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    Supply and demand is often used to determine what price is best at which to sell ? particular commodity. One of the tools used to determine this is called ? demand curve. ? demand curve is plotted onto ? graph using the supply of ? commodity on one axis and the demand of the commodity on another axis. (Nelson, 1982) Market demand ? market used to exchange the services of ? factor of production: labor, capital, land, and entrepreneurship .For instance, the labor services of workers are swaped through factor markets NOT the actual workers.

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    Poverty in the Bahamas

    With the poverty line being established the survey showed that a moderate 9.3% of Bahamians and 5% of households fell below this minimum level. To put our poverty level in perspective to the rest of the world, the Bahamas pretty well off when compared to countries like The USA with 12% or Spain with 20%. Even with our relatively low poverty rate it is important to note that we have not updated our figures in over 8 years. There are many factors, as we will see later in this report that would have lead to an increase in the poverty rate.

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  3. Does Boxing have a future?

    Instigated by deaths and injuries in the ring the legality and legitimacy of boxing has continuously been debated. There have been attempts initiated but to no avail to have boxing banned on the ground of its legality. A number of private members bills has been presented and rejected by Parliament. Boxing has tried to keep its house in order under the current climate it operates in and has made numerous internal changes in an attempt to increase safety. Examples of this can be seen with the introduction of head-guards in amateur boxing and also the significant change made in professional

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  4. Sociology Investigation

    For example: in education where teachers label student due to their background, their behaviour in class, their academic performance and their attitude. The views of the teachers have an effect on the student's personality and achievement. Jonathan Blundell, Active Sociology for GCSE Research has shown that children who are predicted to be a failure or a success by a teacher's judgement are more likely to be what was predicted, as these predictions have an effect an individual's view of him of herself and his or her self esteem.

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  5. crime and poverty

    Also theft or motor vehicle offences is 6.2% which is less than Newham which shows that Newham had a lot of crime in 2006/2007. The Mayor of London wants to reduce crime and put more police on the streets which he has said on the news. This would also affect Newham as it is apart of London. This would be positive because it would help Newham get a better name and also attract tourists to London 2012 Olympics. There has been a lot said about crimes, for the purpose of this research I would like to find out if there is a lot of crime because of material deprivation.

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  6. Crime - 'The media portrays ethnic minorities in negative ways', Discuss.

    I believe this is a sociological topic because where there is ethnicity and gender discrimination; peoples work chances and life chances would get affected because they will have no source of income and they will become ill and die. When ethnic minorities would try to get a job, people would discriminate against them and think of them in a negative way so then they wouldn't be able to get a job, and not having a job would lessen down their life chances.

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  7. Money and Power still remains with Caucasians

    I have also investigated the differences in men and women in these areas. Also I have looked to see if r****m still exists in getting certain jobs. Introduction My hypothesis is that Caucasians are more successful in later life than other ethnicities. There are many reasons for this; one of these is that western countries, which have the white populations, are much richer than the other countries because they used their raw materials hundreds of years ago to become a world power. For example one of the reasons Britain was invaded by the Romans was for their tin and copper mines.

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  8. Sociology: Arranged Marriage Coursework

    Through quantitative data, I would be able to put results in tables or graphs because there is likely to be similar choices of answers. Quantitative data would also help me compare all responses I get much easily than it would through qualitative data. The outcome of this method would be that I would be able to ask young and elder Asians questions about arranged marriages. Compared to other methods, I think this method is much quicker and easier to carry out.

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  9. Changes in Family Roles

    The New Right, like Valerie Riches, believes that changes within the family are breaking the family and therefore do not think these changes should be taking place. They blame the deviations from the traditional family, for many families breaking down in our day and age. They also believe that the traditional family was crucial in establishing stability in society. Moreover, the area I chose to study is of sociological importance because the family plays a big part in society. Mrs Thatcher and the functionalist's believe that the family is the corner stone of society which goes to say that it is fundamental.

