The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology / Edition 4

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The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology includes classic sociological research writings as well as recent pieces on fascinating topics of interest to students. It is the ideal companion to McIntyre's text, The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology, or other sociology texts. Readings in this edition challenge students to re-evaluate familiar social arenas: the college classroom, televised sports shows, restaurants, doctors' offices and even public restrooms. The readings focus around the essential message that there is much that goes on in the social world that escapes the sociologically untrained eye.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of 36 readings for an introductory sociology course. Accounts for the difference between the professional sociologists' writing and the student's newness with introductions outlining the authors' aims and points of view, footnotes explaining concepts that may be unfamiliar to students, and end questions to help them make sense of what they have read. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073380032
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 408
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa J. McIntyre is associate professor in sociology at Washington State University. She received the PhD in sociology from The University of Chicago. She is the author of three books including The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Repute; Law in the Sociological Enterprise and The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology and the editor of The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology. With Marvin Sussman, McIntyre edited Families and Law. An enthusiastic teacher and popular lecturer, McIntyre is a winner of Washington State University’s William F. Mullen Teaching Medal and numerous departmental teaching awards. Her central research focus is on how law and social behavior interact.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Part 1 The Sociological Imagination
1 The Promise 1
2 How History and Sociology Can Help Today's Families 7
3 Hernando Washington 18
Part 2 The Research Craft
4 Men as Success Objects and Women as Sex Objects: A Study of Personal Advertisements 29
5 Hate in the Suburbs: The Rise of the Skinhead Counterculture 36
6 Doing the Right Thing: Ethics in Research 45
7 If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably 55
Part 3 Culture
8 Queer Customs 66
9 Body Ritual Among the Nacirema 72
10 The Young, the Rich, and the Famous: Individualism as an American Cultural Value 77
11 Rule Enforcement Without Visible Means: Christmas Gift Giving in Middletown 84
12 The Code of the Streets 93
13 The Rules of Sympathy 102
Part 4 Social Structure
14 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life 110
15 The Pathology of Imprisonment 119
16 Marked: Women in the Workplace 124
17 "Getting" and "Making" a Tip 131
18 Handling the Stigma of Handling the Dead: Morticians and Funeral Directors 139
Part 5 Social Institutions and Socialization
19 Hidden Lessons 156
20 Elite Boarding Schools: Curricula as Cultural Capital 167
21 The Nurture and Admonition of the Lord: Raising Children 176
22 New Families: Modern Couples as New Pioneers 190
23 Management by Stress: The Reorganization of Work Hits Home in the 1990s 202
24 Anybody's Son Will Do 211
25 Suspended Identity: Identity Transformation in a Maximum Security Prison 223
Part 6 Deviance and Social Control
26 The Normality of Crime 235
27 The Saints and the Roughnecks 237
28 On Being Sane in Insane Places 249
29 Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women? 257
30 Situational Ethics and College Student Cheating 270
31 Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in White-Collar Crime 276
Part 7 Inequality
32 The Land of Opportunity 285
33 Some Principles of Stratification: A Critical Analysis 295
34 The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All 304
35 The Job Ghetto 310
36 Confessions of a Nice Negro, or Why I Shaved My Head 313
37 The Model Minority Myth: Asian Americans Confront Growing Backlash 321
38 Tales Out of Medical School 326
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