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  1. How far do sociologists believe that young working class men are more likely to be criminal?

    gangs, resulting in crime and deviant actions. Many factors could influence why a young person commits crime. School factors could be a vital reason as to why young people commit crime, for example, academic failure, low bonding to school, truancy and dropping out of school, frequent school transitions. Other factors like issues within the family could also influence this. Furthermore, there are statistics that show that most criminals that are convicted are 21 years old and younger, for example in 2005, 50% of criminals convicted were under the age of 21 and 25% were ages 10 ? 17 years old.

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  2. Can official statistics on crime be trusted?

    Some people are too scared to report it because they think the person might reoffend. Or some police people may not want to get involved as it is a family matter so they just tend to ignore it. often women would report their partners of sex assault but then they take it back after a while, this may put the police off as they are working on a case and then it is suddenly withdrawn so this may be the reason why they don?t take it seriously.

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  3. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis concludes that the language individuals speak shapes their understanding of the world

    The hypothesis supposes that the language a person speaks influences his/her thoughts. Language provides a cultural view through which a person perceives the world. Meaning, each language represents a different worldview. Our words depend on our thoughts, not vice versa, correct? We express our thoughts and feelings through the words of our language. There are certain things you are able to say in one language that may not even make sense in another; therefore, in that circumstance this hypothesis is correct. Furthermore, language and culture are very closely associated with each other.

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  4. What is anti-social behaviour? How does the government tackle it? And what would you do to tackle it?

    and environmental anti-social behaviour (fly-tipping). Anti-social behaviour can be dealt with by contacting the local authority who can apply to a court for an order to stop or prevent violent antisocial behaviour in its area, apply to a court for an order to stop public nuisance, which includes drug-dealing or take action to evict the person responsible for the behaviour, if they are a local authority tenant.

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  5. Discuss how far sociologists would agree that school factors are the most important influence on achievement?

    Because of this students who do suffer from material deprivation will be at a disadvantage to other students who do have the necessary resources when it comes to tests and exams. This is a big influence on educational achievement. Setting in classes can have a big influence on a student?s education. This is because if someone is put in a high set in school, it can influence them to do well and achieve up to their full potential. It could also be a bad influence as the work could be too difficult for the student so therefor it could cause

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  6. Is Folk Culture the true culture of ordinary British people?

    Folk culture is not shown at all in the city centre; all the shops are now big brands as this is what people want. There is a minimum amount of small shops and business? which portray folk culture. The reason there is this proportion of shops is because it is what the British people want, this is known as popular culture.

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  7. Gangsters and Mafia

    In the sixties, there were groups of people with similar traits, called mafia. They seem complete opposites, but they are more similar than they may appear. As previously mentioned, gangsters are characterized as their clothes; baggy, loose hanging, plain. Mafia, on the other hand, are seen as rich, classy, people who wear fancy tailored suits. The fancy attire they wore was essentially showing off that they were richer and looked nice all the time. There are numerous movies, games, and books that support these stereotypes, and they are generally accepted as true. The reasons why they come together are also different.

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  8. How far do sociologists agree that education benefits the ruling class?

    They believe that the working class do not achieve in education because of their material deprivation and cultural deprivation meaning that the working class will not achieve as much as the ruling class, as they cannot afford to buy books, tutors or equipment like the ruling class can. Another reason Marxists agree with this statement is because they believe that through education the wealthy learn to rule, and the working class learn to be ruled. They believe that there is a hidden curriculum where the working class learn respect, authority, punctuality and hard work.

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  9. To what extent is a stable family vital for a successful society ?

    The question is: Is it vital to a successful society to have families? When we look into families, we see that family members are every person?s first teachers. We learn the basic skills of living from our families. In a stable family, one learns all the correct skills and learns to share with others. In fact, we actually learn that there are ?others? in the world from our families. If a family is dysfunctional, the children will probably learn that such behaviors as indulge by the adults in the family is not only acceptable, but actually the norm.

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  10. Adults who behave like teenagers

    Like youngsters, they lack long term projects. Their major concerns are their plans for next weekend. They do not want to settle down and tend to get involved into short or non-committed relationships. They speak tenagers' poor and rude jargon, and sort out their problems with violence. For instance, it is very common to here about mothers who want to be just like their teenaged daughters; they date men who half their age, go to the same clubs as their daughters and dress inapropiately.

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