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Issues for Debate in Sociology

Issues for Debate in Sociology
Selections From CQ Researcher

September 2009 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


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  • Celebrity Culture: Are Americans too focused on celebrities?

  • Future of Marriage: Is traditional matrimony going out of style?

  • Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Can individual actions reduce global warming?

These are just a few of the provocative questions contested in Issues for Debate in Sociology. This engaging reader allows students to see an issue from all sides and to think critically about topics that matter to them. Classroom discussion will never be dull again!

About CQ Researcher Readers

In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of Congressional Quarterly, CQ Researcher titles investigate important and controversial policy issues. Offer your students the balanced reporting, complete overviews and engaging writing that CQ Researcher has consistently provided for more than 80 years. Each article gives substantial background as well as current analysis of the issue as well as useful pedagogical features to inspire critical thinking and to help students grasp and review key material:

  • A Pro/Con box that examines two competing sides of a single question
  • A detailed chronology of key dates and events
  • An annotated bibliography and Web resources
  • Outlook sections that address possible regulation and initiatives from Capitol Hill and the White House over the next 5 to 10 years
  • Photos, charts, graphs, and maps 

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Annotated Contents
Howard Altman
1. Celebrity Culture: Are Americans Too Focused on Celebrities?
Sarah Glazer
2. Teaching Values: Do School-Based Programs Violate Parents' Beliefs?
Marcia Clemmitt
3. Cyber Socializing: Are Internet Sites Like MySpace Potentially Dangerous?
Kenneth Jost
4. Closing Guantanamo: Can Obama Close the Detention Camp Within One Year?
Thomas J. Billitteri
5. Middle-Class Squeeze: Is More Government Aid Needed?
Peter Katel
6. Debating Hip-Hop: Does Gangsta Rap Harm Black Americans?
Thomas J. Billitteri
7. Gender Pay Gap: Are Women Paid Fairly in the Workplace?
Karen Foerstel
8. Women's Rights: Are Violence and Discrimination Against Women Declining?
David Masci
9. Future of Marriage: Is Traditional Matrimony Going Out of Style?
Marcia Clemmitt
10. Student Aid: Will Many Low-Income Students Be Left Out?
Brian Beary
11. Religious Fundamentalism: Does It Lead to Intolerance and Violence?
Kenneth Jost and the CQ Researcher Staff
12. The Obama Presidency: Can Barack Obama Deliver the Change He Promises?
Nellie Bristol
13. HPV Vaccine: Should It Be Mandatory for School Girls?
Sarah Glazer
14. Declining Birthrates: Will the Trend Worsen Global Economic Woes?
Jennifer Weeks
15. Rapid Urbanization: Can Cities Cope With Rampant Growth?
Thomas J. Billitteri
16. Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Can Individual Actions Reduce Global Warming?
Thomas J. Billitterri
17. Socially Responsible Investing: Can Investors Do Well by Doing Good?

Sample Materials & Chapters

1. Celebrity Culture

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