Sociology Essays & Term Papers

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Jail-Birds What would happen if a citizen of a community decided he or she would interpret the law in his or her own way, disregarding the existing law all together? Would 'society' be completely corrupted, destroyed? It is people who voice their opinions that would be labeled as society's destroyers. Those who supported the status quo would view the independent thinkers as a threat and would create laws in an attempt to control them. The result would cause the two sides to continuously

George Bernard Shaw and the Fabian Society Carl Johnson Having been raised in the 1980's, during the reign of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, I was indoctrinated with strong pro-democracy and anti-communist sentiments. The cold war was a poorly-explained concept that simply meant one of us was wrong, and it most likely was not the United States of America. The television, radio, and newsprint all hailed democracy as the wave of freedom, the absence of oppression. They simply showed mas

THE HISTORY OF MILITIA GROUPS This report is going to cover the history of militia groups. There is a pretty long history of militia groups here in Ohio, and through out the U.S. and the world. Most of these militia groups are fairly harmless and don't pose a real threat to anyone. Most of these militias simply play paint ball games for training and practice shooting real guns at the shooting range. They say that they are getting ready for war, some of these mil

The face of the Canadian newspaper industry is changing vastly. There are fewer publishing groups in today's market, and the control of most Canadian daily newspapers is in the hands of a few individuals and corporations. As less owners become involved, fewer views will be heard in Canadian print media, and may lead to a monetary, and political based industry. If a few companies operate the print journalism content, it is likely that only their views will be spread throughout Canada. Owners

WORLD POPULATION World population, or overpopulation, is becoming an increasingly important issue. With the number of people steadily increasing, and the availability of natural resources decreasing, we are in the wake of a population explosion. What is the capacity of the earth, and how long until we reach it? The increase in human population can be defined by a logarithmic function. However, we must consider both the birth rate and death rate. Currently, there are 4.2 people born each se

Homosexuality Is it Really a Choice? Since the 1800's, psychiatrists and psychologists have concluded that homosexuality is a mental disorder. They have believed it is brought about by misguided upbringing and their social environments. For instance, it was believed that if the child was lacking a male - figure in the home, he would most likely be gay. Or that child abuse can lead to lesbianism when the special needs of a little girl are denied, ignored, or exploited and the futur

The Cause For Divorce? The institution of marriage is a highly discussed and commercialized topic. Everywhere, there are books, seminars, workshops, and articles on 'how to better your marriage', 'the destruction of the family', etc. The rising divorce rate has caused people to take a second look at their relationships, and think twice about getting married. A study showed that newly married couples run a forty-percent risk of future divorce. People ask why. Why aren't our relationships w

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, women felt discriminated against by men and by most of society. Men generally held discriminatory and stereotypical views of women, which made many women dissatisfied with their lives and made them, feel their lives were unfulfilled and spinning out of control. Discrimination spurred women to take action. Women began to revolt, they began expressing the feelings they had bottled up inside all along. Kate Chopin wrote The Awakening, which helped other women t

-= CLONING HUMANS =- What is cloning? Cloning is the production of one or more individual plants or animals that are genetically identical to another plant or animal. Simply stated, a clone is a duplicate-- much like a photocopy is a duplicate, or copy, of a document. A good example of such "copies" that occur in nature are identical twins, which are duplicates of each other. Many ethical and moral issues have caused debate as to whether or not scientists should study and explore this new tec

EUTHANASIA Euthanasia--what does this word mean? It comes from the Greek words "eu" and "thantos" which translate to "good death" ("Euthanasia World Directory," www.efn.org/~ergo/). Though this is the very literal meaning, it has become a more complex concept in our current society. Assisted suicide, self-deliverance, auto euthanasia, aid-in-dying are all terms that deal with the choice of achieving a good death; the choice of deciding for oneself when it is time to escape unimaginable pain

SUBJECT = SOCIOLOGY All Human beings live in what for them is a Multicultural world, in which they are aware of different sets of others to whom different cultural attributions must be made, and of different cultures of which they are aware and expected to operate. W.H. Woodenough. TITLE = MULTICULTURALRISM The term Multiculturalism has recently come into usage to describe a society characterized by a diversity of cultures. Religion, language, customs, traditions, and

"Middle East Religion" One of the main influences of the people in the Middle East is religion. Religion affects every aspect of life, including hair, dress, dating, marriage, meals, role in society, and lifestyle, just to name a few. Religion is held in the highest regard and given the utmost respect by all that follow it. However, religions can vary from country to country. In Jordan, the majority of the population (80 percent) is Sunni Muslims. The Sunni Muslim religion has certain

