Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 4
  • Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 4
  • Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 4

Second Thoughts: Seeing Conventional Wisdom Through the Sociological Eye / Edition 4

by Karen A. Cerulo
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412956536

ISBN-13: 9781412956536

Pub. Date: 06/11/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Do birds of a feather flock together or do opposites attract? Does haste make waste or should you strike while the iron is hot? Adages like these-or conventional wisdoms-shape our social life. This Fourth Edition of Second Thoughts reviews several popular beliefs and notes how such adages cannot be taken at face value.

This unique text encourages students to step

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Overview

Do birds of a feather flock together or do opposites attract? Does haste make waste or should you strike while the iron is hot? Adages like these-or conventional wisdoms-shape our social life. This Fourth Edition of Second Thoughts reviews several popular beliefs and notes how such adages cannot be taken at face value.

This unique text encourages students to step back and sharpen their analytic focus with 22 essays that use social research to expose the gray areas of commonly held beliefs, revealing the complexity of social reality and sharpening students' sociological vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412956536
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/11/2008
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
The Sociological Perspective3
Methods11
1Numbers Don't Lie13
Culture21
2Winning Is Everything23
3Children Are Our Most Precious Commodity29
Social Structure41
4Love Knows No Reason43
5Stress Is Bad for Your Well-Being49
6The "Golden Years" Are Tarnished Years55
7Americans Are Becoming More and More Individualistic69
Socialization and Identity77
8What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet79
9Beauty Is Only Skin Deep89
Stratification99
10The More We Pay, the More It's Worth101
11Money Is the Root of All Evil107
12You've Come a Long Way, Baby113
13America Is the Land of Equal Opportunity125
Deviance, Crime, and Social Control137
14Violence Is on the Rise in the United States - No One Is Safe139
15There Ought to Be a Law149
16Honesty Is the Best Policy157
Social Institutions: Marriage And Family165
17The Nuclear Family Is the Backbone of American Society167
18Marriage Is a Failing Institution175
Social Institutions: The Economy185
19Welfare Is Ruining This Country187
20Immigrants Are Ruining This Nation199
Social Institutions: Media and Technology209
21Technology Is Taking Over Our Lives211
Social Institutions: Education219
22Education Is the Great Equalizer221
Conclusion: Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist?233
References239
Glossary/Index289

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