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Second Thoughts

Second Thoughts
Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom

Seventh Edition

400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

About the Authors
Introduction: The Sociological Perspective
Part I: Methods
Essay 1: Numbers Don’t Lie
Part II: Culture
Essay 2: Winning Is Everything
Essay 3: Children Are Our Most Precious Commodity
Part III: Social Structure
Essay 4: Love Knows No Reason
Essay 5: Stress Is Bad for Your Well-Being
Essay 6: The “Golden Years” Are Tarnished Years
Part IV: Socialization and Identity
Essay 7: What’s in a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet
Essay 8: Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
Part V: Stratification
Essay 9: The More We Pay, the More It’s Worth
Essay 10: Money Is the Root of All Evil
Essay 11: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
Essay 12: America Is the Land of Equal Opportunity
Part VI: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Essay 13: Violence Is on the Rise in the United States—No One Is Safe
Essay 14: There’s Nothing We Can Do About the Weather
Essay 15: There Ought to Be a Law
Essay 16: Honesty Is the Best Policy
Part VII: Social Institutions: Marriage and Family
Essay 17: The Nuclear Family Is the Backbone of American Society
Essay 18: Marriage Is a Failing Institution
Part VIII: Social Institutions: The Economy
Essay 19: Welfare Is Ruining This Country
Essay 20: Immigrants Are Ruining This Nation
Part IX:Social Institutions: Media and Technology
Essay 21: Technology Is Taking Over Our Lives
Part X: Social Institutions: Education
Essay 22: Education Is the Great Equalizer
Part XI: Social Institutions: Religion
Essay 23: We Are One Nation Under God
Conclusion: Why Does Conventional Wisdom Persist?


Key features


  • Each essay provides a sociological take on the specific  conventional wisdom in question
  • Each essay is engaging and reader friendly  
  • “Your thoughts” boxes appear in each essay helping students stop and think about certain issues and spark class discussion of the topics covered in each essay
  • “Going Online for Some Second Thoughts” features at the end of each chapter provide online resources and suggestions for further readings
  • Key terms, ideas, and theories are highlighted when used in each chapter, and are defined in the margins and glossary
  • Each essay contains exercises that reinforce the ideas, and an annotated guide for further reading

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ISBN: 9781506345796