Sociology

A Question of Trust

Dr Aarathi Prasad | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Aarathi Prasad

I am a skeptic. Some years ago, my mother 'blamed' this on my education in science. And it's true, over the years of analysing molecules and ideas I have become extraordinarily critical. I challenge most things I read in the news; doctors' diagnoses and marketing campaigns

Sociology Students To Study Selfies For A-Level

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Back in April, we revealed a university would be launching a degree course on selfies. As many of you suspected, this was indeed an April Fool's. ...

You Know You're A Sociology Student When You Think Like This..

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

How a mild curiosity with the social world quickly turns into a wild rage at all the inequalities. Here's a day in the mind of a sociology student. ...

Blair: Others Have Stupid Religious Wars; We Had Smart Ones

Abby Day | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Abby Day

When Tony Blair claims it is religious or cultural difference that will fuel 21st century wars, not the ideologies that caused past wars (The Observer, January 26, 2014) he shows only a skewed notion of religion's place in society and history. He projects a narrow idea of what it means to be religious, and diverts attention from other, more systemic problems.

Shop Til You Drop: The True Meaning of Christmas

Abby Day | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Abby Day

David Cameron's Christmas card shows that the man truly has his finger on the weakening pulse of the nation. Not a Christmas tree, baby Jesus or Santa in sight: 'It's not very festive,' tutted The Guardian... How wrong is that?

Society Branding

Naila Missous | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

The individual at hand insinuated that Hip-Hop was indeed "black music, that's all I'm saying". Whether this was to suggest my friend was less of a black individual because she didn't enjoy this music, was something to consider. He quickly turned his attention back to me, but did drop heavily the mention of 'white rappers' who may take my interest more.

The Dogma of Advertising and Consumerism

Ziad Abu-Saud | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ziad Abu-Saud

A common psychological principle used by advertisers is that repetition constitutes mental conditioning. Studies show that the more something is repeated to you, the more you will believe it.

Anders Behring Breivik not Mentally Ill

Charlotte Fantelli | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Fantelli

I read the news that Anders Behring Brevik has been declared 'sane', with a sense of relief for those who will now see the man punished for the despicable crimes, which he committed with malice and prior forethought. I also had a sense of triumph for those fighting the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding mental illness.

Journalism vs Academics: Time for a Truce

Jamie Thunder | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK
Jamie Thunder

Poynter had an interesting post earlier this week on a study about errors in news reports. The researchers looked at 2,000 stories in the Swiss and Italian press, and contacted people quoted in those stories.

Greater Social Cohesion the Solution to Economic Inequality

Amir Eden | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK
Amir Eden

It's always been argued that economic inequality is something which cannot be perfectly addressed. Although many great individuals have fought and die...

The Reaction to Jay-Z Studies Shows Guardian Readers Aren't as Educated as They Think

Oscar Williams-Grut | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Oscar Williams-Grut

Last month Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University announced he would be teaching a class entitled "Sociology of Hip Hop" focusing on the life and career of one of the genre's most successful rappers, Jay-Z.

Eliminating Loneliness

Eamonn Carey | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Eamonn Carey

Eliminating loneliness is a lofty goal. And yet it's one that should theoretically be within our grasp. I was really interested to read that Sean Parker was working on a new start-up with just that goal in mind.

The Riots, the Aftermath and the Role of Sociology

Emma Jackson | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Jackson

The night of the Tottenham riots I was leaving to catch a plane. On holiday, I texted friends and worried about what was going on. As well as the concerns for people in my adopted home city, there was also a nagging feeling that I was missing something.