Annual Editions: Sociology 09/10

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Table of Contents

AE Sociology, 09/10
Correlation Guide
Topic Guide
Internet References
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
Value Issues
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
Peer Marriage
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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