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Changing Families, Changing Food

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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Jackson, Nicolson, James and Smith’s research (2009) looked at the various ways historical changes in family life and structure (specifically pregnancy and motherhood; childhood and family; family and community) were refracted through the lens of changing patterns of food preparation and consumption.

Aside from the Final Report, there are a couple of freebies that might be of interest to a-level sociology teachers.

The first is the Summary Report – a PowerPoint Presentation that contains a range of slides focused around the research findings but which also include information on family definitions, diversity and so forth.

The second is a PowerPoint Presentation looking at Fathers and Foodwork – an interesting dimension to something like the domestic labour debate – one neither students nor examiners will be (over) familiar with…

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Sociology ShortCuts: Green Crime and Criminology

Friday, August 26th, 2016

In this Sociology ShortCut green criminologist Dr. Gary Potter provides a brief introduction to the concepts of green crime and criminology.

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Psychology ShortCuts: Mind-Mindedness

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

If you’re studying attachment, mind-mindedness is a crucial, contemporary, concept.

In this ShortCut film Professor Liz Meins provides a brief explanation of the meaning of her concept.

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Sociology ShortCuts: Risk Society

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

In this ShortCut Professor Brian Wynne (Lancaster University) provides a short introduction to Beck’s concept of Risk Society.

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Psychology ShortCuts: Offender Profiling

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

As with its sociological sister, ShortCuts to Psychology is a new series of free films designed to clearly and concisely illustrate key ideas and concepts across a range of topics – from family, through deviance to psychological theory and methods. The films are:

  • short: between 30 seconds and a couple of minutes
  • focused on definitions, explanations and analysis
  • framed around expert sociologists in their field.

 

In this film Professor David Wilson offers up a definition of offender profiling.

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Sociology ShortCuts: Primary and Secondary Green Crime

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

ShortCuts to Sociology is a new series of free films designed to clearly and concisely illustrate key ideas and concepts across a range of topics – from family, through deviance to sociological methods and theory. The films are:

  • short: between 30 seconds and a couple of minutes
  • focused on definitions, explanations and analysis
  • framed around expert sociologists in their field.

 

In this film Dr Gary Potter outlines the difference between Primary and Secondary Green Crime.

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Sctv Twitter Round-up

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Our handy round-up of all the sociology and psychology links we think you’ll like. Probably.

Sociology

Crime

Greater Manchester to get devolved criminal justice powers

Corporate Crime example “HSBC escaped US money-laundering charges after UK intervention”

Can Twitter help police predict crime?

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Beyond Genetics

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

“Nature or Nurture?” is a long-running debate in psychology, one heavily-influenced by developments in genetics and a rise in the popular belief that “dna is destiny”: the idea human behaviour is broadly is determined by a “good” or a “bad” roll of the genetic dice.

This 3-part film, featuring contributions from Dr Nessa Carey and Dr Guy Sutton, goes “Beyond Genetics” to explore recent developments in the field of Epigenetics that show the way genes actually work is shaped by environmental influences – a development that introduces a new and exciting dimension to the debate, for both psychologists and sociologists.

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