample magazines with articles based around the following themes:

  1. Family
  2. Culture and Identity
  3. Globalisation and Inequality
  4. Crime

Free Resources  include activities, supplementary notes, posters and podcasts (but, unlike our more-privileged psychological cousins, there are no short video clips).