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The Globalisation of Obesity

- ABSTRACT: It has often been observed that obesity follows a socioeconomic gradient which adversely affects the poor. This paper proposes the outline of a sociological theory of obesity as a consequence of ‘globalisation factors, such as labour market deregulation. Forced to work longer hours – and with lower levels of job-security – workers in low paid jobs have fewer opportunities to burn calories, and are more likely to consume fast-food. This combination has led to higher levels of obesity among the poor in countries that have adopted neo-liberal labour market reforms....   [tags: Sociology of Obesity]

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Stealing a Nation

- In the book "Freedom Next Time (2007)" written by the world’s renowned journalist and documentary filmmaker, John Pilger, gives us the prevalence of the chronicles of five countries which is, as he expresses: “about empire, its façades and the enduring struggle of people for their freedom” (Pilger, 1). It is a book of individual struggles for peace, security, and a civilized nation with strong government. The opening chapter “Stealing a Nation” is an upsetting story of San Diego which unfolds the time, about 40 years ago, that had been secretly buried away until just recently....   [tags: sociology, corporate crime, chagonassians]

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Sociological Theory Essay

- It is a theme in sociology to discover where and why there are social inequalities, either as a result of class stratification, gender, race, and/or a combination of these factors. Theorist cannot explore, or even attempt to, discuss all of the issues so they develop explanations that, at times, coincide with one another. In dealing with the relationship between two conceptualized ideas, oppression/inequality and individualist/liberal ideology, theorist seem to focus on the cause and effect association that structures these ideas....   [tags: Social Inequality Sociology]

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Functionalism and Marxism

- In the history of anthropology and sociology, there have been many different social theories. Often these theories are influential for a period of time and then lose popularity once a new, more seductive theory is established. Marxism and functionalism are two examples of social theories that made a grand impact on the anthropological and sociological fields, but have since faded from the forefront. Marxism was established by Karl Marx in the mid-1800s and was later adopted by other theorists, such as Marvin Harris....   [tags: history of anthropology and sociology]

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Max Weber's Bureaucracy

- 1. Introduction This report is focused on the investigation of Max Weber’s (1978) bureaucracy. Max Weber, one of the major individuals in the world of management thinking, was born in 1864 in Prussia (Weber, 1978). He is mostly famous for his sociological and economic studies, in which the researcher tries to understand the Western world and the unique way of its development (Weber, 2009). Weber’s studies and works have produced a significant impact on sociology and economics. It was Max Weber who studied the flow of information within an organisation and formulated the main principles of bureaucracy (Houghton, 2010)....   [tags: investigation analysis, sociology]

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Comparing Functionism, Marxism, and Social Action Theory

- Sociology is generally made up of three paradigms: Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic interactionism. A paradigm is a set of assumptions that shape and underlie explanations of why society is the way it is (Early Stratification Theory, internet 2003). Functional Theory is often traced from Durkheim, Parsons and Merton. Functionalists believe in shared norms and values, which are influenced by the Family, Education, church and employment. It sees society as a shaper of people rather than people shaping society....   [tags: Papers Socliology]

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My Sociological Perspective

-      Sociology is a part of everyday life. People experience sociological changes when they get married, get a new job, or get discriminated against. All of these things can alter a person’s perspective on a group of people or even the world. Since the beginning of this class, I have personally endured several sociological changes in my life. I recently started a new job. I’m meeting new and wonderful people and I no longer dread having to go to work. I have also begun setting plans for my wedding to the one girl who I know will make everyday better than the one before....   [tags: Sociology essays]

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A Sociological and Psychological Assessment of Crime and Deviance

- A Sociological and Psychological Assessment of Crime and Deviance      The sociology of deviance is the sociological study of deviant behavior, or the recognized violation of cultural norms. Cultural Norms are society's propensity towards certain ideals; their aversion from others; and their standard, ritualistic practices. Essentially the 'norm' is a summation of typical activities and beliefs of group of people. There are various Sociological deviance theories, including Structuralist: why do some people break the rules....   [tags: Sociology Psychology Deviant Essays]

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Karl Marx

- Chose one of sociology’s founding “figures” and critically assess his or her particular contribution. There are many of sociology's founding figures that have extremely well-built ideas, practices and studies that I could explore, but one renowned philosopher stands out amongst the crowd, and that person is named Karl Marx (1818-1883). In this essay I aim to explore and critically assess his ideas, theories, and studies in his contribution to sociology, and if his ideas, theories and studies are useful to this contribution to sociology....   [tags: sociology, marx, positivism]

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Analysis of a Sociologist's Research of Family Life

- Analysis of a Sociologist's Research of Family Life This essay sets out to cover possible ways of researching the family including case studies. The research methods I will be using in this essay are questionnaires, interviews and observation, which are types of primary research. There are many different types of research methods, two types being primary and secondary research. Primary research is carrying out the research from scratch without using any previous research. Secondary research is using information that has already been collected....   [tags: Papers, Sociology, Family Values]

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Prejudice and Racism in Canada

