This essay will explore the assumption of popular culture as a commodity subject to the dictates of market forces, where it is ‘produced to be consumed’ (Strinati 1995:242; Harrington and Bielby 2001:2). I shall use specific examples from ‘pop culture’ to illustrate the interplay between the production and consumption, exploring these threads against a contemporary […]
The origins of the field of social work can be traced to the days when the Church wielded considerable clout over what constituted right and what was considered wrong. During those times, friendly visitors were deputed by the Church and other charitable institutions to visit the poor and the underprivileged, and attempt to solve their […]
Qualitative and Quantitative research methods represent two distinctly different ways of approaching research.
Introduction Social research methods derive their epistemological foundations from those of sciences as it is recognised that social research is fundamentally a scientific enterprise. Though the subject matter differs, social sciences share with other scientific disciplines in terms of their basic propositions, methodologies and the logic of enquiry. Four different strategies are adopted for different […]
In what way does the rise of Globalisation and Postmodernism present a problem for Contemporary Sociological Theory?
Social theory has been going through severe transformations for years with shifts in its focus as societies progressed. The classical theorists concentrated mainly on the traditions, culture and the economic structuring of the society. Social theory has experienced a transition from the classical theories to the modern theories and now to the post modern theories […]
What is meant by ‘supply reduction’ and ‘demand reduction’? To what extent can demand reduction alone provide an effective response to illegal drug use?
Drug abuse is a global problem. It affects every country, although the extent and characteristics vary considerably. Drug abuse trends especially amongst young people have started to converge over the last few decades. This essay will look at supply reduction and demand reduction and try to establish if demand reduction programmes alone are effective as […]
Which decade (1960s to date) in your view has seen the greatest changes in the sexual representation of women and men in literature?
Feminist theory has contributed significantly to the sexual representation of females, the focus of feminist arguments have centred on the analysis of power relations between males and females. Although feminist theory has contributed significantly to the understanding of patriarchal oppression, it has not been until the more recent years that I feel that there has […]
This essay will explore Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and the construction of young people by examining a mixture of academic and mainstream media sources, which will be combined with personal analysis of the topic. The term “construction” refers to the way in which a perception of an issue is created and maintained, both deliberately and unintentionally, […]