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Category Archives: Sociology
We’ve all got our ‘stuff’, objects we have been given, we have bought or we have made, that we use in our lives either practically or aesthetically. Its what we move when we move house or move out, or when … Continue reading
Sociology’s contribution to saving the planet: the politics of climate change and Giddens’ missed opportunity
Sociology’s contribution to saving the planet?: the politics of climate change and Giddens’ missed opportunity Two planets meet up for a chat. Planet A says: “How are you?” Planet B says, “Not so well, I’ve got a bad case of … Continue reading
Children carry a burden of responsibility for the future, at both an individual level and a societal level – but girl children especially so. There is a commonly held notion that, at an individual level, if childhood isn’t ‘right’, the … Continue reading
Product designer (and gerontologist) Patricia Moore, at 27 years old, used latex wrinkles, make-up, a wig and clothing to disguise herself as a woman aged in her 80s. Over a period of three years, Moore went about as an old … Continue reading
When I was studying ‘A’ level sociology, back in the 1980s, my wonderful teacher emphasised to us the importance of regularly reading a quality newspaper. Sociology students, she said, need to be especially well informed about what is happening now … Continue reading
I was not the first to bemoan the lack of a sociology of adulthood (Pilcher 1995), and others have since marvelled at its continued absence (for example, Blatterer 2007). Yet, here we are in 2012 and it remains a social … Continue reading
How the academic sociology genre loses friends and alienates people…… Recently, when I tried to write a journal article on children and clothing, I felt that what I wanted to write was being restricted by how I was meant to … Continue reading
The movie Tomboy (released September 2011 in the UK) depicts a 10 year old girl who presents herself, physically and socially, as a boy. It has prompted at least one woman commentator (Stephanie Theobald) to reminisce about her own tomboy childhood.
Sociologists can communicate their research-based ideas, arguments and findings in a range of ways, including in journal articles, books, contributions to print and broadcast media, and through oral presentations at conferences. Nowadays, of course, there are social media based tools of communication too, such as Twitter and blogs. In my own career I have used all of these, but until recently I had never done a sociology poster presentation.
What do Sims 3 and Nectar card have in common? They both assume that women change their surname when they get married!
The Sims is an electronic simulation game, one of the most popular games with girls: you get to choose and create people, relationships, families, houses, life styles. If your woman Sim character gets married, her surname is automatically changed to that of her husband: you have NO choice to make about that! The assumption here is, this is what women have to do when they get married.