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Abortion: The Right to Choose - Abortion: The Right to Choose The reelection of President George W. Bush holds potentially significant consequences for women's rights, particularly a women's right to choose. Abortion, a hot button topic of main stream society, was first made legal in the United States with the Supreme Court's landmark case of Roe v. Wade in late 1973. The Court's current configuration favors abortion and a woman's right to choose by a five-to-four vote. But many political and Court analysts believe that these next four years will give President Bush the opportunity to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court, a President and administration that Senator Hillary Clinton says, view "Roe v....   [tags: Sociology] 870 words
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Conditioning by Teachers in Society - Conditioned We live in a conformed society. Our society revolves around the conditioning of others. Webster's Dictionary defines conditioning as a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment. With this said, there is a lot of conditioning that occurs in everyday life. For example, why do grade school teachers reward their students with candy. When a young child receives candy for answering a question his mind relates answering questions with receiving candy....   [tags: Sociology] 539 words
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Cultural Pressures to be Thin - Have you ever taken a second to compare the size of men and women today to the sizes years ago. Recently there is a huge new trend of becoming as thin and fit as possible and thinking this is how one becomes beautiful. No one actually knows where this idea has emerged from. In the past big has been known as being healthy and beautiful. Take for instance Marilyn Monroe, she was the pin up girl for many men and wasn't exactly thin to today's standards. Today's celebrities wear sizes 0 - 2 and are the supposed poster girls of what beautiful looks like....   [tags: Sociology] 787 words
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Breast Implants:the Dow Corning Scandal - Abstract The subject of my paper will be an investigation into the manufacture of silicone breast implants by Dow Corning and what caused this scandal to become corporate crime. This subject is of special interest to me because my mother has been in litigation with Dow Corning since the late 1980's. I will use several research methods for development of this research paper. They will include researching books and the use of the internet. I believe that my findings will show that for more than thirty years Dow Corning manufactured and distributed an unsafe product with the knowledge that its recipients were being put in danger....   [tags: Sociology] 2368 words
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Personal Prevention of Identity Theft - Personal Prevention of Identity Theft Today in the United States there is a crime that every citizen faces having committed against them and that is the crime of identity theft. Identity theft is the theft of one's personal identifying information such as one's name, address, date of birth, credit card numbers, bank information, and most of all social security number (National Insurance Crime Bureau, 2000). With the modernization of our world it has became easier for would be identity thieves to commit their crime....   [tags: Sociology] 892 words
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Does Curiosity Cause Drug Use? - Good or bad, curiosity is woven into our DNA like tonsils or the opposable thumb. It's the fire under the feet of the human experience. Weil argues that people take drugs because they are means of satisfying an inner need for experiencing other forms of consciousness. He believes that the desire to alter consciousness periodically is an innate, normal drive equivalent to hunger or sexual drive. Are people born with a desire to change their levels of consciousness. No. Rather, they are born with a basic curiosity about the world around them....   [tags: Sociology] 568 words
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Animal Abuse: The Quiet Epidemic - The Quiet Epidemic Animal abuse is a quiet epidemic that is spreading throughout the world. The amount of animal abuse is growing and we must do something to stop it. Animal abuse is not putting a choke collar on a dog to keep it from biting an individual; it is not killing an animal for food. Animal abuse is the knowing or intentional "(1) tortures or serious overworks [of] an animal"; the "(2) failing unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in his custody; kills, injures, or administers poison to an animal; [or] (6) causes one animal to fight with another" (Title 3)....   [tags: Sociology] 821 words
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Rainforest Destruction and Sociological Effects - The natural resource of wood is being used at an unsustainable rate, with minimal effort to change societal views on the depletion of this valuable natural resource. Much of the wood we use today comes from old-growth tropical forests, and in many regions it is harvested illegally. Recently in England, it was revealed that the major department store, Marks&Spencers, made much of its garden furniture out of Nyato wood which was logged illegally from Indonesian rainforests. Looking at this problem from a micro-level orientation, we can clearly see how the actions of individuals in both Britain and Indonesia affect one another....   [tags: Sociology] 314 words
