Posted in A2 Sociology: Religion

A2 Beliefs: holocaust memorial – sacred place

This file photo taken on 6 August, 2010 shows two tourists jumping over the concrete steles of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.Safanah has shared this article about behaviour of people at a holocaust memorial. Some are deeply offended by their actions whilst other argue that it is fine because it is not a sacred place. It reminded Safanah of Durkheim and Bellah’s ideas about the sacred and profane and civil religion.

“It’s like a catholic church, it’s a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground.”
Man juggle balls at memorial site
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Crime and Deviance: a failing prison system?

Knife crime

– prison sentences for possession have doubled in length over a decade to more than six months following the imposition of inflexible new laws in the wake of media pressure. Yet the most recent quarterly crime figures show an 11% increase in knife offences. There has also been a rise in admissions to hospital for knife wounds

– average jail terms last four months longer than 10 years ago.

-there has been more than 1 million extra days of imprisonment

Posted in AS Sociology: Family

AS Family Policy essay structure

Here is a suggested essay structure for:

Evaluate the impact of state policies and laws on family life (20 marks)

IntroductionGive a brief overview of the main ‘themes’ in family policy over the last century. For example, the Beveridge Report set the foundation for a new age whereby the state was willing to take (some) responsibility for families in the UK; Labour introduced a range of liberal policies in the 1960s which arguably have had the most significant impact on family structure; influenced by the New Right, Thatcher attempted to re-adjust the balance of some of these policies by slowing down the extent of divorce reform and by prizing the nuclear family as the ideal family. New Labour introduced a ‘third way’ which was tried to implement stricter welfare policies whilst still retaining liberal attitudes towards family diversity. Cameron’s Conservative Party introduced a number of liberal policies (influenced by the EU perhaps) but still retained the familial ideology of the New Right. 

Part 1: The 60s and early 70s Discuss the impact of some of the acts of this period from a feminist and conversely, a New Right perspective – The Abortion Act 1967; The Equal Pay Act 1970; Divorce Reform Act 1969; The Sexual Offences Act 1967. Please refer back to your New Right and feminist notes to help you with this.

Part 2: The 80s (Thatcher) Describe Thatcher’s ideological stance (New Right) and analyse a couple of policies such as her attitude towards the mooted divorce reform act. How might feminists react to this period?

Part 3: New Labour (Blair) Describe the ‘third way’. Working Families Tax Credit 1997;  Sure Start (1998);

Part 4: Conservatives (Cameron): Troubled families programme (2011) and paternity leave

Conclusion: what is the future for the British family?