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Degree: Sociological Research (Masters) - Manchester University

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About Me:

Hello, my name is Connor. I have a proven track record of success in my chosen subjects, having received A grades in sociology and media studies at A level (2010) and a high 2.1 in my undergraduate degree in sociology (2011).

Many of my friends struggled with sociology and media studies at A level and I would regularly meet with them in my spare time to tutor them on some of the more complex concepts. I also feel the fact that I concluded my A level study only a few years ago will be a significant benefit to any prospective student.

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I understand that some of the heavy theory found within sociology can sometimes be difficult to contextualise. I will therefore make it my aim to try and help students understand these ideas in terms of their own experiences. I am happy to tailor my approach to the needs of the student, as this is ultimately the only way they will fully get to grips with the concepts.

I am more than confident that anyone can achieve top grades in this subject; and that I can help.

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Media Studies A Level £20 /hr
Sociology A Level £20 /hr
Media Studies GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
SociologyBachelors Degree2.1
SociologyA-LevelA
Media StudiesA-LevelA
English Language and LiteratureA-LevelC
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In what way does Bourdieu challenge the concept of meritocracy in education?

Bourdieu does this through his 3 forms of 'capital'. The normal usage of the term capital relates to currency, or the tools we use to navigate through society. Bourdieu extends this concept to include 'social capital', 'cultural capital' and 'economic capital'. 'Social Capital' - the social c...

Bourdieu does this through his 3 forms of 'capital'. The normal usage of the term capital relates to currency, or the tools we use to navigate through society. Bourdieu extends this concept to include 'social capital', 'cultural capital' and 'economic capital'.

'Social Capital' - the social connections we have. 'Its not what you know, it's who you know' (famous phrase which illustrates this form of capital)

'Cultural Capital' - the culture which is embodied within us through socialisation acts as a form of capital. This implies that there are certain cultural attributes which are superior to others; such as an interest in the theatre or literature. It also extends to ways of speaking, dress sense etc. which are all a reflection of culture.

'Economic Capital' - Money.

It is Bourdieu's argument that education in contemporary society can never be thought of as 'meritocratic' (the idea that everyone has an equal chance of success, and it is hard work alone that determines this) because the amount, and the quality, of each of these types of capital has a significant bearing on your chances of success in education. For example, middle or upper class children's parents are more likely to have connections within the education system to help their children get into the best schools, or get extra support (Social Capital). Middle and upper class children are also more likely to speak, write and dress in a manner which is deemed superior due to the way they have been socialised; leading to work which is marked more favourably, and better relationships generally with teachers (Cultural Capital). Finally, and perhaps the most obvious, 'Bourgeois' parents have the economic capital to pay for the best schooling and perhaps private tutoring.

This shows that in modern society the odds of success are always tilted in favour of the upper classes; which can be backed up by statistics on the issue.

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