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Table of Contents
|AE Sociology, 09/10|
|Culture Unit Overview|
|American Culture and Cultural Change|
|Understanding American Worldview|
|Ingram Life in the USA,2000|
|Ingram created this article to explain toimmigrantsthe peculiar worldview they are adopting of the country|
|It is contrasted with other worldviews and explains some importantcultural differencesbetween societies|
|The Denial of Virtue|
|Society,2008 Many economists and social commentators deny that people act virtuously|
|The infinite episodes ofvirtuous behaviorare interpreted as rational, self interested behavior, or due to genetical wiring|
|Amitai Etzioni argues thatmoral valuesdo affect human behavior, so life involves more than self interest, and that sociology is a valid social science|
|The Atrophy of Social Life|
|Society,September/October 2004 Social interaction“is the building block of intimate relationships, small groups, formal organizations, communities, and societies|
|” Therefore, Stanley Eitzen is concerned about the numerous social trends, which he reports “that hinder or even eliminate social interaction, and that indicate a growing isolation as individuals become increasingly separated from their neighbors, their co-workers, and even their family members.”|
|The Myth of the “Culture of Poverty”|
|Educational Leadership,April 2008 Theculture of poverty mythaccuses the poor of having beliefs, values, and behaviors that prevent them from achieving. Thus, their failure is their fault|
|This myth must be challenged|
|Most poor people do have the work ethic, value education, and other characteristics that contradict the culture of poverty myth|
|The availability of opportunities plays a big role in poverty|
|Diversity within Unity: A New Approach to Immigrants and Minorities|
|The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials|
|Andrew Volmert, and Elanit Rothschild, Rowan & Littlefield, 2004|
|This statement signed by many communitarians seeks to assuage the increasing fear of the impacts of immigration|
|It favorsdiversityof cultures with unity based on shared core values|
|The Dubious Value of Value-Neutrality|
|The Chronicle of Higher Education,June 16, 2006 Stephen Balch questions whether we should bevalue-neutral|
|Since education serves many purposes besides imparting information, it can not be and should not be value-neutral|
|Universities should be open to all points of view, promote critical thinking, and favor views that are best supported by data and logical arguments|
|Socialization and Social Control Unit Overview|
|Influences on Personality and Behavior|
|The Social Construction of Gender|
|Thinking about Women,8/e (Allyn & Bacon, 2009) Socializationby parents, teachers, peers, public figures, and many others contribute greatly to what we are|
|The authors focus on the role of socialization in the formation ofgender identity,which helps explain why men and women are different|
|Worth Every Penny: Can Cash Incentives Create Model Citizens?|
|New Scientist Magazine,November 24, 2007 Jim Giles proposes a very sensible idea, which many consider radical|
|He proposes that people berewarded for doing what is beneficial to society. He would pay people for doing good|
|Believe it or not, this is a revolutionary idea|
|The New Sex Scorecard,Hara Estroff Marano|
|As everyone knows,men and women are different|
|Recent research has greatly -increased our understanding of these differences, and Hara Estroff Marano reviews these differences that include mental, sexual, health, emotional, and psychological factors|
|Crime, Law Enforcement, and Social Control|
|Fighting Crime: An Economist’s View|
|Milken Institute Review,First Quarter, 2005 It is amazing what conclusions we would come to aboutcrime and punishmentif we used economic logic as John J. Donohue shows in this article|
|We would stop building prisons, abolish the death penalty, expand the police force, adopt sensible gun controls, and legalize drugs among other things|
|The Prison Boom and the Decline of American Citizenship|
|Society,August/September 2007 Why did theimprisonment rateincrease fivefold in the past three decades?|
|Bruce Western argues that the rise of the punitive purpose and the decline of the rehabilitative purpose plays a major role|
|Unfortunately, the high incarceration rate of blacks has several unintended consequences, which are likely to increase criminal activity among blacks|
|The Aggregate Burden of Crime|
|Journal of Law and Economics,October 1999|
|makes a valiant effort to compute the annualcosts of major types of crimeand the net annual total costs of all crimes, which he claims exceeds $1 trillion or over $4000 per capita|
|Fraud and cheating on taxes costs Americans over 20 times the costs of theft, burglary, and robbery|
|Groups and Roles in Transition Unit Overview|
|Marriage and the Family|
|Can Marriage Be Saved?|
|Dissent,Summer 2005 Frank Furstenberg assures his readers that the institution ofmarriageis not on the rocks|
|There are family issues to be concerned about, especially the welfare of children, but the focus should be on resources|
|The often cited unhealthy marriage and family trends occur only among the most socially disadvantaged|
|The Opt-Out Myth|
|Columbia Journalism Review,March/April 2007 E. J. Graff explains why the media reports that a number ofupper class womenare opting out of thelabor marketto raise children is a myth|
|The proportion of women, even mothers, in the labor force is increasing, not decreasing|
|The consequences and policy implications of this fact are immense|
|The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials|
|Andrew Volmert, and Elanit Rothschild, Rowan & Littlefield, 2004 Pepper Schwartz celebrates the concept ofpeer marriagesin which -spouses regard each other as full social equals, both have careers, share family decision making and child rearing responsibilities|
|He argues that peer marriages generally result in stronger families and greater satisfaction|
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