On April 29th, 1992 night was turned into day by over 5000 fires set by an mob of protesters in response to the verdict of People vs. Powell. Hordes of angry citizens, mostly from the low income areas of inner-city Los Angeles, ignored social norms, lifornia state laws, and the Los Angeles Police Department; they created utter chaos only hours after the verdicts were announced. Over the course of three days, 58 people died, millions of dollars of damage was incurred, and the citizens of Sou

Lifetime Parental Support Love for Life [Another WR122 paper]-RJ Love for life Raised with strict family values, I cringe to phrases like, "I can't wait to get my children out of the house," or "As soon as my children reach 18, they are on their own." I become shocked to discover that age defines the release date in which children are no longer supported by parents. Children are the offspring to which parents give birth to in life. Regardless of the age, an individual wi

Slang The Declaration of Language [WR122 paper, using Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence" as a model]-RJ The Declaration of Language When, in the course of human language, it becomes necessary for people to create or redefine, words or phrases to express an object or an action; and to assume, among society, the acceptance and usage of these words and their definitions, in one's own language, or idiolect. A decent respect to the opinions of mankind, requires that Am

Praise and Blame in World D In World D, a world in which people recognize that they do not have free will, it is still possible to maintain a system of praise and blame. The implicit assumption is that praise and blame effect actions such that a person praised for an action is more likely to repeat the action while a person blamed for an action is less likely to commit the same action again. Such a system, although possible, would look different from the system which exists in t

Liberty: Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville Both Adam Smith and Alexis de Tocqueville agree that an individual is the most qualified to make decisions affecting the sphere of the individual as long as those decisions do not violate the law of justice. >From this starting point, each theorist proposes a role of government and comments on human nature and civil society. Smith focuses on economic liberty and the ways in which government can repress this liberty, to the detriment

Science: Sociology Foreign Trade/Current Account Deficit papers = Please put your paper here. Economics Essay: Foreign Trade a) Explain what is meant by a Current Account Deficit and why is it considered 'bad' to have an increasing CAD? The Current Account Deficit generally means that our nation is spending more than it earns. This means that we have to borrow from other countries in order to pay for the things we purchase (imports). When we borrow from them we have to pay intere

The Relationship Between History of Sexual Compulsion and Perceived Interpersonal Communication Skills A result of many years of research, data collection, crime statistics, and interviews has been that sexual coercion ( the act of forcing, pressuring or tricking persons into a sexual act) is now known to be relatively prevalent. Half of all women in college and in the workplace report experiencing sexual harassment. Approximately 25 % of women are rape victims, and 70% of girls are se

Suicide Over 23,000 people commit suicide in the United States every year.(Suicide Facts) Among these people are the young and the old, the sick, and the well. There is not just one type of person that will do such a thing, but all people. To help prevent suicide education and easy access to information is key. In order to even start to prevent suicide one must know the statistics, causes- such as depression, alcohol ,and the availability of fire arms- warning signals, and how to he

Exercise 1: Social Construction and Social Identity The article "The Social Construction of Social Identity" by Ruth Hubbard begins with the simple statement "There is no 'natural human sexuality." This is the basis for the entire article which outlines how society has constructed a "right" sexual orientation, and a wrong one. To understand how this is done, we must first understand the concept of sexuality and sexual identity. Sexuality can be defined as one's sexual preferences, or, the

The form of deviance being studied is cults, particularly the Hare Krishna. Krishna is a popular Hindu god and is the inspiration of many cults. Prabhupada came to America in the 1960's and founded the Hare Krishna movement. He was sent to America by his guru to spread the word of Krishna when he was 70 and attracted a following of young hippies disillusioned with material goods. But failed to attract a larger population because this behavior is viewed as deviant by most of society.

Nothing is Forever "Generation X" is the term used to describe and define the generation born after 1970. Although it is given as being this age group, Generation X is more of a mind set, than an age. Described as lacking morals, ethics, and diligence, elder generations look down on Xers as if they were willfully deceitful. While truth may lie in some of these accusations, the roots extend far deeper. Generation X lacks a perception of permanence, which causes problems when functio

Michael Drach December 8 Philosophy Research Essay Society currently exists within a sphere of "reality" that can be classified as post-modern, or superseding the modern. This is a social condition that has come under much scrutiny and criticism in recent years, and its very being has been the subject of a great deal of debate. It is a very difficult concept to understand and classify, due to its endless interpretations. However, there is a somewhat general consensus that is c

Constructing and using a wide spread television rating system was a wise decision made by the television industry. This television rating system is good and should be used by parents who have impressionable children who watch lots of television programs. Parents are able to tell how exciting and action packed a television show is, as well as controlling the amount of violence that their children see, and to help stop the negative effects that television has on children and their parents.

