Category: Student blogposts

The Stigma of Poverty and Unemployment

By: Abbie Eaton, BSc Criminology and Sociology student We live in a society where we are socialised to determine success based on our job positions and our financial income. Those who are unable to conform to these ideas…

Class of Covid-19: The disruption to education

By: Chloe Bunce, BA Sociology student The Coronavirus pandemic introduced unforeseen challenges; the education system was greatly impacted to the extent that school closures occurred. Social theorists such as Imogen Tyler see societal institutions as ‘stigma machines’ with…

The ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ – but only for certain Gentlemen?

By: Lewis Keenan, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Allegations within the last two years has led to public knowledge of the deep rooted and seemingly institutional racism within the structure of English cricket. The lack of diversity at…

See Something? Say Something! Child Criminal Exploitation Awareness

By: Angharad Davies, PhD student In 2021 5,468 referrals were made to the National Referral Mechanism[1] regarding Child Exploitation in the UK. 2,689 of those were made in relation to Child Criminal Exploitation. Home Office (2022) On March…

Hungry Britain: how austerity and stigma help explain the rise in food insecurity

By: Nikki Rodgers, BSc Criminology and Sociology student Around 10% of the British population is food insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to a sufficient amount of food. Although the UK government do not have…

The Return of the Dual Burden – Home-schooling during Covid-19

By: Charlotte Dicks, BSc Criminology and Sociology student In understanding why women are mostly being left responsible for home schooling children during COVID-19 lockdowns, it can be useful to look at Hochschild’s theory of the dual burden. According…

Brexit: An Illusion of Grandeur and the Influence of Social Exclusion

By: Cameron McKie, BA Sociology student Brexit. Arguably the most important and divisive decision most of the UK will have faced in their lives regarding British foreign policy. The issues surrounding the Brexit vote are as diverse as…

All lives matter? The implications of feminism without intersectionality

By: Beth Gallacher, BSc Criminology and Sociology student In recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained much more publicity than it originally had when it was founded in 2013 after Trayvon Martin, a young African American…

Bauman and Fast Fashion

By: Claire Francombe, BA Sociology student In today’s society, a great amount of value is placed on products. Many theorists argue that we even value those around us differently based on what products they do or don’t have…

Foucault: Covid-19 and Power

By: Beth Mason, BA Sociology student Introduction This time last year* we could never have imagined being in the midst of a pandemic nor having our behaviour controlled so much by the government. Johnson has overseen enormous restrictions…