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puppetsWelcome to sociology, the academic subject which finds the extraordinary in the ordinary world around you.

Though intended to meet the needs of A’ level sociology students, the extensive range of materials available gives any reader with the opportunity to get an insight into the dynamics of the social world around them.

The popularity of this website has soared with over 2 million users prompting the publication of our own sociology revision books. In addition we’re getting more and more requests for student support in regard to tutoring, essays etc. therefore please visit our tutoring services.

We welcome all forms of feedback, therefore feel free to let us know what we can improve on. You can contact us at

The Family –  Chapter 1 explores the role of the family in society with along accompanying sociology revision notes so you can revise sociology of the family through our bespoke revision images. NEW!! Kindle family revision book including a large test-yourself section or just download the test-yourself section now.

Culture and Identity – Chapter 2 looks at the relationship between culture and the formation of identity along with accompanying sociology revision notes for culture and identity.

Education  – Chapter 3 examines the structure and effects of the education system along with accompanying sociology revision images so you can revise the sociology of education.

Power and Politics – Chapter 4 explores the nature of power within the UK political system along with accompanying sociology revision notes so you can revise the sociology of power and politics.

The Media – Chapter 5 explores the manner in which the media provides our ‘window’ on the world along with the accompanying revision notes enabling you to revise the sociology of the media.

Crime and Deviance – Chapter 6 explores the complexity of crime and deviance along with accompanying sociology revision resources so you can revise the sociology of crime and deviance.

Wealth, Poverty and Welfare – Chapter 7 examines the relationship between income and life-chances along with the all important revision images for wealth, poverty and welfare. NEW!!! Kindle Wealth, Poverty and Welfare revision book available to download now.

Social theory – Chapter 8 takes you through the various sociological theories used by sociologists. Each theory is explained in an accessible fashion before moving into greater depth.

Suicide – Chapter 9 explores the usefulness of studying suicide for sociologists

Methodology – Chapter 10 Is sociology a science and can it be value free? This page provides links to the various methodological principles which underpin a sociologists chosen research method.

Research methods – Chapter 11 explores the various research methods used by sociologists as well as research methods revision resources as well as Methods in Context (Education and Health)

Revision resources page – you can revise for any sociology examination with variety of sociology revision resources from sociology podcasts to sociological revision images so you can revise sociology research methods, and sociological theory

This online service also provides you with a diverse wealth of sociology resources from 523 free films to a sociology gift-shop and bookshop which will allow you to explore and interact with the stimulating subject of sociology as well as revise for any sociology examination.

These resources have been designed to help develop the reader’s sociological understanding as well as developing their general knowledge and understanding too. With access to free online courses from leading universities as well as a mental pool of resources at

External links – follow this link to an additional sociology website; and this link to a dedicated sociology revision website


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  4. Declan / May 6 2014 10:46 am

    this website has been so useful for me, especially the podcasts for Education!!
    Shame there isn’t any for Culture and Identity.

    • sociologytwynham / May 6 2014 8:12 pm

      Thanks for the compliment. Will do culture and identity podcasts soon.

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  6. DoubleN / Jan 31 2015 9:50 pm

    Do u have notes for religion as well ?

    • tommo / Feb 1 2015 7:45 pm

      Sorry not at the moment, but it will be written later in this year.

  7. susan reed / Feb 6 2015 12:25 pm

    do you have any more notes on global development?

    • tommo / Feb 6 2015 12:26 pm

      Hi – sorry not as yet, but is there anything in particular you wished to know about?

  8. Arthur P. / Feb 28 2015 9:55 am

    Great Website.But could you please make an Overview page for Culture and Identity, it’s really hard to navigate between pages. Would be much appreciated

    • C H Thompson / Feb 28 2015 11:44 am

      Hi – a valid point which I am aware needs addressing and I promise you it is very high on my to-do list. Thanks for feedback🙂

  9. DoubleN / Mar 3 2015 2:54 pm

    Hi, I have been stuck on a qns for the past two days and am not able to get the answer from anywhere that would be helpful to me . I was hoping of u could let me know
    Qns- what is the diff. Between ideological conditioning device and the IDeological State Apparatus ?
    I know that family is the ideological conditing device as claimed by cooper ( its the only one right ?) but what is the difference between the two ,as even the family is considered as ISA by althuser . Becuase the both ideologically try to make us perfect proletariat .

