Thema Subject Categories 1.4

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J Society and Social Sciences
Use all J* codes for: specialist and some general adult titles, but see also V* codes for practical approaches to many topics. Use all J* codes with: other subject categories and qualifiers where appropriate. In J* use the most appropriate code(s) available, as many social sciences are broad topics that can have many alternative terms or names
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JB Society and culture: general
Use all JB* codes for: both general and academic works on social topics. Use with: JH* codes for sociology textbooks and other specialist works as appropriate.
See also: VFV* Relationships and families: advice and issues and its subcategories
JBF Social and ethical issues
See also: PDR Impact of science and technology on society, QDTQ Ethics and moral philosophy, RNT Social impact of environmental issues
JBFA Social discrimination and equal treatment
Use for: works about various forms of discrimination, about equality or inequality, about prejudice based on a person’s identity and also about measures to address these issues, such as diversity and inclusion policies, positive discrimination, work on unconscious bias. Use with: other JB* categories, or other subject codes and Qualifiers to denote specific forms of discrimination, e.g. with JBSF* codes for sexism or discrimination based on gender, QRAM9 plus 5PG* codes for discrimination based on religion, JBSJ plus 5PS* codes for discrimination based on sexual orientation etc
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JBFB Social Integration and assimilation 1.3
JBFC Poverty and precarity
Use for: works about food poverty, food banks, unemployment or employment when linked to poverty, the precariat, economic insecurity, underemployment, chaotic lifestyles, malnutrition linked to poverty, in-work poverty, the working poor etc
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JBFD Housing and homelessness
Class here: the unhoused, issues around providing houses, cost of homes, lack of accommodation etc
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JBFF Social impact of disasters
Class here: diseases, famine, malnutrition, forced movement of peoples as a result of disasters etc. Use with: other subject codes as appropriate.
See also: RNR Natural disasters
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JBFG Refugees and political asylum
Class here: asylum seekers, sanctuary. Use with: other codes for specific topics, such as JBFA for discrimination, JBFD for housing topics, NHTB for social history, FX for novels, etc
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JBFH Migration, immigration and emigration
Use for: works about diasporas, the expatriates, settlers or migrants themselves, or cultural or social topics linked to migration. Use with: other codes for specific topics, such as JBFA for discrimination, JBFD for housing topics, NHTB for social history, FX for novels etc
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JBFJ Human trafficking
Class here: forced labour, forced marriage, sexual slavery, modern-day slavery, forced prostitution, child labour.
See also: NHTS Slavery and abolition of slavery
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JBFK Violence and abuse in society
Class here: ill-treatment, maltreatment or wilful neglect in society, violence based on cultural traditions, violence against particular groups or individuals, institutional violence, violent criminal behaviour in society etc. Use for: works about perceptions of violence and insecurity in society, as well as works on actual violence, abuse and neglect.
See also: JKV Crime and criminology
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JBFL Control, privacy and safety in society
Use for: issues and debates around privacy, use of data, the role of government and big corporations, security, anti-terrorism, rights of the individual versus the rights of society, surveillance, public safety, social control and coercion.
See also: JPV Political control and freedoms
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JBFM Disability: social aspects
Use for: works that look at societal barriers to a person with impairments, the way societies treat disabled persons, the impact of policies, etc. Use with: 5PM* Qualifiers as appropriate and other codes for specific topics, such as JBFA for discrimination, JBFD for housing topics, JKS* for welfare, NHTB for social history, FX for novels etc
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JBFN Health, illness and addiction: social aspects
Use for: studies of the social or cultural impact of health policies or different illnesses or addictions; social or cultural behaviour or reactions to different types of addictions, illnesses or health scares. Use with: MBP to indicate social aspects of health systems
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JBFQ Social mobility
JBFS Consumerism
JBFU Animals and society
Class here: animal rights, vivisection, hunting, animal welfare, the use of animals for food, as resources, as commodities, human impact on animal world, trade in animals etc, treated as issues
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JBFV Ethical issues and debates
Use with: other categories to indicate works that treat a subject as an ethical debate.
See also: PSAD Bioethics, QDTQ Ethics and moral philosophy
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JBFW Sex and sexuality, social aspects
Use for: general interest works on sex and society, pornography and the sex industry, sex work and prostitution.
See also: JMU Psychology: sexual behaviour, VFVC Sex and sexuality: advice and issues
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JBFX Social attitudes
Class here: political correctness. Use for: general works about social, political and moral attitudes in societies. Use with: other categories for attitudes towards particular subjects or groups
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JBFZ Social forecasting, future studies

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