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Media Does NOT Control Society - Does media control us, or do we control media. "Sex, Lies and Advertising," was an essay written by the founder of Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem, explaining the difficulties in interesting advertisers for a women's magazine like hers. She talks about the advertising world seeing women's magazines as only "cash cows" and all the articles are surrounding hair, makeup, nails, or some other superficial thing that relates to Cover Girl, Revlon, Clairol, or Olay. According to Ms. Steinem, what we pick up from the newsstand or have delivered in our mail every month is all "fluff" because of such advertisers....   [tags: Sociology]
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Multiculturalism in the United States - Multiculturalism is an issue that has brought much debate to the United States. It helps us look at other cultures respectably and freely. Multiculturalism is something that we must deal with because of the millions of people immigrating to America. It is an issue that can not be ignored and therefore we need to deal with the multicultural issue. Many people confuse race and culture. The term "race" has been found out to notmean anything. Scientists agree that, in terms of DNA genetics, "race" has no significant meaning as a way of categorizing human differences....   [tags: Sociology] 398 words
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Leadership Skills: Men vs. Women - The abstract definition of leadership is: a specialized form of social interaction: a reciprocal, transactional, and sometimes transformational process in which cooperating individuals are permitted to influence and motivate others to promote the attainment of group and individual goals" (Group Dynamics pg 343). In other words leadership is the ability to use power with people in an element of voluntary participation. A good leader has to be able to interact in a group, not just as a higher authority but also as an equal....   [tags: Sociology] 831 words
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World Systems Theory in Archaeology - These papers deal with the world systems theory of Wallerstien's article as well as the other specialists' criticisms on it. They bring up basically three main ideas, which first off, include the significant role of the periphery in the core- periphery relationship. Secondly, the need to focus on internal and local affects on interrelations between different polities instead of concentrating on the external and generalized role of interaction. Lastly, they demand a model that is diversified enough to allow for analyzation of various levels of interaction between different groups....   [tags: Sociology] 1434 words
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Changes in Marriage in Britain - Over the last 30yrs there has been rapid changes in the structure of family life in Britain, arising from increasing divorce, remarriage, lone parenthood, cohabitation and numbers of elderly people. Nevertheless, it remains the case that the majority people live in the `traditional' family of a married couple with dependent children. One change in the patterns of marriage over the last 30yrs is that there are more lone parent families now than there was 20yrs ago. Today the majority are created by divorce....   [tags: Sociology] 285 words
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Today's Social Culture and Rock - When studying a particular culture, many cultural practices can be observed such as language. One cultural practice that should be very significant is music. Music like language can pass down culture to generations. Cultures often organize the practice of music into groups. In America today's popular form of music would include a rock band. The same socialization processes of any other group within a society are incorporated into forming this band. The author happens to be involved in this form of group and has experienced the socialization process of forming and maintaining a band....   [tags: Sociology] 858 words
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Rigor Mortis in Levi Strauss - The incest taboo has long proved a problem for social scientists, and it is no different for Levi-Strauss. In numerous articles, Levi-Strauss attempts to reconcile nature and culture in the prohibition against incest. Although he does this effectively, and his conclusion seems valid, the way that he arrives at it opens his work, structuralism, and social science in general up to larger critiques. The critique of social science is not about the conclusions reached but about the seeming inability of the social scientist to overcome or even put through a rigorous and thorough examination the concepts inherent in their work....   [tags: Sociology] 1483 words
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Television - Friend or Foe - By the time she was seven, Sarah had witnessed countless murders and numerous horrifying acts of violence ranging from spousal abuse to violent beatings, rape and other atrocities of war and gang violence. You may ask yourself, where could this child have grown up. Was it some war-torn country. Could it have been some country lacking the securities of decent law enforcement where criminals are free to roam and tyrannize innocent citizens. How do children manage to grow up under these circumstances, you ask yourself....   [tags: Sociology] 2007 words
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The Trend of American Obesity - It is not difficult to notice that over the past 30 years, America's waistline has been growing. According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), close to 127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million are obese, and 9 million are considered severely obese. Overeating, consuming unhealthy and fatty foods and a lack of exercise are the most common causes that most people attribute to obesity, but a closer examination of the issue reveals that a chaotic and hurried lifestyle and an over-dependence on technology are partly responsible for creating the conditions where an unhealthy lifestyle has become the norm for most Americans....   [tags: Sociology] 730 words
