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19 Oct 2007

Expectation and the Age of MTV: A New Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

First impressions are unavoidable. From high school to the work place to any social situation, the fantasies of love at first sight and sudden distaste are brought to life through the senses. The key word is unavoidable: as Ann Gazin states in Instructor, “as fallible humans, [it is only]...

19 Oct 2007

Between Affliction and Alcatraz

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

History is littered by the decaying carcasses of punishment, institutions that will forever be remembered for their severity, even amidst the global hunger for something worse. The tortured ghosts of this nation's blackest memories still walk the halls of Alcatraz. The billowing...

12 Oct 2007

Touching and Lying: A Christian Dilemma

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

Personal space is a very ‘touchy' area for most people and Christians are all the more affected by its presence because God first stated it. In the book of Genesis, God says clearly, “‘you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch...

09 Oct 2007

Anthropological Analysis of an Egalitarian Society (The Lahu people)

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

Until recently, according to an innumerable amount of anthropologists and feminists, a gender egalitarian society was simply a utopian ideal (Du, 1-6). It was a concept unattainable to any individual society unless certain concessions were made, such as the view that women and men have...

05 Oct 2007

Mixed Messages

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

During the 1960's, the civil rights movement swept the nation as African Americans rallied to overcome segregation and bigotry. Although in the long run these activists furthered the constitution's promise of equality, they met strong resistance from the predominantly white majority....

03 Oct 2007

The Illusion of Civilization and Illusions Within

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

An illusion has the ability to distort the perception about reality. It can be used as a way to disguise something from its true nature. In his work The Future of an Illusion, Sigmund Freud offers an analysis on illusions. He suggests that an illusion is different than an error, because an...

02 Oct 2007

Love: The key to the Human Soul

Essay - 4 pages - Social sciences

Love has played a significant role in people's lives since they have been able to acknowledge it. Romance appears in almost all aspects of human life from entertainment to politics to business to children's movies. As soon as children can read, write, speak, and understand the world around them,...

02 Oct 2007

The Physiology of Love and Homosexuality

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Social sciences

Usually love finds its place in literature, an ideal romantics hold closely to their hearts. Studies, however, show that love belongs more in the logical world of science rather than the idealistic realm of romance. Darwinian evolution, neurotransmitters and autonomic functioning...

02 Oct 2007

Who Puts the Food in Your Mouth?

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

“Super Size Me”, rather than being a straightforward example of debauchery, is an allegory for the desperate need to change personal nutrition in America. Morgan Spurlock challenges the limits of obscenity in making “Super Size Me”, in which he goes on a thirty day...

18 Sep 2007

Atheism

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

Atheism is a very unique non- belief system that rejects the existence of any deities or any other religious beliefs. As a result, atheists are commonly thought to be irreligious, and even some other religions such as Buddhism have been thought to be atheistic in nature because of their...

17 Sep 2007

Out of Africa vs. Multiregional

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

One of the biggest debates today in paleoanthropology concerns the origins of modern humans. Before humans evolved into modern form, Homo sapiens populated Africa and the Middle East, Homo erectus lived in Asia, and Neandertals populated Europe. As time went on, this diversity...

22 Aug 2007

Defining Islam

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

Frederick M. Denny's Islam and the Muslim Community and John Alden Williams's The Word of Islam contain some common concerns. The authors do, however, take different approaches on some topics. They also use vastly different source material. Both books emphasize a certain difference between Muslim...

21 Aug 2007

American Culture and Code: Technology, Reinforcement, and Collective Perception in Don DeLillo's White Noise

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

DeLillo's White Noise is largely a critique of American culture after World War II and after the popularity of home television in the 1950s. In White Noise, white noise itself has covered up a gaping hole in American culture. The hole is the obtrusive, persistent, and arguably...

18 Aug 2007

Hunter/Gatherer Generalizations

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

Hunter/gatherers are not all alike. They can be very diverse or very similar to one another. For the most part, hunter/gatherers are not solely one “type,” although they often do have a few similar characteristics. Obviously, they are much alike economically...

08 Aug 2007

Fetal Abuse

Essay - 4 pages - Social sciences

A human being can be defined as a living thing that has, or can develop, the ability to act or function independently. In the simplest terms possible, it is the state of existing. How do we judge the value of human life? What makes one life more precious than another?...

