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Modern Social Theory : The "modern" world has different meaning for different individuals and different studies. Most would agree that it encompasses the period from the beginning of the First World War until the present. For Social theorists, "modern" must connote the most recent era of significant social change. The unique role of social theorists within this concept of modern society will be: first, to explain the interaction of technology with the evolution of social interaction and, second, to pursue new avenues of human development; perhaps in the incorporation of technology into the heretofore human processes. This 5 page paper examines a few of the social theories pertinent to current thought and proposes how the factors inherent to these theories will be of importance to the evolving modern era. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Modesoc.wps

Self-Awareness and Other-Awareness / The Application of Social Theory and the Impact of Communication & Social Environment on Self-Assessment : Self-awareness is an ongoing process by which a person evaluates their own self in relationship to the reactions they perceive from others. Individuals assess themselves within particular environments and as a result, self-awareness can change significantly depending on the interactions that are occurring at a given time. This 14 page paper reflects the foundations of this argument in social theory, and consider the nature of non-verbal communication, group dynamics and social psychology as they apply to this process. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Selfawar.wps

Poverty and Public Policy : The general thrust in public policy toward poverty in the United States is explained from a Marxist perspective. This 5 page paper also looks at the issue in terms of Durkheim's theories. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Publicpol.wps

Modern Social Theory & The Issue Of Divorce: A 10 page paper that provides an overview of the application of a number of major social theories to the issue of divorce and considers the implications. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Asa.wps

Social Theories Explained : A variety of social theories are discussed in this 10 page paper. Specific theories include anomie, differential association, social strain, social stratification and alienation. The importance of the family, and different views on the subject, is also included. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Socthers.wps

Causation of Crime : In 8 pages , the author discusses many of the theories for the causation of crime, such as social learning, social strain, and disintegration of family. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Crimcaus.wps

Major Sociological Theories : Several sociological theories are discussed in relationship to specific provocative book excerpts in this 8 page analysis. The discussion uses theories from Weber, Marx, and Becker, among others in discussing several contemporary issues that plague modern society. Among the issues addressed are media influence, the family and social deviance. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Soctheo.wps

Anomie and Alienation : Durkheim's anomie and Marx's alienation are compared in this 5 page paper. These theories are viewed in respect to their relevance in today's world. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Alien.wps

Social Strain Theory : Robert K. Merton's concept of social strain (derived from anomie) is highlighted in this 7 page paper on the subject. The social strain theory of delinquency is based on the idea that delinquency results when individuals are unable to achieve their goals through legitimate channels. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Strain.wps

The Labeling Theory : In 5 pages the author discusses labeling theory. A definition is given, major theorists are listed, and some examples in research are provided. Bibliography lists 12 sources. Labelth.wps

8 Ball Chicks & Social Learning Theory : A 5 page paper that looks at the social learning theories applied to the gang life presented in Sikes' non-fiction year-long research of girl gangs. The paper discusses reinforcement, secondary reinforcement, imitation and, self-fulfillment in regards to the information presented. The paper agrees with Sikes' statement that the resolution to the problem does not come from parents/generations of gang members, but must come through societal intervention. No solutions are provided by Sikes. Bibliography lists 1 source. 8ball.wps

Postal Workers & Violence : The phenomenon is discussed in light of sociological theory in this 8 page paper. Aberrant behavior of postal workers is examined as well as possible causes. Theories such as anomie, alienation and differential association are included. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Postalv.wps

Deviance / Social Theory : Theories of deviance are discussed in this 6 page overview that includes references to sociologists from Sutherland to Becker, explaining their ideas. Brown’s work on conformity is also included. Many examples are given to describe the often-difficult to distinguish type of behavior as evidenced by various decades and generations. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Devitheo.wps

Social Theories of Deviance : A 1998 article that depicts a crime is analyzed in this 6 page paper that discusses both anomie and social strain theories. Other concepts such as the decline of family values, are also included. Recommendations are made. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Devisoc.wps

Gary M. Katz’s Article on "Conformity, Status, and Rejection of the Deviant" : A 3 page essay discussing the 1982 article by Gary M. Katz on the "high-status" versus the "low- status" deviant and the "acceptability" of both. No additional sources cited. Garykatz.wps

