The Great Plains Sociologist


Vol. 27, Winter

Factors of Academic Misconduct: Polish and Russian Students' Attitudes
In the past few years, questions of academic ethics have been widely discussed among scientists and educators. Different forms of academic fraud and cheating appear to increase in all countries and threaten the development of quality education. Faculty...
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Tsunami 2004, India and International Impacts, International Disaster Management
OverviewOn 26 December 2004, an earthquake 155 miles off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, caused one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. More than 1,000 times as powerful as the 1995 quake in Kobe, Japan, it registered 9.0 points on the...
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How Does Class Status Influence Perceptions of Individual Mental Health?
A wide variety of literature exists on the relationship between financial hardship and the development of social and emotional problems (Ponnet 2014). Family and individual functioning as well as interpersonal relationships become negatively affected...
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Bullying Victimization as a Predictor of Suicidality among South Dakota Adolescents: A Secondary Data Analysis Using the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
INTRODUCTIONBullying is a widespread form of peer victimization among adolescents (youth between 12 to 19 years of age) in the United States. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey...
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Case Studies in the Development of Reliable and Valid Social Problems Source Data
KEYNOTE ADDRESS FOR THE 2016 GREAT PLAINS SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCEINTRODUCTIONIn his book Damned Lies and Statistics, Joel Best communicated that statistics are primarily social products (not social measures). Though Best focuses on...
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Vol. 26, Winter

American Taboo: The Forbidden Words, Unspoken Rules, and Secret Morality of Popular Culture
American Taboo: The Forbidden Words, Unspoken Rules, and Secret Morality of Popular Culture By Lauren Rosewarne Rosewarne, L. American Taboo: The Forbidden Words, Unspoken Rules, and Secret Morality of Popular Culture. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger,...
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Editor’s Note
I'd like to begin by introducing myself to readers of the Great Plains Sociologist. My name is Laura Colmenero-Chilberg. I am a Professor of Sociology at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. I've been involved with the Great Plains Sociological...
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Understanding the Importance of Leadership in Rural Communities
INTRODUCTIONIt has been argued that leadership is a critical element for the success of collective action in terms of community and economic development (Luther and Wall, 1998; Bell and Evert, 1997; Flora and Flora, 1993). Efforts to improve a location's...
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Mixed Feelings: Identity Development of Biracial People
In an era that has seen both the election of a Biracial president and the introduction of a Multiracial designation in the census, there is little argument concerning the paradigm shift regarding race in society. Within this landscape, Multiracial persons...
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Bureaucracy, Demography, and Midwest Sociology
For decades, sociologists and others have warned against an "invasion" of corporate influences into colleges and universities (for example, Duggar 1974). The invasion ranges from hiring corporate executives with no educational experience into the highest...
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Assigned: Life with Gender
Assigned: Life with Gender Edited by Lisa Wade with Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen Wade, Lisa (Editor) with Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen (Series Editors). Assigned: Life with Gender (The Society Pages). New York: W.W. Norton & Company,...
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Desmond, M. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016. 432 pp. $28.00 paperback.Reviewed by Alen FejzicIn his most recent book, Evicted: Poverty...
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