- Racism is a Problem in Canada A few years ago in Smalltown, CA a burning cross was placed in the lawn of a visible minority family. Although the media seemed shocked at this explicit racial attack and portrayed the attackers as a group of abnormal, twisted deviants, I was not surprised. As an Asian student who is writing her Sociology honours thesis on visible minorities in Canada, I know on a personal and academic level that racism in Canada does exist. Although explicit racial incidents are not a common occurrence, they do happen....   [tags: Sociology Racism Prejudice Essays]

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The Three Paradigms In Society

- “The Three Paradigms in Society” Functionalist paradigm, conflict paradigm, and symbolic interaction paradigm are the three major paradigms that function in today’s society. Functionalist, and conflict paradigms are macro-sociological paradigms. Symbolic interaction is a micro-sociological paradigm. Functionalist paradigm focuses on the integration of society, while social conflict focuses on the issue of division among society. Symbolic interaction works on communication and social change as a consequence....   [tags: essays papers Sociology]

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Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

- Hobbes and Locke John Locke and Thomas Hobbes were famous political Theorists among other things in their time. Hobbes who was born 40 years before Locke had a very different perspective to Locke and both will be examined more through this essay. Even though many of there theories were different in the sixteenth century Hobbes and Locke' s theories became closer as the rise of the state and decline of the feudal system brought about the question of authority. John Locke born in 1632 he was influenced political thought immensely....   [tags: Politics Philosophy Sociology]

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Urban Inequality

- The contemporary field of urban sociology provides substantive examinations that engage both a macro- and micro-lens into the construction of urban spaces and inequalities. In the discussion that follows I address some of the leading theories and common threads that enable urban sociologists to engage in the comprehensive examination of how and why urban inequality persists. In the final section, I draw upon theorists and propose a research perspective that I believe might help to further advance the sociological inquiry of urban inequality....   [tags: Urban Sociology Research Paper]

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The Role of Sport Science in Preparation for and During the Common Wealth Games 2002

- Psychology in sport held a very active role in preparation and during the Commonwealth games in Manchester 2002. When it comes to athletes who compete in such a prestigious and competitive event, sport psychology in all its facets becomes a huge burden to face. If the athlete can stay calm composed and remain competitive in such an event then this can be of profound help. Concentrating on the individual, psychology asks many questions, such as why do people continue to participate despite pain. Why do people continue to be successful....   [tags: Sociology]

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How False Advertsing from Tobacco Companies Compares to Falsified Stories Written by Stephen Glass

- Once there was a headstrong young journalist who thought he could outsmart anyone as if he was flawless. Society saw him as an epic journalist, a rising young storyteller, and most of all an influential leader. Sadly, Stephen Glass's cover up soon came to a downfall. It was almost as if this well-known writer was secretly another person, and shockingly no one knew about his split personality. Glass was known to sit for hours at his desk destroying his pen on the paper in front of him. He, without a doubt, was a pathological liar with an extremely bizarre malady....   [tags: Sociology]

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A Process Essay for Males: How to Approch a Girl and Get a Date

- Many guys know what it feels like to try and approach a girl. And to make it worst, guys know how "difficult" it can be to approach a girl and ask her out on a date and only recently met her. Guys are always asking this question: how do I get this girl to go on a date with me. Logically, this is a strange question and an easy solution can be created out of it. Logically, just confront the girl, ask questions, make some laughs, and ask her to go out. This is the logical answer to the question, but it tends to get more complicated in reality....   [tags: Sociology]

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Discuss Work & Negative Views about It. What Are the Qualities of Satisfying Work?

- To discuss work, one must first of all try to define work. Once one starts to think about this definition however, one finds that there are as many definitions of work as there are people. Experts such as sociologists have been trying to reach a definite answer, yet they can never agree between them. Although it is accepted that work is that time which is not leisure, one is then confounded with trying to find a definition for leisure. Stanley Parker reached a compromise by dividing our time in five sections, merging from pure work to pure leisure....   [tags: Sociology]

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Does the Concept of Negative Priming Contribute to Our Understanding of Selective Attention?

- It is often thought that humans can receive all the information that invades their senses, however, it is fact they are not able to process all of the received information. Humans must selectively choose what information to perceive and ignore irrelevant information. Two questions are raised, therefore: what allows us to selectively attend information and what happens to unattended information, is it proceeded to any extend or not proceeded at all. Recently, the phenomenon of negative-priming started to be used to study selective attention....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Content of Mass Media Is Determined by Those Who Own the Media

- There is reasonably common agreement that there is an identifiable capitalist or ruling class. Marx pointed out that the capitalist or ruling class own the means of material production and consequently also manage the means of mental production. Their ruling thoughts and ways of looking at the world filter down to the rest of society. Marx's unique view has been developed by neo-Marxist such as Hall et al examining the late-twentieth-century role of the mass media. They propose an explanation in terms of the way the influential ruling class set the agenda for their domination ideas and direct or indirect control....   [tags: Sociology]

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Description of the American Electorate and Changes in Its Behavior Since 1952

