AS Family: Fears after government abolishes civil service’s child poverty unit

MPs and charities say political focus on reducing level of child poverty in UK has been lost as team is merged into Department for Work and Pensions.

There were 3.9 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2014-15, according to DWP figures quoted by the Child Poverty Action Group, amounting to 28% of all children in the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/20/fears-after-government-abolishes-civil-services-child-poverty-unit?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email

 

MUSINGS IN QATAR PART 1

Doha, Qatar is a fascinating place to live, it is a country enjoying massive change thanks to the natural resources it enjoys (it has the world’s largest per capita production and proven reserves of oil and gas). Depending on the measure you look at, Qatar has often is said to have the highest GDP per capita in the world and it had the fastest growing economy in the world in 2010. This economic boom has driven an incredible revolution in all aspects of Qatari life –  skyscrapers, shopping malls and even a ‘pearl’ island has been reclaimed from the sea. A few years ago, Qatar was a little known backwater, but now Qatar has won the right to host the 2022 World Cup and it has had an influential hand in the recent ‘Arab Spring’.

  Yet, the economy is only a small part of the story; the country is ruled by an Emir (King), it is said    to follow wahhabism (the often criticised form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia), Qataris only form 15% (300,00) of the population (a population that has risen from around 22,000 in 1922 to 1.6 million today) and lastly, the small state enjoys close ties with the U.S and U.K.

Therefore it is definitely a rich (no pun intended) place for sociological exploration, I can imagine prominent structualist  luminaries such as Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx being particularly interested in how the burgeoning nation state maintains a legitmacy to rule, how Islamic norms and values are co-exisiting alongide a largely capitalist model of economics and how the country adapts and changes to maintain it’s western friendly stance.

I hope to add lots of posts and examine Qatar based on my own observations and readings whilst grounding these within sociological theory…