Realsociology

A hyperreflexive blog focussing on critical sociology, infographics, Buddhism and extreme early retirement

Archive for April, 2011

A bad week for the beauty myth part 2

Posted by Realsociology on 28th April 2011

The problem with  spells of hot weather is that it lends opportunity for the’beautiful people’ to wear less clothes and smugly parade their toned bodies around. In fairness, it’s not every lad who walks around with their shirt off that does so to show off their muscles, and its not every girl wearing a skimpy [...]

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A bad week for the beauty myth part 1

Posted by Realsociology on 27th April 2011

There have been lots of high profile examples in the news of the ‘beauty myth’ and the ‘male gaze’ – demonstrating the persistence of this. Just a few of them – all many and varied but tied together by that ubiquitous thread of the beauty myth. Firstly, and OK, this is a bit behind the [...]

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Good GCSEs – A levels – University = the road to success?

Posted by Realsociology on 25th April 2011

Edge is an independent foundation that claims that the UK suffers from a kind of academic snobbery, aiming to raise the status of vocational and practical learning in the UK. Edge argues that schools and parents put too much stress on students needing to get good GCSEs, and afterwards we tend to think that ‘A levels’ are [...]

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The Serious Crime Analysis Unit

Posted by Realsociology on 19th April 2011

You know those gripping scenes in crime movies where the crime investigating duo pull an all nighter to leaf through files of paper, newspaper clippings, CCTV footage etc… typically ending in a eureka moment that leads to to the offender – well the real world of criminological research isn’t anything like that – At least not according [...]

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