Second Thoughts Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom

ISBN-10: 1412988098

ISBN-13: 9781412988094

Edition: 5th 2012

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List price: $33.99
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Robert K. Yin is President of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for federal agencies, state and local agencies, and private foundations, and most of this book's applications come from these projects. Outside of COSMOS, Dr. Yin has assisted numerous other research groups, helping to train their field teams or to design research studies. A recent engagement has been with the United Nations Development Programme, and another assignment has been to provide guidance to assist doctoral students at the University of Copenhagen. Currently, Dr. Yin holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University's School of International Service (Washington, DC). Earlier, he served as Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Government Accountability Office's research methodology division. Dr. Yin has authored nearly 100 journal articles and books. His first book on the case study method, Case Study Research: Design and Methods (2014) is in its fifth edition. He has edited two case study anthologies (Yin, 2004; and 2005) and has most recently authored a new text on qualitative research methods (Yin, 2011). Dr. Yin received his B.A. in history from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T.Karen A. Cerulo (PhD, Princeton University) is a professor of sociology at Rutgers University. Her research interests include culture and cognition, symbolic communication, media and technology, and comparative historical studies. Professor Cerulo's articles appear in a wide variety of journals, including the American Sociological Review, Contemporary Sociology, Poetics, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Communication Research, and annuals such as the Annual Review of Sociology and Research in Political Sociology. She is the author of three books: Identity Designs: The Sights and Sounds of a Nation, winner of the ASA Culture Section's award for the Best Book of 1996 (Rose Book Series of the ASA, Rutgers University Press); Deciphering Violence: The Cognitive Structure of Right and Wrong (Routledge); and Never Saw It Coming: Cultural Challenges to Envisioning the Worst (University of Chicago Press). She has also edited a collection entitled Culture in Mind: Toward a Sociology of Culture and Cognition (Routledge). Professor Cerulo's teaching and research earned her both the Rutgers University Awards for "Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education" and the "Scholar-Teacher Award." In 2014, she was named the Robin Williams Lecturer for the Eastern Sociological Society.

Janet M. Ruane (PhD, Rutgers University) is a professor of sociology at Montclair State University. She has served as her department's undergraduate and graduate program director. Professor Ruane's research interests include formal and informal social control mechanisms, media and technology, research methods, and applied sociology. She is the author of Essentials of Research Methods (Blackwell) and has contributed articles and chapters to several journals and collections including Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Law and Policy, Communication Research, Sociological Focus, Journal of Applied Sociology, and Science as Culture. Since stepping into her first classroom, Professor Ruane has accumulated decades of valuable teaching experience in both introductory and advanced-level sociology courses. These years have afforded her a wealth of opportunities for generating and fine-tuning many second thoughts.nbsp;

Introduction: The Sociological Perspective
Methods
Numbers Don't Lie
Culture
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
Stratification
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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