Y11 H/W: 12 mark question

 

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Discuss how far sociologists would agree that the main causes of riots is poverty. (12 marks)

  • Please write your answer on A4 lined paper.
  • You should only spend a maximum of 12 minutes writing the answer. Feel free to plan it first.
  • Due
  • Suggested structure:
  • Introduction – define riots; where have they taken place; identify the complexity of reasons
  • Paragraph 1 – agree with the statement and explain why poverty might help cause riots; give examples and use Marxism to support your argument
  • Paragraph 2 – disagree and give an alternative reason. For example, you might utilise the New Right and argue that because most of the London rioters were teenage males, there has been a breakdown in parenting and discipline (by schools and police)
  • Paragraph 3 – disagree with poverty being the only cause and give an alternative reason – Bauman blames consumerism and the resultant relative deprivation for example
  • Paragraph 4 – disagree with poverty being the only cause and give an alternative reason – for example, you might discuss the breakdown in community in many places, ethnic division or perhaps unfair policing
  • Conclude – which are the most important causes? Why are riots likely to take place again in the UK and the USA? Why don’t most people riot?