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Archive for May, 2012

Why our obsession with self-expression is ridiculous

Posted by Realsociology on 13th May 2012

As a society we are obsessed with expressing ourselves, thinking that our happiness depends on our ability to do so. Here’s why I think ‘playing the game of self-expression’ won’t make you happy. Self expression is closely related to self-construction, and by this I mean the reflexive process of actively picking, choosing and attaching myself [...]

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Sociology on TV – Listings…

Posted by Realsociology on 8th May 2012

Slow TV week this week – but here are the things I think are worth recording… Tuesday  01.55 BBC3 – Britain unzipped – bills itself as a ‘look what goes on behind closed doors in Britain’ – It may be interesting, then again it may just be voyeuristic. BBC2 – 20.00 – The Town taking [...]

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Are holidays really worth it?

Posted by Realsociology on 7th May 2012

So I finally got around to booking my first holiday in ages and I’m left wondering if the shit that goes with the experience is actually worth it. I’d initially planned to cycle to Western Ireland, but having spent about 3 hours planning the journey yesterday, I finally concluded that it’s so much hassle getting [...]

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Twitter as a revision tool in ten tweets

Posted by Realsociology on 4th May 2012

-      Twitter as an educational tool in ten tweets – I’m getting my students used to using twitter as an educational tool this week. I’ll be getting them work through the following questions. I’m doing this with my A2 Global Development other educators should be able to modify this for their own subjects… Initial steps [...]

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Cultural Deprivation’s the Devil

Posted by Realsociology on 3rd May 2012

Oh the comforts of revision – I finally get to really hand over to the students and spend my prep time creating these cartoons – becoming something of a yearly ritual now – In this one a Green devil like creature explains how cultural deprivation affects educational achievement. Please note the cunning use of the [...]

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Adidas – still responsible for sweat shop labour in Cambodia

Posted by Realsociology on 2nd May 2012

Garment workers’ unions and human rights groups recently held a people’s tribunal in Feburary to investigate the state of povery pay in the Cambodia garment industry.  The tribunal called for evidence from a wide variety of stakeholders  including over 200 workers who work for factories manufacturing clothes for Adidas and Puma. All of this follows [...]

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