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  10. Deforestation of the Amazon Rainfores- Humanities Essay

    Soil in the rainforests is very poor in nutrients as all the nutrients are stored in the vast number of trees and plants. The tree roots hold the soil together. The canopy protects this poor nutritious soil from heavy rains. When a tree dies and it falls to the forest floor it decays and all the nutrients are recycled. However if trees are removed from the forests then the nutrients and the rain protection from the canopy will be removed.

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  11. Sociology - Womens and housework

    argued that industrialisation led to joint conjugal roles in the nuclear family, this is when the men and women share all the work that they do for example; house work, office work etc... they both found out that the involvement of husband and wife in a family was equal, they found out about this by doing a research, asking men and women about their domestic work that they do in the house. Feminists challenged this theory. They highlighted the fact that even though men help women doing the housework, the major responsibility is still position upon the woman.

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    Sociology Coursework

    Examples of this might include smoking too much, using too much salt or sugar, eating junk food, or not bothering to take any exercise. The other explanation is The material explanation which suggests that those suffering poorer health lack enough money to eat a healthy diet, have poor housing, dangerous or unhealthy working conditions, live in an unhealthy local environment, etc. Poverty is the main factor that leads to ill health. People who die youngest are often people who are unemployed and live on benefits or earn very low wages.

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  13. Integrative assesment strand

    For example the recent media attention given to a report by the new UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) which criticises current drug policy and suggests that the UK has the highest level of drug abuse in Europe. Similarly, an increase in knife and gun crimes which can be related back to gang culture and drugs has concerned the public as it continues to feature in the press. 1.2 Does the UK employ an effective policy for tackling the negative effects associated with drug use? 1.3 The aim of this investigation is to analyse contemporary UK drug policy and possible alternatives.

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  14. evaluation of methods

    This will definitely affect my results. When doing it together, they will often share their views to each other, and the result of this would be that each of their answer will be influenced by each other. If one thought that arranged marriages are actually very good, but as doing it with their friends, there will be more chance of them writing down what their friends think, meaning that their results will depend on their friends' results. This therefore shows that, my results are not going to accurate, since some of the results are not going to be accurate because some of the answers were relied upon others' answers.

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  15. The Hindu Woman: Life under the Laws of Manu

    But from a Hindu perspective it is only those women who abandon their desires and independence and willingly submit and dedicate themselves to the men in their lives who are able to receive this honour and adornment. These dichotomous treatises complement each other; one could not exist without the other. Codifying Female Injustices This relegation to an inferior position has not always been the reality for Hindu women. From all available accounts, in the early Vedic period it appears that women occupied the same position as men (Andal, 2002:20).

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  16. Pitted against Patriarchy

    Over the last ten years, however, there has been a substantial amount of sociological research examining those very issues but the number of novels written about and by women has remained comparatively small. Of the few novels to have emerged centralizing women, many of these have either focused on the new economic, social and political possibilities created by the fracturing of existing patterns, such as Mary Beckett's Give Them Stones3 or upon the character pressurized into conforming with a particular community's expectations of maintaining those traditional values under threat, resulting in devastating consequences such as Judith Hearne in Brian Moore's The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne4.

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    Beveridges report was to provide a comprehensive system of social insurance from 'cradle to grave'. The report proposed therefore that all working individuals pay weekly contributions to the state, in return, benefits would be paid to the unemployed, sick, the retired and the widowed. This was to ensure that everyone would have acceptable minimum standards of living. The Government in 1944 introduced 'white paper' on education, strategies towards full employment and also the creation of the NHS, these changing attitudes in wartime Britain were reflected in the series of reforms introduced by post-war Labour Government.

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  18. Construction of Childhood

    Children from rich families had a better standard of education wore better clothes, better housing and had food. In contrast to the poor families the children were subjected to hard labour at a very young age, they received less than adequate education and more importantly their life span was shorter than those children from wealthier families due to various illnesses. Childhood in this period was very short, children were leaving school at an early age and what was expected of them was to go to work and help the family, and work was long and hard. Children were looked upon as adults within the family; they were not seen as children.

