PERSPECTIVES on CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 6th Edition, approaches learning as the interconnectedness of ideas and disciplinary perspectives. This cross-disciplinary reader encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting students with a variety of perspectives on current issues across the curriculum. Contemporary issues engage students, while the thematically grouped readings provide thought-provoking material for in-class discussion and writing topics.
"It is a good fit because it encourages critical thinking; provides context for lots of writing; and encourages application to real world experiences."
"In general, I continue to use this text because of the variety of topics it covers in the readings. The readings seem appropriate for the students at our college, and I teach the main essays in the book: summary, critique, synthesis, and persuasive research essay. I use the "Responding to Visuals" sections also, because I have discovered that students are very interested in analyzing images, and I've had some good results from using them."
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Meet the Author
Katherine Ackley earned a Master's degree in English from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University. She taught at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point from 1979 to 2002. In addition to teaching in the English Department, she was coordinator of the Women's Studies Program for 10 years and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies for five years. Her research interests center on women in literature, with emphasis on literary representations of women's issues and, more recently, British crime writers. Her books include THE NOVELS OF BARBARA PYM (1989), WOMEN AND VIOLENCE IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1990), MISOGYNY IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1992), ESSAYS FROM CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (2004, 5th Edition), and PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (2015, 7th Edition). She has published dozens of articles and has received more than 20 grants for research and development. In 1992, she became the first woman to receive the UWSP University Scholar Award.
PART 1: WRITING CRITICALLY AND CONDUCTING RESEARCH. 1. Reading Critically. Reading Critically in Preparation for Writing Critically. Illustration: Reading Critically. What's in a Name? More than You Think, Joe Saltzman. Discussion of "What's in a Name? More than You Think" Rhetorical Analysis of Visuals. Rhetorical Analysis of Websites. 2. The Writing Process. Prewriting. Writing the First Draft. Revising and Editing Your Paper. Proofreading. Student Essay. 3. Writing a Summary. Writing a Summary. Illustration: Making Marginal Notes and Summarizing. "The Moon We Left Behind," Charles Krauthammer (new selection). 4. Writing a Critique. The Connection between Reading Critically and Writing a Critique. Writing a Critique. The Hollow Curriculum, Robert N. Sollod. Student Essay 5. Writing an Arguement. Narrowing Your Focus and Discovering Your Position. Structuring an Argument. Strategies for Arguing Effectively. Student Essay. 6. Synthesizing Material and Documenting Sources. Using MLA Style Writing a Synthesis. In-text Citations Using MLA Style. Paraphrasing. Quoting. Integrating Source Material into Your Paper. Using Ellipsis Points, Brackets, Single Quotation Marks and "Qtd. in." Documenting Sources in a Collection of Essays. 7. Writing a Research Paper. Defining Your Purpose. Discovering a Topic. Forming a Preliminary Thesis and a Working Bibliography. Using the Library. Using Electronic Sources. Using Other Sources. Creating a Preliminary Bibliography. Evaluating Print Sources. Evaluating Internet Sources. Illustration: Seeking Promising Websites Taking Notes. Avoiding Plagiarism. Illustration: Plagiarism, Inaccurate Documentation, and Correct Handling of Source Material. Documenting Sources. Parenthetical Documentation: Citing Sources in the Text. Creating a Works Cited Page Using MLA Style. Assembling the Parts of a Research Paper. Student Research Paper Using MLA Style. Writing a Research Paper Using APA Style. Parenthetical Citations Using APA Style. APA Style References List Sample Pages from Student Research Paper Using APA Style. A Student Paper Using PA Style. PART II: MEDIA STUDIES, POPULAR CULTURE, AND THE ARTS. 8. Music and Video Games. Art Form for the Digital Age, Henry Jenkins. Do Video Games Kill?, Karen Sternheimer. In Defense of Hip-Hop, Cathleen Rountree. Hip-Hop's Betrayal of Black Women, Jennifer McClure. 