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1

Course Introduction

No assigned reading

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 58:503-507.

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Culture, part 2

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Winning is Everything." Pp. 15-21 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Fadiman, Anne. 1997. "The Melting Pot." Pp. 181-209 from The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Excerpt from: Portes, Alejandro. 2002. "English-Only Triumphs, But the Costs Are High." Contexts 1:10-15.

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Deviance

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Honesty is the Best Policy."  Pp. 195-203 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Rosenhan, D. L. 1973. "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Science 179:250-258.

Tuggle, Justin and Malcolm D. Holmes. 1997. "Blowing Smoke: Status Politics and the Smoking Ban." Pp. 53-66 in Deviant Behavior, edited by E. Clarke. New York: Worth Publishers.

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Socialization and the Self

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "What's In a Name? That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet." Pp. 95-107 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Hesse-Biber, Sharlene. 1996. "Becoming a Certain Body." Pp. 58-68 in Am I Thin Enough Yet: The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity,edited by S. Hesse-Biber. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Excerpt from: Messner, Michael A. 1999. "Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 18:416-444.

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Socialization and the Self, part 2

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Beauty is Only Skin Deep." Pp. 109-119 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Romero, Mary. 1995. "Life as the Maid's Daughter: An Exploration of the Everyday Boundaries of Race, Class, and Gender." Pp. 157-179 in Feminisms in the Academy, edited by D. Stanton and A. Stewart. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Excerpt from: Anderson, Elijah. 1994. "The Code of the Streets.Atlantic Monthly 273:81-94

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Managing Impressions

Excerpt from: Goffman, Erving. 1959. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books.

Excerpt from: Cahill, Spencer E. and Robin Eggleston. 1994. "Managing Emotions in Public: The Case of Wheelchair Users." Social Psychology Quarterly 57:300-312.

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EXAM 1

No assigned readings

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Social Class and Inequality

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "The More We Pay, the More It's Worth." Pp. 123-129 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Gans, Herberg J. 1971. "The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All." Social Policy July/August:20-24.

Adair, Vivyan. 2002. "Branded with Infamy: Inscriptions of Poverty and Class in America." Signs 27:451-472.

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Race and Ethnicity

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "American is the Land of Equal Opportunity."  Pp. 157-171 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Omi, M. and H. Winant. 1994.  Racial Formation in the United States. London: Routledge.

Farley, John E. and Gregory D. Squires. 2005. "Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in Twenty-First-Century America." Contexts 1:33-39.

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Sex and Gender

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "You've Come a Long Way, Baby." Pp. 139-156 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Grindstaff, Laura and Emily West. 2006. "Cheerleading and the Gendered Politics of Sport." Social Problems 53:500-518.

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Sexuality

Thorne, Barrie and Zella Luria. 1986. "Sexuality and Gender in Children's Daily Worlds.Social Problems 33:176-190.

Excerpt from: Carrington, Christopher. 1999. No Place Like Home. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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Privilege

Excerpt from: McIntosh, Peggy. 1988. "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack." Working Paper No. 189, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA.

Waters, Mary. 1996. "Optional Ethnicities." Pp. 444-455 in Origins and Destinies: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in America, edited by S. Padraza and R. Rumbaut. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

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Family

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Love Knows No Reason." Pp. 41-46 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Coontz, Stephanie. 2005.  "The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love." Pp. 15-24 in Marriage, a History, edited by S. Coontz. New York: Viking Books.

Excerpt from: Gerson, Kathleen. 1992. "Coping with Commitment: Dilemmas and Conflicts of Family Life." Pp. 35-57 in America at Century's End, edited by A. Wolfe.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

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Religion

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "We Are One Nation Under God."  Pp. 291-299 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Harris, Marvin. 2007  "India's Sacred Cow."  Pp. 461-469 in Down to Earth Sociology, edited by J. Henslin. New York: Free Press.

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Education

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Education is the Great Equalizer."  Pp. 273-287 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Kozol, Jonathan. 1991. Savage Inequalities. New York: Crown Publishers.

Excerpt from: Cookson, Peter and Caroline Persell. 1985. Preparing for Power: America's Elite Boarding Schools. New York: Basic Books.

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Media

Excerpt from: Mantsios, Gregory. 1998. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States. New York: Worth Publishers.

Hollander, Jocelyn. 1998. "Doing Studs: The Performance of Gender and Sexuality on Late-Night Television." Pp. 43-71 in Everyday Inequalities: Critical Inquiries, edited by J. O'Brien and J. Howard. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell.

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EXAM 2

No assigned reading

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Law

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "There Ought to Be a Law."  Pp. 185-194 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Chambliss, William J. 1973. "The Roughnecks and the Saints." Society November/December:24-31.

Excerpt from: Guinier, Lani and Gerald Torres. 2002. The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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Medicine

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Money is the Root of All Evil." Pp. 131-137 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Conrad, Peter and Joseph Schneider. 1992. "Medicine as an Institution of Social Control." Pp. 241-259 in Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness,edited by P. Conrad and J. Schneider. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Sered, Susan Starr and Rushika Fernandopulle. 2005. "Sick Out of Luck: The Uninsured in America." Contexts 4:27-32.

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Work

Van Maanen, John. 1991. "The Smile Factory: Work at Disneyland." Pp. 58-76 in Reframing Organizational Culture, edited by P. Frost. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Excerpt from: Williams, Christine L. 1995. Still a Man's World: Men Who Do "Women's Work." Berkeley: University of California Press.

25

Organizations

Excerpt from: Ritzer, George. 2007. The McDonaldization of Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Kelman, Herbert and V. Lee Hamilton. 1989. "The My Lai Massacre: A Military Crime of Obedience." Pp. 1-20 in Crimes of Obedience, edited by H. Kelman and V. Hamilton. New Haven: Yale University Press.

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Economy

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Welfare is Ruining this Country."  Pp. 231-244 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Greider, William. 1997. "These Dark Satanic Mills." Pp. 333-259 in One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism. New York: Simon and Schuster.

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Economy, part 2

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Immigrants are Ruining this Nation."  Pp. 245-258 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Navarro, Luiz Hernandez. 2004. To Die a Little: Migration and Coffee in Mexico and Central America. Published by the America's Program of the Interhemispheric Resource Center.

Excerpt from: Hochschild, Arlie Russell. 2002. "Love and Gold." Pp. 15-30 in Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy, edited by B. Ehrenreich and A. Hochschild.  New York:  Holt Paperbacks.

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Architects of Change

Excerpt from: Kitwana, Bikari. 2002. "The Challenge of Rap Music: From Cultural Movement to Political Power." Pp. 195-216 in Hip Hop Generation, edited by B. Kitwana.  New York: Basic Civitas Books.

Excerpt from: Krauss, Celene. 1998. "Challenging Power: Toxic Waste Protests and the Politicization of White, Working-Class Women." In Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class, and Gender, edited by Nancy A. Naples. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Books.

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Architects of Change, part 2

Ruane, Janet and Karen Cerulo. 2008 "Why Do Conventional Wisdoms Persist."  Pp. 301-306 in Second Thoughts, edited by J. Ruane and K. Cerulo. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Excerpt from: Berger, Peter. 1963. An Invitation to Sociology. New York: Doubleday.
30 EXAM 3 No Readings

 

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