Using the theories discussed in this chapter, devise a plan to alleviate global poverty. Assume that you have the necessary wealth, political power, and other resources necessary to reduce the problem. Share your plan with others in your class, and create a consolidated plan that represents the best ideas and suggestions presented.
1. Consider the concept of the looking-glass self. How do you think others perceive you? Do you think most people perceive you correctly? 2. What are some different ways that you might study the effect of toys on the socialization of children? How could you isolate the toy variable from other variables that influence childrens […]
1. Given that subordinate groups have some common experiences, why is there such deep conflict between some of these groups? 2. What would need to happen in the United States, both individually and institutionally, for a positive form of ethnic pluralism to flourish in the twenty-first century?
1. Why does so much controversy exist over what should be taught in U.S. public schools? 2. How are the values and attitudes you learned from your family reflected in your beliefs about education and religion? 3. How would you design a research project to study the effects of civil religion on everyday life? What […]
Think of a person you know well who often irritates you or whose behavior grates on your nerves. First, list that persons statuses and roles. Then analyze the persons possible role expectations, role performance, role conflicts, and role strains. Does anything you find in your analysis help to explain the irritating behavior? How helpful are […]
1. If Durkheim, Marx, and Weber were engaged in a discussion about education and religion, on what topics might they agree? On what topics would they disagree? 2. Who is ultimately responsible for decisions and policies that are made in a democracy such as the United States: the people or their elected representatives? Why is […]
1. Based on Max Webers multidimensional class model of wealth, power, and prestige, how do entertainers and reality TV personalities, such as Lady Gaga and the Kardashians, become wealthy and well-known worldwide? Where do individuals such as these fit in Webers system of stratification? 2. Should employment be based on meritocracy, need, or affirmative-action policies?
1. If you were designing a study of growth patterns for the city where you live (or one you know well), which theoretical model(s) would provide the most useful framework for your analysis? 2. What do you think that everyday life in U.S. cities, suburbs, and rural areas will be like twenty years from the […]
1. How would you organize a large-scale organization or company for the second decade of the twenty-first century? 2. Why does the crime rate fluctuate in the United States? How might we use sociology to explain the fact that the crime rate has not increased dramatically even in the recent recession and the slow economic […]
1. Why does the concept of the sociological imagination help us see the relationship between our individual experiences and the larger society? How might this concept be applied to studying a current personal problem that you or one of your friends is experiencing? 2. As a sociologist, how would you remain objective yet still see […]