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The Importance of Friendship - The Importance of Friendship Although relationships with parents determine in large measure our longer-term preferences, attitudes and values, during adolescence it is often relationships with friends that cause most concern and which pre-occupy the thoughts of young people as they grow up. Friendships are based on a completely different set of structural relationships to those with parents. They are more symmetrical and involve sharing and exchange. Friendships are important to young children but there is a change at the beginning of adolescence -- a move to intimacy that includes the development of a more exclusive focus, a willingness to talk about oneself and to share problems and advi...   [tags: Sociology] 1592 words
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Inequality in the Classroom - The issue of inequality seems to be evident in our classrooms nowadays. It is said that although everyone, regardless of race or religion, have been given equal oppurtunities, the outcome is still imbalanced. Researchers say that this could be due to either biological destiny (/innate intelligence superiority) or cultural depravation (/cultural superiority). This essay will reflect my views on innate intelligence and cultural superiority in explaining group differences as well as other explanation accounting for inequalities in outcomes among groups....   [tags: Sociology] 749 words
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Analyzing Space in Communication - Dynamic of Communication Analyzing Space Paper Space is crucial when it comes to communicating, the space that you are surrounded by will shape all aspects of the communicating you do. Space is always communicating meaning and from the spaces I observed on campus and in the Student Center I drew meaning from them which allowed me to understand what each space is communicating and what see how each space encouraged or hindered communication. In this paper I will explain my critiques as well as my approval of the quad on campus and the Student Center, I also will give students opinions how the Student Center succeeds or fails in encouraging communication and lastly give my ideas of how spac...   [tags: Sociology] 1222 words
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Theory of Demographic Transition - The Theory of Demographic Transition Demography is the study of the components of population variation and change. Death rate and birth rate are two determinants of population change. Theory of Demographic Transition is comparatively recent theory that has been accepted by several scholars throughout the world. This theory embraces the observation that all countries in the world go through different stages in the growth of population. A nation's economy and level of development is directly related to that nation's birth and death rates....   [tags: Sociology] 1184 words
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Crime Prevention in Schools - As a society, how should we respond to violence taking place at schools. How do we respond to the traumatic events of the Columbine shooting and the school killing in Colorado. We feel impotent and concerned and aware that this is a situation that needs immediate attention. Violent behavior that occurs in schools today is constantly changing and increasing. On the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a day does not go by without talking of the violence coming into schools from the streets. Patrick O'Donnell, a reporter for the Plain Dealer wrote a story on a high school in Strongsville where the school virtually shut down classes due to Internet threats of violence made on the school by an 18-year-old bo...   [tags: Sociology] 2582 words
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Man and His Environment - Over the last few years I have noticed the environment becoming more and more cluttered. This might be because my intelligence has risen and I have noticed details about my environment. I have noticed little things such as some sort of dirt surface lightly covering the side of my house. At first I thought this texture was soil that had blown up in the wind, but after more observation of the wind and air I noticed I was wrong. So I thought the soil was actually smoke coming from a factory that was just less then a mile from my house....   [tags: Sociology] 1467 words
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Contemporary Sociological Theory Reviewed - 1. Our understanding of contemporary capitalist culture and globalization has been greatly influenced by neo-Marxism. There have been many significant events all over the world such as the Great Depression, The Second World War which have contributed to our understanding of contemporary capitalist culture. There has been a "false consciousness" associated with this time and date since capitalism continues to "deliver the goods" (Adams & Sydie, 2002: 90). The beginning of the end of capitalist conflict and the beginning of the beginning of socialism came with the U.S....   [tags: Sociology] 2333 words
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Theory of Demographic Transition - The `Theory of Demographic Transition' embraces the observation that all countries in the world go through different stages in the growth of population. A nation's economy and level of development is directly related to that nation's birth and death rates. Population history can be divided into three main stages, which apply to third world, second world and first world nations. These stages or classifications demonstrate a transition from high birth and death rates to low birth and death rates. The `Theory of Demographic Transition' suggests that all nations begin in stage one as underdeveloped, third world nations and through time transition into first world nations....   [tags: Sociology] 820 words
