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Archive for July, 2010

Education still riddled with class inequalities

Posted by Realsociology on 30th July 2010

A couple of quotes from another excellent article by George Monbiot reminding us of the persistence of class inequality in the education system in Modern Britain – ‘A new report by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) shows that intelligent children from the 20% of richest homes in England are seven times more likely […]

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A multi-layered critique of capitalism

Posted by Realsociology on 30th July 2010

I’ve spent a few years reading around this subject now, and to my mind there are four levels of critique that seam to be levelled at the Capitalist system – advanced by numerous voices with the Anti-Capitalist movement. I name this my ‘multi – layered critique of the Capitalist system’ – Each is progressively deeper […]

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Book review – Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine

Posted by Realsociology on 27th July 2010

Naomi Klein is one of the leading thinkers in the anti-capitalist movement and this book is one of the most important historical narratives of this century.   Taken from the web site – ‘At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim […]

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Marx Key Ideas

Posted by Realsociology on 27th July 2010

Many contemporary criticisms of Neo-Liberal strains of Capitalism  have their roots in the thought of Karl Marx. I thought it might be useful to post this to remind us of some of Karl Marx’s basic ideas. This is especially relevant to the A2 Theory and Methods part of the syllabus – the sub section on […]

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How dressing as a giant banana may reduce littering

Posted by Realsociology on 26th July 2010 Lord knows its hard to find interesting articles on Social Policy – but this fits the bill –  part of the article talks about how the London Borough of Southwark (from 2004) adopted the policy of ‘stalking litter’ – hiring people to dress as giant bananas and other ‘commonly found items of litter’ to create scenes around town […]

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The Corporation – A must see documentary for all A2 Sociology students

Posted by Realsociology on 26th July 2010

  It may be a while since its release in 2004, but this is one of the best educational documentaries ever made. The film has an outstanding web site with a wealth of resources and is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan. One of the main […]

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