Social Prisms: Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes / Edition 1

Social Prisms: Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes / Edition 1

by Jodi A. O'Brien
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803990316

ISBN-13: 9780803990319

Pub. Date: 01/27/1999

Publisher: SAGE Publications

"This is a superb book. By presenting basic sociological topics in terms of the paradoxes they contain, O'Brien situates the discipline and its subject matter in historical and intellectual context, while using examples that are contemporary, accessible, and of interest and relevance to students. I look forward to using Social Prisms in my sociology courses and to

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"This is a superb book. By presenting basic sociological topics in terms of the paradoxes they contain, O'Brien situates the discipline and its subject matter in historical and intellectual context, while using examples that are contemporary, accessible, and of interest and relevance to students. I look forward to using Social Prisms in my sociology courses and to the animated class discussions that I'm sure her book will engender." —Anita Ilta Garey, University of New Hampshire
"Pine Forge Press has done it again! Social Prisms bolsters the well-deserved reputation of Pine Forge Press for publishing serious and innovative yet interesting and accessible works for undergraduate sociology courses. Students will enjoy O'Brien's frequent references to the popular culture (sports, television, movies) which is so central to their existence outside the classroom, and be challenged by her call to embrace rather than resolve the many paradoxes of contemporary social life in America." —David Yamane, University of Notre Dame

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803990319
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/27/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
The Paradox of Reduction
Some Observations on Sociology as Science
The Case of the Designer Genes
Reconsidering the Nature/Nurture Binary
To Belong or Not to Belong? Paradoxes of Community
Which Box Do I Check? Paradoxes of Social Difference
How Do We Cut the American Pie? The Myth of Meritocracy
Family Equations
Whose Family? Whose Values?
The Paradox of Value in the Age of Certainty
Reflections on Max Weber and Georg Simmel
Epilogue
Paradoxes of Subjectivity

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