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1

Course Introduction

No assigned reading

2

Sociological Imagination

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Introduction: The Sociological Perspective."  Pp. xvii-xxv in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Mills, C. Wright. 2000 The Sociological Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Excerpt from: Chambliss, Daniel F. "The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers." Sociological Theory 7:70-86.

3

Sociological Imagination, part 2

Excerpt from: Glassner, Barry. 2000. Culture of Fear. New York: Basic Books.

Excerpt from: Adler, Patricia. 1993. "Researching Dealers and Smugglers." Pp. 11-28 in Wheeling and Dealing, edited by P. Adler. New York: Columbia Press.

4

Research Methods

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Numbers Don't Lie."  Pp. 3-11 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Babbie, Earl. 1986. Observing Ourselves: Essays in Social Research. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.

Excerpt from: Schuman, Howard. 2002. "Sense and Nonsense about Surveys." Contexts 1:40-47.

5

Culture

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Children are Our Most Precious Commodity." Pp. 23-38 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Miner, Horace. 1956. "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema." American Anthropologist 58:503-50