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19 May 2008

How well has India's democracy served its citizens since 1947?

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Since India's move to democracy in 1947, many have questioned the success, or lack thereof, of the democratization process, its advantages and detriments, the effect on society, and its role in religious conflict. There are contradictory and mixed assessments of the state of political, economic,...

19 May 2008

Experiences of and responses to domestic violence

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Domestic violence is a complex and problematic matter, one that poses many questions for the criminal justice system, victims, perpetrators, and enforcers and creators of policy. “Compared to other victims of violent crimes, victims of domestic violence can moreover face heightened risks to...

23 Apr 2008

Examining The Religion of Scientology?

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Scientology is a controversial new aged religion which has grown and shrank quickly over the past few decades. Much about the religion is unknown to the general public aside from the fact that it seems to be popular among celebrities. With their headquarters located on Hollywood Boulevard they...

23 Apr 2008

Who Really Wins? An Examination of Gambling in Modern Society

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Human beings are the most sophisticated animals on earth, capable of raising entire civilizations through their mastery of tools and their uncanny ability to manipulate their environment. This concept of control is enforced from early childhood as stable and predictable lifestyles are depicted as...

20 Apr 2008

Bamboozling Culture

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Popular culture is defined as the cultural elements that prevail in any given society, and stems from the daily interactions, needs, desires, and cultural 'moments' that make up the everyday lives of the mainstream . This definition is only one side of the coin however, since it...

20 Apr 2008

Disgrace : Gender inequalities

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Historically in most societies that exist or have existed in the world equality between the genders is a mere ideal. Even in the present world societies still have a strong element of patriarchy within them. In J.M Coetzee's novel “Disgrace” Coetzee depicts a South African society in...

18 Apr 2008

Stages of Adolescence: Developmental Study of Cassie Warren

Essay - 3 pages - Sociology

The situation described is one which every school-based occupational therapist should be familiar with, since teenage pregnancy is a matter of national concern. Also, Cassie's situation is more or less typical of that of a fifteen-year-old girl: parents have high expectations, there is an older...

17 Apr 2008

Limited Options for Working Class Citizens Prompts Joining of the Military

Book review - 3 pages - Sociology

“Military Mirrors Working-Class America” (2003) discusses the social makeup of the military servicemen enlisted in America. The authors, David M. Halbfinger and Steven A. Holmes (2003) point out that the majority of the American military is made up of low-to-middle class citizens. The...

16 Apr 2008

Inequalities in Modern Society

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Sociology

Why are modern societies characterized by social, political and economical inequalities? In other words, why do modern societies arrange people in hierarchies of inequality based on wealth, status, power, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and physical and mental abilities? ...

15 Apr 2008

Role Analysis: our link to our day to day life

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

The roles that a person plays in circles in society, in a family, in the workplace, or even while driving on the road are linked to each other and can have positive or adverse affects on each other. One situation or role where a person is encouraged behave in a negative manner can alter or...

04 Apr 2008

Living in a Virtual World

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Sociology

If you wanted to meet new people in 1907, you had to go out into the world and talk to them, face to face. This severely limited the geographical size of most people's social worlds as those worlds were limited by how far you could travel. Meeting people was much the same in 1957 as it was in...

19 Feb 2008

Has the media helped in portraying organized crime in New York City as an Italian-American stereotype?

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

This question is being researched because when people hear words and phrases such as organized crime, the Mafia, La Cosa Nostra (another name for the Italian Mafia), and the Mob they usually believe it involves people of Italian heritage. Shows and movies such as the Sopranos, the...

17 Feb 2008

India: The state of the children in the world's most populous democracy

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

In December 2001, a farrago of representatives of intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and concerned members of the civil society around the world convened in Yokohama, Japan, at the 2nd World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation...

17 Feb 2008

The M word, a sociological study of menopause

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

There is a shroud of secrecy that surrounds menopause, that for so many women and especially their mothers, it is rarely spoken of beyond hushed tones. In the animal kingdom for Bonobos, it doesn't even exist; females keep procreating all their natural lives! For women of all cultures it...

11 Feb 2008

Commentary: "Authority intoxicates, and makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain."- Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Who would think that authority would be able to cook up such a dangerous recipe for human flaws? But upon closer consideration, you begin to compare the attitudes and persona of those with power and those lacking it. The empowered ones walk and talk differently. They possess an...

