Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 3

Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 3

by Janet M. Ruane, Karen A. Cerulo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761988246

ISBN-13: 9780761988243

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The Third Edition of Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye addresses the disparities that exist between conventional wisdom and social life. Through twenty-two essays, authors Janet M. Ruane and Karen A. Cerulo examine popular conceptions of important social subjects that we may accept as commonly held beliefs. This book

Overview

The Third Edition of Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye addresses the disparities that exist between conventional wisdom and social life. Through twenty-two essays, authors Janet M. Ruane and Karen A. Cerulo examine popular conceptions of important social subjects that we may accept as commonly held beliefs. This book illuminates how reviewing conventional wisdom with a sociological eye can lead to a more insightful understanding of social life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761988243
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
328
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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