Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues / Edition 15

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues / Edition 15

by Kurt Finsterbusch
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Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues / Edition 15

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues, Fifteenth Edition, is a debate-style reader designed to introduce students to controversies in sociology. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading social scientists and social commentators, reflect opposing positions and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework.

For each issue, the editor provides a concise introduction and postscript summary. The introduction sets the stage for the debate as it is argued in the "yes" and "no" readings. The postscript briefly reviews the opposing opinions and suggests additional readings on the controversial issue under discussion.

By requiring students to analyze contradictory positions and reach considered judgments, Taking Sides actively develops students' critical thinking skills. It is this development of critical thinking skills that is the ultimate purpose of each of the volumes in the widely acclaimed Taking Sides program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780078127502
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 03/06/2009
Series: Taking Sides Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.90(d)

About the Author

Kurt Finsterbusch is a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He received a BA in history from Princeton University in 1957, a BD from Grace Theological Seminary in 1960, and a PhD in sociology from Columbia University in 1969. He is the author of Understanding Social Impacts (Sage Publications, 1980), and he is the coauthor, with Annabelle Bender Motz, of Social Research for Policy Decisions (Wadsworth, 1980) and, with Jerald Hage, of Organizational Change as a Development Strategy (Lynne Rienner, 1987). He is the editor of Annual Editions: Sociology (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Learning Series); Annual Editions: Social Problems (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Learning Series); and Sources: Notable Selections in Sociology, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 1999).

Table of Contents

Preface     v
Correlation Guide     xv
Introduction     xvii
Culture and Values     1
Is America in Moral Decline?     2
Yes: Robert H. Bork, from Slouching Towards Gomorrah (Regan Books, 1996)     4
No: Kay S. Hymowitz, from "Our Changing Culture," Current (June 2004)     11
Does the Media Have a Liberal Bias?     21
Yes: Fred Barnes, from "Is Mainstream Media Fair and Balanced?" Imprimis (August 2006)     23
No: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., from Crimes Against Nature (HarperCollins, 2005)     29
Is Third World Immigration a Threat to America's Way of Life?     37
Yes: Patrick J. Buchanan, from "Shields Up!" The American Enterprise (March 2002)     39
No: Linda Chavez, from "The Realities of Immigration," Commentary (July/August 2006)     46
Sex Roles, Gender, and the Family
Does Divorce Have Long-Term Damaging Effects on Children?     56
Yes: Elizabeth Marquardt, from "The Bad Divorce," First Things (February 2005)     58
No: Constance Ahrons, from We're Still Family: What Grown Children Have to Say About Their Parents' Divorce (Harper Collins, 2004)     63
Should Mothers Stay Home with Their Children?     73
Yes: Claudia Wallis, from "The Case for Staying Home," Time (March 22, 2004)     75
No: Neil Gilbert, from "What Do Women Really Want?" The Public Interest (Winter 2005)     81
Should Same-Sex Marriages Be Legally Recognized?     88
Yes: Human Rights Campaign, from "Answers to Questions about Marriage Equality," (HRC's FamilyNet Project, 2004)     90
No: Peter Sprigg, from "Questions and Answers: What's Wrong with Letting Same-Sex Couples 'Marry'?" (Family Research Council, 2004)     97
Stratification and Inequality     105
Is Increasing Economic Inequality a Serious Problem?     106
Yes: James Kurth, from "The Rich Get Richer," The American Conservative (September 25, 2006)     108
No: Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy, from "The Upside of Income Inequality," The American (May-June 2007)     116
Has Feminism Benefited American Society?     123
Yes: Barbara Epstein, from "The Successes and Failures of Feminism," Journal of Women's History (Summer 2002)     125
No: Kate O'Beirne, from Women Who Make the World Worse (Sentinel, 2006)     132
Has Affirmative Action Outlived Its Usefulness?     144
Yes: Curtis Crawford, from "Racial Preference Versus Nondiscrimination," Society (March/April 2004)     146
No: Lawrence D. Bobo, from "Inequalities That Endure," in Maria Krysan and Amanda E. Lewis, eds., The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004)     154
Are Boys and Men Disadvantaged Relative to Girls and Women?     164
Yes: Michelle Conlin, from "The New Gender Gap," Business Week Online (May 26, 2003)     166
No: Joel Wendland, from Reversing the "Gender Gap," Political Affairs (March 2004)     174
Political Economy and Institutions     181
Should Government Intervene in a Capitalist Economy?     182
Yes: Eliot Spitzer and Andrew G. Celli, Jr., from "Bull Run: Capitalism with a Democratic Face," The New Republic (March 22, 2004)     184
No: John Stossel, from "The Real Costs of Regulation," Imprimis (May 2001)     191
Has Welfare Reform Benefited the Poor?     199
Yes: David Coates, from A Liberal Toolkit: Progressive Responses to Conservative Arguments (Praeger, 2007)     201
No: David Coates, from A Liberal Toolkit: Progressive Responses to Conservative Arguments (Praeger, 2007)     208
Is Competition the Reform that Will Fix Education?     215
Yes: Clint Bolick, from "The Key to Closing the Minority Schooling Gap: School Choice," The American Enterprise (April/May 2003)     217
No: Ron Wolk, from "Think the Unthinkable," Educational Horizons (Summer 2004)     222
Should Biotechnology Be Used to Alter and Enhance Humans?     233
Yes: Ronald Bailey, from Liberation Biology (Prometheus, 2006)     235
No: Michael J. Sandel, from The Case Against Perfectionism (Belknap Press, 2007)     242
Crime and Social Control     255
Is Street Crime More Harmful Than White-Collar Crime?     256
Yes: David A. Anderson, from "The Aggregate Burden of Crime," Journal of Law and Economics XLII (2) (October 1999)     258
No: Jeffrey Reiman, from The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, 5th edition (Allyn & Bacon, 1998)     266
Should Marijuana Be Legalized?     277
Yes: Ethan A. Nadelmann, from "An End to Marijuana Prohibition," National Review (July 12, 2004)     279
No: John P. Walters, from "No Surrender," National Review (July 12, 2004)     286
Does the Threat of Terrorism Warrant the Curtailment of Civil Liberties?     290
Yes: Robert H. Bork, from "Liberty and Terrorism: Avoiding a Police State," Current (December 2003)     292
No: Larry Cox, from "The War on Human Rights," Vital Speeches of the Day (April 2007)     299
The Future: Population/Environment/Society     309
Is Humankind Dangerously Harming the Environment?     310
Yes: Lester R. Brown, from "Pushing Beyond the Earth's Limits," The Futurist (May/June 2005)     312
No: Bjorn Lomborg, from "The Truth About the Environment," The Economist (August 2001)     320
Is Globalization Good for Humankind?     328
Yes: Johan Norberg, from "Three Cheers for Global Capitalism," The American Enterprise (June 2004)     330
No: Martin Hart-Landsberg, from "Neoliberalism: Myths and Reality," Monthly Review (April 2006)     338
Contributors     346

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