11 Feb 2008

The situation of homosexuals in the Middle-East

Essay - 9 pages - Sociology

Prejudice in the Muslim world has been present since the earliest of times, but homophobia in current terms has magnified in Islam since the 1800s. Throughout its history, Islam has been generally tolerant of homosexuals, despite verses in the Koran condemning homosexual activity. ...

11 Feb 2008

Child prostitution throughout the world

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Child prostitution continues to be a growing epidemic in the world. While Southeast Asia has traditionally been associated as the sex-trade capital of the world, the last decade of the twentieth century introduced some African nations as emerging contenders in this salacious industry....

09 Oct 2007

The Effect of Gender Roles on Relationships

Essay - 2 pages - Sociology

According to the “Intimate Relationships,” gender roles are patterns of behavior that are culturally expected of “normal” men and women. The most common and traditional gender roles imply that men are supposed to be “masculine” and women are supposed to be...

09 Oct 2007

Four Generations Analyzed

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

WWII Generation/ The Lost Generation - They were born between 1922 and 1943 (about 52 million people) - 60 and older - They're earliest experiences are with the world war - They're 5% of today's workforce - Most of them are in retirement - a lot of them are still power...

06 Sep 2007

Cell Phones: Dangers When Driving

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Sociology

Not since the invention of cigarettes has anything been so trendy, and not since the mixture of alcohol and driving an automobile has anything been so dangerous—until the invention of the cell phone. With more than 200 million cellular telephone users in the United States alone, it is more...

06 Sep 2007

Social Learning Theory and the Youth Gang Epidemic

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Sociology

The existence of youth gangs is evident in large and small cities throughout America, and more often than not, delinquency and crime are associated with those gangs. Robert L. Akers and Robert L. Burgess developed the widely-accepted social learning theory in the 1960s, and that theory can be...

01 Aug 2007

Life History of A Chinese Working Woman

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Ida Pruitt is an anthropologist at Stanford University who spent two years interviewing Lao T'ai-t'ai about her life in China (1967-1938). Lao T'ai came to Ida Pruitt's room for breakfast every morning, and although Lao T'ai did not eat, she would smoke cigarettes for hours while talking...

31 Jul 2007

Power and Independence of Hmong Women in Laos and America

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

The Hmong are an ethnic group indigenous to the Southeast Asian peninsula. They typically live in the mountainous regions of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. They are rice farmers who are well known for their embroidery and the color of their dress, which gives its name to the...

28 Dec 2006

Notion of the subject - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

“A subject position is a hard place, we cannot read it ourselves; we are given over to others even as we make inevitable public attempts to read our subject position” (Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak). Discussion of the complexities of Spivak's notion of the subject in the context of race...

14 Dec 2006

Class and inequality in Australia

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology

If Horne described Australian society by its “climate so professedly egalitarian” and its “Fair go, mate”, McGregor points out that “it is impossible to live in Australia without coming to realize that the different social classes […] experience crucial differences...

14 Dec 2006

Media Ownership, Political Economy And Media Content

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology

Mass media has undoubtedly become the main medium used to distribute information among the population. The functioning of the mass media is complex and the influence it bares on shaping the audience's opinions and attitudes colossal, making its control a great source of power. This ensemble of...

11 Oct 2006

How canadians see multiculturalism

Essay - 24 pages - Sociology

Canada is described as a multicultural society whereby different ethnic groups live together and try to respect their different cultural background. Canadian ethnic mosaic includes, in addition to the founding French and British groups, a large number of German, Chinese, Black, Dutch, Italian and...

20 Jul 2006

Wake traditions in Ireland and Church opposition to wake and associated practices

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology

Foreigners often see Ireland as a deeply Catholic country. Yet when dealing with their traditional customs, the Irish can prove to be very disobedient to the orders of the Church. One of the best examples is probably that of the 'merry wake': the Church tried for hundreds of years to...

10 Jul 2006

Immigrants acculturation in occidental countries

Essay - 8 pages - Sociology

John Berry, a Canadian social psychologist, has developed a theoretical framework about the psychological concept of acculturation. Two main acculturation processes exist in Cross Cultural Psychology: integration and assimilation. Berry argues that not only integration was the mode of...

24 Mar 2006

Organized crime in Marseille

Essay - 9 pages - Sociology

Academic literature on French organised crime is scarce. Very few - if not any - criminology departments exist within French universities and higher education institutions. Moreover, public debate is centred on the issues of petty crime and unruly youths, as it was the case during the 2002...