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  19. How did the social distribution of literacy skills vary in early modern Britain, and what are the implications of that variation

    By the beginning to the Civil War, husbandmen and tradesmen were as illiterate as the Elizabethan era.4 Nethertheless, the general level of literacy increased, seen when the male illiteracy rate was close to 80% in Elizabethan times, but a century on after the so called but overrated 'educated revolution', illiteracy amongst men was reduced to just 70%.5 In 1550s, 20% of men could sign their names and 5% of women, but this increased to 30% and 10% respectively in 1650s, reaching 60% and 40% respectively in 1760s.

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  20. The Glass Ceiling

    There have been changes in regards to women in top positions within the last few years. However, although those advances are positive, they are still no where equal. A certain statistic may say that there has been a 14% increase in the number of women in executive jobs for a certain company. However, although that increase is no doubt positive, it fails to tell the true story. That increase is only increases from a very minute number, if not zero, of women who previously held that position. Another thing that that statistic fails to mention is that the most of them include women in that position as that company from all of its worldwide locations.

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  21. Disucss the conention that weak leadership, rather than any economic or political factor was the main reason for the failure of Chartism?

    Secondly, resistance to the implementation of the New Poor Law was both ferocious and importunate in the industrial north such as south-east Lancashire a west Yorkshire. Samuel Kydd, a young shoemaker in the late 1830's, emphasised the crucial link between the new poor law and the loss of rights which was so important to the emergence of Chartism: "The Passing of the New Poor Law Amendment Act did more to sour the hearts of the labouring population, than did.....all the poverty of the land...The labourers of England believed that the new poor law was to punish poverty; and that the

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  22. This essay will explain the functionalist, Marxist and Social action theories of race and will incorporate an evaluation of the functionalist and Marxist perspectives

    Many social scientists maintain that 'race' definitions are imprecise and lack validity arguing that these definitions have derived from custom and therefore 'race' has been socially constructed and defined accordingly. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race) Discrimination can be defined in two senses, either direct or indirect. Direct discrimination can be executed through the preferential treatment of a specific 'race' and therefore disallowing the other 'race/s' equal access to the same opportunities as the favoured. Indirect discrimination is implemented in a deceptive, manipulative fashion, attempting to block the opportunities of the unfavoured 'race' by placing unrealistic stipulations and obligations upon them, with the knowledge that these specifications are unattainable.

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  23. How Is The Harshness Of Community Life In Starkfield Conveyed By Edith Wharton?

    We become aware that out of all times, the winter is a time where true isolation is felt deeply. "But when the winter shut down on Starkfield and the village lay under a sheet of snow..." The use of the words 'shut down' gives us the idea of being locked for a period of time and describes the isolation. In addition to this, 'under a sheet of snow' explains the village as trapped, as well as cold and frozen. Referring to the same quote, the use of 'but' shows a contradiction and creates a negative point within the sentence.

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  24. Young people, class and gender

    My reason for involving young people from another project was to ascertain whether young people from HOV were more or less aware of any gender divides, perhaps initiated by their mental health issues. The questionnaire results showed nothing conclusive either way although follow up workshops with the HOV Falmouth Young Womens Group (FWYG), a necessary part of my work schedule, brought up issues of male dominance during childhood. This was regardless of class and age of the young people involved.

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  25. Theory and Practice of Work with Young People

    (Smith, 2001, www.infed.org/thinkers/et-hist.htm#theory). In 1946 Josephine Macalister Brew's book Informal Education: Adventures and Reflections, brought informal education into the realm of youth work. This was followed in 1966 by The Social Education of the Adolescent by Bernard Davies and Alan Gibson. Since then there have been numerous works on the subject of informal education, most notably, in relation to youth work, those of Tony Jeffs and Mark Smith. So what exactly is informal education? Like many terms in use today, it is widely used to describe an enormous variety of settings and activities.

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Sociology is the study of societies, the ways in which they are organised and the groups of which they are comprised. You'll be studying the family, social control, gender, poverty and the world of work amongst many other topics. There will be plenty of discussion and many contentious issues to debate and you'll pick up some valuable skills along the way. In order to succeed you'll need to develop abilities in analysis and interpretation, in critically appraising ideas and policies and in expressing yourself verbally and in writing.

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