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"YOU DON'T HAVE TO BURN BOOKS TO DESTROY A CULTURE. JUST GET PEOPLE TO STOP READING THEM." - Ray Bradbury

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Why sociology is a game you can play anywhere

Sociology is a game you can play anywhere - anywhere there are people anyway. You’d be amazed at the gigs that sociologists manage to get paid for worming their way in to - they’re nearly as good at it as journalists. The famous Erving Goffman’s PhD fieldwork was conducted in the picturesque Scottish Shetland Isles. There is no evidence that Goffman was much of a party animal, but he still managed to make the local hotel - and its bar - the prime setting for his work. 

It’s nice when you can get paid for going on holiday.



   by  Vicky Brock 

The number of sociologists at an average baseball game has never been formally computed but there is a fair chance that at least 10% of those attending will be junior faculty sociologists. Their research, typically, will focus on one of two aspects of the event taking place before them. One camp - Goffman’s camp - will focus on the game as a metaphor for the complex dynamics of human co-operation. Even the competing sides will be seen as co-operating in the production of the game, the observance of its rules, protocols and so on.

The other camp will focus on the spectators (these are also part of the first camp’s theorising, but their level of engagement is different). Their betting patterns if they were tempted to have a punt, their seating arrangements, their eating and drinking habits and their sociability will all be measured against their incomes, their genders their races, the teams they support and anything else that might attract a research grant.

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How much each of those happy punters might stand to win at the end of the ninth innings is not something that will concern these diligent students - they’ll be busy working out their own expenses by then - probably in triplicate. Even more so than baseball, that’s their favourite game.

 

Inside my designer wardrobe

My mother always said to me “to feel good, you need to look good,” these wise words have echoed in my mind ever since. Whether I’m going out on the town or going for an important job interview, I’m very conscious of the clothes I wear. Like those words my mother said to me I like to dress to impress, not only to look good but to feel good as well, which is why I spend a good deal of my money buying smart clothes.

Every Friday when I got paid, I would go straight to the town centre, where a few of my favourite designer outlets were and purchase a new shirt or some new pants ready for Saturday evening out with the mates. But after a while the choices of my favourite brands got limited, this is when I discovered online retailers and the enormous variety of branded clothes they have on offer, and with just a few clicks of the mouse I could have all the designer clothes I wanted.

Another bonus about buying on line is you can automatically get entered into some great competitions such as winning tickets to the Lyle & Scott British Open golf championship, Lyle & Scott along with Ben Sherman and Fred Perry being some of my favourite brands.

So what brands will you find in my wardrobe? Below I have listed a few of my favourite brands.

Ben Sherman

Founded in Brighton in 1963 by Arthur Benjamin Sugarman this brand has long been a favourite of mine ever since I bought a Ben Sherman button downed, collared, short sleeve shirt many years ago, and instantly fell in love with Ben Sherman shirts. I now have more than 15 shirts from this famous brand.

Lyle & Scott

This Scottish brand which was founded way back in 1874, and has been making top quality clothing ever since.  I especially like their knitwear jumpers, with their golden eagle logo which is recognised around the world

Fred Perry

Sticking with the British brands, you will find many Fred Perry polo shirts neatly folded in my draw. Although originally associated with tennis, the Fred Perry brand is now very fashionable with their polo shirts a must during the summer months.

Please leave a comment below as I would love to hear what your favourite brands of clothing are.

 

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