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Netflix Documentary Suggestions

Sarah Best

15th October 2019

Like many other streaming services, Netflix contains some useful documentaries that cover a variety of sociological themes.

Here are a few that I have watched recently that could be incorporated into a lesson if there is time, or for students to view for homework.

  • Hello, Privilege - It's Me, Chelsea

This documentary follows Chelsea Handler as she attempts to face up to white privilege in America and understand how this has helped her career over the decades. Does contain swearing.

This could be a useful documentary for Culture and Identity, Work, Poverty and Welfare, Education and Families and Households.

  • Fyre - The Greatest Party That Never Happened

This was released at the beginning of 2019, but this documentary looks at the players behind a now infamous music festival that never happened (in short, it was a scam). Does contain swearing.

This could be a useful documentary for Crime and Deviance (white collar crime).

Hulu also released their own documentary investigating this festival.

  • American Factory

A documentary looking at some of the cultural differences (and similarities) between American and Chinese culture when a Chinese company buys an American factory.

This could be a useful documentary for Culture and Identity and Work, Poverty and Welfare.

If there are any other recently released documentaries (on Netflix or other streaming services) that you like to share with the rest of the Tutor2u Sociology community, please share this via the Facebook page.

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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