Sociological Viewpoints

Articles from Spring

And the Bear Just Keeps on Dancing: Violence against Women in the Context of a Violent Society
I've had several people comment to me that the title of my talk today is "interesting." And I think that what they really mean to say is, "what the heck does it mean? What are you talking about?" So let me begin by explaining the title.In 1996, I wrote...
Beyond Berger and Luckmann's Concept of "Recipe Knowledge:" Simple versus Standardized Recipes
AbstractThis paper argues that the concept of "recipe knowledge," first articulated by Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann (1966) as an extension of Alfred Schutz's (1960) concept of "cookbook knowledge," should be further refined. There are two distinguishable...
Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular Culture
A Review of Christotainment: Selling Jesus through Popular Culture by Shirely Steinberg and Joe Kincheloe (eds.) Westview Press: Boulder, CO., 309 pagesGood God, Now THAT's Christotainment!Whether you are a lifelong fan of Jesus or just now joining the...
Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience
A Review of Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience by Rebecca F. Plante and Lis M. Maurer (eds.) Westview Press: Boulder, CO., 2010, 555 pagesThe study of gender occupies much sociological thought and action and draws significantly...
Editor's Comments
This edition of Sociological Viewpoints commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the journal. The Pennsylvania Sociological Society was founded in 1950. Although there was a frequent issuing of Socioline, the Society's newsletter, the journal took...
Examining the Existence and Extent of Anti-Intellectual Attitudes and Behaviors among University Students
AbstractThe existence of social forces on students to perform below one's academic potential in order to be socially accepted has been recognized for some time. Previous studies have found attitudes and behaviors of what we call anti-intellectualism...
Incarceration: Psychosocial Pro's and Con's
AbstractThroughout history and across cultures, the criminally adjudicated, as well as the indigent, homeless, and mentally ill have been subjected to mass incarceration. Society has waxed and waned on the issue of whether to incarcerate or treat the...
Keynote Address: Sociology and Organized Labor: Helping to Salvage a Vital Institution
Pennsylvania sociologists operate against a special backdrop. Our state is unique in its place in labor history. Philadelphia vies with New York City for the title of "Site of the Oldest Labor Union in Pre-American History" even as the western part of...
Living and Working in an Increasingly Complex Society
AbstractA challenging study of diverse opportunities in the inclusive modern day workplace, identifying positive features of diversity programs in business, and the reactions indicating the possible problems to be overcome as the cultural world comes...
The Poor People's Campaign: An Evolution of the Civil Rights Movement
AbstractIn 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. expanded the scope of Civil Rights activism by (re)defining the problem of social inequality to include all those in the United States who were poor, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Building on the success...

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