07 Aug 2007

The Politics of Liberty

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

The new generation of American children is the first in United States history who are expected to live shorter lives than their parent generation. The trend is largely a result of poor health and not projected increases in crime or auto-accidents or some other factor. And the new generation's...

04 Jun 2007

Cognitive behavioral therapy : an effective treatment for convicted offenders ?

Essay - 13 pages - Social sciences

Cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) are considered by psychologists to be one of the most efficient ways to change people's behaviors by making them understand how their feelings and behaviors are caused by what they think. The objective of this review is to see whether or not cognitive...

18 May 2007

"Imagine the subculture of the future"

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

It is hard to determine which subculture is likely to become dominant in the future (or at least very popular), considering the plethora of influences and socioeconomic factors that play a role in the emergence of new subcultural forms. Moreover, no subculture is static: they all...

03 May 2007

Female infanticide and female feticide

Essay - 3 pages - Social sciences

Female infanticide and female feticide represent serious social problems in India. However, these issues also create much debate over a woman's right to choose whether or not to have a child. While women in India do have the right to terminate a pregnancy, there are several legal stipulations...

03 May 2007

Contemporary "Othering"

Essay - 4 pages - Social sciences

A few weeks ago, I joined a protest on the quad against the “Conservative Coming Out Day”, which was organized by the Orange and Blue Observer and a conservative student group on campus. The conservative group held a “coming out day” because the members say they feel...

03 May 2007

A New Set of Tools

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

In Audre Lorde's article, “The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House”, the title of the article frames her main argument. The motivation for this article was Lorde's experience at a humanities conference, at which she was one of two black women invited to speak. Lorde...

03 May 2007

Deconstructing Society's Rules

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

Before children are even born, their gender is already being regulated. With the advent of technology, such as the sonogram, parents can learn the sex of their child before its birth. When it is time for the baby shower, if parents choose not to find out the sex of their child,...

03 May 2007

Constructing Sex

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

The social construction of gender is evident in today's world: girls are given pink clothes, Barbies, and they are encouraged to express their emotions. Young boys on the other hand are told to play sports, and they are reprimanded when they cry or when they express interest in toys...

03 May 2007

The Horseman on the roof

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

The English author, Jane Austen, once said, “In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.” Throughout history, certain roles have been assigned to men and women based on what society deems acceptable. Since the...

03 May 2007

The "Terms" of Racial Inequality in the United States

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

“To engage in a serious discussion of race in America, we must begin not with the problems of black people but with the flaws of American society—flaws rooted in historical inequalities and longstanding cultural stereotypes.” (West, p. 6) In the America many people pretend...

03 May 2007

Freud's Misinterpretation of Emotions

Thesis - 2 pages - Social sciences

In the early 20th century Freud asserted revolutionary ideas: he normalized sexuality, and he spoke openly about sexuality with women. Before Freud, women were not viewed as sexual beings; they were mothers, daughters, and wives, but most people did not, or would not, acknowledge that...

03 May 2007

The Ways We "Other"

Essay - 2 pages - Social sciences

Othering occurs every day; sometimes we become so accustomed to it that we cease to notice it or its effects. However, for something so common, othering is surprisingly difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. To me, othering means to exclude someone because of a...

03 May 2007

The Role of Sexuality and Race in This Earth of Mankind

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

“In the end the issue is always the same: European against Native, against me. Remember this well: It is Europe that swallows up Natives while torturing us sadistically…Eu-r-ope…only their skin is white. Their hearts are full of nothing but hate.” (Toer, This...

24 Apr 2007

Scottish Masculinity: Football Fans

Thesis - 6 pages - Social sciences

“Before the Forty-five, ‘every man was a soldier, who partook of national confidence, and interested himself in national honour. To lose this spirit, is to lose what no small advantage will compensate'” (qtd. in Herman 153). This comment from Samuel Johnson sums up...

20 Apr 2007

Divided Against The Self :The ego-dystonic individual as illustrated in Stephen Frear's "Prick up Your Ears" An essay On Erotic Identity, Homosexuality and the Cinema

Essay - 6 pages - Social sciences

Stephen Frear's Prick Up Your Ears (1987) is based upon the life of England's notorious playwright Joe Orton. The film focuses primarily on Joe's 16 year unconventional relationship with Kenneth Halliwell. This relationship shall be used in the analysis that follows as...

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