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This cross-disciplinary reader encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting students with a variety of perspectives on current issues from across the curriculum. Contemporary issues engage the student, while the thematically grouped readings provide rich material for both in-class discussion and writing topics.

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"Terrorism and the American Image Abroad receive more coverage in Ackley's book than in comparable texts I've seen, helping the text live up to its name: by assigning the provocative essays Ackley has included on all aspects of contemporary life in America, we challenge our students to form their own perspectives on contemporary culture. This is an exciting book, with a diverse collection of topics and essays that will get my students thinking."

"I love this text! I always have great results with this text and there is enough variety of readings that I can vary them with each quarter. The readings are perfectly suited for freshman composition and the subjects are things the students can relate too. This text is the best out there for pop culture issues!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413010688
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: WRITING CRITICALLY AND CONDUCTING RESEARCH. 1. Reading Critically. Reading Critically in Preparation for Writing Critically. Organizing and Developing Ideas. Illustration: Reading Critically. *Joe Saltzman, What's in a Name? More than You Think. Discussion of "What's in a Name? More than You Think". Rhetorical Analysis of Visuals. Rhetorical Analysis of Websites. 2. Writing a Summary. Writing a Summary. Illustration: Making Marginal Notes and Summarizing. *Joshua Foer, Enter Right, Exit Left. *Roger Ebert, Stern Belongs on the Radio Just as Much as Rush. 3. Writing a Critique. The Connection between Reading Critically and Writing a Critique. Writing a Critique. *Robert N. Sollod, The Hollow Curriculum. Illustration: Critique. Linda Lee, Who Needs College? 4. Writing an Argument. Narrowing your Focus and Discovering Your Position. Structuring an Argument. Strategies for Arguing Effectively. Sample Student Papers. Illustration: Opposing Arguments. *Harvey C. Mansfield, Grade Inflation: It's Time to Face the Facts. *Alfie Kohn, The Dangerous Myth of Grade Inflation. 5. Synthesizing Material and Documenting Sources Using MLA Style. Writing a Synthesis. Illustration: Synthesis. In-text Citations Using MLA Style. Paraphrasing. Quoting. Integrating Source Materials into Your Paper. Using Ellipsis Points, Brackets, Single Quotation Marks and "Qtd. in". Documenting Sources in a Collection of Essays. Illustration: Synthesis with In-text Citations using MLA Style. 6. Writing a Research Paper using MLA Style. Defining Your Purpose. Asking Questions and Discovering a Topic. Forming a Preliminary Thesis. Developing a Working Bibliography. Using the Library. Using Electronic Sources. Creating a Preliminary Bibliography. Evaluating Print Sources. Evaluating Internet Sources. Illustration: Selecting Promising Websites. Taking Notes. Avoiding Plagiarism. Illustration: Plagiarism, Inaccurate Documentation, and Correct Handling of Source Material. Handling Source Material. Documenting Sources. Citing Sources in the Text. Creating a Works Cited Page Using MLA Style. Writing a Research Paper. Illustration: Sample Pages from Student Research Papers. Student Research Paper Using MLA Style. Writing a Research paper using APA Style. Parenthetical Citations Using APA Style. Illustration: Sample Pages from Student Research Paper Using APA Style. APA Style References List. Part 2: THE ARTS, MEDIA STUDIES, AND POPULAR CULTURE. 7. Music and Video Games. *Henry Jenkins, Art Form for the Digital Age. *John Tierney, Here Come the Alpha Pups. Isabelle Leymarie, Rock 'n' Revolt. *Cristina Verán, Rap, Rage and REDvolution. 8. Media Studies. Sissela Bok, Aggression: The Impact of Media Violence. Peter H. Gibbon, The End of Admiration: The Media and the Loss of Heroes. Jean Kilbourn, Advertising's Influence on Media Content. *John Leo, Liberal Media? I'm Shocked!. *P.J. O'Rourke, I Agree With Me. 9. Film and Television. *John H. McWhorter, Up from hip-hop. Louise Bernikow, Cinderella: Saturday Afternoon at the Movies. Susan R. Lamson, TV Violence: Does It Cause Real-Life Mayhem? Mike Males, Stop Blaming Kids and TV. 10. The Arts. *Michael Chabon, Solitude and the Fortresses of Youth. Robert Hughes, Behold the Stone Age. Harold M. Williams, Don't Ignore the Arts. *Daniel E. Gawthrop, The National Endowment for Football: We're Fighting the Wrong Battle. Part 3: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. 