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Sociology in Action : Cases for Critical and Sociological Thinking,9780761986638

Sociology in Action : Cases for Critical and Sociological Thinking

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9780761986638

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0761986634
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Pub. Date:
12/29/2000
Publisher(s):
SAGE Publications, Inc
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Summary

Sociology in Action is a highly practical introduction to interpreting and analyzing situations sociologically, which uses case studies to promote active learning of key thinking skills.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xxii
PART I: Doing Sociology
Seeing Society
3(36)
Decision Case: ``Separate but Safer''
3(6)
A director of a social service agency that helps juvenile delinquents challenges a local school board's policy of separate lunchrooms and recess areas for boys and girls.
Actors and Issues
9(2)
The Sociological ``Eye''
11(1)
Social Relationships
12(6)
Groups
18(8)
Networks
26(7)
Organizations
33(6)
SOCIOLOGICAL EYE ANALYSIS GUIDE 39(49)
Decision Case: ``Why Can't Things Stay as They Are?''
44(9)
The principal of an elementary school encounters resistance from teachers to school reforms designed to involve students actively in learning and prepare them to be critical thinkers.
Using Theory
53(35)
Decision Case: ``The Towering Dilemma''
53(8)
A park superintendent has to decide how to resolve conflicts between rock climbers, Native Americans, and naturalists over the use of Devils Tower.
Review: Social Connections
61(2)
Sociological Theory
63(3)
Social Connections as Bonds
66(5)
Social Connections as Integrators
71(4)
Social Connections as Conflictive Tugs-of-War
75(4)
Social Connections as Exchanges Among Rational Actors
79(4)
Social Connections as Webs of Interaction
83(5)
SOCIOLOGICAL EYE ANALYSIS GUIDE 88(41)
Decision Case: ``Changing a Hospital's Culture''
92(9)
The executive director of a large hospital implements a controversial guest relations program as part of his plan to solve the hospital's financial problems.
Decoding Culture
101(28)
Decision Case: ``Perfection or Bust!''
101(4)
The Founder and owner of a successful commercial art studio wonders why his business did not turn out exactly the way he intended.
Review: Sociological Theories
105(2)
Culture
107(10)
Theories of Culture
117(2)
Culture as a Social Glue
119(1)
Culture as an Umbrella
120(2)
Culture as a Mask
122(2)
Culture as a Current
124(2)
Culture as a Tool Kit
126(3)
SOCIOLOGICAL EYE ANALYSIS GUIDE 129(52)
Decision Case: ``Linda Gorman''
133(6)
A public health nurse debates what to do after learning that the mother of her Laotian patient has used a traditional cure that could be considered child abuse.
Uncovering Inequalities and Power
139(42)
Decision Case: ``The MPA Program at Southeastern State University: The Price of Admission''
139(6)
The decision by the director of a master's of public administration program not to admit a mediocre student whose father is a wealthy alumnus is questioned by a higher-level university administrator.
Review: Social Connections and Interests
145(3)
Power and Social Inequalities
148(1)
Social Class
149(4)
Race and Ethnicity
153(6)
Sex and Gender
159(7)
Theories of Inequality
166(15)
SOCIOLOGICAL EYE ANALYSIS GUIDE 181(52)
Decision Case: ``Robert Lopez''
189(6)
A teaching assistant for minority scholarship students confronts two students who exhibit racist behaviors in class.
Imagining Futures
195(38)
Decision Case: ``Where Have All the Salmon Gone?''
195(4)
A father tells his son that the family has to quit commercial fishing because of declining salmon populations.
Review: Social Connections and Change
199(2)
Constructing Scenarios
201(3)
Demographic Forces
204(10)
Technological Forces
214(11)
Collective Actions and Social Movements
225(8)
SOCIOLOGICAL EYE ANALYSIS GUIDE 233(72)
Decision Case: ``Deaf President Now!''
239(6)
Students at a liberal arts college for deaf students challenge the board of trustees' decision to appoint a hearing woman as the university's next president.
PART II: Decision Cases
The Worth of a Sparrow
245(12)
The chairperson of a plant pathology department wonders how he will resolve a conflict with animal rights activists over the university's killing of birds in order to protect its experimental grain fields.
Conflict at Riverside
257(4)
A senior manager at an engineering company debates with his brother-in-law, a trade union activist at the same company, about a proposed major redesign of the Riverside plant.
Tossin' and Turnin'
261(6)
A counselor at a day camp for special needs children contemplates what to do when one of her campers indicates that there are problems at home.
Lucy Allman
267(6)
A family nurse practitioner considers how to deal with a poor family whose daughter has an ear infection and is anemic.
In the Eye of the Beholder: The Case of the Minnetonka Lawn Ordinance
273(6)
A city council member has to decide how to vote on a new lawn ordinance after a resident with a natural wildlife yard challenges the city's original ordinance.
Off to College
279(6)
Four high school friends go off to college together and find themselves debating whether they should go to a bar.
What's So Scary About the Truth?
285(8)
A high school journalism teacher is forced to decide whether to allow publication in a student magazine of an article reporting the results of a student survey on sexual activity among high school students.
People Like You
293(6)
A single-parent dad on welfare moves in with his older sister and tries to find work. But financial problems in his sister's family, combined with changes in welfare policy, create new problems for him.
Lisa's Hidden Identity
299(6)
A first-year college student who is a lesbian does not know what to do after she goes out on a date and discovers that continuing the relationship could put her in jeopardy.
Glossary 305(10)
References 315(6)
Index 321


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