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15 Jan 2009
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Why does Peter Berger say that "the secret of winning is insincerity?"

Essay - 3 pages - Sociology

An oversimplified opposition in sociology is the contraction between two schools of thought. First, there are those who believe that society is a ‘gigantic Alcatraz' that dictates every action of individual actors. Secondly, it can be said that others believe in individual action....

13 Jan 2009
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The perception of the United States for Canadian people

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Geographically neighbours, Canada and the United Sates share a lot of different things like language, history or an important part of their culture. They are also linked together in a political way, for instance by being two of the three participant countries of the NAFTA. All that elements can...

13 Jan 2009
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How can we make an end-studying project in India?

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

The overwhelming image of India is of a country stricken with poverty, consumed by religious hatred, burdened by an excessive population that shows no signs of diminishing, and divided by distinctions of class, caste, ethnicity, and language. Few people, particularly in the West, thought that...

13 Jan 2009
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The Vietnamese in Poland

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

"We have been living here for thirty years. It was a nice and quiet place. Now, we have all those people coming from somewhere we do not know..." . Those people „coming from somewhere we do not know ...” are in fact the Vietnamese immigrants who came with the new wave of...

13 Jan 2009
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Devolution

Essay - 8 pages - Sociology

Devolution is “a form of subsidiary passing power back to the people “ ; “ it is the transfer to a subordinate elected body , on a geographical basis, of functions at present being exercised by Ministers and Parliament.“ (“Definitely British, Absolutely...

13 Jan 2009
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Is Intercultural communication possible across the Baltic Sea Region?

Thesis - 8 pages - Sociology

“The meaning behind intercultural communication is to try to bring different world views and meaning attributions closer to each others through and with the help of verbal and non-verbal interactions” . Here is a definition of intercultural communication by Niina Kovalainen that...

12 Jan 2009
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The clash of civilizations, by Samuel P. Huntington

Thesis - 2 pages - Sociology

In 1996, Samuel Huntington published his book “The clash of civilization and the remaking of world order”. That book being a follow-up to the article that Huntington had published a few years earlier in the journal “Foreign affairs”. The journal Foreign Affairs never...

12 Jan 2009
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Thomas Hobbes

Thesis - 3 pages - Sociology

Thomas Hobbes was born in England, in 1588, prematurely because of the fear created by the approaching Spanish Armada. He studied at the Magdalen College, Oxford until the age of nineteen, and then he became connected to the Cavendish family, serving as tutor to the later second duke of...

12 Jan 2009
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Carnival - Interpretation of Bakhtin

Thesis - 5 pages - Sociology

The “Carnival Season” is a holiday period during the two weeks before the traditional Christian fast of Lent. The word has a Latin origin and literally means "to remove the meat" or "stop eating meat". But carnival and the “carnivalesque” are not limited to this period of the...

12 Jan 2009
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What are the main causes of social exclusion?

Thesis - 4 pages - Sociology

Shot in black and white cinema verity style, Hate (La Haine) follows a day in the life of three aimless, violence-prone, ethnically-diverse young men who hail from the same decaying housing project in Paris. Mathieu Kassovitz won the Best Director prize for this realistic movie at the Cannes Film...

09 Jan 2009
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Music and social movement: Reggae

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Reggae music is an engaged musical genre. It is very famous and at the same time not so well-known. Most of the people think of Reggae music as music of joy, peace and linked to Jamaica, the sunny island where everyone smokes herb freely. But in fact, we will see that Reggae inscribes itself in a...

09 Jan 2009
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What place does the Maori culture hold New Zealand today?

Thesis - 13 pages - Sociology

New Zealand, made with several small islands and two main ones, is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, around 2,000 kilometres far from Australia, New Caledonia and Fiji Islands. It is 270,000 km² large, with three million people living in the northern island and one...

04 Dec 2008
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The challenge of modernity/post modernity in the sociology of religion

Essay - 9 pages - Sociology

The rapid changes that took place in the last decades of the 20th century had a deep impact on the religious landscape as well. The new phenomena present a double challenge to the sociology of religion: on the one hand, it has to review, refine and reinterpret the classical statements in order to...

04 Dec 2008
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Rational choice theory in sociology: A survey

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

Rational Choice (RC) is a proliferating research program in the social sciences. It is the dominant theoretical perspective in economics and an influential approach in political theory. In sociology, there are an increasing number of people working in this tradition, in particular among American...

28 Nov 2008
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Dust-wiping and non-duality: The Buddhist teachings of Hui-Neng

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Buddhism, for all its accolades and requirements, its notions of the sutras and of karma, for all the equanimity it offers to people of any social caste, is a relentlessly frustrating philosophy. For those who adhere to its principles as writ by human hand (versus the ‘divine hands'...