11. Education. *David Brooks, One Nation, Enriched by Biblical Wisdom. Marianne M. Jennings, The Real Generation Gap. David McCullough, No Time to Read? *Andrew Solomon, The Closing of the American Book. 12. Poverty and Homelessness. Anna Quindlen, Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids. America magazine editorial, Still Hungry, Still Homeless. *Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal. Melanie Scheller, On the Meaning of Plumbing and Poverty. Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty. 13. Criminal Behavior. *Joshua Green, Deadly Compromise: Death Penalty. *John O'Sullivan, Deadly Stakes: The Debate over Capital Punishment. Gary Kleck, There are No Lessons to be Learned from Littleton. Wayne C. Barrett and Bernard Rowe, What's Wrong with American and Can Anything Be Done about It? 14. Gender and Sex Roles. *Megan Rosenfeld, Reexamining the Plight of Young Males. Jane Smiley, You Can Never Have Too Many. *Howard Moody, Sacred Rite or Civil Right? *Whitney Mitchell, Deconstructing Gender, Sex, and Sexuality as Applied to Identity. 15. Race and Ethnicity in America. George Henderson, Race in America. William Booth, One Nation, Indivisible: Is It History? Linda Chavez, Hispanics and the American Dream. Alex Kotlowitz, Colorblind. *Perry Bacon, Jr., How Much Diversity Do You Want from Me? 16. Terrorism and War. *Barbara Kingsolver, A Pure, High Note of Anguish. *Arundhati Roy, The Algebra of Infinite Justice. *Jeff Jacoby, The Images We See and Those We Don't. *Charles Paul Freund, Flag-Draped Memories. *Mark Bowden, Lessons of Abu Ghraib. 17. America Abroad in Political Science. *Timothy Garton Ash, Fortress America. *Joseph S. Nye Jr., The Decline of America's Soft Power. *Chris Berdik, Voices from Abroad. Pico Iyer, Selling Our Innocence Abroad. Part 4: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 18. Digital Technology and the Internet. *Jack Valenti, Thoughts on the Digital Future of Movies, the Threat of Piracy, the Hope of Redemption. *Steven Levy, The Day I Got Napsterized: First they Came for Metallica. Then they Came for Tom Clancy. And then They Came for Me. *Geoffrey Nunberg, Blogging in the Global Lunchroom. *Meghan Daum, My Website, My Self. 19. Natural Sciences. Jacob Bronowski, The Reach of the Imagination. Roald Hoffmann, The Chemist. Matt Ridley, The Year of the Genome. Lee Ann Fisher Baron, The Influence of "Junk Science" and the Role of Science Education. Boyce Rensberger, The Nature of Evidence. 20. Bioethics. *James Pethokoukis, Our Biotech Bodies, Ourselves. James D. Watson, All for the Good. Ian Wilmut, Dolly's False Legacy. Jeff Lyon, Playing God: Has Science Gone Too Far? 21. Public Health. *Charles Krauthammer, Smallpox Shots: Make Them Mandatory. *Arnold S. Relman, Restructuring the U.S. Health Care System. *Richard D. Smith, Global Public Goods and Health. *Wayne Ellwood, We All Have AIDS. Johanna McGeary, Death Stalks a Continent. 22. Environmental Studies. Aaron Sachs, Humboldt's Legacy and the Restoration of Science. American Spectator commentary, The Galileo of Global Warming. Paul Hawken, A Declaration of Sustainability. D. Grand DeMan, Out, Damn Naturalist's. Part 5: BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS. 23. Marketing and the American Consumer. James B. Twitchell, In Praise of Consumerism. Richard Wolkomir, and Joyce Wolkomir You Are What You Buy. *Kevin O'Rourke, The Birth of Hip-hop. Phyllis Rose, Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in America Today. 24. The Workplace. Jay Matthews, For Love or Money. Matthew Boyle, Beware the Killjoy. Terry Golway, Rewriting the Old Rules. *Barbara Ehrenreich, Warning: This is a Rights-Free Workplace. 25. The Economic Impact of Outsourcing. *N. Venkat Venkatraman, Offshoring Without Guilt. *Charles Fishman, The Wal-Mart You Don't Know. *Thomas Friedman, 30 Little Turtles. *Richard Appelbaum and Peter Dreier, SweatX Closes Up Shop. 26. The Global Marketplace. Kofi Annan, Development without Borders. Vito Tanzi, Globalization without a Net. Robert Borosage, Mixing '60s Activisim and Anti-Globalization. Murray Weidenbaum, Dispelling the Myths about the Global Economy. Appendix 1: Definitions of Terms. Appendix 2: Formatting Guidelines for Course Papers.
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