9. Media Studies. Aggression: The Impact of Media Violence, Sissela Bok. Violent Media is Good for Kids, Gerard Jones (new selection). The End of Admiration: The Media and the Loss of Heroes, Peter H. Gibbon. The Wrong Lesson: Teaching College Reporters to be Meek, David Wallis. 10. Film and Television. Stop Blaming Kids and TV, Mike Males. Getting Real with Reality TV, Cynthia M. Frisby. Creating Reel Change, Donovan Jacobs. Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs, Sady Doyle (new selection). 11. The Arts. Solitude and the Fortresses of Youth, Michael Chabon. Comix Poetics, Andrew D. Arnold. Dance, Dance Revolution, Barbara Ehrenreich. How Song, Dance and Movies Bailed Us Out of the Depression, Morris Dickstein (new selection). PART III: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. 12. Education. Censorship: A Personal View, Judy Blume. Critical Thinking? You Need Knowledge, Diane Ravitch (new selection). Except from "Why School?: A Student in a Community College Basic Skills Program," Mike Rose (new selection). No Time to Read? David McCullough. 13. Poverty and Homelessness. Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids, Anna Quindlen. Homeless, Mike Dick was 51, Looked 66, Kevin Fagan (new selection). Too Poor to Make the News, Barbara Ehrenreich (new selection). The Singer Solution to World Poverty, Peter Singer. 14. Gender and Sex Roles. The Puzzle of Boys, Thomas Bartlett (new selection). Who Does the Talking Here? Deborah Tannen (new selection). A Sporting Chance: Title IX and the Seismic Shift in Women's Sports, Elinor Nauen (new selection). Sacred Rite or Civil Right? Howard Moody. 15. Race and Ethnicity in America. One Nation, Indivisible: Is It History? William Booth. Imagining the Immigrant: Why Legality Must Give Way to Humanity, John J. Savant (new selection). Play the Race Card, Raina Kelley (new selection). Race in America: We Would Like to Believe We Are Over the Problem, Maryann Cusimano Love. 16. American Foreign Policy. American Idealism and Realpolitik, Paul Johnson. Still Not Tired, Thomas L. Friedman (new selection). Lessons from World War II, Cathy Young. Now Showing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Americans, Martha Boyles. PART IV: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 17. Digital Technology and the Internet. I Need My Space!, Cindy Long. The Most Important Moment of All Time? Grant Calder (new selection). Social Connection, Steven Johnson (new selection). Chips: High Tech Aids or Tracking Tools? Todd Lewan. 18. Bioethics. About That New Jersey Organ Scandal, Sully Satel (new selection). Women Sell Their Eggs, So Why Not a Kidney? Deborah Kotz (new selection). Patenting Life, Michael Crichton. Bioethics and Stem Cell Research Debate, Robyn S. Shapiro. 19. Public Health. HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny, Mike Adams (new selection). The HPV Debate Needs an Injection of Reality, Arthur Allen (new selection). Global Public Goods and Health, Richard D. Smith. What the Rest of Africa Could Learn about AIDS, Jessica Reaves. 20. Environmental Studies. Humboldt's Legacy and the Restoration of Science, Aaron Sachs. Get Up! Stand Up!, Bill McKibben. The Sixth Extinction, Jeff Corwin (new selection). Accounting 101 for the 21st Century: A Liberal Arts Education in Carbon, John Petersen (new selection). PART V: BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS. 21. Marketing and the American Consumer. Every Nook and Cranny: The Dangerous Spread of Commercialized Culture Gary Ruskin and Juliet Schor. Marketing in the Millennials, Suzy Menkes (new selection). Stuff is Not Salvation, Anna Quindlen (new selection). Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in Americdan Today, Phyllis Rose. 22. The Workplace. You've Been Mommified, Ellen Goodman. The Full-Time Blues, Judith Warner. Temporary Workers and the 21st Century Economy, Jody Greenstone Miller (new selection). Oh, Brother, Jeff Jacoby (new selection). 23. American Business in the Global Marketplace. In Defense of Sweatshops, Benjamin Powell (new selection). The Wal-Mart You Don't Know, Charles Fishman. 30 Little Turtles, Thomas L. Friedman. Dominant Elsewhere, Google Struggles in China, John Boudreau (new selection). Appendix 1: Glossary of Terms. Appendix 2: Formatting Guidelines for Course Papers. Credits. Index.