Voicing Social Concern: The Mass Media, Violence, Pornography, Censorship, Organization, Social Science, The Ultramultiversity

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This book records efforts to utilize public speaking to analyze serious social, educational, and scientific issuesóand to inform a variety of publics of their importance. Drawing from research, Otto Larsen responds to the broader challenge of linking research outcomes to possible policies and actions in four general areas: mass media effects and controls, problems of performance in professional organizations, efforts to gain scientific legitimacy for social and behavioral science, and the enhancement of teaching ...

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Overview

This book records efforts to utilize public speaking to analyze serious social, educational, and scientific issuesóand to inform a variety of publics of their importance. Drawing from research, Otto Larsen responds to the broader challenge of linking research outcomes to possible policies and actions in four general areas: mass media effects and controls, problems of performance in professional organizations, efforts to gain scientific legitimacy for social and behavioral science, and the enhancement of teaching and learning in universities. This volume records the content of thirty-three talks given over a forty-year period from 1952 to 1993. Contents: Preface. COMMUNICATION. Trying to be Effective, Vying to be Successful; Comic Books and Creative Leisure; From the Flow of Information to the Adoption of Innovation; How Good are the Polls? VIOLENCE. Dialogue on Media Violence; Violence May be Hazardous to Your Health; What is the Question? OBSCENITY AND PORNOGRAPHY. Predispositions on Pornography; The Anatomy of Pornography; Should Pornography Laws be Repealed? Effects as a Factor in a No Win Game; How Far Can We Go? CENSORSHIP. Censors as Censors; Prurience, Offensiveness, Social Value; Are Sex and Violence Identical Twins? SOCIOLOGICAL ORGANIZATION. The Year Sociology Stood Still; How Far from Providence? Counsel to Council on Planning; The Year the Annual Meeting Stood Still; Mid-Life Crises Control. SOCIAL SCIENCE. Mapping Human Relations; Turtles and the National Science Board; Innovation and Productivity; High Above Cayuga's Waters; Pain from Knowledge Gain in Social Science; An Overview of the Underdog; Terrible Parable on Politics of Science; The Future of Social Science; Through a Rear View Mirror. THE ULTRAMULTIVERSITY. Professorial Gamesmanship; The Ongoing Pursuit of Knowledge. THREE MEMORABLE MENTORS. The Foundations of George Lundberg; The Dimensions of Stuart C. Dodd; The Footprints of Tad Blalock; Afterword; A Grand View of Social Science; Name Index; Subject Index.

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Editorial Reviews

Matilda White Riley
This book is unique. I believe that no other sociologist could have filed such a consistently readable record of 'social concerns'...all within a highly disciplined and explicit sociological framework. Otto Larsen in this book, and in countless others, has also left an indelible mark on sociology as a profession.
John W. Riley
...Otto Larsen has encapsulated in this volume a powerful statement of the importance of sociology in the modern world. The book should be required reading for all introductory students.
Social Forces
These essays are straightforward, clear, and void of professional jargon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819194374
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/26/1994
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Otto N. Larsen is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Trying to be Effective Vying to be Successful 3
Ch. 2 Comic Books and Creative Leisure 9
Ch. 3 From the Flow of Information to the Adoption of Innovation 19
Ch. 4 How Good are the Polls? 27
Ch. 5 Dialogue on Media Violence 39
Ch. 6 Violence May be Hazardous to Your Health 45
Ch. 7 What is the Question? What is the Question? 57
Ch. 8 Predispositions on Pornography 73
Ch. 9 The Anatomy of Pornography 79
Ch. 10 Should Pornography Laws be Repealed? 91
Ch. 11 Effects as a Factor in a No Win Game 97
Ch. 12 How Far Can We Go? 113
Ch. 13 Censors as Censors 125
Ch. 14 Prurience, Offensiveness, Social Value 137
Ch. 15 Are Sex and Violence Identical Twin? 143
Ch. 16 The Year Sociology Stood Still 155
Ch. 17 How Far from Providence? 163
Ch. 18 Counsel to Council on Planning 171
Ch. 19 The Year the Annual Meeting Stood Still 177
Ch. 20 Mid-Life Crises Control 181
Ch. 21 Mapping Human Relations 191
Ch. 22 Turtles and the National Science Board 199
Ch. 23 Innovation and Productivity 211
Ch. 24 High Above Cayuga's Waters 217
Ch. 25 Pain from Knowledge Gain in Social Science 221
Ch. 26 An Overview of the Underdog 229
Ch. 27 Terrible Parable on Politics of Science 235
Ch. 28 The Future of Social Science Through a Rear View Mirror 239
Ch. 29 Professorial Gamesmanship 253
Ch. 30 The Ongoing Pursuit of Knowledge 265
Ch. 31 The Foundations of George Lundberg 273
Ch. 32 The Dimensions of Stuart C. Dodd 283
Ch. 33 The Footprints of Tad Blalock 287
Afterword: A Grand View of Social Science 291
Name Index 303
Subject Index 307
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