Affirmative Action / Analyzed From A Conflict Perspective : The problem is discussed from a conflict perspective in this 10 page paper. Several sections look at the problem, analyze data and apply theoretical principals to relevant studies. Solutions to the dilemma of affirmative action are discussed in light of polling data as well as sociological theory. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Aact.rtf

Conflict Theory v. Functionalism / The Middle East Conflict : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the conflict theory and functionalism and then applies them to an understanding of the sociological elements of the Middle East Conflict. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Confunct.wps

Reverse Discrimination & Conflict Theory : A 10 page research study that considers the issue of reverse discrimination from a conflict theory perspective and evaluates the current literature on the subject. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Revdis2.doc

Organized Crime & Theories of Deviance : The theory of differential association is used to explain deviance in the Gambino crime family. This 6 page paper explores theories of deviance and criminology as applied to organized crime in general. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Orgcrim2.wps

Divorce / Negative Social Implications : The effects of divorce on society is examined from a social order and conflict perspective in this 5 page sociological analysis. Divorce is seen as the culprit for juvenile delinquency, amongst other social problems. The causes of divorce are examined and some solutions to the problem are provided. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Divorsoc.wps

Social Theory & The Future of Religion: A 5 page paper that provides an overview of four of the fundamental arguments in William Swatos' collection of authors and works on social theory and religion in The Future of Religion. This paper relates four selected chapters to the premise of the book as a whole and the outcomes defined by Swatos. Bibliography lists no additional sources. Relifutu.wps

Social Theories : This 5 page paper looks at two different sociological camps and compares them with examples. Theories discussed are primarily those stemming from the works of Clifford Geertz and Carl G. Hempel. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Theosoc.wps

"Roger & Me" / Social Theory : A 5 page paper discussing Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary in terms of conflict theory and symbolic interactionism theory. "Roger" is the then-CEO of General Motors, Roger Smith, and Moore’s complaint with him is the state in which GM plant closings left the town of Flint, Michigan. Though Moore attempted to portray the evil corporation led by the evil Smith, the fact remains that Smith most likely did not possess the intellectual ability to orchestrate the devastation realized in Flint after GM was forced to cease operations there in favor of Mexican workers and pay scales. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Roger&Me.wps

Multiculturalism and Pluralism / Similarities and Contrasts : A 3 page comparison of the concepts of multicuturalism and pluralism as presented by Donna Gollnick and Philip Chinn in "Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society" (1998). Presents multiculturalism as the better approach to education. No additional sources cited. Mcltplur.wps

Economics and Ethnicity / Their Importance In Education : A 3 page overview of the concepts of ethnicity and economic background and their importance to academic success. Relies heavily on "Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society" (1998) Donna Gollnick and Philip Chinn. Concludes that it is neither ethnicity nor economic background which is a primary determinant of academic success but presentation and attitude. No additional sources citred. Cultecon.wps

Body Piercing & Tattooing in Society : This 5 page paper looks at the trends through several sociological perspectives including the functionalist school, the conflict perspective and the theory of symbolic interactionism. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Bodtat.wps

Housing As Social Control : A 9 page discussion of the different social control theories utilized by the United States and Tibet / China with respect to housing. The United States and China have very different forms of social control, especially in regards to the settlement of land in another country, as China is settling Tibet. While it would seem that the United States and China/Tibet would have nothing in common in regards to their settlement policies, the fact remains that both countries use a similar social theory as the basis of social control in their neighborhoods. Bibliography lists 11 sources. Soccontr.wps

Social Theories & Mental Illness : A 5 page essay that explores the connection between the prevailing social theories of a time and how this affects the treatment, and society’s perception of the mentally ill. The writer examines the ramifications of such theories as anomie, eugenics and scientific uncertainty as they pertain to the treatment of mental illness. The connection between creativity and bipolar illness is also examined. Bbliography lists 9 sources. Mental.wps

Dependency Theory -- Applied To The Third World : A 6 page paper discussing dependency theory and its application to third-world countries as well as the consequences of allowing it to become a tool for imposing one nation’s will upon another. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Dpncy.wps

