Posted in AS Sociology: Family

Hey Hun, can you stick those eggs in the freezer for a few?

Facebook and Apple are offering  women employees the opportunity to “lean in,” which is great…right? Humans both make and use technologies. Because of this, technologies themselves are imbued with politics, and the way people employ technologies have political implications. Untangling what those politics are, is sometimes a tricky process, as technological potentialities in both design…

Posted in A2 Sociology: Crime and Deviance

Desistance and Reentry: An activity for the LCD classroom

A scene from “The Road from Crime” In our volume Crime and the Punished, we featured our interview with sociologist-filmmakers Shadd Maruna and Fergus McNeill. This activity builds from their film: How and why people stop committing crime is an important question. “Discovering Desistance,” by Sarah Lageson and Sarah Shannon describes how two social scientists “co-created”…

Posted in A2 Sociology: Crime and Deviance

School Shootings: What’s Different About Europe?

Yesterday’s killing was the 39th school shooting in the U.S. this year.  Most of those got little press coverage. Unless someone is actually killed, a shooting might not even get coverage in the local news. Yesterday’s did. Why would an apparently happy kid shoot several classmates? That seems to be the question that’s getting the…

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Trends in Global Gender Equity

First the good news: Gender parity has already been reached in secondary educational enrollment rates in high-income countries and in Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1975 to 2010, the Arab region saw a remarkable rise in the ratio of female to male secondary enrollment rates, from 59 to 98 percent. In Asia and the…

Posted in A2 Sociology: Crime and Deviance

The Language of White-Collar Crime

Hedge fund manager Mathew Martoma’s insider trading may have been conducted in the open, using the language of “edge,” according to sociologist Diego Gambetta.  Photo by Ludovic Bertron via Flickr. The New Yorker’s October 13 issue featured Patrick Radden Keefe’s bombshell journalistic investigation of a major hedge fund scandal. Mathew Martoma, a trader at S.A.C.…

Posted in AS Sociology: Family

Net migration to UK rises to 260,000 in year to June

The Conservative Party have completely failed to keep their promise to cut migration:

“Net migration to the UK rose to 260,000 in the year to June – an increase of 78,000 on the previous year”.

Net migration peaked at 320,000 in 2005. It fell to a low of 154,000 in the year ending September 2012

Clearly the UK has lots of pull factors for EU migrants in particular at the moment. Think about the consequences of this influx.

Posted in A2 Sociology: Religion

Bollywood star Veena Malik handed 26 year sentence for ‘blasphemous’ wedding scene

Pakistani actress Veena Malik

Whilst we are primarily interested in the UK, the strict religious laws in Pakistan are of interest because surely some of the Pakistani UK immigrants abide by or are perhaps influenced by these ideas. Moreover, the second link gives an interesting insight into how religious laws are hijacked for ulterior motives.