Posted in A2 Sociology: Crime and Deviance, GCSE Sociology

Crime and Deviance: why drug dealers live with their mums!

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Posted in AS Sociology: Education

Education: ‘Manhood Academy’

Black British men, particularly Afro-Caribbean males are more likely to go to prison and under perform in schools. Suffering from material and cultural capital are often said to be key causes. However, most commonly, living in a single parent family headed by a female is seen as the biggest cause because young males lack a positive male model. At his ‘Manhood Academy,’ in North London, Davis Williams and several other black male mentors take on the paternal and fraternal roles they feel young men are missing.

Watch the video on the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-40287582

Posted in GCSE Sociology

GCSE Media/Power: propaganda

The Conservative Party are spending millions of pounds advertising on social media, in particular, Facebook. It is a great way to connect with the electorate because it is interactive. It also reaches a huge amount of people. For example, a recent video attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s relationship with the IRA:

A persuasive video. However, it is yet another example of misrepresentation.

When Corbyn is asked, “But you’re condemning all bombing, can you condemn the IRA without equating it to.” The video is cut when Corbyn said: “No.”

However, the full quote was: “No, I think what you have to say is all bombing has to be condemned and you have to bring about a peace process. Listen, in the 1980s Britain was looking for a military solution, it clearly was never going to work. Ask anyone in the British army at the time … I condemn all the bombing by the loyalists and the IRA.”

Posted in GCSE Sociology

GCSE C + D: A knife and gun crime epidemic?

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You may have read that the Metropolitan police (London)  has recorded a 40% increase in gun and knife crime – this is obviously causing real concern.

Some have argued that the reason for this increase has something to do with the decrease in police numbers (implemented by Teresa May when she was Home Secretary –  143,770 officers – 2009 compared to 122,859 in 2016. This is why Labour have pledged 10,000 extra officers as part of their campaign pledge.

However, as usual, a little digging beneath the headlines reveals a less shocking reality:

– The gun crime stats are still much lower than in 2004 for example – in 2004, gun crime stood at 24,094 incidents a year, the figure was 5,864 in 2016.

Indeed, the Office for National Statistics states that the crime levels are largely steady in much of England and Wales

Posted in GCSE Sociology

GCSE Power + Politics: voting and age

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There is an estimated 10 million people in the UK over 65

YouGov has estimated that:

  • for every 10 years older people get, the chance of them voting Tory increases 8%
  • one in five voters aged 65 to 75 vote Labour
  • less than one in 10 over-75s identify as Labour.

Perhaps policies such as universal (everyone over 65) benefits such as the winter fuel bonus, free bus passes and free TV licences have helped secure this vote…

Posted in A2 Sociology: Religion

A2 Beliefs: The C of E send another letter…

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Once again, the archbishops of Canterbury and York have sent a letter to its priests to share with their congregations which urges them:

“to set aside apathy and cynicism and to participate, and encourage others to do the same. At a practical level that could mean putting on a hustings event for candidates, volunteering for a candidate, or simply making sure to vote on Thursday 8th June”.

The letter could be used as an excellent example of how religion can encourage social change because it is encouraging British people to support the an “an outward looking and generous country” in addition to other progressive ideas.

Here is the letter: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/06/church-of-england-set-aside-apathy-general-election-archbishops-letter?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email