The Latest Articles from Sociology Review
Sociology Review, April 2023
Gender, inequality and reality TV: What role do dating apps, social media and reality prorammes such as Love Island play in the perpetuation of inequalities and ‘sexual racism’? This article supports your study of the relationship between the media and audiences.
In the news: Leicester: trouble in paradise? In September 2022, street demonstrations spilled over into violent disorder in the usually model city of Leicester. How did this happen?
Births outside of wedlock: How has the illegitimacy ratio changed over time? And why? This article supports your study of changing patterns of families and households and demographic trends.
Enduring love? Couple relationships in contemporary Britain: A meaningful and lasting romantic relationship is imagined by most people to be a crucial part of adult life. But how typical is it of adult experience today? This article supports your study of Families and households and discusses recent research.
Changes in religious self-identification: Learn more about England and Wales’ ‘other’ religions with the results of the 2021 Census.
Understanding data: The British Social Attitudes Survey: Explore the findings of the most recent BSA survey.
The sociology of love and intimacy: a comparative study: Global ideologies of romantic love are valued among similar communities in both India and the UK, but they are interpreted and realised in different ways in each location. This article supports your study of Families and households and discusses recent research.
Question and answer: how to answer an AQA-style theory 20 mark question: Laura Pountney explores what makes an excellent essay for a theory 20-mark question. This essay could appear at the end of AQA Paper 3, in the Theory and Methods section.
Ethics in social research: a voice from the field: Day-to-day field research inevitably raises any number of situational ethical dilemmas. How should we respond, and how do we distinguish between knowledge and politics in research? This article supports your study of Theory and methods. Look out for the AQA exam-style question in this article.
Race and ethnography: hanging out in a boxing gym: How should we do research in spaces shaped by gender and ethnic differences and by assumptions about the body, masculinites and feminities?
Concept checklist: intensive parenting: What does it mean? Why is it important? What issues and debates surround this topic? How can I check I have understood this topic? This article supports your study of the nature of childhood within families and households.
Sociology Review, February 2023
Sociology and researching undercover policing: How does researching undercover policing in the UK relate to sociology’s core interests in gender, abuse of power, crime, social change and justice? This unit links to your study of crime and deviance and research methods.
In the news: gender, sport and social change: England women’s success in 2022 in the European Football Championships was widely celebrated. But has it really changed anything about the gender order in sport.
Understanding radicalisation: How do processes of radicalisation help shape the identities of middle-class British people from different minority ethnic backgrounds?
The new framilies: Look beyond the ties of blood and marriage through a new family theory. This article supports your unit on Familes and households.
Understanding data: sexism in medicine: The British Medical Association recently surveyed doctors about their experiences of sexism in the NHS. What do the results tell us?
Grandmothering today: We know that many grandmothers spend a considerable amount of time caring for their grandchildren. But what does being an involved grandmother mean? This article supports your unit on Families and households.
Women as offenders, women as victims: This article explores how sex, gender, victimisation and offending may all relate to each other. This article supports your unit on Crime and deviance.
Gender, power and politics: the long march to where? Women’s place in the UK parliament and in other elected bodies has much ecpanded recently. But have attitudes towards women politicans really changed?
Question and answer: AQA: how to write a 20-mark methods essay: This issue offers advice for all students on approaching and structuring methods essays.
Concept checklist: civil religion: What does it mean? Why is it important? What issues and debates surround the topic? How can I check I have understood this concept?
Sociology Review, November 2022
Addressing lad culture: Is there a ‘light side’ and a ‘dark side’ to lad culture?
Question and answer: how to answer AQA two-step questions: Learn techniques for creating and tackling these challenging questions.
Who benefits from markets in education? Activists and policymakers on all sides of the political divide argue that UK education policy is not fulfilling their hopes of a better deal for all. How did we get here? This article supports your unit on Education. Look out for the exam-style question in this article.
Changes to divorce laws in England and Wales: The new law aims for a ‘no blame’ divorce system.
Understanding data: a new approach to education? Explore the findings of the ‘Times Commission on Education’. This article supports your unit on Education.
Working mothers: Mothers of young children often face challenges at work and at home. These include managing their identities, their time and their feelings of guilt. This article supports your unit on Families and households.
Sociology and objectivity: Can sociology be an objective, unbiased subject where the researcher can put aside their own beliefs in pursuit of the ‘truth’? This article supports your unit on Theory and methods. Look out for the exam-style question in this article.
Social harm, crime and Covid-19 lockdowns: If avoiding social harm is our best measure of what it means to lead a good life, then both the recent pandemic and various governments’ responses to it, have been harmful. This article supports your unit on Crime and deviance.
Religious pilgrimage and diversity: In an era when religious observance seems to be in decline, what are the enduring attractions of different kinds of religious pilgrimage?
Concept checklist: ageism: What does it mean? Why is it important? What issues and debates surround this topic? How can I check I have understood this concept?
Sociology Review, September 2022
Stigma power and parental engagement in education: Social identity impacts on whether parents feel capable when engaging with their children’s education. Why is it that not all parents feel comfortable and confident to work with schools? This article supports your unit on Education with theory and methods.
Question and answer: application skills: AO2: No matter which exam board you are following, you will benefit from this exploration of AO2 skills.
Toxic lockdown and domestic abuse: How did the pandemic and lockdown influence the nature and extent of domestic abuse? What measures need to be taken to tackle this social problem? This article supports your units on Families and households and Crime and deviance. Look out for the exam-style question in this article.
In the news: levelling up: ‘Levelling up’ is a phrase currently used very frequently, particularly by government ministers. But what exactly does it mean – and why is it needed?
Understanding data: online with the kids: A recent Ofcom report offers interesting insights into social media use by young people. This article supports your unit on The media.
Serious youth violence: anti-social young people or anti-social government policies? To what extent are cuts to school and youth service funding, rising school exclusions, and police use of stop and search fuelling serious youth violence? This article supports your units on Crime and deviance and Education. Look out for the exam-style question in this article.
Question and answer: how to apply examples of religious organisations: The topic of ‘Beliefs’ appears across the different exam specifications. How can you use examples of religious organisations to maximise your application marks?
Young women and girls in the criminal justice system: Research shows that women caught up in the criminal justice system are often very vulnerable, and this is particularly true of girls and young women. This article supports your unit on Crime and deviance.
The case of ‘political correctness’ and ‘wokeism’: a new moral panic? Are we witnessing a new moral panic over political correctness/wokeism? Is there really a threat to free speech from a new folk devil – the snowflake? This article supports your unit on The media.
Were the founders of sociology sociologists? There are three commonly listed founding fahers of sociology. Does it matter that only one of them was a sociologist?
Concept checklist: meritocracy: What does it mean? Why is it important? What issues and debates surround this topic? How can I check I have understood this concept?
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