- United States of America has a democratic political system with two major parties: Democratic and Republican. This research paper will provide the insight on the social and cultural characteristics of both Republican and Democratic loyalists as well as uncommitted middle. Many changes occurred in the behavior of American electorate since 1952, however, some trends remain today. The existence of the Electoral College affects the campaigns of the presidential candidates. This paper will also analyse the concerns of citizens with this system and whether it is beneficial for candidates and reveals the true choice of the population....   [tags: Sociology]

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Should Big Tobacco Be Sued for Health Care Bills? An Analysis

- Should big tobacco be sued for health bill. An analysis A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada on the subject of smoking is the main topic of my articles. The landmark ruling made on September 30th gives the province of British Columbia ammunition against big tobacco companies. "The decision allows British Columbia to sue tobacco companies for damages related to smoking-related health care costs dating back 50 years" (Bell Globalmedia Inc [BGMI], 2005). Many expect the ruling in BC will act as a model for other provinces to follow suit....   [tags: Sociology]

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Labelling and Stigmatization of Aids or Hiv Patients in Hong Kong

- Introduction Labeling and stigmatization, no matter it is due to illness or difference in race, social status, occupation, etc., is a huge and complex problem and common in history which cause many conflicts and even wars in the world. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), not only applied to the labeling theory, it suffered the most. People discriminate AIDS more severe than other infectious disease. Stigmatization induces discrimination, which is more painful and stressful than physical discomfort of the illness itself....   [tags: Sociology]

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Strategies Hotels Use in Order to Achieve and Guarantee Customer Satisfaction.

- A well renowned man once said: "A customer is the most important visitor to our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption to our work; He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider to our business; He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him; He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so." There is much truth to the above statement; therefore achieving customer satisfaction is an important basis to any business organisation, especially hotels....   [tags: Sociology]

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Male Homosexual Roles Among the Isthmus Zapotec of Southern Mexico

- Male Homosexual Roles Amog the Isthmus Zapotec of Southern Mexico Carlos and Javier are two men living in the city of Juchit∫n, Mexico. They work at a small hotel just off the z-calo, the main town square. Sometimes they converge with other men outside the hotel to watch people as they walk past in the z-calo. As nearly anywhere in Mexico, the men comment and nudge each other when an attractive woman passes, but Carlos and Javier remain silent throughout the exchange. It is not until an attractive young man walks by that they speak up....   [tags: Sociology]

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How Do the Makers of "Trainspotting" Depict British Youth Sub-culture?

- "Poison or Pearls, Reality or Fantasy?" (Street 110): How do the makers of Trainspotting depict British youth sub-culture and what methods of filming do they use to communicate their message in the surrealist way the film is famous for. Trainspotting (1996) is a "depiction of the squalid depravities and exploitative self interest that characterises the everyday life of heroin addiction." (Petrie 90) Its' realistic style, use of language and unflinching portrayal of drug use was what first attracted me to look at it a bit closer....   [tags: Sociology]

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Response to The Futile Pursuit of Happiness, by Jon Gertner

- "The Futile Pursuit of Happiness" by Jon Gertner was published in September of 2003. It is an essay that discusses the difference between how happy we believe we will be with a particular outcome or decision, and how happy we actually are with the outcome. The essay is based on experiments done by two professors: Daniel Gilbert and George Loewenstein. The experiments show that humans are never as happy as we think we will be with an outcome because affective forecasting and miswanting cause false excitement and disappointment in our search for true happiness....   [tags: Sociology]

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Concepts and Implications in Jay Macleod's Ain't No Makin' It

- Social reproduction is examined closely by Jay Macleod in his book "Ain't No Makin' It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood." His study examines two groups of working class teenage boys residing in Clarendon Heights, a housing project in upstate New York. The Hallway Hangers, a predominately white peer group, and the Brothers, an all African American peer group with the exception of one white member. Through the use of multiple social theories, MacLeod explains social reproduction by examining the lives of these groups as they experience it, being members of the working class in society....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Media's Ability to Control Our View of the World

- With the coming of television and the internet, are we or are we not a more informed community. (Orwell, 1984) Essentially, this statement requires a profound study in order to determine the impact of news media ability to control the agenda and ultimately impact our view of the world. First, let us differentiate these two sources of communication because there is a major difference between television and internet as a mass media communicating tool. Television focuses more on broad commercial needs of people and is highly dependent on paid advertisement compared to the internet, which is closer to very specific needs....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Experiences of Rural Areas and Culture of Minority Groups

- The experiences of different groups in rural settings are of significant importance to the study of rural geography itself. In particular, the experiences of both young people and travellers, often labelled as "others", are important in the way they provide a different perspective on rural spaces and cultures from the common `productivist' and `idyllic' cultural views. However, because they are minority groups and "different" from the "normal" majority, young people and travellers experience significant stereotyping from countryside cultures....   [tags: Sociology]

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How Successful Has the Welfare State Been in Delivering Equality?

