The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-06-10
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology includes classic sociological research writings as well as recent pieces on fascinating topics of interest to students. It is the ideal companion to McIntyre's text, The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology, or other sociology texts. Readings in this edition challenge students to re-evaluate familiar social arenas: the college classroom, televised sports shows, restaurants, doctors' offices and even public restrooms. The readings focus around the essential message that there is much that goes on in the social world that escapes the sociologically untrained eye.

Table of Contents

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Part I. The Social Imagination

1. C. Wright Mills, The Promise

2. Stephanie Coontz, How History and Sociology Can Help Today's Families

3. Lisa J. McIntyre, Hernando Washington

Part II. The Research Craft

4. Simon Davis, Men as Success Objects and Women as Sex Objects: A Study of Personal Advertisements

*5. Charles A. Gallagher, Miscounting Race: Explaining Whites' Misperceptions of Racial Group Size

6. Lisa J. McIntyre, Doing the Right Thing: Ethics in Social Research

7. Philip Meyer, If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably

Part III. Culture

8. Clyde Kluckhohn, Queer Customs

9. Horace Miner, Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

10. Cheryl Laz, Act Your Age

*11. Beth A. Quinn, The Power and Meaning of "Girl Watching"

12. Elijah Anderson, The Code of the Streets

*13. Elissa R. Henken, Danger in Contemporary Legends

Part IV. Social Structure

14. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

15. Adrian F. Aventi, The Not-So-Lonely Crowd: Friendship Groups in Collective Behavior

16. Philip G. Zimbardo, The Pathology of Imprisonment

17. Greta Feoff Paules, "Getting" and "Making" a Tip

18. Natalie Adams and Pamela Bettis, Commanding the Room in Short Skirts: Cheering as the Embodiment of Ideal Girlhood

19. Harvey Molotch, The Rest Room and Equal Opportunity

Part V. Social Institutions and Socialization

*20. Edward W. Morris, "Tuck in That Shirt!" Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School

*21. Spencer E. Cahill, Emotional Capital and Professional Socialization: The Case of Mortuary Science Students (and Me)

22. Gwynne Dyer, Anybody's Son Will Do

23. Thomas J. Schmid and Richard S. Jones, Suspended Identity: Identity Transformation in a Maximum Security Prison

24. Lynn Zimmer, How Women Reshape the Prison Guard Role

25. Patti A. Giuffre and Christine L. Williams, Not Just Bodies: Strategies for Desexualizing the Physical Examination of Patients

Part VI. Deviance and Social Control

26. Emile Durkheim, The Normality of Crime

27. William J. Chambliss, The Saints and the Roughnecks

28. D. L. Rosenhan, On Being Sane in Insane Places

*29. Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Laura Hamilton and Brian Sweeney, Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape

30. Emily E. LaBeff, Robert E. Clark, Valerie J. Haines, and George M. Dickhoff, Situational Ethics and College Student Cheating

31. Michael L. Benson, Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in White-Collar Crime

Part VII. Inequality

32. James Loewan, The Land of Opportunity

33. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

34. Katherine Newman and Chauncy Lennon, The Job Ghetto

35. Joe R. Feagn, Racism

36. Roxanna Harlow, "Race Doesn't Matter, but..." The Effect of Race on College Professors' Experiences and Emotion Management in the Undergraduate College Classroom

37. Robin D. G. Kelley, Confessions of a Nice Negro or Why I Shaved My Head

38. Yin Ling Leung, The Model Minority Myth: Asian Americans Confront Growing Backlash

39. Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D, Tales Out of Medical School

40. Randall Collins, The Sociological Eye and Its Blinders

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