Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 2

Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 2

by Janet M. Ruane, Karen A. Cerulo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761986650

ISBN-13: 9780761986652

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: SAGE Publications

A perfect supplement to a traditional text or reader, this paperback creatively demonstrates the centrality of sociological thinking and social research for doubting students. Twenty mini-chapters, along with an introduction and conclusion, examine popular conceptions on important social subjects, accepted by many in society as "conventional wisdom." Each chapter

Overview

A perfect supplement to a traditional text or reader, this paperback creatively demonstrates the centrality of sociological thinking and social research for doubting students. Twenty mini-chapters, along with an introduction and conclusion, examine popular conceptions on important social subjects, accepted by many in society as "conventional wisdom." Each chapter provides a sociological take on these popularly held views.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761986652
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Sociology for a New Century Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
INTRODUCTION
Part I METHODS
Essay 1 Numbers Don't Lie
CULTURE
Essay 2 Winning Is Everything
Essay 3 Children Are Our Most Precious Commodity
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Essay 4 Love Knows No Reason
Essay 5 Stress Is Bad for Your Well-being
Essay 6 The "Golden Years" Are Tarnished Years
CULTURE MEETS SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Essay 7 Americans Are Becoming More and More Individualistic
SOCIALIZATION AND IDENTITY
Essay 8 What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet
Essay 9 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
STRATIFICATION
Essay 10 The More We Pay, the More It's Worth
Essay 11 Money Is the Root of All Evil
Essay 12 You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Essay 13 America Is the Land of Equal Opportunity
DEVIANCE, CRIME, AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Essay 14 Violence Is on the Rise in the United States-No One Is Safe
Essay 15 There Ought to Be a Law
Essay 16 Honesty Is the Best Policy
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Essay 17 The Nuclear Family Is the Backbone of American Society
Essay 18 Marriage Is a Failing Institution
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: THE ECONOMY
Essay 19 Welfare Is Ruining This Country
Essay 20 Immigrants Are Ruining This Nation
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
Essay 21 Technology Is Taking Over Our Lives
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS : EDUCATION
Essay 22 Education Is the Great Equalizer
Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist?
References
Glossary/Index

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