Rent and Quasi-Rent Seeking Behavior: This 3 page essay discusses issues inherent to rent-seeking, its desired results, and quasi-rent seeking behaviors. Rent seeking behavior can best be described as "the expenditure of resources in order to bring about an uncompensated transfer of goods or services from another person or persons to one's self as the result of a "favorable" decision on some public policy. " Bibliography lists 3 sources. BWrent.rtf

Treatment of AIDS in American Society : This 7 page paper looks at the disease from a social perspective. The main focus is on exactly what the government and advocates are doing on behalf of AIDS and HIV infected victims. Subjects addressed are education, research, new drugs, treatment and funding. Statistics are included throughout. Bibliography included. Aidsinam.wps

Mandatory Testing for HIV - AIDS / Unacceptable : A 6 page paper describing the consequences of such a proposal. Social, health, and government issues are described. Also, some attention is put on testing for newborn babies. The thesis is that mandatory testing would only bring more problems and not solve the ones already in existence. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Mandtest.wps

Asian National Essay : A 7 page creative essay (based on historical facts) of the viewpoint of an Asian national around the turn of the century. The essay is written from the viewpoint of a Vietnamese farmer, who believes in Confucianism, and is hearing the words of Marx talk about collective farming techniques. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Asianess.wps

The Use Of Communication Skills To Fight Delinquency : The importance of effective communication in combating delinquency is discussed in this 25 page paper. The problem of delinquency is explained along with the reasons for its existence. Various cultures around the world are looked at for insight on how to solve this pervasive problem in American society. The continuum concept is included as well. Detailed solutions are noted, inclusive of verbal and nonverbal techniques of communication which may be utilized by parents for various age groups. Bibliography lists 22 sources. Figthdel.wps

Social Theory & Security Management : An 18 page paper that explores the ramifications of social crime prevention through the application of social theories in the work of security managers. Paper deals with such issues as anomie, deviance, etc. and discusses these issues through the viewpoint of current research and application of the theories. Bibliography lists more than 15 sources. Crimthry.rtf

"Carlito’s Way" and Miller’s Social Crime Theories : A 5 page paper that discusses Walter B. Miller's social theories on delinquent groups in relationship to Brian DePlama's film entitled "Carlito’s Way." The specific points of Miller's theory discussed include: trouble, toughness, smartness, excitement, fate, autonomy and belonging. No Bibliography. Carlito.wps

"When Harry Met Sally" -- Social Penetration Theory : The theory is discussed as exemplified by the lead characters in the movie When Harry Met Sally. The stages of development that Harry and Sally go through in their relationship are illustrated in this 7 page paper. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Socpen.wps

"Young Men And Fire" / Youth, Identity & Tragedy : A 5 page paper that provides an overview of the issues of youth, identification, socialization, and tragedy in Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire -- an account of 1949’s Mann Gulch fire. No additional sources cited. Maclean.wps

Sociological Theorists Sorokin & Toynbee : The theories of sociologists Pitirim Sorokin and Arnold J. Toynbee are compared and contrasted in this 4 page paper. Areas of focus are on the family and religion and the role of such institutions on the future of human civilization. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Sorotoyn.wps

Sociology, Crime, & Cures : A 4 page paper that considers sociological crime theories as they relate to five specific approaches to curing crime. This paper demonstrates the effective elements of each of these approaches. Differential, social bonding, etc;-- are discussed. Bibliography includes 2 sources. Crimecur.wps

Sociology, Crime, & Cures # 2 : A 4 page paper that considers sociological crime theories as they relate to five specific approaches to curing crime. The writer demonstrates the effective elements of each of these approaches. Southerland’s theory of crime causation is among the many ideas analyzed and measures for "curing" crime are assessed. Bibliography includes 2 sources. Crimecu2.wps

Modern Song Lyrics Analyzed / Conflict Theory : Bush's 1994 release "Machinehead" is analyzed in its relationship to conflict theory. Conflict theory is discussed as seen by sociologists Marx and Weber as well as later contributors such as Mead and Goffman. The focus of the 5 page paper is on the song itself and its exemplification of sociological theory. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Confthe.wps