SSP 152 - Alcohol.Science.Society. May 1, 1998 There is a certain responsibility that an individual must take upon themselves when they choose to consume alcohol. It can affect how we think, feel, and act. There may be repercussions if alcohol is not handled carefully. Alcohol can release the inhibitions that control activity, which may lead some to turn crime or similar activities; disregarding the potential outcome of their behavior. Most are able to generally handle themselves at an

The word communication comes from the Latin communis, common. It is the process of transmitting and receiving ideas, information, and messages. The rapid transmission of information over long distances and ready access to information have become conspicuous and important features of human society. To illustrate, it is the process of trying to share information, an idea, or an attitude. At this moment, I am trying to communicate to you the idea that the essence of communication is getting the

Investigation Into Gender Bias I remember the day well: It was a sunny, Sunday afternoon and my friends and I were playing inside the house. Our electric race car track wasn't working and we were quickly becoming frustrated of trying to fix it. Lego had become boring a couple hours earlier, so we had nothing to do. We walked upstairs and looked outside, to see my friends' sisters playing house out on the deck. They were having so much fun, wearing shorts and a T-shirt in the balmy summer weat

Computer Technology and the Effect on Society Computer technology has had a great effect on society as a whole throughout history. It has modified our behavior greatly as we have become accustomed to the technological advancements of yesterday. We are so dependent sometimes we do not even have a concept of what life would be like without computers. When we are forced to live life without computers we are left hopeless and disillusioned and simple everyday tasks become major chores. Comput

The Aid for Families with Dependent Children program, the federal welfare funding that provides the most significant chunk of money to children nationwide, distributes increasing dollars to unwed mothers and their families. Over the past three decades, the welfare system has shifted from serving the needs of widows and their children to providing for vast numbers of young, single mothers. In light of this transition, it is important to look at the role the AFDC program plays in promotin

Human Behavior Genetics To illustrate a point concerning the inheritance of gestures, Charles Darwin quoted an interesting case that had been brought to his attention by Galton. A gentleman of considerable position was found by his wife to have the curious trick, when he lay fast asleep on his back in bed, of raising his right arm slowly in front of his face, up to his forehead, and then dropping it with a jerk so that the wrist fell heavily on the

March 8, 1999 Racial and Ethnic Relations. Summary of Pages 65-74, A Nation of Immigrants: An Overview of the Economic and Political Conditions of Selected Racial and Ethnic Groups. The North American economic development has seen several stages of development. The first stage of economic development was a plantation-slave economy mixed with mercantilism, the second stage of development was a competitive industrial economy, and the stage third stage of economic development is mult

The Media: The Social Construction of Gendered Parental Roles There is a type of discrimination that occurs every day in our modern society. It goes largely unnoticed and unacknowledged, but hurts millions with its silent sting. It is the discrimination against fathers and is perpetrated by the long tendrils of the media. Every father, no matter how adequate, inadequate or superb, is affected by this constant defamation. This discrimination consists of the constant degrading of the pare

The argument on rights, be it human, animal, black, white or gray, is always a difficult one. One should begin by deciding who makes up these rights. Even that in itself would be difficult enough. If a group of white men made a list of rights for black men, one could say it would be biased. Fortunately on December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A set of standards for each member of the human speci

FASCISM Fascism was a very daring political movement of 1922-43 who's ideas emerged as a fight against Italian communism. Capitalizing on post WW1 Italy and their chaotic economy . This system of govornment was marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, strong social and economic control and suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship . Fascism gained support by promising social justice to unhappy elements of the middl

What is a field based project in anthropology like? Check out Laura Zimmer Tamakoshi's web site http://www.truman.edu/academics/ss/faculty/tamakoshil Go to each of the three sections and create an outline from the materials that you review listing at least five facts from each of the five subtopics presented. A field-based project in anthropology, from what I learned form Laura Zimmer's wed site, is a lot of work. Although I thought that it would be all fun and no work I found out that I coul

Child Labot: The Future? Since the Industrial Revolution, there has been a constant need for labor. As the world becomes more oriented around technology, the world demands more sopisticated methods of productions that increase not only production speed but quality as well. Since computerized production methods seem only to solve one of these demands, the need for human workers still exists. This brings up a fundamental question: Who will do the work? Modern laws limit th

A single person is pure good, and has no sense of self. He/She does not know what property is, nor does he know the idea of inferiority. This state of perfection is only broken by the introduction of another person to this environment. From this point on, every person added to the not yet society increases the amount of anger and greed brewing between the people. People however, do not wish for this environment, but instead wish to return to the original state, that being a world without worr