- The majority of those who have a reasonably satisfactory understanding of the welfare state will agree that the definition entails; a nation whereby the government undertake appropriate action to ensure the provision of social goods and benefits. These welfare programs are usually provided at public expense with little or no cost to the recipient of the services. Policy prescriptions advanced by proponents of the welfare state emphasise securing a minimum standard of living for all of the population where no one is denied an essential service which might be available to others....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Canterbury Tales: Applying Chaucer's Criticism to Modern Society

- The Canterbury Tales: Applying Chaucer's Criticism to Modern Society It is not hard to apply Chaucer's description of the greedy doctor to today's medical system, nor is it difficult to find modern-day people with equivalent personalities to those of many of Chaucer's other characters. However, it is the institutions of his time as well as their flaws and hypocrisies that Chaucer is most critical of; he uses the personalities of his characters primarily to highlight those flaws. The two institutions that he is most critical of have lost much, if not all, of their influence; in many instances, the Church has only slight hold on the lives and attitudes of the people as a whole, and the str...   [tags: Sociology]

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The Impact of Technology and Social Environments Upon Adolescents

- The Impact of Technology and Social Environments Upon Adolescents Introduction Undoubtedly, adolescence is one of life's most challenging and complex transitions in life. A combination of rapid physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth represents a period of significant change. These changes bridge the transition from childhood to adulthood. Teenagers today live in a media-saturated society and they deal with a bouquet of formidable issues like sex, drugs, divorce, and gun violence. These conditions can become significant factors in an emerging personality (Doherty, 1997)....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Effects of Drugs and Their Relationship to Crime

- The use of illegal substances is a serious problem in the United States today and there are several drugs of choice among drug addicts and in this article we will discuss 3 of the most commonly used drugs and list their effects on the user. Marijuana One of the most commonly used controlled substances today is Marijuana. Marijuana is a product of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana, also present in other forms of cannabis, is THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (NIDA, 1984)....   [tags: Sociology]

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Plato and Darwin: Natural Selection and the Successful Society

- How many times have we stopped ourselves from doing something that is too hard. Do we realize how important it is for us to take a step and try things. Everyday, things change around us. Whether it is our appearance, body, or mind. The changes that are good improve and help us. However, it is up to us to see change. A change might not be very obvious or it might not be relevant us. Therefore, in order to survive and to succeed some form of change is necessary. In "Natural Selection," Darwin explains the theory on evolution through natural selection that species come in a variety, and modification of species allows offspring to adapt and increase chances of survival....   [tags: Sociology]

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Superman and the Ideologies of the Middle Class

- Superman and the Ideologies of the Middle Class Christopher Reeve once said of Superman, the character whom he portrayed in a series of films: It's very hard for me to be silly about Superman because I've seen first hand how he actually transforms people's lives. I have seen children dying of brain tumors who wanted as their last request to be able to talk to me, and have gone to their graves with a peace brought on by knowing that their belief in this kind of character is intact. I've seen that Superman really matters....   [tags: Sociology]

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A Conspiracy Phenomenon: Alien Abductions in the U.S.

- Alien abduction stories have always held a strong interest among people all over the world, captivating our attention and curiosity as they propose yet another unsolved mystery of gigantic proportions and unthinkable consequences for humanity to contemplate. More so in modern times, and especially in the western world, where the media is a more significant part of culture, many science fiction novelists and screen writers brought out the issue to the public in the form of entertainment. This, due its widespread appeal, gave these stories a certain level of credulity among the masses, and sparked curiosity for closer investigation....   [tags: Sociology]

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Three Ad Slogans that Illustrate the Shanghai Spirit

- For those new to Shanghai, what attract them most may be the dazzling neon lights, stylish buildings, great variety of commodities or delicious snacks. But for me, a native Shanghainese, it is the unique charm of the city that makes it appealing to all. With its confidence, tolerance, diligence and enterprising spirit, Shanghai attracts the world's attention. Here, I'd like to interpret the city spirit in my eyes by three famous advertisement slogans which are familiar to all of us. First, the slogan of Adidas, "Impossible is nothing." It is none other but the discontentment and the enterprising spirit that make a metropolis from a small fishing village....   [tags: Sociology]

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Similar Principles of the Natural and Economic Environments

- Similar Principles of the Natural and Economic Environments By examining Darwin's theories of evolution, which explain the process by which the phenomenon of evolution occurs, we get a grasp of a broad picture of the natural world with all its relationships and dynamics. Likewise, Adam Smith explains the economic world of Laissez-Faire capitalism in abstract, holistic terms, creating a general picture of its components. In studying both systems---one, the law of the wild, and the other, a system imposed by humanity---we can see how similar they are in their mechanisms, despite the fact that they apply to completely different settings....   [tags: Sociology]

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How Do We Know and What We Know?