Emile Durkheim : Life & Works : 8 ages in length. Analytical biography of Emile Durkheim's (turn-of-the-century German social philosopher) life, works, and philosophy. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Durkheim.wps

Sociology Of Durkheim’s "Suicide" : This 5 page paper looks at the problem of suicide in the society using recent studies in addition to Durkheim's infamous work . The paper focuses primarily on decision theory and studies that show a connection between certain characteristics and a predisposition to commit the act. Bibliography lists 4 sources Suidurk.wps

Durkheim and the Sociology of Religion : A 6 page paper that provides an overview of some of the major arguments in Durkheim’s sociological perspectives on religion, and then argues against his theory of enacted social practice as the foundation of epistemology. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Durkhei3.doc

Durkheim’s Theory of Ritual and Eliade on Mythology and Ritual: A 6 page paper that considers the implications of Durkheim’s perspectives on ritual as they relate to the arguments presented by Eliade as he outlines the impact of myth and the development of ritual in a social context. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Ritualdu.doc

Durkheim -- Social Solidarity : The sociological concept is defined and discussed through the eyes of Emile Durkheim in this 3 page essay. The concept is applied to the legal system in modern times. Also discussed is the legislation of morality and the importance of rituals. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Socsolid.wps

Theories Of Marx and Durkheim Compared : This 20 page paper discusses the differences and similarities between the two theorists. The thesis maintains that Marx looked at the world in terms of hard concepts and was much more group oriented than Durkheim who incorporated individualism. Detailed discussions on sociological concepts dominate the paper; concepts noted are anomie, alienation, social stratification, capitalism and communism. Bibliography lists 13 sources. Marxdurk.wps

Marx & Durkheim In Modern Society : This 8 page essay defines the work of the two great theorists while exploring their possible views on contemporary issues. Both Marx and Durkheim’s social, religious, and political lives are explored. The concepts from each of the men are compared in an analysis that culminates at a look at today’s issue of social welfare system and the school voucher issue. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Modsoci.wps

Marx & Durkheim In Modern Society Version # 2 : This 3 page essay defines the work of the two great theorists while exploring their possible views on contemporary issues. Both Marx and Durkheim’s social, religious, and political lives are explored. The concepts from each of the men are compared in an analysis that culminates at a look at today’s issue of social welfare. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Marxdurk.wps

Methodologies of Durkheim, Weber and Marx : A 10 page paper comparing the methodologies of these three sociologists. The writer details their similarities and differences and how they each affected the other. Bibliography cites 10 sources. Compsoci.wps

Karl Marx / An Overview : A 7 page paper giving a critical assessment of Marx's works. The writer examines Marx's theories, including his contributions to economics and social philosophy. Bibliography cites 5 sources. Karlmarx.wps

Ideology & Morality In Marx : A 9 page paper examining Marx’s statement that morality is a form of ideology. The paper uses Marx’s own writings as well as secondary sources, and concludes that Marx was not advocating behavioral anarchy, simply a recognition that we, not God, make the rules that govern our behavior, and that we need to do so based on current circumstances and community need. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Marx2.wps

Karl Marx & The Individual : A 30 page research paper which takes a unique perspective on examining the work of Karl Marx. This paper addresses the question as to whether or not Marx departed from his humanistic leanings evident in his early work by the time his more mature work was published. The writer argues that Marx’s views evolved, but he not abandon his earlier views. Bibliography lists 15 sources. Marxind.wps

Theories of Karl Marx : A 3 page research paper which details the political, economic, social and political theories of Marx. A reaction to his view of capitalism sums up the paper. Bibliography listing three sources is included. Essamarx.wps

Marxist Theories : Capitalism is viewed through Karl Marx’s eyes in this 5 page analysis. Various theories, particularly those that relate to historical materialism, are discussed in light of Marx’s predictions. Current events are also provided in order to effectively analyze Marx’s utopian promise. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Mxcap.wps

