Sociology and Student Life: Toward a New Campus: Selected Readings for Introductory Sociology

Sociology and Student Life: Toward a New Campus: Selected Readings for Introductory Sociology

Sociology and Student Life: Toward a New Campus: Selected Readings for Introductory Sociology

Sociology and Student Life: Toward a New Campus: Selected Readings for Introductory Sociology

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What is this anthology all about? Why might it be worth the price, and the effort it invites you to put into it?

My student assistants and I believe that -- in the Introduction to Sociology course -- one can better make the acquaintance of certain fundamental concepts in sociology if one simultaneously makes the acquaintance of certain fundamental issues in student life -- and vice versa. Rather than attempt to introduce sociology through essays on exotic esoterica, as has generally been the case with Intro anthologies of this sort (essays on the Mafia, the Eskimos, and the like), we focus here exclusively on the campus scene. Drawing on previously published essays on abortion attitudes, emotion "exercises," student political protests, and the like, our book envelopes all in a sociological framework and orientation. Again, we take this tack in the belief that more of sociology can be understood and retained if illustrated from the world the student reader is most intensely concerned with. Similarly, more might be gotten from student life by a young adult who possesses sociological insights into that life.

Carefully structured for the introductory course in sociology, the book rests on certain key assumptions:

"What is wanted is not the will-to-believe, but the wish to find out."

Bertrand Russell

"The essential thing is not to find but to absorb what we find."

Paul Valéry

"Perhaps it is a little easier to understand the premise of expectancy or impatience if you understand that as one co-ed put it -- 'this is a serious generation.' "

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