Explaining the Rise of Solo Living

This post aims to provide a mini review of a recent book by Eric Klinenberg on the rise of single person households. It is relevant to the AS Sociology families and households increasing family diversity topic. Increasing numbers of people are living on their own in the UK. This trend is, in fact, mirrored globally […]

Explaining the decline in marriage, via sociological perspectives and Plotagon

You may remember a great piece of software called Xtranormal that allowed you produce videos like this….   Unfortunately Xtranormal’s been offline for over a year now. In the meantime I’ve been digging around for alternatives – one of which is Plotagon, available on the iPad. It doesn’t have quite the functionality of Xtranormal, but […]

How to Revise AS Sociology Efficiently – Focusing on Marriage and Divorce

Riveting title I know, but then again it is ‘revision season’. Basically I’m trying to get the point across that there are 5 stages to effective revision (none of which have got anything to do with ‘learning styles': 1. Know what you need to know! 2. Get your hands on/ make some revision notes – […]

Three Score Years and Twenty – An Analysis of the Ageing UK Population.

I just listened to this useful Radio 4 Analysis podcast – Three Score Years and Twenty on Ageing Britain. It’s of clear relevance to the demography topic within the SCLY1 families and households module…. Here are some of the main points. In 1850,half the population in England were dead before they reached 46. Now half […]

Increasing Life Expectancy – It’s far from certain!

According to this eye-catching infographic from the Office for National Statistics  1/3rd of babies born in 2013 are expected to reach 100 years of age, meaning that there will be well over 100,000 centanarians alive in the UK in 2113, which is more than 6 times the estimated 14000 alive today. According to this scenario, […]

The rise of the yummy mummies, and why you shouldn’t tolerate them

The rise of the ‘yummy mummy': popular conservativism and the neoliberal maternal in contemporary British culture Jo Littler This is a brief post summarising (much of it paraphrased) the above article,  which analyses the rise of the ‘yummy mummy’ – I’m not a huge fan of cultural studies, but I like this…. It’s helped me understand why […]

Why does it cost so much to raise a child?

How much, on average, does it cost to raise a child? It topped £225 000 in 2014, for the first 21 years of a child’s (/kidult’s) life, including university tuition fees. (No prizes for spotting the middle class bias in this analysis). The costs break down as follows: £86 K – Childcare £74K – Education […]

For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until one of us decides that we should part

After a year’s break I’ve now got the time to start blogging again…. here goes… Lots of useful ideas in this 30 minute Thinking Allowed podcast on Love, which focusses on the idea of lifelong love and its relationship to marriage… Just a few of the key points made throughout the programme (NB this is […]

All I want before Christmas is hours of low grade revision fun with Wordle

I just discovered Wordle – And created this ‘Worlde’ of some of the concepts relevant to the perspectives topic within the SCLY1 module on The Family. A handy ‘revision’ idea might be  to get students to type in concepts to for particular topics to Wordle and then print/ publish them. This won’t, in itself, test any of […]

Not Quite Adults – Why are more 20-30 somethings living with their parents?

Firstly a Video version of some of the material discussed below:   For more detailed analysis of the issue under consideration, please read below! 1. Not quite adults – Vital Statistics   According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2011, nearly 3.0 million adults aged between 20 and 34 were living with a parent […]