Ben Hewitson is a sociologist, teacher and brand consultant. He runs the @allsociology instagram page and has been hosting the allsociology take1 podcast since October 2019. He lives in Ipswich, UK.
Episode 15 takes an in-depth look at rave culture in Britain and its relevance to sociology. Ben from allsociology examines what 'rave' really means, charts how the culture developed (and explains why it's more than a youth subculture) and analyses how an act of law from 1994 changed everything. . In studying rave from a sociological angle, Ben draws links between the movement and Durkheim's study on Totemism; postmodern ideas about globalisation and the networked society; and attempts to explain the more recent resurgence of rave in 'lockdown Britain' by adopting and adapting Merton's Strain Theory. . After the podcast introduction the podcast is split into 5 main chapters: 1. Definitions of rave (06:30 - 15:00) 2. The history and development of rave culture (15:01 - 20:00) 3. Raves, the law and the Public Order and Criminal Justice Act (20:01 - 36:50) 4. A rave resurgence? (36:51 - 45:21) 5. Applying Strain Theory to raving in lockdown Britain (45:50 - 51:14) . You can listen to the soundtrack to accompany this episode by going to or by searching 'allsociology' on spotify. . Edits and corrections: V1: I know I referred to the Rowland synthesiser as coming out in 1992. I meant to say 1982. . | |
Episode 14 of the podcast looks at the tragic murder of George Floyd. It considers why America is in the situation it is by way of discussing institutional racism, civil rights and the social history of race relations. As usual, this podcast is hosted by Ben from allsociology and is all done in one take. The podcast is split into 5 main themes (with timecodes): Intro (00:00 - 05:26) . Floyd's murder: the background and the fallout (05:27 - 11:32) . A brief history of racial inequality and civil rights in the USA (11:40 - 20:28) . Police brutality and institutional racism in the post-civil rights era (20:49 - 31:03) . Comparisons with the UK (31:04 - 37:00) . How can we tackle the issue? (37:14 - 41:43) . Outro (41:45 - 43:40) . Some of the topics touched on during this podcast include: racism, race, ethnicity, ethnic minorities, discrimination, prejudice, institutional racism, police brutality, globalisation, USA, UK, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Stephen Lawrence, Mark Duggan, Rodney King, Minneapolis, New York, LA, London, sociology, culture, history, civil rights, media, mass media, social media,  AQA A-Level Sociology, crime, education, power, social control, police, CPS, CJS, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, protest, segregation, movies, Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee, LA92, Selma, MalcolmX, qualified immunity, Macpherson Report, social reform, community relations, London 2011 riots, solidarity, collective sentiments, Emile Durkheim, Black Lives Matter, BLM. | |
Episode 13 of the podcast answers a host of questions sent in from followers of @allsociology on instagram. As usual, this podcast is hosted by Ben and is all done in one take! There are 4 main groups of questions covered, focusing on issues such as the benefits of Sociology as a subject, ways of studying Sociology, Ben's personal views on Sociology, and questions about the nature of sociology and inequality. Below are each of the questions and their respective timecodes: . Is it worth taking Sociology at college? (03:38 - 05:12) . What careers can Sociology lead to? (05:13 - 08:33) . What are the best ways to revise Sociology? (08:47 - 14:14) . How can I best manage my time in exams? (14:15 - 17:04) . What was your favourite part of your degree? (17:25 - 23:14) . Can you recommend me a sociological book? (23:18 - 25:15) . What is the aim of Sociology? (25:53 - 28:02) . How can Sociology be used to tackle inequalities? (28:03 - 30:31) . If we know there is inequality in education, why don't we stop it? (30:38 - 32:45) instagram facebook twitter TES Shop
The take1 podcast has been going for almost half a year now and it's picked up a few listeners along the way (hello to everyone btw!), so it's probably about time it had a re-introduction. In 2 mins Ben briefly covers what the podcast is, what you can expect from it, and briefly recaps what's been covered in some of the first 12 episodes. . Subscribe to take1 using your preferred podcast app, Spotify or YouTube. Just search 'allsociology'. .
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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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10 hours, 14 minutes
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