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Archive for April, 2012

Do schools make a difference?

Posted by Realsociology on 30th April 2012

An excellent podcast from BBC Radio 4′s Analysis on the above topic should be compulsory listening/ reading for anyone studying the Sociology of Education – you can get both the audio version and the transcript here The programme centres on Harvey Goldstein’s statistical research – who points out that once you take into account children’s [...]

Posted in Education, Wealth and Income Inequality | No Comments »

The Museum of Racism

Posted by Realsociology on 28th April 2012

A shocking collection of racist artefacts has recently gone on display in ”The Museum Racism’  which aims to use ‘objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and social justice. The museum itself is in Michigan , but the virtual version is also well worth a look, having an excellent range of racist artefacts mainly taken from the last century – broken [...]

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With 450 000 apprenticeship starts last year – Is Unemployment really going down?

Posted by Realsociology on 26th April 2012

You may have noticed the latest headline figures on unemployment –  which, according to the ONS,  declined by 35,000 in the three months to March to 2.65 million. The Guardian article above also points out that youth unemployment also declined slightly, by 9,000 in the three months to February, leaving a total of 1.03 million [...]

Posted in Education, Research Methods, Uncategorized | No Comments »

The London Marathon – Little more than a vessel for Corporate advertising

Posted by Realsociology on 23rd April 2012

A couple of my friends recently ran the London Marathon dressed as a Panto Horse – so I watched it to catch a glimpse of them – which I finally did, but I had to wait until right at the end of the BBC2 highlights show. As a result of keeping my eye on the [...]

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Sociology on TV WB Monday 23rd April

Posted by Realsociology on 23rd April 2012

Hi – Decided I can do a useful (and easy) weekly blog flagging up what’s on TV this week that could be of sociological interest – For my own benefit, as well as that of others…. So here goes… These days of course you can always just search on iplayer for when the programme was! [...]

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The World Bank Presidency – A continuation of American domination?

Posted by Realsociology on 22nd April 2012

The World Bank elected an American as its twelfth president last week – Dr Kim Yong Kim.  Kim will oversee a staff of 9,000 economists and development experts and and manage billions of dollars of loans ($258bn (£163bn) last year alone) Dependency Theorists and World Systems theorists suggest that international economic institutions work in the [...]

Posted in Global Development, Globalisation | No Comments »

Dreams can come true

Posted by Realsociology on 19th April 2012

Or at least that’s what the guy serving me coffee this morning informed me as he sang along with Westlife on the radio. I don’t think he was prepared for my response* – Poor bastard caught me in a muse mood. ‘No, they probably won’t’  I said as I fished for £2.65 worth of shrapnel, ‘and, [...]

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Chelsea footballers – paid more than Liberia’s National Health Budget

Posted by Realsociology on 11th April 2012

I just knocked this up quickly to coincide with some tweets on the #TodayinLiberia – I just recently taught health as part of an A level module, so thought I’d share some quick ‘harrowing comparisons’.  Liberia’s total health expenditure in 2009 was $53 per capita (source – WHO) If you multiply this by the population [...]

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Shard Hacking – Challenging Surveillance Society?

Posted by Realsociology on 10th April 2012

You may have noticed that three thrill seekers recently slipped past (quite literally!) security scaled The Shard , posting pictures of themselves on the Place Hacking Blog – run by Bradley L. Garret. The three are members of the “London Consolidation Crew”, comprising of mainly middle class professionals, who have gained access to more than 300 locations [...]

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Top Ten Resources for Teaching Gender and Development

Posted by Realsociology on 9th April 2012

OK – Only up to 5 – but I’ve really got to down the pub, and I really wanted to post something before I left! These are in rough order of how much I like them – If you prefer other sites then let me know. These are just the best ones I know of [...]

Posted in Feminism, Gender, Global Development | No Comments »