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Do birds of a feather flock together or do opposites attract? Does haste make waste or should you strike while the iron is hot? Adages like these-or conventional wisdoms-shape our social life. This Fourth Edition of Second Thoughts reviews several popular beliefs and notes how such adages cannot be taken at face value. This unique text encourages students to step back and sharpen their analytic focus with 24 essays that use social research to expose the gray areas of commonly held beliefs, revealing the complexity of social reality and sharpening students#xE2;#xAC;" sociological vision.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Sociological Perspective|
|Numbers Don't Lie|
|Winning is Everything|
|Children are Our Most Precious Commodity|
|Love Knows No Reason|
|Stress is Bad for Your Well-Being|
|The "Golden Years" are Tarnished Years|
|Socialization and Identity|
|What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet|
|Beauty is Only Skin Deep|
|The More We Pay, the More It's Worth|
|Money is the Root of All Evil|
|You've Come a Long Way, Baby|
|America is the Land of Equal Opportunity|
|Social Problems and Social Control|
|Violence is on the Rise in the United States--No One is Safe|
|There's Nothing We Can Do About the Weather|
|There Ought to Be a Law|
|Honesty is the Best Policy|
|Social Institutions: Marriage and Family|
|The Nuclear Family is the Backbone of American Society|
|Marriage is a Failing Institution|
|Social Institutions: The Economy|
|Welfare is Ruining this Country|
|Immigrants are Ruining this Nation|
|Social Institutions: Media and Technology|
|Technology is Taking Over Our Lives|
|Social Institutions: Education|
|Education is the Great Equalizer|
|Social Institutions: Religion|
|We Are One Nation Under God|
|Conclusion: Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist?|
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