- Knowledge may be socially constructed on the basis of language used to describe it. Knowledge has purpose beyond the more transfer of information or facts. Member of an army engaged in a war usually know that their cause is 'right' and that of the enemy is 'wrong'. "there cause are differ." Thus, knowledge can be perceived as true or false because of its source. Soldiers follow their officers, children follow their parents and citizens follow their law - makers because they know that orders from these with the relevant authority are to be obeyed....   [tags: Sociology]

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Conversion and Departure between Science and Social Science

- What are the point of conversion and departure between science and social science. Are the two sciences above use scientific methods. And what my opinion on this point. What do we mean when we say that we know some thing. What are the sources of knowledge. If we take the example of part of science that is medicine, we can know that there are different source of knowledge such as personal experience of our won bodies, observation of others, our families, friends" you do look ill", popular culture, bad cough and complementary health practice such as "holistic medicine." Medical knowledge of the general practitioner, we expect the doctor to have access to expert knowledge....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Effect of Divorce on Parent and Child

- Divorce is a plague that is destroying numerous families across the United States of America. Sadly, when husbands and wives divorce, the children are often caught directly in the middle. Throughout the years divorce has been becoming more and more common. In the 1920's it was a rare find to know a person whom had been divorced, today it is a rarity not to know of one who has been, or will be divorced. Divorce has numerous effects on the structures of families, and many devastating effects on the children that must experience it, although sometimes necessary, divorce radically changes the lives of adolescents and adults alike....   [tags: Sociology]

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Video Games May Desensitize Youth, but Nothing More

- Parents have a reason to be afraid. In this age, youngsters can casually hop online and quickly find an easy recipe on how to make their favorite deadly explosive, many schools now have metal detectors at the doors to prevent armed students from massacring their peers, drugs flow freely down suburban streets, and children have unprecedented access to. . . . .video games. It may seem a bit odd to place video games in the same category as the other frightening facts parents have to deal with, but in the past few years, violent acts of crime have become more and more common among teenagers....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Development of Media in West Germany

- It could be argued that Germany is the "birthplace of European intellectual journalism"¹. However, media in Germany has had to endure frustration and trauma in achieving such high standing in the journalistic world; suffering the "fragmentation of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries"¹, restrictions born of censorship and political control of the "long period of stultifying authoritarianism and relative economic stagnation"¹ of that time. Moreover, the Bismarck period, despite the first government thereof introducing the allegedly "'liberating' [sic]" `Reichspressegesetz' (Imperial Press Law) "was hardly liberal......   [tags: Sociology]

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The Marginality of Women in the Media

- Historically, women have been marginalized and underrepresented in many areas of the mass media, most predominately advertising. Billions of dollars annually are allocated for businesses in marketing schemes and advertising. They include subliminal messages, which most likely are geared directly at a particular gender. With society becoming more aware of the influence of the mass media, and exposure increasing, inaccurate views of gender continue to twist reality by altering viewer perception. These gender stereotypes, both visible and invisible, need to halt the casting of women in traditional and inferior roles, and begin placing them in equal roles comparable to that of their male counte...   [tags: Sociology]

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Critical Examination of Malthusian Theory of Population

- Thomas Robert Malthus, very popularly known as Malthus, was a professor of History and Political Economy at Haileybury College of the East Indian Company. He was a philosopher of 19th century. He lived his life from 1766 to 1834 AD. After writing an essay on the Principle of Population in 1805 AD, he became popular in the history of population studies. In his essay which later on became a very famous theory by the name "Malthusian Theory." In the theory, he has drawn some assumptions such as: <ol> <li value="1"> Human beings have great potentialities to produce children <li value="2"> In agriculture Law of Diminishing Returns operates <li value="3"> Human beings will need food to eat <li va...   [tags: Sociology]

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Spanking as a Viable Form of Discipline

- It is early Tuesday morning, and I am involved in my usual early-morning routine: waking up the kids, getting them to wash up and dressed, making breakfast and ensuring they eat it rather than decorate the kitchen with it, and getting them out the door and onto a school bus, while managing - in-between all these activities - to prepare myself for a day at work. This ultimate exercise in multitasking, so familiar to practically all mothers, must be conducted in a limited span of time, where an unexpected delay at any juncture may cause the entire system to fall apart into little pieces....   [tags: Sociology]

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Female and Male Circumcision: a Personal Opinion

- Female and Male Circumcision: A Personal Opinion The term circumcision brings to mind many thoughts to many different people. To me it is a term that causes very unpleasant thoughts. I personally believe that any form of either male or female circumcision to be wrong when done to an non-consenting child. If an adult wishes to have a circumcision done to themselves then as a consenting adult it is within an individual's rights to have this evasive and cruel procedure done to themselves. Otherwise, female and male circumcision is a procedure that is done only to meet a cultural norm....   [tags: Sociology]

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Csikszentmihalyi and Russell Flow in the Workplace

- In the opening book of the Bible Adam is punished for his disobedience by having to toil and work for a living. Since the early ages of humankind, work has always existed. Whether it is the work of the hunter-gatherers to go out and provide food to today's cubicle workers work has always been regarded as both a burden and a relief. Some feel that it burdens them with stress and takes time away from leisure. Some love their jobs and enjoy every minute of them. Mihayli Csikszentmihalyi and Bertrand Russell both believe that work is good and can be beneficial and enjoyable....   [tags: Sociology]

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Driving Solo: A Reflection on Today's Icons

