Sociology

A word on information overload – don’t get freaked out by the sheer amount of information on these pages – You can get the impression from some of them that these people know everything, when quite often they are just firing off quick links to other peoples sites. No one is superhuman when it comes to digesting information – just process what you can!

Also, remember that quite often it can be better to learn a less knowledge in depth rather than spreading yourself too thin – specialise in one small area and let everything else flow from there.

Sociology in news

The following section lists some articles recently published in British newspapers that mention sociology and sociologist’s work. 

Newspaper articles are a very valuable learning resource.  They provide not only useful information, but also insight into how people outside the discipline view and communicate about sociology, and more broadly, the multiple factors involved in determining which sociological topics come to be covered in the public media.

Social class

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2013/apr/04/bbc-s-seven-social-classes-the-wire-version

Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/opinion/why-dont-the-poor-rise-up.html?ref=topics

Columbia’s Gang Scholar Lives on the Edge

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/nyregion/sudhir-venkatesh-columbias-gang-scholar-lives-on-the-edge.html?ref=topics&_r=0

Concerned about the BBC's Class Calculator? Let me explain

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/10/bbc-class-calculator

Suicide is a sensitive sociology subject that needs to be taught in schools

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jun/18/suicide-sensitive-sociology-subject-needs-to-be-taught

University guide 2015: league table for sociology

The study of human societies and how they interact

http://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2014/jun/03/university-guide-2015-league-table-for-sociology

How to write a personal statement for sociology

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/10/how-to-write-personal-statement-sociology-students

 

Sociology on radio

A great way to engage with Sociology is by listening to debates, discussions, and interviews with sociologists on radio programmes. The following section provides links to audio recordings categorised by subject matter or specialist area within sociology

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy05

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0520547

https://www.spreaker.com/tag/sociology

 

Blogs

At the moment there seems to be very little out there from the United Kingdom – most blogs seem to be American, so we have here only few that can be used for stretching your knowledge.

http://tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/sociology/ – A good, UK focused blog on sociology issues – covers some of the same ground as we learn in sociology lessons.

World population clock:

http://www.census.gov/popclock/

 

Forthcoming Sociological Events

Look out for talks and events run by the British Sociological Society http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ForthcomingEvents.aspx

Topics which would be particularly beneficial are:

  • family
  • education
  • religion
  • crime

Podology is a website designed as a resource for those that are either teaching or studying Sociology. The site holds a bank of resources in the form of podcasts, videos and articles that cover a range of sociological issues. http://www.podology.org.uk/#/home/4556339389


Sociology Books

‪Major textbooks and academic titles From Polity‎

http://www.politybooks.com/sociology/?gclid=CLSQ-o2Dm8oCFUZAGwoddNwDCA

On the Run: FUGITIVE LIFE IN AN AMERICAN CITY by ALICE GOFFMAN http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/O/bo18039324.html

Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch (Paperback)
https://www.waterstones.com/book/hack-attack/nick-davies/9780099572367

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (Paperback)
Owen Jones https://www.waterstones.com/book/chavs/owen-jones/9781844678648

The Establishment: And How They Get Away with it (Paperback) Owen Jones
https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-establishment/owen-jones/9780141974996

Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain (Paperback) Harry Wallop
https://www.waterstones.com/book/consumed/harry-wallop/9780007457106

A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s (Paperback) Alwyn W. Turner
https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-classless-society/alwyn-w-turner/9781781312377

A Rusty Gun (Paperback) Noel "Razor" Smith
https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-rusty-gun/noel-razor-smith/9780141019529

 

Sociology films

The Up Series (1964-2005). Directed by Michael Apted.  A sociological cross-section of children in England are interviewed about their hopes for the future.  The children are revisited every 7 years as they progress into adulthood.  Each film in the series is emotional and moving.  Currently concludes with 49 Up.

“49 Up.” (2005) Directed by Michael Apted.

“Obedience” A documentary on an experiment conducted during May 1962 at Yale University on obedience to authority. Describes obedient and defiant reactions of subjects who are instructed to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to another person.

“Quiet Rage” A documentary of the famous Zimbardo prison simulation study at Stanford University in 1971. It examines the roles of prisoners and guards, and the construction of power and authority within prisons. This film also serves as a way to introduce ethical concerns, as the study would most likely not be permitted today

“The Deadly Deception” (1993) Directed by Denisce DiAnni. (Excellent documentary about the Tuskegee study, including interviews with men who were unwilling subjects of this study and doctors who conducted it, and others who objected to it.) Originally distributed by WGBH/ Films for the Humanities and Sciences. (Can be hard to locate, but worth questing for if your library doesn’t already own it.)

"The True Meaning of Pictures" (2002) Directed by Jennifer Baichwal.  A documentary about Shelby Lee Adams' controversial photos of families in Appalachia.

“The Human Behavior Experiments” (2006) Directed by Alex Gibney. (about both Milgram, Zimbardo and more contemporary examples, such as Abu Gharib).

“The Story of Stuff” (2007) Directed by Annie Leonard.

“Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Kids” (2008) Directed by Adriana Barbaro & Jeremy Earp.

"Crips & Bloods: Made in America" (2009) Directed by Stacy Peralta.

"Race: The Power of an Illusion" (2003) Directed by Larry Adelman. 

“People Like Us: Social Class in America” (2001) Directed by Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker.

"Life and Debt" (2001) Directed by Stephanie Black.

 

Career path

What can I do with my Sociology degree? (Click on the link below to find out more)

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: