Second Thoughts : Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-07
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Do birds of a feather flock together or do opposites attract? Does haste make waste or should you strike while the iron is hot? Adages like these-or conventional wisdoms-shape our social life. This Fourth Edition of Second Thoughts reviews several popular beliefs and notes how such adages cannot be taken at face value. This unique text encourages students to step back and sharpen their analytic focus with 24 essays that use social research to expose the gray areas of commonly held beliefs, revealing the complexity of social reality and sharpening students#xE2;#xAC;" sociological vision.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sociological Perspective
Numbers Don't Lie
Winning is Everything
Children are Our Most Precious Commodity
Social Structure
Love Knows No Reason
Stress is Bad for Your Well-Being
The "Golden Years" are Tarnished Years
Socialization and Identity
What's in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet
Beauty is Only Skin Deep
The More We Pay, the More It's Worth
Money is the Root of All Evil
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
America is the Land of Equal Opportunity
Social Problems and Social Control
Violence is on the Rise in the United States--No One is Safe
There's Nothing We Can Do About the Weather
There Ought to Be a Law
Honesty is the Best Policy
Social Institutions: Marriage and Family
The Nuclear Family is the Backbone of American Society
Marriage is a Failing Institution
Social Institutions: The Economy
Welfare is Ruining this Country
Immigrants are Ruining this Nation
Social Institutions: Media and Technology
Technology is Taking Over Our Lives
Social Institutions: Education
Education is the Great Equalizer
Social Institutions: Religion
We Are One Nation Under God
Conclusion: Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist?
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