- The focus today on America's modern icons can be ridiculous. Our icons are no longer people who have done anything touchable. Florence Nightingale saved our country from future disease. Harriet Tubman helped to free slaves. Francis Scott Key wrote our beloved national anthem. Now, in the 21st century, we have Britney Spears, sexpot. We're proud to say that we are the home of the raunchy Christina Aguilera. And Kurt Cobain. We can't forget Kurt, can we. At the mere mention of any of these names, curiosity and conversation run rampant....   [tags: Sociology]

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Family Formations

- Outline and critically assess the most significant crises, conflicts and changes in family formations over the last two decades (since 1990). Make reference to your own experience, in terms of changes in identity and identifications over time. In order to address the question it is important to present the evidence which shows that there have been conflicts, crises, and changes in society since 1990. It is widely understood there are many formations of the family. This involves the forever changing affects on society which bring us back to the family....   [tags: Sociology Family Structure ]

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Cinderella's Theories

- The classic fairy tale of Cinderella easily connects with three different perspectives of social science – anthropology, sociology and psychology. Anthropology, being the study of cultures, relates to Cinderella regarding how the characters were brought up through their cultural background. The perspective of sociology – people within groups and social structures – explains how and why the different conflicts arise within the story. Psychology studies mental processes and behaviour, analysing Freudian decisions of Cinderella and what might have been her mental state in the fairy tale....   [tags: Social Science, Anthropology, Sociology]

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The Future for Chicago Public Housing

- The Future for Chicago Public Housing In big cities across America, the consensus is public housing doesn't work. And in Chicago, it's coming down. Chicago began using federal housing dollars to blow up or knock down high-rise public housing in 1993. The plan shifted into high gear when the city signed a $1.5 billion deal with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Under the plan for transformation, Chicago will destroy more public housing than any city in the country. There are families being pushed out of their homes, out of the city and the communities that they want to stay in....   [tags: Sociology]

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Identities And How They Are Formed

- Identities and How they are Formed      From this section of the course I have learned about different philosophies and ideas about how identities are formed. The philosophies that make the most sense to me are the ideas of John Locke, Jean- Jacues Rousseau, Charles Harton Cooley and George Herburt Mead. Also the ideas focused on in my exercise have as well helped me to form an idea where identities come from and what they mean socially.      John Locke had the idea that people in a society truly want to live together in harmony and that people are not aggressive by nature....   [tags: Sociology]

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Possible Solutions of Computer Lack Problem.

- AUCA is one of the best universities in Kyrgyzstan. Probably, it is such because it has got good teachers, American style and system of education and it is equipped with really good technologies. Still, as the university expands, more new students come than graduate, less frequently updated and increased in number computers start to become a problem. Right now there are more than one thousand students studying in AUCA, while in the computer laboratories there are over 100 computers available. Not talking about the time of exams, even in usual time it is always hard to sign up for the computer time....   [tags: Sociology]

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Fashion: A Language of Its Own

- The other day I was walking back to my dorm room and I saw someone wearing a shirt that read "Fcuk" across the front. If looked at quickly, one would think that there was some modern profanity being displayed on the front of the shirt when, in fact, there was none. The writing on the shirt actually is a label for a company by the name of French Connection. All this begs the question, is fashion becoming more brash, or is it emphasizing on the American right to freedom of speech. Furthermore, are some people taking that constitutional right too far....   [tags: Sociology]

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Child Abduction in the United States

- Child Abduction in the United States It is every parent's worst nightmare. It could occur in your front yard, in front of the school, in your house, in a store, or anywhere. Just imagine you're in your favorite department store not but a mile away from your home and you lose sight of your child. You look down the aisles, have your child paged, and check out at your car all to no avail. This is exactly what happened with Reve Walsh, mother of young Adam Walsh. This is her account of what happened from the book, Tears of Rage, written by John Walsh and posted on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website....   [tags: Sociology]

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How Young Children Are Becoming Victimized

- In the U.S. on a regular school day, three of ten children are involved in bullying incident. Either as the ones causing it, witnessing it, or actually being the victim of the bully (Greenya, 1). In our western culture, perfection and being unaccepted for being imperfect is becoming more and more pervasive. From as young as grade school kids are worried about being socially accepted. The trend is becoming: be the bully, or you will be the one bullied. From children to adults bullying seems to be a "desperate [way] for some people to maintain a circle of human contacts (Marano, 3)." Although children are the ones seen as being rude and mean to their peers, this same attitude is found in adu...   [tags: Sociology]

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An Examination of American Female Adolescents

- African American female adolescence (who live in urban areas) compared to female caucasion female adolescence (who live in suburban areas) have a lot of differences amongst themselves. Among adults and children has increased dramatically in the past 20 years to reach epidemic proportions, and health care costs of excessive weight are estimated at more than $98 billion a year. In a previous study investigating risk factors for cardiovascular disease in a poor, rural county in Tennessee, the authors found that morbid African American female adolescence (who live in urban area) compared to caucasion female adolescence (who live in suburban areas was 6 times more common in urban African-American...   [tags: Sociology]

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Sociological Themes in "All God's Children"

