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

Social Class Inequality Visualisations

Posted by Realsociology on 1st October 2013

I had my classes exploring one of my ‘favourite’ topics today – The extent of and explanations for inequalities in life chances by social class, gender and ethnicity – Here a few visual updates and links which highlight the extent of class inequality in the UK today… 1. In Education… 3 year olds from the […]

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The New British Class Survey

Posted by Realsociology on 19th May 2013

I haven’t blogged in a while, but now it’s summer I’ve got the time to get back to it – and where better a place to start than with a few thoughts on the New British Class Survey… Click here to take the brief version of the survey – Once you’ve completed it you can […]

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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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Bears plan to reproduce class inequality

Posted by Realsociology on 16th May 2011

To ‘help’ students with their revision for the forthcoming AS Education and Research Methods exam – some of the ways in which middle class parents may use their cultural and material capital to advantage their children in education

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Social class and educational achievement essay plan

Posted by Realsociology on 30th March 2011

Assess the extent to which home based, rather than school – based factors account for social class based differences in educational achievement (20) Let this post stand as a monument to how much I hate marking essays – I just spent 20 minutes writing it – the unconscious motivation obviously being to avoid marking four dozen with same […]

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The main ’causes’ of class differences in educational achievement

Posted by Realsociology on 19th January 2011

A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation argues that early intervention is not enough to tackle the persistent differences in class inequalities in educational achievement – The report is a follow up to earlier research published March last year which is summarised below This four page summary (and the longer document which you can […]

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Britain’s top CEOs get paid too much

Posted by Realsociology on 15th January 2011

In the latest edition of ‘The Week’, there is some nice data which, if analysed, dispels the myth that the excessive pay of Britain’s top CEOs is deserved – According to Income Data Services, the chief executives of Britain’s 100 largest companies earned 81 times the average pay of full time workers in 2009. This […]

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The British Social Attitudes Survey and the Myth of Meritocracy

Posted by Realsociology on 14th January 2011

The latest findings of the British Social Attitudes Survey were released recently. The survey involves over 3,000 interviews annually and participants are selected using a technique called random probability sampling. The chapter on peoples beliefs about ‘meritocracy’ is especially interesting in the context of education. Meritocratic factors are seen as being the most important when […]

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What is Social Class?

Posted by Realsociology on 28th December 2010

Some of you might find this useful – my ‘What is Social Class’ handout from 2009. I put this together for the AS unit in Culture and Identity before dodgey standardisation practises (AQA exam board) meant we had to change our option to The Family. Some might argue that the fact that the chief examiner […]

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The Transnational Capitalist Class

Posted by Realsociology on 23rd November 2010

This is my best effort so far at making some fairly complex ideas understanable to a typical 17 year old Sociology student – read it and good luck! Held and Mcgrew (2007) suggest that Global Corporations have become the driving force behind ‘economic globalisation’ and wield considerable power in determining where in the world production […]

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