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Class Distinctions in America - The ideal concept of American society is one in which all of the citizens are treated equal in all every realm and situation. Class, race or gender does not divide the utopian America; everyone is afforded the same opportunities and chances for success. In this chimerical state Americans are able to go as far as their dreams allow and with hard work and perseverance any thing is possible. Many Americans subscribe to this pluralist view of the Country, believing that within our democratic system it is the majority who maintains control and sets policy....   [tags: Sociology]
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Discrimination Against Immigrant Labor - The global mobility of human resources between countries is a key driving force of the currently ongoing economic and regional development all over the world. It is indisputable that the immigration of international labour force would exert many positive and important impacts on the economic, cultural and social structure of both migrant-receiving and migrant-sending countries. Actually, the trend of temporary and permanent immigrants increasing in some western countries began to gain momentum in recent years....   [tags: Sociology] 968 words
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Effective Communication in Relationships - The world is full of psychos and you might be with one right now. That's a situation more people encounter. There are many factors in a healthy relationship. Being with someone can be a wonderful experience, but it can change into something worse. A friend I talked to said "me and my boyfriend talk a lot and tell each other how we feel." That's one way couples can avoid getting into arguments rather than screaming at each other. To make a relationship last there must be a foundation, and that foundation is a good friendship....   [tags: Sociology] 573 words
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Travis Hirschi's Control Theory - Reflecting on Travis Hirschi's Control Theory--How would you apply it to the students (or other population) The way that I can apply the Travis Hirschi's Control Theory to the students at APCH is by conforming with the students at APCH to social norms which depends on a strong bond between the staff at APCH and the students surrounding community to live in today's ride or die society. By applying the Travis Hirschi's Control Theory we have to use the four dimensions to incorporate the success of the Theory....   [tags: Sociology] 378 words
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Reflections on Orenstein's Schoolgirls - Friday night, as I watched television I evaluated commercial content in relation to the target of women and what message advertisements send to women of all ages. In one hour I saw twenty-four commercials, eleven were targeted at women and every single one had something to do with either the appearance or beauty of women or a domestic focus. These commercials touted products to enhance beauty or lose weight with the underlying message of "improved self-esteem". I have always blamed the media, or more broadly, cultural attitudes for the problems young girls and women face with low self-image and often find myself citing Barbie dolls and the overwhelmingly pink aisles at the toys-r-us as a roo...   [tags: Sociology] 1178 words
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Technology and Social Change - Today, Americans are faced with the increasing change of technology in our everyday life. Sometimes the change happens and we do not realize how it affects our lives. I think it is always a good idea to talk to someone that is older than yourself, like your grandparents to remind you of the times in their younger years. Hopefully, that will open your eyes to the changes we face in this generation and the generation to come. In this chapter, the author explores the relationship of changing technology to changes in both the environment and social institutions....   [tags: Sociology] 336 words
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Print Advertisement and Commercials - Print advertisements and commercials seen on television are becoming a huge part of our lives. They have shaped our values to the point that they are taking over the decisions we make. Everything we are taught and believe are right from wrong are changed by the way they make us think and behave. Our culture is being shaped by these advertisements and commercials and sadly they are affecting us in a very negative way. The first thing that my eye catches when I open a MAXIM magazine is usually the first page is filled up with a tobacco advertisement....   [tags: Sociology] 450 words
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Learning about Cultural Diversity - During this semester, I had the opportunity of working with a class of 2nd Graders in the Long Beach area. Even though in my last two serve rotations I was exposed to students from different linguistically and cultural backgrounds, this year I had the opportunity of truly experiencing multicultural diversity in the classroom. Since Jane Addams is located in the ghetto area of Long beach, the majority of the students are the so called minorities. Mrs. Chavarria classroom represented pluralism and world cultures; in her classroom there were Filipinos Samoans, African Americans, Latinos a couple of white kids, and a Hispanic/Chinese boy....   [tags: Sociology] 493 words