- There is not one single theory or motive that causes one to commit a life of deviance. One who lives out a deviant life has interdependent motives such as the environment, access to means, and their upbringing. Fox Butterfield's work All God's Children outlines this notion through the depiction of the Bosket family and the focus on Willie. Four theories that are both interdependent on one another as well as motives for the deviant outcome of Willies life are the social disorganization theory, labeling theory, social process theory, and social control theory....   [tags: Sociology]

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Women as Tools for Male Satisfaction

- The notion that `men act and women appear' is a notion that has been evident in society for thousands of years. The quote refers to the fact that women are the ones being looked at by men and as a result it is the stipulation of women to ensure that they are in a desirable state to be looked at. While the notion is inherently sexist it is still very visible in almost every facet of society; every corporation uses the role of the woman as aesthetically pleasing and very desirable to market products to men, conversely they also use the fact that women need to fulfil a function in society to market products to women....   [tags: Sociology]

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Play Stage: Genesis of the Self

- George Herbert Mead is a philosopher who coined the theory Genesis of the self. Mead, believes " the self develops through contact with others." Play Stage, as defined by George Ritzer is, "the first stage in the genesis of the self in which a child plays at being someone else." In play a child is acting out that of a role model in their life. Such example may include dressing up as parents, teachers, doctors, construction workers, police officers and so on. In an article called Genesis of the Self and Social Control by George Herbert Mead, it states "the child is acquiring the roles of those who belong to his society." This simply means, the child is imitating the roles of people around him...   [tags: Sociology]

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University Students Attitude Towards Selecting Partner

- Aims of the study <ol> <li value="1"> To study university students' attitudes towards selecting mates <li value="2"> To compare and contrast men and women's attitudes in selecting mates </ol> There are reasons we choose to date someone rather than the other, and there are reasons, similar or different, we choose to marry someone over the other. Here are some of the main reasons that have influences on selecting your partner. <ol> <li value="1"> Economic status. According to Hutter's study, Significant, others and marriage student role attitude, economic status is the most important factor in the marriage....   [tags: Sociology]

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Society: the Bane of Human Existence?

- Herbert Spencer made many astute assessments of the way societies work. He created theories to explain the way they grow and change and interact with one another. Spencer viewed society as an organism, and he referred to society as a super-organic system. He believed that, in both organic and super-organic systems, evolution was the result of the system becoming more differentiated. He emphasized three developmental tendencies shared by societies and organisms: 1) growth in size, 2) an increase in structure, and 3) an increase in functions....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Development of Childhood Throughout History

- Throughout the history of childhood development poor social and economic conditions contributed to the many hardships and poor treatment of children. During the early Middle Ages the "paternalist" family concept evolved and the father had authority and control over family matters including the welfare and safety of his wife and children. Discipline was severe, young children both poor and wealthy were subjected to strict rules and regulations and often beaten if disobedient. Children took on the responsibilities of adults at an early age, sharing in the work of siblings and parents....   [tags: Sociology]

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Labeling, Law, and America's Drug Policy

- Labeling theorists explore how and why certain acts are defined as criminal or deviant and why other such acts are not. As such, they also who is identified as a criminal, and who is not. They question how and why certain people become defined as criminal or deviant. Such theorists view criminals not as evil people who engage in wrong acts but as individuals who have a criminal status forced upon them by both the criminal justice system and the community at large. From this point of view, criminal acts themselves are not significant; it is the reactions of the rest of society to acts defined as criminal that are most crucial....   [tags: Sociology]

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Affirmative Action in Our Current Society

- Affirmative action is a way of giving jobs and educational chances to those who many feel would be discriminated against. This was founded in the early 1970's as a way to keep discrimination from continuing in theses such institutions. People of all walks of life have many different views of what affirmative action really is about. My view of this situation is a mixed one. When affirmative action began it was set fort to make sure that well deserving people could receive opportunities for education and employment based on their qualifications and merit not if the were considered to be a minority....   [tags: Sociology]

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What Is the Objective of Education?

- Education is simply one feature of society and socialization. It involves the gaining of knowledge, both formally or informally and learning of skills. It often helps to shape beliefs and moral values. Durkheim thinks that education as the transmission of society's norms and principles. Education, particularly the teaching of history, provides a link between the individual and society. If history of a particular culture is bought alive to children, they will come to see that they are part of something superior to themselves and build up a sense of dedication to the common group....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Transition to Postmodernism

- The Transition to Postmodernism Works Cited Not Included Postmodernism is a difficult term to define, as it is evident in many different disciplines, such as art, literature, architecture, technology, and, the precise emerging moment of this movement is also hard to identify. In order to truly understand `Postmodernism,' one must first identify with `Modernism' and it's subsequent decline which led to the appearance of the Post-modern ear. It is often suggested that Postmodernity is simply a continuation or advancement of Modernity....   [tags: Sociology Postmodernism Essays]

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Evaluation of Sociological Theories

- Evaluation of Sociological Theories Deviance can be described as: "Nonconformity with existing/traditional social norms. This nonconformity is often said to be pathological when it challenges power and privilege; yet it is said to be indicative of innovation or creativity when the gatekeepers of morality approve it. A loaded term, deviancy is a negative asset when the environment is stable but can be a positive asset to a society when the environment is irreversibly changing." Each perspective asks different questions and focuses on different issues regarding crime and deviance....   [tags: Papers Sociology Deviance Essays]

