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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”

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.”

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?"
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?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761988243
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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 Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising and as the Advisor of the Graduate Program in Applied Sociology. Professor Ruane’s research interests include formal and informal social control mechanisms, domestic violence, media and technology, research methods and applied sociology. She is the author of Essentials of Research Methods (Blackwell) and has contributed articles to several journals, including Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Law and Policy, Communication Research, Sociological Focus, Journal of Applied Sociology, Science as Culture, Simulation and Games, and Virginia Review of Sociology. Over the years, Professor Ruane has over twenty years of classroom experience, teaching both introductory and advance-level sociology courses as well as graduate courses in applied sociology.

Karen A. Cerulo (Ph D, Princeton University) is 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, a work that won 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 earned her the Rutgers University Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

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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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