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Youth Subcultures (soc essay)

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (144)

According to Nilan, Julian, and Germov (2007), a subculture is a group of people who represent lifestyles and “modes of meaning” alternate or subordinate to the dominant culture. Members of a subculture will express themselves in opposition, or as outsiders, to the established societal structure. Indeed, they may define themselves in defiance to positions of authority, and work actively to undermine the state. More often, however, a subculture defines itself as a group of p...

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Moral Panic and the War on Drugs (soc essay)

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Throughout the twentieth century, drug use has undergone cycles of intense public scrutiny and concern. From the 1960s onwards, the media and legislators have focused on specific drugs as representations of the wider cultural and moral decay of youth demographics. These intense, often exaggerated, reactions to drug culture mark a moral panic that was drawn to boiling point during the 1980s and has sustained itself through negative public opinion well into the 2000s. America&#...

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Cultural Cringe in Australia (soc essay)

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The term “cultural cringe” was first used in 1950, by the Melbourne critic Arthur Phillips, and refers to the ingrained feelings of inferiority felt by local intellectuals, writers and musicians. Phillips pointed out that the public widely assumed that anything produced by Australian artists was inherently deficient, when compared to British and European works. He argued that the only way local art professionals could gain public esteem was by travelling overseas and receivi...

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Indigenous Education (soc essay)

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (22)

Education is one of the most important elements of Indigenous self-determination and cultural integrity, and yet it is also the institution most in need of reform. Nationwide, Indigenous students achieve consistently poorer results than their non-Indigenous counterparts. The problems that Aboriginal students face at secondary and tertiary levels of study are systematic, as well as psychological. Indigenous education is plagued by systemic bias and structural violence, as well as a perva...

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Violence in Video Games (soc essay)

Posted on May 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Moral panic regarding the depiction of violence has dogged video game culture for almost thirty years. Scott’s (1995) study was unable to establish a correlation between playing violent video games, and increased aggressiveness. He found that the participants who were exposed to a number of violent games had their aggressiveness marginally increased, while those who played the moderately violent games actually decreased their aggressiveness. However, given that this study was cond...

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Group Polarisation (soc essay)

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (1)

The reasoning and decision-making process of an individual is altered, sometimes dramatically, when played out within the context of a group discussion. Social dynamics, such as firm leadership, minority or dissenting opinion, and the pressures of conformity, all play a role in determining the outcome of people’s choices. “Group polarisation” occurs when a dominant point of view is reinforced through conformity, and opposing views are ignored or suppressed. This ...

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Drugs in Sport (soc essay)

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the years, different sporting bodies have evolved differently to the war against doping. Some, such as athletics and cycling, are becoming increasingly vigilant against doping in their sports. However, there has been criticism that sports such as soccer and baseball are doing nothing about the issue, and letting athletes implicated in doping walk away unpunished. An example of this was Operation Puerto – approximately 200 sportspersons were implicated in blood doping. O...

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Capital Punishment (soc essay)

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (122)

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state. The death penalty is imposed in the case of “capital offenses”; usually in the case of murder, but it has also been used to punish such serious crimes as armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, and treason.

Historically, the execution of criminals and political opponents was used by nearly all societies; both to punish crime and to suppress political d...

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The Global Warming Debate (soc essay)

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I will be investigating the “two conflicting versions of the truth” surrounding the global warming issue, by examining a number of texts that represent each side of the debate. There are two versions of the “truth” surrounding global warming. The first version argues that the temperature of the Earth is rising as a result of human activity, and threatens to disrupt the balance of nature and the ecosystem. This phenomenon is known as global warming and, as w...

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International Treaties (soc essay)

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

There are many limitations of international law in protecting human rights. They include the ineffectiveness of the United Nations to enforce these laws; the inability of the U.N. to maintain and uphold these laws; and the resistance of the nations to have conflicting laws thrust upon their people and culture.

The issue of human rights is not a legal issue, it is a political one. The world consists of many different countries and cultures. In fact t...

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Legalising International Whaling (soc essay)

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

DISCLAIMER: The following essay does not necessarily reflect the views of the author or site. It is simply an exercise in persuasive argument.

Contrary to popular opinion, this essay will be arguing in favour of lifting the ban on international commercial whaling. It will be discussing the cultural and economic significance of whaling – both in industrial and developing countries; as well as the importance of marine scientific adv...

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Should Human Cloning be Banned? (soc essay)

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (10)

DISCLAIMER: The following essay does not necessarily reflect the views of the author or site. It is simply an exercise in persuasive argument.

Yes, it should be banned. Why? Because it is unethical to conduct research and perform experiments on human subjects; it is immoral to exercise such a field of science in our society; and it is irresponsible and dangerous to make this form of technology legal, let alone available. No matter how many benefits huma...

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