Everyday Sociology Reader Pa

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  • Edition: 00
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Everyday Sociology Reader seeks to meet students where they are, offering observations on popular culture, family life, news events, and other aspects of everyday life.

Author Biography

Karen Sternheimer teaches in the sociology department at the University of Southern California, where she is also a faculty fellow at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. Her books include Connecting Popular Culture and Social Problems and Kids These Days.

Table of Contents

About The Everyday Sociology Readerp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Thinking Sociologically and Doing Sociologyp. 1
The Sociological Perspective
The Promisep. 3
Sociological Theory
Fractals, Theories, and Patternsp. 7
Research Questions
Matching Research Methods to Research Questionsp. 10
Conducting Research
Where to Sit: Doing Qualitative Researchp. 13
Scary Numbersp. 15
Culture, Consumption, and Mediap. 25
Conspicuous Consumptionp. 27
The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Statusp. 31
Reality Lifep. 38
Beauty Myths and Magazinesp. 40
Marketing Ideas and Fears through Email: Pass Along Hoaxes and Urban Legendsp. 43
Self and Interactionp. 47
The Public Self
[Impression Management]p. 49
Breaching Norms
Grocery Shopping, Ordering Whoppers, and Boratp. 57
Managing Stigma
Stand By Our Manp. 59
Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Studentsp. 62
Identity and Value
Romantic Exchangesp. 77
Community, Organizations, and Social Groupsp. 82
Bureaucracyp. 84
Organizational Failure
Bureaucracy: Resistance to Change and Adaptationp. 87
Declining Civic Engagement
Civic Participationp. 89
Increasing Civic Engagement
Beyond Bowling Alonep. 99
Barriers to Involvement
Social Movements and Your Attention Spanp. 101
Crime and Deviancep. 105
Understanding Crime Statistics
Murder and Statisticsp. 107
A Theory of Crime
Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safetyp. 110
Challenging a Theory of Crime
Beyond Broken Windowsp. 116
Understanding Deviance
[The Relationship Between Celebrity and Deviant Behavior]p. 119
Navigating the Deviant Label
Rehab, Labeling, and Deviancep. 128
Stratificationp. 133
American Class Structure
Class in Americap. 135
The Intersection of Race and Class
Class and Racep. 149
Class in Everyday Life
Class Consciousnessp. 154
Media Representations of Class
Class Action in the Mediap. 157
Shifting Perceptions of Homelessness
The Disaster of Homelessnessp. 168
Gender and Sexualityp. 173
Gender as a Performance
Doing Genderp. 175
Performing Masculinity
The Well-coiffed Man: Class, Race, and Heterosexual Masculinity in the Hair Salonp. 183
Gender and Power
Language, Gender, and Powerp. 197
Gender and Sex
Back Stage Out in Front: Impressions of Teen Pregnancyp. 199
Sexual Orientation
Does Finger Size Reveal Sexual Orientation?p. 202
Race and Ethnicityp. 209
Constructing Race
Racial Formationp. 211
Racial Identity
Black and White or Rainbow Colors: Tiger Woods and the "One-Drop Rule"p. 225
Race Relations
Racial Tensions and Living in a Color-blind Societyp. 227
Constructing Ethnicity
The Costs of a Costless Communityp. 229
Ethnic Identity
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day: Symbolic Ethnicityp. 239
Social Institutionsp. 243
Families and Work
The Overextended Familyp. 246
Child Care
Who Cares for America's Babies?p. 254
Work and the Economy
White-collar Downward Mobilityp. 257
Work and Social Networks
Getting a Job: Weak Social Ties and Online Connectionsp. 260
Education and Inequality
Hitting Them Hardest When They're Smallp. 262
Education and Globalization
Globalization and Higher Educationp. 274
Religion and Spirituality
Bridging the Gap: The Split between Society and Spiritualityp. 276
Religion and Deviance
What Is a Cult?p. 92
Government and Power
The Sociology of Conspiracyp. 294
Social Changep. 299
Generational Change
Generations X, Y, and Z: Are They Changing America?p. 301
Immigration Trends
Black Ethnicity: The Foreign-born in Americap. 310
Immigration and Social Change
Rethinking Crime and Immigrationp. 313
Fear of Immigration and Change
Statistics and Myths about Immigrantsp. 323
Social Movements and Social Change
Social Movements and the Environmentp. 325
Creditsp. 329
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