25 Nov 2008
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Legal issues in child health

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Lawyers are uniquely suited to help improve the health of today's children. Many would argue that health insurance and ethics are the dominant concern in the health of America's youth. The best legal support for children is to help allow the child to participate in their own health care....

17 Nov 2008
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The structure of society: from opposite ends of the spectrum

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

While looking at the structure of a society, one can determine whether or not a civilization is being run in a sensible fashion. By observing the class structure, roles of the different sexes, the manner in which the younger generation is being brought up, and the freedoms or restrictions being...

06 Nov 2008
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Spanish assumptions of Native Americans in the new world

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Early assumptions about Native American cultures and religions played a large role in justifying the reformation of Indians' ways of life. Assumptions made by the Spaniards included that Indians lacked morality, ethics, reason, and political institutions, and were therefore ripe for...

05 Nov 2008
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In-depth Country-by-Country analysis of distance learning in the Middle East

Essay - 17 pages - Sociology

In this context, underdeveloped countries such as those in the Middle East (i.e. The Arab States, Israel, Palestine, Iran, Turkey, Sudan and Egypt) must increasingly turn to distance learning as a means of broadening access to education for their populations. In 1981, fourteen of UNESCO member...

04 Nov 2008
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Unholy Acts: The exile of Pope Shenouda in the context of Egyptian Religious Politics

Essay - 13 pages - Sociology

Soon after the end of Ramadan in August 1981, more than one hundred thousand Egyptian Muslims gathered in front of Abdin Palace in Cairo, ostensibly to celebrate the end of the fast. Western newspapers, however, reported that what appeared to be a prayer gathering had a political, as well as...

17 Oct 2008
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Debunking video game myths: The controversies vs.The reality

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Welcome to Liberty City, a rendition of New York City in the popular series of Grand Theft Auto. Released by Rockstar Games in April 2008, the forth installment continues the tradition of being as controversial as the three GTA's before it. With hyper realistic graphics, real...

10 Oct 2008
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Truth in dualisms

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

Social theory continuously finds itself facing predicaments surrounding the notion of dualisms. Many of the dualisms prompting debate among theorists include: micro/macro, voluntarism/determinism, subjective/objective, and agency/structure. These main dualisms present a recurring...

10 Oct 2008
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National identity

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

What separates human being from other animals within our world is our innate ability to recognize and define our own existences. This ability in which we posses can not only create cohesion amongst groups and societies but it can also lead to dissonance and division. Our...

08 Oct 2008
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Do we live in a post-industrial society?

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

Contemporary society has increased in its complexity over the past three and a half decades. The labour market as we know it differs rather immensely from what was experienced at the turn of the century. Labour has evolved so dramatically that some prefer to say that we have...

01 Oct 2008
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The alternate approaches of the Black Panthers and Martin Luther King Jr.: From within or without

Essay - 8 pages - Sociology

Citizens of the United States will always be able to take pride in their country for its place as first true democracy in world history. Every citizen (a term which has carried with it countless shifting definitions) has always had the right to vote and determine his or her own course in the...

30 Sep 2008
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Utopian communist society

Essay - 8 pages - Sociology

Classic studies have always been the basis for many scholars in the analyses of modernization and current environment speculation. Classic studies pose challenges to the inquiries that surface in sociology; overturn the formalism of public administration studies and at several times...

25 Sep 2008
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Comprehensive protection plan

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

Threats against personal security take many forms: civil unrest, environmental threats, targeted attacks by stalkers or individuals with personal grudges, or terrorism. Though security threats are essentially chaotic, security plans must be comprehensive and based in a thorough understanding of...

25 Sep 2008
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Choice and identity

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

In the United States, the ideology of individualism predominates. The individual, as opposed to the family, community, tribe, or hierarchy, is seen as the central social agent. This individualism allows for greater individual freedom — people have the ability to create and...

16 Sep 2008
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Are psychopaths untreatable?

Essay - 13 pages - Sociology

Psychopathy equals violence. Whatever rubric is used identifies a person with a greater likelihood of violence, often motivated by opportunism, sadism or material gain. Treatment responsivity and harm reduction as treatment success in high-risk or repetitive offenders seems...

10 Sep 2008
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Two theories of my life

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

: Using the developmental theories of Erikson and Piaget (primarily Erikson), and critiques of the same, the life of Valencia Richards, a non-traditional adult student will be critically examined. Richards experienced malnutrition and abuse as a child, and then the heavily structured life...