Ralph Lauren and the commericalisation of childhood

The most appalling example of a firm commercialising childhood to date – Ralph Lauren’s storybook featuring children dressed in its expensive clothing. Another reason why I’m glad I’m not and willl never be a parent. The text below is taken from ‘The Week’ As if the commercialisation of childhood wasn’t bad enough – here comes […]

The best revision techniques – AS Sociology

Just a few last minute reminders for AS Sociology students – for the exam this Friday I recommend the following two most excellent revision techniques Firstly, you should make sure you can answer a 24 mark question on each of the following topic areas – you should be able to use concepts (sociology words), research […]

Who does the housework? Some relatively recent research on the domestic division of labour

Who does the housework and childcare – men or women? This is a classic question for the AS Family module, below are a few updates of survey data and a few pointers at the end to get some analysis marks in the exam. Oh and shame on the timeservers who write the main AS level […]

Kirsty and Phil’s unrealistic christmas

Now after everything I’ve said about the Marxist view of the family not being especially relevant anymore up pop this obnoxious pair of petit-bourgeois media lovies to prove me wrong. In the show this utterly detestable pair demonstrate how much money you could be spending this Christmas – typically visiting some upmarket gift shops and food stalls […]

Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Monitoring Poverty and Social Exlusion Annual Report 2010

Or Modern Britain: What a mess   Fresh out today – the latest annual report from the JRF OK, so you may accuse me of biased interpretation of the stats (see below) but I get the following impression – there are more people (13 million!) living in poverty this year compared to last – despite the fact […]

Tory cuts – encouraging a return to the traditional family?

Tory cuts are unfairly disadvantaging women, according to this article in the Guardian, which is akin to encouraging a return to the traditional family with the male breadwinner role. The article draws on research from the Fawcett Society, who are making a legal challenge against the government’s cuts on grounds of sex inequality. I’d recommend listening to […]