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Reading between the Pixels - I have always hated mid-day television. It started when I was in grade school. I remember staying home sick one day and being forced to flip endlessly through mindless talk shows, sappy soap operas, and fake courtroom dramas. I wanted to know why my favorite cartoons would come on in the morning, go off the air in the mid-day, only to return around one thirty or two. An even greater concept my fifth grade intellect failed to fathom was whom these terrible programs were catering to. Who were the people that actually liked this stuff....   [tags: Sociology] 454 words
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What's a Language, Anyway? - Speech is much like the fashions in clothing. Most of us dress according to "the style of the day." The shoes we wear and the shirts we put on usually what is considered "fashionable." If you choose to ignore the understood dress rules set by society, than your chances of being accepted become slim. In the same manner, when you ignore the majority's methods of speech, you become less accepted for it. If you buy a "cool" Tommy Hilfiger shirt, nobody looks at you any less for giving in to the standard instead of wearing a pink and orange poke-a-dotted shirt like you might have wanted to....   [tags: Sociology] 662 words
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Pop Princesses of Perversion - A sixteen year old girl poses for the camera, wearing a shirt that resembles something more akin to a bra than to an actual shirt. She is lying prostrate upon the floor with the photographer snapping pictures above her scantily-clad form. The girl's name is Britney Spears. She has just recorded her first hit single, named "Hit Me Baby One More Time". As Britney's veneer of a bubblegum pop princess fades, she has resorted to shedding more and more layers of clothing in order to attract a new breed of audience....   [tags: Sociology] 1028 words
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Three Sociological Perspectives - Three Sociological Perspectives This paper discusses three approaches that can be taken when studying Sociology. There are many subjects to be studied and discussed in the field of Sociology, and the approach chosen to study a particular subject is called a perspective. There are three different perspectives, and they are functionalist, conflict, and interactionist perspectives. This paper compares and contrasts these different perspectives with one another. When studying in the field of Sociology everyone is going to approach topics in a different manner....   [tags: Sociology Functionalist Conflict Interactionist]
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Event and Milieu - Event and Milieu ABSTRACT: I consider how the notion of event is used in such important branches of twentieth-century thought as relativity, quantum mechanics, Marxist sociology and psychoanalysis. I show that in each case there is the same concept of event as of a series of communications. It is also shown that this new concept of event corresponds to traditional concepts of historical events. I analyze the difference between the concept of event and that of fact. Since a fact presupposes "an external observer" it is impossible to deal with an event without being involved in it....   [tags: Language Sociology Essays] 3078 words
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The Interview Paper - The Interview Paper Description of Stoneman Stoneman is ninetieth-years-old. He is a 5 feet 8 inch Chinese boy. He has a big nose but small eyes with glasses. By looking at his mouth, you will think that he is a talkative boy because of his big mouth, but not. He is a passive person. If you don’t talk to him, he never opens his big mouth because he knows his mouth stinks. Although you maybe hate stink, you will like to talk with him because he is really very kind and he can give you a good reaction and a helpful suggestion when you have any problem you can’t solve by yourself....   [tags: Sociology] 906 words
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Alternatives to Incarceration - In 1996, Anderson and Dyson published a study to investigate boot camp success and offender risk assessment for CRIPP (Court Regimented Intensive Probation Program) participants. This study was conducted on 1225 male boot camp graduates. Logistic regression was used to determine which participants were more likely to reoffend after boot camp. Independent variables were recoded for the logistical regression model analysis used in this study. The effect of a prior felony conviction increases the probability of failure by a significant 27%....   [tags: Sociology] 1994 words
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Violence on Television - American culture is infatuated with violence. Childhood, education, and families are affected by violent television. News reported a child causing a fire that burnt down their house. While the mother was out to get something from the store, she came back and saw that her son is outside while the house is still burning. The little boy blamed himself for the fire. She said it wasn't her son's fault, but she blamed a cartoon called, "Beavis and Butthead." How could this be. The mother claimed that this cartoon has shown her son a lot of violent actions and aggressive behaviors....   [tags: Sociology] 471 words