Reaction Paper on Culture, Personality, or Social Structure Article: Snyder, Eldon E. and Spreitzer, Elmer A. "Baseball in Japan." Sport in Contemporary Society: An Anthology. Edited by D. Stanley Eitzen. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989, 46-49. Many things are affected by the culture that they lye in. One thing that I chose to write about is sports. Sports are greatly affected the culture. A matter of fact, one sport was invented because of different cultures clashing. Socce

Reaction Paper on Education Article: Pascarella, Ernet T. and Terenzini, Patrick T. "Living With Myths" Sociology 96/97. pp. 183-189. In this article, written by Patrick T. Terenzini and Ernest T. Pascarella, this question is asked, Does higher education have its own dysfunctional myths? From 1985 to 1990, research was done to find out the answer to this question. The researchers came up with at least five myths about undergraduate education in America. Faculty members

Reaction Paper on Family and Society Article: Whitehead, Barbara D. "The new family values." In Sociology 95/96. Edited by Kurt Finsterbusch. Connecticut: Dushkin Publishing, 1995, 74-77. The article "The new family values," written by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, deals simply with the changes and structures of different family values. Since the 1980's, a new set of family values is emerging. There are many changes that are occurring in the 'family value system.' For example, the term

Reaction Paper on Social Stratification Article: Halberstam, David. "The Myths and Realities of Blacks in Professional Basketball." Sport in Contemporary: An Anthology. Edited by D. Stanley Eitzen. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989, 315-323. The article primarily talks about one individual throughout the article. The individual talked about is legendary Lenny Wilkens. David Halberstam, author of "The Myths and Realities of Blacks in Professional Basketball", discusses Lenny Wi

RP on Social Stratification Article: Fields, Cheryl M. "Title IX at X". Sport in Contemporary: An Anthology. Edited by D. Stanley Eitzen. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989, 368-373. This article discusses the court decision concerning, basically, the equality of women and men. This decision was applied to intercollegiate athletics and the use of money to intercollegiate athletics. Simply, "the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars sex bias in fed

Society is getting desperate. In our search for entertainment, we have found that watching two men beat each other to unconsciousness satisfies our needs. Furthermore, we call it a sport. The "sport" of boxing is inhumane, dangerous, and potentially fatal. Why, then, do we allow it to continue? Because of the preceding reasons, I believe all forms of boxing should be eliminated. As a result of boxing, many diseases and injuries occur. Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease are hea

Prejudice has been around as long as anyone can remember, and in one form or another, it has hurt many people in the past as well as in the present. However, if we keep seeing reoccurring statistics of it, why then can we not find a way to stop it? We need to stop it - because prejudice hurts us all. In the past, our society has seen many forms of major racial discrimination. One such topic that affected North America was the use of black people as slaves. During the eighteenth and nine

Throughout American History, there has always been a directUcorrolation between the level of internal and external violenceUin our society, and the relative strength of our economy. NoUprocess illustrates this better than that by which warUstrengthens our economy. We live in a society which thrivesUon wartime, one in which external conflict only makes us strongerUeconomically.One of the best examples of this aggresive economics byUwhich America thrives are the conditions by which AmericaUrec

Patricia Stegall 6/30/99 Sociology 1B Midterm 2 Essay Identify and discuss sociologically the issues about wealth and poverty in American Society. What do you believe and why? The distribution of wealth, economic inequality, and the growing numbers of people living at or below the recognized "poverty level" are issues that must be dealt with in the United States. In general, Americans subscribe to the concept that everyone has a right to a standard of living adequate for

Introduction: Guns have become a wide-spread problem in today's schools. It is partially due to their glorification in movies and music. Over the past few years, movies and music have taken violent turns and have been filled with tragedy. Gangster Rap made it's way up from the underground in the early 90's with stars such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Their record label, Deathrow Records, led the way. Later, though, the addition of the late Tupac Shakur to Deathrow's payroll proved t

China and Their Big Power Is $39 million too much to spend, on rattraps, in the future? Not according to Senate and House negotiators. In a recent article in the L.A. Times, the Senate and House reportedly are increasing spending on operations against spying by $20 million. The last rat trapped was caught almost 15 years after a significant amount of top-secret information was leaked from the U S to China. The U S must crack down on spying in order to for our safety as a country. The go

Not a single person likes to feel alone or lonely, making companionship key for a 'healthy' life. Whether through relationships with others, animals, or objects, most people are able to find the essential comfort. Millions of people have turned to one religion or another because there was some desirable idiosyncrasy inside that doctrine. Also, for millions of years people have been finding contentment and stability through religious beliefs. I believe such statements are the predominant unifyi