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19 Jun 2008
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An investigation of Edgard Varèse's Poème Électronique

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

To those who are familiar with the unique historical context in which he was growing up, it comes as little surprise that Edgard Varèse was a composer at the forefront of the twentieth-century electronic music movement. As Malcolm MacDonald claims in his treatise on the artist, Varèse grew up...

03 Jun 2008
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Point of Purchase: Bookshops and Stationers as Agents of Change

Essay - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

It was not so much the press itself, but the uses to which the press was put that revolutionized the exchange of ideas in early modern Europe and on into the present. In order to change an entire cultural consciousness, it took not only the invention of a useful tool, but also the motivation and...

29 May 2008
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Is social mobility on the increase? If yes, why? If not, why not?

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

Social mobility is the degree to which, in a given society, an individual's social status can change throughout the course of his or her life, or the degree to which that individual's offspring and subsequent generations move up and down the class system. The former can be understood as...

19 May 2008
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How has post-socialism reconstructed gender relations?

Essay - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

Post socialism is not a term that can be used to blanket entire regions and nations and categorize entire systems and populations. “Post-socialism cannot be reduced to neoliberal economic restructuring nor just the legacies of socialism (and pre-socialism), nor indeed to the passage of...

19 May 2008
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How is sexuality and sexual behavior in the developing world shaped by globalization?

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

Globalization greatly affects the sexual behavior, choices, habits, risks, identities and health of individuals in the developing world. Sexuality has certainly been altered by the intensification and spread of networks and flows interconnecting individuals and political, economic, cultural,...

19 May 2008
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How well has India's democracy served its citizens since 1947?

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Experiences of and responses to domestic violence

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Examining The Religion of Scientology?

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Who Really Wins? An Examination of Gambling in Modern Society

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Bamboozling Culture

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 fails to...

20 Apr 2008
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Disgrace : Gender inequalities

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Stages of Adolescence: Developmental Study of Cassie Warren

Essay - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Limited Options for Working Class Citizens Prompts Joining of the Military

Book review - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

“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
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Inequalities in Modern Society

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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? The...

15 Apr 2008
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Role Analysis: our link to our day to day life

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Living in a Virtual World

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 Godfather...

17 Feb 2008
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India: The state of the children in the world's most populous democracy

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 of...

17 Feb 2008
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The M word, a sociological study of menopause

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 is a...

11 Feb 2008
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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 & social sciences

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 air of...

11 Feb 2008
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The situation of homosexuals in the Middle-East

Essay - 9 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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. Like most...

11 Feb 2008
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Child prostitution throughout the world

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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. As this...

09 Oct 2007
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The Effect of Gender Roles on Relationships

Essay - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Four Generations Analyzed

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 brokers in businesses -...

06 Sep 2007
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Cell Phones: Dangers When Driving

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Social Learning Theory and the Youth Gang Epidemic

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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
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Life History of A Chinese Working Woman

Essay - 4 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 to...

31 Jul 2007
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Power and Independence of Hmong Women in Laos and America

Essay - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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 different Hmong clans....

28 Dec 2006
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Notion of the subject - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology & social sciences

“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
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Class and inequality in Australia

Essay - 6 pages - Sociology & social sciences

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...