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Women Police Officers - Women Today Are Under-represented In The Police Force Alice Stebbins Wells was the first female police officer hired by the Los Angeles police department in 1910 (Walker & Katz, 2005). In the early years of women police officers women were hired as social workers for juveniles, as matrons, dispatchers, and to help guard female inmates. Law enforcement as a career has been increasingly more popular for women in recent years; however, the numbers have not increased greatly. In 2001, women accounted for only 12.7% of all sworn law enforcement positions in large agencies (with 100 or more sworn personnel) a figure that is less than four percentage points higher than in 1990, when women comprise...   [tags: Sociology] 1188 words
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Injustices Against Humanity - Social injustices occur on a daily basis ranging from minor racial slurs to violence and abuse. It is easy to see why Primo Levi is astonished with the actions that we humans place on each other. The articles US Inner-city Apartheid by Philippe Bourgois and Difference and Other Infections of the Day by Alisse Waterston show clearly the prejudice and inequality that take place on a daily basis around the world. Philippe Bourgois speaks first-hand on the injustices that occur in the mainly Puerto Rican district of East Harlem, New York....   [tags: Sociology] 566 words
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Death Penalty Debate - The controversial debate over the death penalty has been going on for a very long time and still has no conclusive solution. In the United States that is, most of the rest of the civilized world has done away with the death penalty a long time ago. Many people have different views on this issue. Although, there is a consensus that heinous murders need to be severely punished, there is no consensus on the choice of that punished. The debate over the proper punishment lies between the death penalty and life in prison....   [tags: Sociology] 1247 words
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Fast Food Industry - It is not a surprise that fast food has become a way of life in America. Every day about a quarter of the adult population n United States visits the fast food restaurant. Every month about 90 percent of children aged 3-9 visit McDonald's. According to Schlosser, Americans spent more than $110 billion a year on the fast food. In his book "Fast Food Nation" Eric Schlosser is not chiefly interested in the consumption of fast food, but his primary objective is to explore manufacturing starting with the unemployment....   [tags: Sociology] 718 words
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Are Families Dangerous? - In "Are Families Dangerous?" Barbara Ehrenreich discusses how "media fixations" are recently allowing us to see the true grime that is our ideal family system. Ehrenreich's main contention is that families "can be a nest of pathology and a cradle of gruesome violence." She states that somewhere inside us, whether or not we want to believe; we know that this is going on around us, and media representations are outing the evils of family life. Implying that families might not be the shiny, happy role-players that we all would like to think of, she speaks of the unthinkable, gruesome crimes to the weak, and infirm, of these so-called families....   [tags: Sociology] 820 words
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Justice and Fairness - In Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich delves into the `third world' of America while attempting to make a living. She undertakes many noble trades, working in low wage and underappreciated jobs while of trying to figure out how the people of this country do it everyday. She works at Hearthside and Jerry's in Florida waitressing, with The Maids in Maine cleaning houses, and with Wal-Mart in Minnesota, serving their `guests', all while earning the minimum wage. She also looks to examine the functional and conflict theories of stratification as they relate to the low wage jobs she pursues....   [tags: Sociology] 1249 words
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Aggression in Sports - Aggression is a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack, deliberately unfriendly behaviour or a disposition to behave aggressively. There are three types of behaviour: · Assertive Play · Instrumental Aggression · Hostile Aggression Assertive play is having no intent to harm, a legitimate force within the rules with unusual effort and energy. An example of this could be during a tennis match. A performer could be seen to perform an aggressive shot or serve to win a point....   [tags: Sociology] 741 words
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CSO and ANMA - Los Angeles was the place to find work if laboring was all you knew. Not speaking a word of English, but able to labor in the fields of California's various crops, Mexican immigrants flocked to Los Angeles. Los Angeles quickly became a Mecca for Mexicans wishing to partake of the American dream establishing themselves and creating families. The American dream, however, became just a dream as harsh unequal assessments by white Americans placed Mexican-Americans at the bottom of the social, economic, and political ladders....   [tags: Sociology] 1086 words
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Super Sized Communication - Messages distributed by institutions such as the media have the potential to reach very large and anonymous audiences in a process called mass communication. In the movie Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock documents a month of eating McDonald's, only to prove how food media affects the way Americans are living extremely unhealthy lives. According to The Mediated Communication Process (modified Westley-MacLean model) communication starts with an event, which in this case is the two teenage girls that decided to sue McDonald's for their obesity, then there are sources, a message, a communicator, another message and then the audience....   [tags: Sociology] 565 words
