Perspectives on Contemporary Issues (with InfoTrac)

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2002-06-21
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This cross-disciplinary reader encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting students with a variety of perspectives on current issues from across the curriculum.

Table of Contents

1. Reading Critically
Reading Critically in Preparation for Writing Critically
Organizing and Developing Ideas
Illustration: Reading Critically
Robert N
Sollod, The Hollow Curriculum
Discussion of The Hollow Curriculum
Roald Dahl, Burned Out and Bored
2. Writing a Summary
Writing a Summary
Illustration: Making Marginal Notes
Arthur Levine, The Making of a Generation
Summary of Arthur Levine's The Making of a Generation
*Martha W
Barnett, Lessons in Democracy
3. Writing a Critique
The Connection between Reading Critically and Writing a Critique
Writing a Critique
Illustration: Critique of Robert N
Sollod's The Hollow Curriculum
*Linda Lee, Who Needs College? 4. Writing a Synthesis
Writing a Synthesis
Illustration: Synthesis
5. In-Text Citations, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
Documenting Sources: In-Text Citations Using MLA Style
Integrating Source Material into Your Paper
Using Ellipsis Points, Brackets, Single Quotation Marks and "Qtd
Documenting Sources in a Collection of Essays
6. Writing a Research Paper
Using MLA Style
Defining Your Purpose
Discovering a Topic
Developing a Working Bibliography
Using the Library
Using Electronic Sources
Mark Horowitz, Finding History on the Net
Creating a Preliminary Bibliography
Evaluating Sources
Taking Notes
Avoiding Plagiarism
Illustration: Plagiarism, Inaccurate Documentation, and Correct Handling of Source Material
Documenting Sources
Citing Sources in the Text and Creating a Works Cited Page
Sample Pages from Student Research Papers
7. Writing a Research Paper Using APA Style
Parenthetical Citations Using APA Style
Sample Pages from Student Research Paper Using APA Style
Mark Plonsky, Psychology with Style: A Guide to Writing Research Reports Using APA Style
8. The Arts
Robert Hughes, Behold the Stone Age
Norman Cousins, The Poet and the Computer
Harold M
Williams, Don't Ignore the Arts
Diana Jean Schemo, Between the Art and the Artist Lies the Shadow
9. Music, Film, and Media Studies
Isabelle Leymarie, Rock 'n' Revolt
Leonard Pitts, Jr
The Lessons of Presley's Hips
Michael Medved, Hollywood Poison Factory
Louise Bernikow, Cinderella: Saturday Afternoon at the Movies
Peter H
Gibbon, The End of Admiration: The Media and the Loss of Heroes
Sissela Bok, Aggression: The Impact of Media Violence
Andrea Sachs and Susanne Washburn, Tough Talk on Entertainment
10. Television
Pete Hamill, Crack and the Box
Mike Males, Stop Blaming Kids and TV
Susan R
Lamson, TV Violence: Does It Cause Real-Life Mayhem? William F
Buckley Jr, Don't Blame Violence on the Tube
11. Advertising
Jean Kilbourn, Advertising's Influence on Media Content
Richard Wolkomir and Joyce Wolkomir, You Are What You Buy
William Lutz, With These Words I Can Sell You Anything
John O'Toole, What Advertising Isn't
12. Education
Marianne M
Jennings, The Real Generation Gap
Romesh Ratnesar, The Homework Ate My Family
Howard Gardner, A Prescription for Peace
David McCullough, No Time to Read? 13. Poverty and Homelessness
Anna Quindlen, Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids
America magazine editorial, Still Hungry, Still Homeless
Melanie Scheller, On the Meaning of Plumbing and Poverty
Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty
14. Criminal Behavior
Lou Prato, How Much is too Much? William S
Pollack, The Columbine Syndrome: Boys and the Fear of Violence
Gary Kleck, There are No Lessons to be Learned from Littleton
Wayne M
Barrett and Bernard Rowe, What's Wrong with America and Can Anything Be Done About It? Barbara Ehrenreich, Maintaining the Crime Supply
15. Gender and Sex Roles
Jane Smiley, You Can Never Have Too Many
Joan DeGuire North, Strangers in a Strange Land: Women in Higher Education Administration
Ana Veciana-Suarez, Thank Heaven for Little Boys
Lois Gould, X: A Fabulous Child's Story
16. Race and Ethnicity
George Henderson, Race in America
William Booth, One Nation, Indivisible: Is It History? Linda Chavez, Hispanics and the American Dream
Alex Kotlowitz, Colorblind
*17. Terrorism
*Fareed Zakaria, The End of the End of History
*The London Times, With One Voice: Washington, Westminster and the World
*Lance Morrow, The Case for Rage and Retribution
*Reshma Memon Yaqub, I'm Not the Enemy
*David Pryce-Jones, Why They Hate Us
18. Computers and Cyberspace
Lori Gottlieb, Is There a Geek in the House? Seth Shostak, You Call This Progress? Joe Saltzman, Dick Tracy Never Had It This Good! Don Tapscott, The Generation Lap
Amy Bruckman, Christmas Unplugged
19. Natural Sciences
Jacob Bronowski, The Reach of the Imagination
Roald Hoffmann, The Chemist
Matt Ridley, The Year of the Genome
Lee Ann Fisher Baron, The Influence of "Junk Science" and the Role of Science Education
Boyce Rensberger, The Nature of Evidence
20. Bioethics
James D
Watson, All for the Good
Ian Wilmut, Dolly's False Legacy
Jeff Lyon, Playing God: Has Science Gone Too Far? Ruth Macklin, Human Cloning? Don't Just Say No
Charles Krauthammer, Of Headless Miceā€¦and Men
21. Public Health
Johanna McGeary, Death Stalks a Continent
Faith McLellan, Human Rights: A Critical Framework for the Response to HIV/AIDS
The Economist, Science and Profit
Tom Fiedler, AIDS Fight Boils Down to Dollars vs
22. Environmental Studies
Aaron Sachs, Humboldt's Legacy and the Restoration of Science
Paul Hawken, A Declaration of Sustainability
American Spectator commentary, The Galileo of Global Warming
Grant DeMan, Out, Damn Naturalists
23. Marketing and the American Consumer
James B
Twitchell, In Praise of Consumerism
Louise Lee, Can Levi's Be Cool Again? Steven Levy, Playing Fair with Copyright
Phyllis Rose, Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in America Today
24. The Workplace
Jay Matthews, For Love or Money
Matthew Boyle, Beware the Killjoy
Barbara Ehrenreich, Zipped Lips
Terry Golway, Rewriting the Old Rules
25. The American Image Abroad
Pico Iyer, Selling Our Innocence Abroad
Michael Elliott, Here to Stay
Frances Stead Sellers, Terribly Sorry, But I Don't Understand
Reid, Yobbish Prat Whinges On
*26.The United States in the Global Marketplace
*Kofi Annan, Development without Borders
*Vito Tanzi, Globalization without a Net
*Robert Borosage, Mixing '60s Activism and Anti-Globalization
*Murray Weidenbaum, Dispelling the Myths about the Global Economy
Appendix 1: Definitions of Terms
Appendix 2: Formatting Guidelines for Course Papers
*Denotes new to this edition

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