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

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Overview

Second Thoughts, Second Edition, offers a 'tried and true' approach to nurturing sociological thinking in the undergraduate student. Twenty chapters examine popular conceptions on important social subjects, accepted by many in society as 'conventional wisdom'.

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Editorial Reviews

Roger McVannan
"The essays in this book motivate students to exercise their critical thinking skills—and that’s much of what education effort is about, isn’t it?"
Roger Mc Vannan
"The essays in this book motivate students to exercise their critical thinking skills—and that’s much of what education effort is about, isn’t it?"
Paul Semm

“A major strength is that the students like the text and they read it. The essays are a really good way of raising questions and simultaneously introducing students to sociological concepts and terms.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761986652
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Sociology for a New Century Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet M. Ruane (Ph D, Rutgers University) is a professor of sociology at Montclair State University. She has served as her department’s undergraduate and graduate program director. Professor Ruane’s research interests include formal and informal social control mechanisms, media and technology, research methods, and applied sociology. She is the author of Essentials of Research Methods (Blackwell) and has contributed articles and chapters to several journals and collections including Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Law and Policy, Communication Research, Sociological Focus, Journal of Applied Sociology, and Science as Culture. Since stepping into her first classroom, Professor Ruane has accumulated decades of valuable teaching experience in both introductory and advanced-level sociology courses. These years have afforded her a wealth of opportunities for generating and fine-tuning many second thoughts.

Karen A. Cerulo (Ph D, Princeton University) is a professor of sociology at Rutgers University. Her research interests include culture and cognition, symbolic communication, media and technology, and comparative historical studies. Professor Cerulo’s articles appear in a wide variety of journals, including the American Sociological Review, Contemporary Sociology, Poetics, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Communication Research, and annuals such as the Annual Review of Sociology and Research in Political Sociology. She is the author of three books: Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation, winner of the ASA Culture Section’s award for the Best Book of 1996 (Rose Book Series of the ASA, Rutgers University Press); Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong (Routledge); and Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst (University of Chicago Press). She has also edited a collection entitled Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition (Routledge). Professor Cerulo’s teaching and research earned her both the Rutgers University Awards for “Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education” and the “Scholar-Teacher Award.” In 2014, she was named the Robin Williams Lecturer for the Eastern Sociological Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Sociological Perspective
PART ONE: METHODS
Numbers Don't Lie
PART TWO: CULTURE
Winning Is Everything
Children Are Our Most Precious Commodity
PART THREE: SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Love Knows No Reason
Stress Is Bad for Your Well-Being
The 'Golden Years' Are Tarnished Years
PART FOUR: SOCIALIZATION AND IDENTITY
What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
PART FIVE: STRATIFICATION
The More We Pay, the More It's Worth
Money Is the Root of All Evil
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
America Is the Land of Equal Opportunity
PART SIX: DEVIANCE, CRIME AND SOCIAL CONTROL
Violence Is on the Rise in the United States - No-One Is Safe
There Ought to Be a Law
Honesty Is the Best Policy
PART SEVEN: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
The Nuclear Family Is the Backbone of American Society
Marriage Is a Failing Institution
PART EIGHT: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: THE ECONOMY
Welfare Is Ruining This Country
Immigrants Are Ruining This Nation
PART NINE: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: EDUCATION
Education Is the Great Equalizer
Conclusion
Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist?

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