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AQA Sociology
Social Policy
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KEY TERMS
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Destitution
Lacking the minimum resources necessary for food, clothing and housing
Empirical Sociology
Research based on first-hand investigation
Plural
The fact that British society is now composed of a number of different cultures
Realist Sociology
A term used for sociologists broadly sympathetic to the left who wish to influence
government policy, particularly in the area of crime
Social Policy
Has two meanings
It can refer to government policy to solve social problems or the academic subject of
studying social problems
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MARXISM
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Social policies serve the interest of capitalism by:
- Providing ideological legitimation
- Maintaining the labour force
- Preventing a revolution
The sociologists' main role should be to criticise capitalism
Simmel
Many are interested in solving social problems through research and are employed by
government
Many factors affect whether sociologists research succeeds in influencing policy
Criticisms
Impractical and unrealistic

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AQA Sociology
Rejects the idea that sociological research can help
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FUNCTIONALISM
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Comte and Durkheim
The state serves the interests of society producing rational policies for good
The sociologists role is to investigate social problems scientifically
Criticism
Marxism
- Educational policies are defeating by the influence of poverty in wider society
- The basic structure of society needs to be changed
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THE NEW RIGHT
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Murray
Welfare weaken family's self-reliance
Sociologists should propose alternative policies to restore responsibility
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AQA Sociology
Sociologists should be involved in researching social problems and making policy
recommendations
The Black Report on class inequalities in health made 37 recommendations
The Conservative government refused to publish findings on grounds of cost…read more

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