Accent as Cultural Discrimination

Is your accent still a significance source of discrimination in UK society?

Agencies of Socialisation

Another day, another PowerPoint Presentation. And this time its “All About The Agencies” The Presentation identifies a range of primary and secondary socialising agencies (family, peers, education, workplace, media and religion to be precise) and provides some simple information / examples for each in five categories: Behaviour Roles Norms Values Sanctions. If this sounds a […]

Global Culture: 3 Views

While there’s probably a general agreement that “globalised cultural forms” – from fast food to films to football – are increasingly coming into existence, students need to be aware there are debates over both the exact forms these globalised cultures take and the impacts they make. They need to consider this in terms of how […]

Middle Class Identities |2 Cultural Identities

The second of two related “identity” PowerPoint Presentations, (the first looked at occupational identities) identifies four cultural factors – two that could be loosely called “positive” (social and cultural capital) and two that could loosely be called “negative” (disgusted subjects and not being working class) that contribute to the shaping of middle class identities. The […]

Middle Class Identities |1 Occupational Identities

The first of two related “identity” PowerPoint Presentations, this one identifies a number of occupational identities that contribute to the shaping of middle class identities: Professionals Managers Consultants Intellectuals Service Workers As ever, the list is indicative rather than prescriptive, designed mainly to provide a general starting-point for further investigation and discussion. In this respect […]

Introduction to A-Level Sociology: Cultural Differences

For reasons that will become clear in a moment, I was searching for a document or two about Sherbit Culture to accompany a 5-minute film clip I’d assembled from some old (2000 – 2002-ish) HSBC adverts. The idea was to use the film as a light-hearted way to introduce the concept of cultural differences to […]

Sociology Flipbooks: Free Textbook Previews

So. Here’s the thing. I like to occasionally root around on Pinterest   – mainly, it must be said, when I’m pretending to do “research” in order to avoid doing any actual work – because it’s a good source of interesting ideas and practices. Like stuff I’ve shared in the past, such as structure strips […]

Sociology in Focus for AS: Culture and Identity Resources

Having previously posted a copy of the Sociology in Focus AS textbook, I thought it might be useful to throw-in a little additional something by way of the resources that were originally produced to accompany the text. While there’s nothing outrageously brilliant about the resources, you might find some – or indeed all – of […]

Global Connections Lesson Plans

Although the focus of these lesson plans and student workbooks is on American culture it’s easy enough to substitute “America” for any other culture you want to cover… Although I can’t remember exactly where I found these resources, they seem to be linked to some sort of international educational company / program (VIF) and they’re […]

Understanding Media and Culture: Free Textbook

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication (to give it its full title) is a textbook, released under a Creative Commons licence by the University of Minnesota, that’s free to read, copy and share – which makes it especially useful for schools / colleges or students on a tight budget. Under this particular […]