Typically, schools with a high proportion of poor pupils perform badly in comparison to schools with affluent pupils. There are many external facts that affect achievement: wealth, culture, overcrowding, illness, parental attitudes, etc., all of which are nearly impossible for schools to change. As such, if the factors that cause underachievement cannot be changed, how … Continue reading Counteracting Educational Failure
If there is a something common to over one billion people, and, at the very least, known to the rest of us, it is only necessary that said activity is a topic for anthropological endeavour. The methodical use and variety of cars now symbolise something more than transport – something bigger than ourselves - which … Continue reading Anthropology of Cars
To write “more” one implies that there are already inequalities within multiple societies – and to determine whether or not these are “bad” or good, we must begin to assess the public discourse on these pre-existing inequalities, and what they mean for us all. Gender, the most salient construction by which we live, is a … Continue reading Are societies becoming more unequal, and is that a bad thing?
The transmutation of colonialism to neo-colonialism is based upon a cyclical nature of hegemonic structures that assure capitalist domination. For this reason, however, we can be sure that this economic system is nearing the end of its days. The World Systems Theory proposes that much of the wealth of core countries first originated from colonialism. … Continue reading World Systems
Hetty Douglas' Instagram story threw light upon a raging issue that suffers in silence most of the time. To address it directly, she draws an association between craftsmen in a fast-food queue and their academic ability, obviously making an imposed judgement of their intelligence and by consequence, worth. Lacking in acumen, she imposes a number … Continue reading Gentrification
When I was a small, naive girl enjoying the unbeknown luxuries of childhood I endured exposure to an, or rather, the secret society best known for their frightful prejudices. The KKK, I still whisper to this day, is an acronym I vividly remember being sanctioned for uttering, or even passing it in thought, it seemed. In a … Continue reading Whiteness
Feminism is a political theory. It concerns understanding how gender imbalance came about, how it is maintained and how it can be overcome. When we talk about feminism, we don’t mean to say that any person be regarded less-so than anyone else, but, that in order to reach equality, we have to equalise opportunity and … Continue reading What is Feminism?
A patriarchal society, one not simply 'dominated by men', is a complex interaction of agencies that combine to collectively provide for the default man, and collectively deny the woman. A political structure that does not necessarily prove disadvantageous, but one that simply offers more opportunity, voice and liberty for some more than others. The way … Continue reading Maintaining Patriarchy
When we speak of radicalism in any field of philosophy or politics, it is with the intent of complete reform relative to the current status-quo. In essence, what certifies an aspect of social refurbishment to felt needed, or craved, and why is that so radical in the first instance? Radicalism is the complete oppositional stance … Continue reading Radicalism
The following questions can be found in 'AQA Sociology Book One' - and achieved 40/40. Please steal, copy or plagiarise at your delight. Word count: 2,456. Define the term 'child-centred society' (2). The term 'child-centered society' is recognised mainly in the Western setting. It refers to societies that not only perceive children as target groups … Continue reading AS Sociology – Childhood