Sociological Snapshots 5: Seeing Social Structure and Change in Everyday Life / Edition 5

Sociological Snapshots 5: Seeing Social Structure and Change in Everyday Life / Edition 5

by Jack Levin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412956498

ISBN-13: 2901412956498

Pub. Date: 06/11/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The Fifth Edition of the best-selling Sociological Snapshots continues to provide a solid foundation for students as it introduces them to the world of sociological analysis. Combining abstract sociological concepts with interesting and grounded essays ("snapshots") on issues of contemporary interest, this book helps students discover relevant connections and

Overview

The Fifth Edition of the best-selling Sociological Snapshots continues to provide a solid foundation for students as it introduces them to the world of sociological analysis. Combining abstract sociological concepts with interesting and grounded essays ("snapshots") on issues of contemporary interest, this book helps students discover relevant connections and encourages them to develop a sociological eye. By linking everyday life experiences to foundational concepts and concerns, it serves as an effective springboard from the student's familiar and concrete world to the more abstract realm of sociological theory and the sociological perspective.

Student-friendly introductions preceding each section of the text provide rich context and tie the readings to the central concepts of sociological thought, while writing, observation, and data-collecting exercises following each section encourage students to practice what they are learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901412956498
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/11/2008
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
248

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
The Sociological Eye     1
Just How Powerful Is a Role? Ask the Prisoners and Guards on Campus     7
Better Late Than Never: Misery Can Be a Turning Point for Academic Success     9
Heartburn and Modern Times: Don't Blame the Tex-Mex     13
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     16
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Social Structure     17
Culture     19
The Immaculate Americans: Being Cleaner Doesn't Mean We're Better     24
Baby Boomers: A Generation Without a Gap     27
The Demise of Bystander Apathy: We Admire Idols of Activism     32
Elevator Culture: You Really Can't Do Anything Else But Stare at the Door     37
Making Monsters Into Celebrities: Popular Culture Is Saturated With Images of Infamy   James Alan Fox     39
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     43
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Culture     45
Socialization     47
Can Hate Be Healed? The Difference Between Cultural and Pathological Prejudice   Arnold Arluke     51
Teaching Students They Are Not at the Center of the Universe: We Construct the World in Our Own Image   Wilfred Holton     53
Confessions of a Soap Opera Addict: The Daytime Serials Are More Than I Bargained For     57
Violence in City Schools: What Principals Are Doing to Stem the Rising Tide   Heather Beth Johnson     61
Sticks and Stones May Break .... In Reality, Names May Indeed Hurt You     63
Adult Socialization Can Be Murder: Development Continues Throughout Life     66
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     68
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Socialization     71
The Group Experience     73
College Fraternities-A Counteracting Force on Campus: Where Else Would Students Get to Know One Another?     77
The Appeal of Cults: If You Can't Get What You Need From Your Friends, You May Be Tempted to Join     79
Reunion, American Style: The Ritual of Recommuning     83
The Consequences of Coalitions: Responding to White Supremacist Leaflets     86
Children of the Organization Men: The New Individualists     88
Thwarting the Bullies in Our Schools: A Two-Pronged Strategy for Reducing School Violence     91
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     93
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About the Group Experience     94
Institutions     97
Who's Minding the Kids? Is Violence Filling the Void in Our Teenagers' Lives?     100
Let the System Do It! Taking Care of Society's Problems Can Hurt     103
Americans Are Moving to the Margins of Society: They No Longer Trust Mainstream Solutions     105
Dirty Work: Who's Going to Do the Unpleasant Jobs?     108
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     111
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Institutions     112
Deviance     115
Fat Chance in a Slim World: We Believe It's the Size of a Book's Cover That Counts     120
You Must Get Ill First; Then You Recover: Checking Out of a Mental Hospital May Be Harder Than Checking In     124
Is the Death Penalty Only a Vehicle for Revenge? An Ardent Abolitionist States His Case     126
Animal Cruelty and Human Violence: Is There a Connection?   Arnold Arluke     130
America's Youngsters Are Responsible for Church Burnings: It's Neither the Klan Nor the White Aryan Resistance     133
Keeping Children Safe From Sex Crimes: The Community Approach Sounds Effective but May Do More Harm Than Good     135
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     138
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Deviance     140
Social Inequality     143
The Economic Escalator: Americans on Their Way Down     147
An Apple Pie and an Open Mind: My Visit to a Patriot Potluck     150
Profiling Terrorists: Lessons From the War on Drugs   Deborah Ramirez     153
Gender Inequality Across Cultures: Both Men and Women Pay a Price     156
Give Us Still Your Masses But Please Don't Send the Criminals and Terrorists! ...   Gordana Rabrenovic     160
The Stigma of Aging: Almost, but Not Quite, Elderly Enough     163
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     166
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Social Inequality     169
Social Change     171
The Boomerang Effect in Planning Social Change: In the Social Arena, Good Intentions Sometimes Go Wrong     176
Fads: Is Goldfish Gobbling Next?     180
Keeping an Eye and a Camera on College Students: A High-Tech Response to Celebratory Rioting     183
Riding the Rumor Mill: Our Basic Anxieties Are Projected in Various Tall Tales     186
Highway to Hell? Fear and Loathing on the Road     190
Enquiring Times: The Tabloidization of Hard News     194
Terror American Style: Have We Changed Since September 11?     198
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading     203
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Social Change     206
Into the Future     209
References     215
Index     223
About the Author     235

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