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Socio-Legal Methods

- ... In turn, this could go some way towards explaining why the vast majority of Germans obeyed National Socialist ‘Nazi’ laws, despite the fact that they may have had a moral obligation to disobey. Indeed, Milgram’s study into the psychological nature of obedience reveals far more than the positivist notion that “a law is a law” to be obeyed regardless of the consequences, and reveals that it may in fact be simple human nature to obey authority figures. In this sense, a sociological approach, incorporating psychology and social experiment, delves further into the nature of laws, increasing our understanding of them and potentially providing some scope to prevent repeating the mistakes of th...   [tags: research, approaches, sociology, law]

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Stereotyping Girls Who Drive Trucks

- Stereotyping Girls Who Drive Trucks There is nothing more thrilling to me than being a girl who drives a truck. The sense of power you get almost makes up for the harassment. Driving a truck as a female automatically places you in one of two categories, whether they're true or not. You are either the cute lil' thang in Daddy's big pick-up, or you are a bull dike. Don't worry; there are ways to tell which category you're in. Should you be the cute lil' thang, you might be a little chunky or just plain little....   [tags: Sociology]

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Marketing of the Sport Celebrity

- The business of sports marketing has become both lucrative and influential in shaping sport in general and the individual athletes. The desire for endorsement offers and profitable media coverage has become a crucial facet of modern sport. With a selection of athletes making millions of dollars a year, outside of their sporting arena, it is obvious to see the impact of marketing and advertising on sport. In this essay I will examine the ways in which marketing effects the athletes and sport in general....   [tags: Sociology]

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Criminal Justice Myths and Facts

- Compare and contrast crime "myths" and "facts." The media plays a huge role in forming people's perceptions of crime. Without the media we would remain ignorant to occurrences outside our direct social groups. The media and especially news coverage therefore provides us with an important point of contact with the rest of society. In evaluating its effect on popular perceptions of crime it becomes important to consider where most of the information comes from and how representative it is on actual criminality....   [tags: Sociology]

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A View on Cross-Cutural Communication

- My View on Cross-cultural Communication in Today's World Have you seen the latest Hollywood movie "War of the worlds". Have you visited the Disneyland that is newly opened in Hong Kong. As the world has become smaller day-by-day, the cross-cultural communications are taking place more frequently. However, in spite of the amusements, have you ever considered the gains and loses in this communication. So today I am going to talk about pros and cons of cross-cultural communication in today's world, and how to overcome the defects and make progress in it....   [tags: Sociology]

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Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol

- Jonathan Kozol's book, Amazing Grace, analyzes the lives of the people living in the dilapidated district of South Bronx, New York. Kozol spends time touring the streets with children, talking to parents, and discussing the appalling living conditions and safety concerns that plague the residents in the inner cities of New York. In great detail, he describes the harsh lifestyles that the poverty stricken families are forced into; day in and day out. Disease, hunger, crime, and drugs are of the few everyday problems that the people in Kozol's book face; however, many of these people continue to maintain a very religious and positive outlook on life....   [tags: Sociology]

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Portrayal of the Lower Class

- Portrayal of the Lower Class When the words poverty comes up what are the first things that come to mind. Usually the first thing thought of is the perception of a man with a torn skiing cap, tattered plaid jacket, dirty gloves, no shoes and living under a bridge. This is, like most stereotypes the extremity of the problem. The homeless you see on the street does not exemplify everyone in poverty. Most live in a very small apartment or complex with some food and water. Poverty by definition is the state of having little or no money and few possessions....   [tags: Sociology]

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Propoganda, Advocacy and Yellow Journalism

- The Martians are coming. American jobs taken by Illegal Immigrants. USDA needs to enforce stricter regulations on cattle feed. Each headline could be found in today's news. When putting together a story, the interpretation of facts depends on how the facts are presented or the assumptions made by the journalist. It would be inaccurate to suggest or imply that the press and the media are always responsible and truthful. After all, stories with sensational headlines or titles that greatly stir our emotions tend to get the most notice....   [tags: Sociology]

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Egalitarian Relationships in "Radical Heterosexuality"

- In this article the author Naomi Wolf does a great job in explaining radical sexuality. Also known as egalitarian relationships. In marital relationships, the meaning is typically that husband and wife have equal status in the marriage. That is sometimes defined as having equal power. She talks about there being some conditions to abide by. For example, it requires that women should be able to support themselves without the help of any man. Also the man must yield the automatic benefits presented by gender....   [tags: Sociology]

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Education of Women in Nepal

- Gender is socially constructed roles for men and women. Since the very beginning of the existence of human being, society has been assigning different roles, rules, norms, values, opportunities and rights to be performed by men and women. Discrimination is defined as a practice of treating a person or a particular group in society less fairly than others: race, sex, religion, color, caste, class, ideology, etc. Most of the roles assigned by society are not equal for men and women. Such inequalities or disparities in the roles to be performed by men and women are known as Gender discrimination....   [tags: Sociology]

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