Marxism and Modernity : Marxism and its place in the postmodern era is examined in this 4 page essay. The paper concludes that although many have thrown the concept out since the advent of modernity, Marxism is still a viable philosophy. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Marxmod.wps

Karl Marx / Discrediting His Predictions : A 5 page paper discussing Karl Marx and how modern history and historians discredit his predictions for the development of the revolution throughout the world. Bibliography lists five sources. Marxwron.wps

The Early Letters Of Karl Marx : A 5 page paper showing how Marx’s letters written in 1843 foreshadowed the political and economic theories he would eventually publish in the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital. These letters are analyzed together with some brief background about the political times in which Marx lived to paint a fuller picture of the development of this seminal philosopher’s thought. Bibliography lists only the one book. Marxlet.wps

Karl Marx's Ideas About the Productive Worker : A 3 page essay in which the theories of Marx are explained regarding labor, forces of production, and the role of Capitalism. The writer concludes that Karl Marx was -- however sadly -- accurate with respect to many of his relevant predictions. Bibliography lists 6 sources (all by Marx). Marxphil.wps

Karl Marx / Concept of Alienation : 5 pages in length. Using works of Marx himself as well as critiques by others, the writer of this essay examines views of labor, time, social value, etc; in an attempt to analytically explain Marx's concept of "Alienation." Bibliography lists 6 sources. Marxalie.wps

Theories of Karl Marx Explained : A complete 12 page look at Karl Marx's life, works, and socialist ideology. Explained in detail are Marx's ideas about revolution, the class struggle, alienation under Capitalism, and more. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Marxrevo.wp

Karl Marx & Historical Materialism : The Marxian concept is examined with numerous examples from contemporary society in this 5 page analysis. Emphasis is placed on class conflict, alienation and bureaucracy and how all of these are interrelated. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Histmat.wps

Karl Marx & Social Reform : A 6 page paper discussing the theories of Karl Marx, Martin Luther King, Simone de Beauvoir, and Nancy Chodorow of discrimination as it relates to class, race, and gender. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Socrefm.wps

Karl Marx vs. Edmund Burke on Human Nature : The subject is viewed through the eyes of Edmund Burke and Karl Marx in this 6 page paper. The ideas of these men are compared and contrasted. Subjects included in the discussion are religion, morality, man’s work ethic, political ideology, communism, Hegelism and acceptance versus revolution. Examples in contemporary society are given to illustrate each theorist’s view. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Naturhum.wps

Karl Marx’s "On The Jewish Question" / A Question of Equality : A 7 page paper discussing a comparison of Karl Marx' views in his essay, On the Jewish Question to books by Patricia Williams and Michael Warner. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Marxques.wps

Engels & Marx -- "The Communist Manifesto" : This 8 page paper looks at the document published by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels about 150 years ago in light of capitalist society today. No additional sources are cited. Manifest.wps

Engels & Marx -- "The Communist Manifesto" / Analysis & Reaction : A 12 page paper providing a summary and analysis of Karl Marx’s, "The Communist Manifesto". Included is the writer reaction to Marx’s view of the forces that act on history. Particularly, the writer feels that Marx’s argument is flawed because history cannot be presented solely in the form of class antagonisms. The Primary Source is cited in the bibliography. Comnfst.wps

Engels' & Marx "Communist Manifesto" / Explication : An 8 page explication of Marx & Engels' infamous "Communist Manifesto" in which the writer defines the classes discussed, elaborates key terminology, and then presents examples of how true Marx & Engels' predictions have become in the modern U.S. (i.e., low-income housing projects as an example of "the abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes" etc;) Bibliography lists 3 sources. Marxcomm.wps

Engels' & Marx "Communist Manifesto" / Dialectic Determinism : An 8 page paper discussing the theory of dialecic determinism of Karl Marx as expressed in the Communist Manifesto and other works Bibliography lists 7 sources. Marxism.rtf

Engels & Marx -- "The Communist Manifesto" / Social Good or Social Evil? : A 6 page paper giving an extensive background of communism, particularly as originally outlined in Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto. It analyzes why communism has not had overwhelming appeal in the U.S. to date, and concludes that it actually has many points that could help our society. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Comms.wps

