sociology

Fully peer-reviewed online journal on the subject of sociology. Special sections and rapid response articles that address key issues in the public arena, are also produced.

A website of social sciences information authored by a national team of subject specialists from universities across the UK. It covers information on sociology, social policy and social work.

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on shyness. Susie Scott, Research Associate in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, spent three years collecting personal stories and accounts of people who see themselves as shy, exploring the social context in which this feeling arises, how it affects our interaction with others, and the way that cultural norms and values shape our perceptions of 'shy' behaviour.

Sarah Cunningham-Burley is Professor of Medical and Family Sociology Public Health Sciences and Co-director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh. She is involved in a range of research, including the Growing Up Scotland cohort study and new qualitative longitudinal study of work and family life. She also conducts research on the social aspects of genetics and stem cell research and is a member of the UK government's Human Genetics Commission.

Internet for Social Research Methods is a free "teach yourself" tutorial on the Web, teaching Internet information skills for social research methods. The tutorial is aimed at students, lecturers and researchers who want to improve their knowledge of the best Internet resources for this subject. It takes around an hour to do and includes quizzes and interactive exercises.

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on gangs and looks at what happens when a violent gang tries to refashion itself as a political movement. David Brotherton, Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is co-author of 'The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang', an account of his experience of the notorious New York branch of an American super gang and its decision to go straight. He joins Laurie Taylor to discuss. The segment is first in the audio clip.

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on sexual tension. Although modern societies seem to be becoming more liberal about sex it appears that at the same time many anxieties remain. Laurie Taylor discusses with Professor Sue Scott why the very subject of sex makes some people feel tense. The segment is second in the audio clip after a discussion on post soviet society and health.

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on children and sexuality in the light of the recent Pitcairn case where disclosures of widespread child abuse were pitted against a defence of traditional cultural practices. Laurie Taylor asks if there is such thing as a universal sexual morality particularly concerning children and discusses the construction of childhood and children's sexuality.

This resource has been prepared to provide support and guidance for personal study and to help you through the dissertation process. It deals with some of the common questions, concerns and practical issues that undergraduate students come across when completing their social science-based dissertation or final year project. The resource also provides some useful information for academic staff who are supervising undergraduate dissertations.

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on the way in which unwanted acts can become crimes. The relationship between levels of crime and fear of crime continues to exercise academics and policy makers alike. The question is asked if soaring prison populations accurately reflect the former or the latter. Laurie Taylor is joined by Nils Christie, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oslo, who argues that crime is a product of cultural, social and mental processes.