    • C H Thompson / Mar 3 2015 3:32 pm

      Hi – If you view society as being in conflict the family is “an ideological conditioning device in an exploitive society” where children learn (socialized) inside families to submit to authority so they’ll learn to be obedient and submissive when they’re working adults. In the same way Althusser (1971) a French Marxist, argued that in order for capitalism to survive people must be taught how to think and behave, and the family is the best mechanism for doing this.
      Therefore they are both the same thing Cooper has just developed Althusser’s point. Does that help?

      • DoubleN / Mar 3 2015 6:25 pm

        So we can say that the media, family , education and religion are all ideological conditioning devices . As they all do indoctrinate the ruling class ideology within us ?
        They are like justifying capitalism for us right ?

      • C H Thompson / Mar 3 2015 6:46 pm

        Correct – you’ve got it!!

      • DoubleN / Mar 3 2015 7:20 pm

        So can we like interchange the terms ?
        Im guessing no ,because whenever i searched on the net . Ideological conditioning device always came along with family and coopers name . So I am guessing cooper(marxist) only used the term for family .
        And the ISA are used in maintaing hegemony, they are used for making the proletariat be consent ?
        Sorry , i know i have a lot of qns but cant help it you answer them the best .

      • C H Thompson / Mar 3 2015 7:56 pm

        Hi again – Cooper will have been writing specific to the family while Althusser was writing in general Marxist terms which is why, as you say, ISA helps maintain hegemony. You can interchange terms as the examiner will reward you for remembering – either term known as ‘knowledge’ and then you will be rewarded in the exam for putting the term in the correct context – which is known as ‘understanding’. I don’t mind answering your questions, but maybe I can ask you to do something for me and post a good comment on Amazon for each book you purchased?🙂

      • DoubleN / Mar 3 2015 8:07 pm

        Thank you very much and May God bless you !
        I was already thinking of reveiwing your books on Amazon , its just that they havent arrived yet for me . As soon as I get them and go through them , I will surely put great comments on them .

      • C H Thompson / Mar 3 2015 8:12 pm

        Thank you, and if there’s anything you want answers to, just ask.

  10. Marie / Mar 17 2015 8:04 am

    are there any notes on global development

    • C H Thompson / Mar 17 2015 7:53 pm

      No sorry, though have plans to write them in the future, it won’t be for some time.

  11. DoubleN / Apr 2 2015 10:12 am

    Hi , can u pls explain neo – functionalist and neo -marxist views on religion for social change .
    Do they claim religion as intiators for social change or channels forexpressing social dissent . As in the liberation theory the poor used religion o liberate themselves from the poverty .
    Civil right movement in the usa created civil unrest through protests organized baptist church but it was due to reasons such as less civil rights for the black .
    So according to me they donot claim religion as creating radical social changes but yes it can be used to tigger them .
    Pls help . Also with neo functionalist .
    Thanking you in advance !

    • DoubleN / Apr 10 2015 7:20 pm

      Hello , Ive got the books ! There are very nice indeed . Also very happy that there are answers at the back as well to check on ourselfs . This is exactly what someone would need a day before there exams or for revision . Very affordable as well . A very good job for a first edition book🙂

      • C H Thompson / Apr 11 2015 8:32 am

        Hi – many thanks, glad you finally received them and like them too. Is there any chance you could post your lovely comment on Amazon too and give it a ‘star’ rating too?

  12. Abhi / Aug 7 2015 4:14 am

    useful site🙂

    • C H Thompson / Aug 7 2015 8:19 pm

      Thank you🙂

  13. Ronny / Apr 10 2016 2:11 am

    most of the blogs are explained clean and clear.. I wished it would be better if all spheres of sociology are upload with some time.. about kinship, religion, stratification etc

    • C H Thompson / Apr 12 2016 7:40 am

      Thanks for your comments. I’m in the process of addressing the areas you’ve raised🙂

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