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Crime and Deviance: Miami mega-jail

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The exam boards are generally looking for up-to-date examples wherever possible, so why not take a look at this article on the BBC about the Miami mega-jail.

‘Imagine a jail where dangerous inmates awaiting trial live 24 to a room and fight each other under a violent gladiatorial code. This is life inside Miami’s mega-jail, writes Louis Theroux.’

Revision links

Friday, May 13, 2011

If you haven’t found it already, go and look the website for Ken Browne’s Sociology books for A level.  There are lots of sample chapters and some useful quizzes and matching exercises that are great for revision.

Gender Socialisation

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A last minute case study on Gender Socialisation for either Family topic on SCLY1 or Education on SCLY2; Researchers from Florida State University, have found kids’ books are likely to feature a male hero rather than a female heroine and could be reinforcing gender inequality. Adding that in recent years animal characters were twice as likely to be male as female.

Research methods revision game

Saturday, May 07, 2011

A fun way to revise the strengths and limitations of various research methods based on the card game ‘happy families’.  Instructions included.

2010 UK General Election Analysis

Thursday, May 05, 2011

A year on and some decent analysis from psephologists of the 2010 election are emerging. Dr Justin Greaves of Warwick University has made available an A’Level friendly Power Point on ‘Voting Behaviour at the 2010 General Election’. An excellent resource for any centre studying this minority topic on AQA SCLY3.

Current issues and stories

Monday, May 02, 2011

Examiners are looking for contemporary references from students and I often get asked where they can find them.  I usually start with stories in the news.  Here are some quick summaries of stories and studies from April.

AV Referendum

Perhaps more political than sociological (and certainly historical), but a useful discussion of the merits of AV versus first past the post.

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