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Cyberspace & Identity - In "Cyberspace and Identity: The E-Mail Revolution", Sherry Turkle focuses on the virtual world, how she perceives it takes place in today's society. Turkle also focuses on the psychological impact that living in the virtual world has on our current reality. Turkle, currently is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. She also is the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, a center of research and reflection on the evolving connections between people and artifacts in the co-construction of identity (<a href="http://web.mit.edu/sturkle/techself">h...   [tags: Sociology] 554 words
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Pay It Forward - After watching Pay It Forward, it was easy to parallel elements from the movie to communication in general. Similarities between the cycle of paying it forward and communication can be easily discussed through all of the definitions of communication. For the purpose of this paper, I will link one of the oldest definitions of communication and paying to forward, to show the parallelism. The ancient definition of communication defines communication as: the act of mutual giving and receiving. This act of mutual giving and receiving is very apparent in the story told in the movie....   [tags: Sociology] 939 words
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Spiral of Consumption - The main effect on consumer culture on the lives of its citizens is "[t]he erosion of the ties of community" (Sagoff 94). The problems inherent in consumer culture exist as a spiral; the lack of community beget increased need of commodities, while at the same time consumption of a larger amount of commodities dissolves the ties of the community. To impede the downward spiral of consumer culture, one must take action upon the roots of the problem, the roots of increased need and loss of community....   [tags: Sociology] 1576 words
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Children and Television - As Americans we should be very concerned about the effect that television is having on our children. Today's children watch far too much television. As a result, a number of horrific conditions occur, which could have easily been prevented, if we as parents and caregivers simply would get off of our lazy butts and just turn off the tube. The National Coalition for Children and Families states, "By the time adolescents graduate from high school, they will have spent 15,000 hours watching television, compared with 12,000 hours spent in the classroom." The influence that television is having on America's children is having alarming results....   [tags: Sociology] 2316 words
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Institutional Racism - Institutional racism are those accepted, established, evident, respected forces, social arrangements, institutions, structures, policies, precedents an systems of social relations that operate are manipulated in such a way as to allow, support individual acts of racism. It is also to deprive certain racially identified categories within a society a chance to share, have equal access to, or have equal opportunity to acquire those things, material and nonmaterial, that are defined as desirable and necessary for rising in an hierarchical class society while that society is dependent, in part, upon that group they deprive for their labor and loyalty....   [tags: Sociology] 785 words
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Funeral Societies - The Funeral Consumers Alliance consists of 115 non-profit funeral organizations. These organizations are demographically controlled establishments catering to the needs of consumers located in the region where their respected establishments are founded. The funeral societies offer many resources, services, and knowledge based materials Above all, funeral societies have the main mission goal to promote informed and advanced planning for funeral and memorial arrangements. Among the many services that funeral societies offer, these societies provide price lists of cooperating funeral institutions, death education literature (pamphlets....   [tags: Sociology] 561 words
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Development Theory - "The city in newly developing countries is a study in contrast of old and new, survivals of rural past and innovations from the West. This mixture is apparent not only in what one sees, but also within the inhabitants of such cities." (Breese,1969) In the discussion of whether modern societies do represent "progress" over traditional societies, we go back to the one of the earliest foundations of the modernization theory. To enumerate briefly, a traditional society is commonly described as "primitive", "backward", having "rigid social structures" and whose economies are limited to "rural and agricultural levels." These characteristics are said to have a disadvantageous effect upon the devel...   [tags: Sociology] 780 words
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Ethnographic Research - Ethnographic research is the scientific description of specific human cultures, foreign to the ethnographer. Each ethnographer has his or her own way of conducting research and all of these different ideas can be transmitted and understood in a number of different ways. Because there is no one set idea of how an ethnographer should go about his or her research, conflicts arise. In Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco, Paul Rabinow uses a story like process to discuss his experiences during his research in Morocco....   [tags: Sociology] 1402 words
