The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology / Edition 5

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"The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology, Fifth Edition presents the same format as the fourth edition and introduces six new pieces that will be of interest to today's students. Substantive footnotes and clarification of possibly confusing jargon enhance the clear and concise style of the book. Chapter review questions allow students to meaningfully reflect on and discuss the reading selections." The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology is the ideal companion text to Mclntyre's The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073404431
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 470,082
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa J. McIntyre is associate professor in sociology at Washington State University. She received the PhD in sociology from The University of Chicago. She is the author of three books including The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Repute; Law in the Sociological Enterprise and The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology and the editor of The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology. With Marvin Sussman, McIntyre edited Families and Law. An enthusiastic teacher and popular lecturer, McIntyre is a winner of Washington State University’s William F. Mullen Teaching Medal and numerous departmental teaching awards. Her central research focus is on how law and social behavior interact.
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Table of Contents



1 The Promise C. Wright Mills Mills, C. Wright 1

2 How History and Sociology Can Help Today's Families Stephanie Coontz Coontz, Stephanie 7

3 Hernando Washington Lisa J. McIntyre McIntyre, Lisa J. 18


4 Men as Success Objects and Women as Sex Objects: A Study of Personal Advertisements Simon Davis Davis, Simon 28

5 Miscounting Race: Explaining Whites' Misperceptions of Racial Group Size Charles A. Gallagher Gallagher, Charles A. 35

6 Doing the Right Thing: Ethics in Research Lisa J. McIntyre McIntyre, Lisa J. 49

7 If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably Philip Meyer Meyer, Philip 59

Part Three CULTURE

8 Queer Customs Clyde Kluckhohn Kluckhohn, Clyde 71

9 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Horace Miner Miner, Horace 77

10 Act Your Age Cheryl Laz Laz, Cheryl 82

11 The Power and Meaning of "Girl Watching" Beth A. Quinn Quinn, Beth A. 92

12 The Code of the Streets Elijah Anderson Anderson, Elijah 106

13 Escalating Danger in Contemporary Legends Elissa R. Henken Henken, Elissa R. 115


14 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life Erving Goffman Goffman, Erving 126

15 The Not-So-Lonely Crowd: Friendship Groups in Collective Behavior Adrian F. Aveni Aveni, Adrian F. 135

16 The Pathology of Imprisonment Philip G. Zimbardo Zimbardo, Philip G. 140

17 "Getting" and "Making" a Tip Greta Foff Paules Paules, Greta Foff 145

18 Commanding the Room in Short Skirts: Cheering as the Embodiment of Ideal Girlhood Pamela Bettis Bettis, Pamela 153

19 The Rest Room and Equal Opportunity Harvey Molotch Molotch, Harvey 166


20 "Tuck in That Shirt!" Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School Edward W. Morris Morris, Edward W. 170

21 Emotional Capital and Professional Socialization: The Case of Mortuary Science Students (and Me) Spencer E. Cahill Cahill, Spencer E. 191

22 Anybody's Son Will Do Gwynee Dyer Dyer, Gwynee 209

23 Suspended Identity: Identity Transformation in a Maximum Security Prison Richard S. Jones Jones, Richard S. 221

24 How Women Reshape the Prison Guard Role Lynn Zimmer Zimmer, Lynn 233

25 Not Just Bodies: Strategies for Desexualizing the Physical Examination of Patients Christine L. Williams Williams, Christine L. 245


26 The Normality of Crime Emile Durkheim Durkheim, Emile 262

27 The Saints and the Roughnecks William J. Chambliss Chambliss, William J. 264

28 On Being Sane in Insane Places D. L. Rosenhan Rosenhan, D. L. 276

29 Sweeney Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape Brain Sweeney Sweeney, Brain 284

30 Situational Ethics and College Student Cheating George M. Diekhoff Diekhoff, George M. 302

31 Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crime Michael L. Benson Benson, Michael L. 308


32 The Land of Opportunity James Loewen Loewen, James 317

33 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Barbara Ehrenreich Ehrenreich, Barbara 327

34 The Job Ghetto Chauncy Lennon Lennon, Chauncy 345

35 Racism Joe R. Feagin Feagin, Joe R. 348

36 "Race Doesn't Matter, But..." The Effect of Race on College Professors' Experiences and Emotion Management in the Undergraduate College Classroom Roxanna Harlow Harlow, Roxanna 362

37 Confessions of a Nice Negro, or Why I Shaved My Head Robin D. G. Kelley Kelley, Robin D. G. 380

38 The Model Minority Myth: Asian Americans Confront Growing Backlash Yin Ling Leung Yin, Ling Leung 388

39 Tales Out of Medical School Adriane Fugh-Berman Fugh-Berman, Adriane 393

40 Afterword: The Sociological Eye and Its Blinders Randall Collins Collins, Randall 397

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