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Sociology and Social Policy


Often those in power are the ones able to define what is and are not a social problem and what should
be done about it. Although sociologist's research may influence it the ones in power have the ultimate
say.

Social problems: According to Peter Worsley a…

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Functionalists favour social policies that are sometimes referred to as `piecemeal social
engineering', in other words they favour the cautious approach, tackling one specific issue at a
time.
Marxists criticise this approach and argue by tackling educational underachievement though
policies of opportunity this will not work as it is due…

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people adopt the `normal' family model, and makes it difficult for alternative family structures to
develop.
o They see this family as restrictive and exploitative.
o In education feminist research has led to learning materials that promote more positive images
of females, and teacher training schemes that sensitise teachers to…

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