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Fetal Abuse - Fetal Abuse is a social problem that has caused heated debate for the past two decades. Since 1985, many studies have been conducted on the effects of substances such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and nicotine on the unborn child. This marked the beginning of fetal abuse's transformation from a social issue to a social problem. After these studies were conducted, the results found were very concerning to society. Negative effects were found in children born to mothers using the substances, effects that are permanent, including physical deformities and mental impairment....   [tags: Sociology] 1431 words
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Legalize Cannabis - Cannabis is a very controversial plant, and through history, the way that people see this plant has changed depending on the different cultures. Sometimes, it has been used as a medicine, and other times condemned as a slow suicide. In the modern era, the controversy attained its highest level; a lot of developed countries are thinking about the rehabilitation of cannabis. This rehabilitation process is based on scientific research that showed that cannabis is harmless and can be used as a medicine for a lot of diseases....   [tags: Sociology] 870 words
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Sociological Theories - Event 1- Martha Stewart Stock Conviction Martha Stewart was recently convicted for the illegal selling of stock. Officially convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and making two false counts to investigators she is looking at a lengthy sentence. We can analyze her situation through five different theoretical perspectives. Focusing on the sociological, but also with attention to the psychological and biological we can look at her situation in numerous ways. First, from the biological perspective we can treat it as an evolutionary theory....   [tags: Sociology] 1292 words
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Criminological Theory - "Our primary aim is to discover how some social structures exert a definite pressure upon certain persons in the society to engage in nonconforming rather that conforming conduct. If we can locate groups peculiarly subject to such pressures, we should expect to find fairly high levels of deviant behaviour in these groups, not because the human beings comprising them are compounded of distinctive biological tendencies, but because they are responding to the social situation in which they find themselves"(Merton, 1957 p....   [tags: Sociology] 2014 words
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Reality T.V. - Throughout this analysis, is a discussion of the real ethics of reality TV and how the current gender, media and popular culture depict a fusion between reality and reality on TV. The writing is based upon the "Real Appeal: The Ethics of Reality TV", Catehrine Lumby and Elspeth Probyn. The idea that anyone can become famous is not fairly evident upon most TV viewers; however it is clear that TV makes the viewer believe that what they are viewing is true and it is for this reason that it becomes reality TV....   [tags: Sociology] 521 words
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Alain Locke - With the exception of Native Americans, there is no race of people that originated in America. Yet today, we all come together under the colors of red, white and blue, sing the National Anthem and call ourselves "Americans". Despite our differences in religion, norms, values, national origins, our pasts, and our creeds, we all combine under one common denominator. Alain Locke addresses this issue of cultural pluralism in his article, "Who and What is `Negro'?" In this article, Locke states that, "There is, in brief, no `The Negro'....   [tags: Sociology] 1162 words
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Exploitation - Exploitation in the world today is a major problem with there being a few different types of exploitation. Trafficking, sweatshop working, and slavery are the three major types of exploitation. Money is the biggest reason why there is exploitation in the world today. The only way for exploitation in the world today to end is for poverty and greed to end. I will further more talk about all of these topics to show just how bad exploitation is and how there aren't many ways for it to be stopped. Trafficking and sweatshop working are the most common forms of exploitation in the United States today....   [tags: Sociology] 449 words
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Interactionists - From an interactionist perspective it is not the structure or system of society that creates and shapes our thoughts, actions and behaviour rather we create society through our constant action and interaction with each other. This is why it is a social action, rather than a social system approach. This is why it is a bottom-up rather than a top-down theory. Interactionists are interested in how people attempt to make sense of the social world, how we try to interpret other people's behaviour in order to discover what that behaviour means....   [tags: Sociology] 415 words
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Prostitution - Prostitution has been a part of our world's culture since the beginning of time, and is the world's oldest profession. Ever since the beginning of time man has felt the need to pay for services of a sexual nature, whether are legal or not. In our culture; however, prostitution has become a topic of debate concerning the merits of this profession's legality. In viewing the legalization of prostitution one must take into account all the pros and cons of the situation, but more importantly what is currently being done to rid society of the problem of prostitution as well as the lack of effect of these so call solutions....   [tags: Sociology] 1733 words
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