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Biases In Psychology Which Affect How People’s Intellectual Contribution Is Valued; Behavioural Reactions to Dissonance and Confirmation Bias

This is the final part of three essays examining how people can be dehumanised through everyday mechanisms of perception.  The first part examined Prejudicial and Biased Reasoning as Illogical and Irrational; and the second part explored Implicit and Explicit Bias. In the third part we will examine Behavioural Reactions to Dissonance and Confirmation Bias.

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Podcast: Mad Studies at 2016 Lancaster Disabilities conference Introduced by Prof Peter Beresford and Dr Brigit McWade

On the 6-8 September 2016 the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference took place at the University of Lancaster.  Having got a sponsored place to attend the conference with a poster presentation, another thing which I did was audio record the conference to add to the Mad World archive as a part of the Ragged University project. Read more

Podcast: Classificatory Struggles; Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times by Dr Imogen Tyler

Dr Imogen Tyler talks about “Classificatory Struggles: Class, Culture and Inequality in Neoliberal Times” for the Sociological Review Annual Lecture.   This lecture was kindly shared via the Ragged University after getting permission from the journal and the speaker.

The content of the talk is to unpack the problems surround the portrayal of poverty and disembodiment of the term class from discourse.  Starting with an analysis of popularly dubbed ‘poverty porn’ she then spends time rooting down into what language is used in reportage and what concepts are helpful to deconstruct the Neoliberal cultural shifts we are seeing today. Read more

The Sociology of Education: A Durkheimian View

In a series of lectures published under the title ‘L’évolution pédagogique en France’, Durkheim analysed how the ‘history’ of secondary and higher education has been marked by a series of changes resulting from new political and economic trends since the Middle Ages. These were shaped by the development of new attitudes and needs.

Durkheim proposed that educational reforms reflect the general cultural context and illustrate the way in which the school attends to emerging needs that are not yet institutionalized in political society as a whole. This attempts an explanation of how the subjects of study which constitute the ‘content’ of education at any given time give rise to ‘categories of thought’ which thus inform the development of a society’s collective representations. Read more

6th July 2011: Let's talk about sex baby; Sexual communication explored through survey results by Fiona McQueen

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Name of speaker and subject:

Fiona McQueen – Sociology

Title of talk:

‘Let’s talk about sex baby; Sexual communication explored through survey results’

Bullet points of what you would like to cover:

A brief history of sociological debate around gender differences within sexual communication.  Results of the ‘Scottish Sexual Attitudes Survey 2010’ – a survey of 1000 people in Scotland
Hypothesising as to the implications of these results

 

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