Engels & Marx -- "The Communist Manifesto" / Nazi Communism : A 7 page paper that discusses Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Also goes over Hitler’s power in Germany. It determines what communism truly is. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Nazicom.wps

Engels & Marx -- "The Communist Manifesto" / Alienation in Capitalist Society : This 5 page paper relies on Marx and Engel's Communist Manifesto in explaining the sociological concept. Many examples of alienation in contemporary society are provided which serves to support a thesis that alienation is alive and well in the world today. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Aliencap.wps

Engels & Marx -- "The Communist Manifesto" / The Individual : A 5 page essay that offers a summary of the Manifesto, the purpose of the document, a brief explanation of specific terms included as they relate to the current essay. The focus of this essay is the Manifesto's comments on the individual, specifically how the individual proletarian is oppressed by different segments of the bourgeoisie. The essay concludes with the importance of the individual in a democratic environment. No additional sources cited. Manif.wps

Engels & Marx / The Communist Manifesto - Controversy : A 15 page overview of the controversy surrounding the interpretations of the "Communist Manifesto". Stresses that the various Western European revolutions which occurred in 1848 did have a common political program but that this program was not the overthrow of capitalism but instead the establishment of unified liberal or constitutional sates in which civil equality was given high importance. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Manicom.wps

Marx & Engels : The two theorists are compared and contrasted in this 5 page overview. A discussion on the difficulty of differentiating the common thought of this pair is included. Attempts are made to note subtle differences between the two, including personality traits. Concepts such as Hegelism, Marxism and communism are part of the analysis. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Englmarx.wps

Marx and Friedman / Opposing Views on Capitalism : A 6 page research paper on Karl Marx and Milton Friedman's views of capitalism and the best political interests of the common man. The writer details the general contents of the Communist Manifesto, and Capitalism and Freedom, and compares and contrasts them. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Friedman.wps

Captial Punishment / Marxist Ideology : A 6 page argument on why capital punishment should not exist in a country where a client cannot get a fair trial. The writer backs up this premise with Marxist ideology, particularly emphasizing class differences. Bibliography lists 4 sources. Marxcp.wps

F.H. Bradley & Karl Marx / Self-Realization Views Compared : This 9 page research paper examines the nature of self-realization according to British philosopher Francis H. Bradley and German philosopher Karl Marx. Specifically discussed are their opposing theories of idealism and dialectical materialism as described in their major works, Appearance and Reality, Ethical Studies and The Communist Manifesto. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Bradmarx.wps

Capitalist Economies & The Concept Of Individuality : The concept of individuality is explored through the eyes of Karl Marx (Communist Manifesto), George Bernard Shaw (Man & Superman), and Hermann Hesse (Steppenwolf) in this 8 page paper. Examples from each theorist’s work are provided to illustrate points made. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Indiv.wps

Comparative Analysis of Six Social Theorists : 9 pages worth of analytical comparison in which the writer explores similarities and differences between the sociological theories of Horkheimer, Parsons, & Meade vs. those of Lukcas, Merton, & Goffman. Each group stood at opposing sides with regard to theoretical issues in the sociology of poverty, class, structure, etc; Bibliography lists 8+ sources. Horketal.wps

Marx, Weber, & Durkheim / Social Theories Of The Modern Poor ? : A comprehensive 14 page paper evaluating the sociological theories of these classic thinkers in an attempt to see whether they are applicable with relevance to evaluating today's lower class citizens. Historic projects such as F.D.R.'s New Deal, Reagan's Welfare Reform, etc; are assessed with reference to sociological theory. It is concluded that what has occurred over the decades is actually a continued rise in the underclass, the working poor, with impoverished children, new immigrants, the aged, single family heads of households, inner city decline, and other poor, nearly all coming under one kind of welfare guideline or program, while we are still left without any clear understanding of what poverty is, or who the poor are and how to help them. Bibliography lists 15+ sources. Poorsoci.wps

Weber’s "The Protestant Ethic" : The concept is explored in a 20 page paper that focuses on Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Examined are Amish and Korean groups that provide examples of the entrepreneurial spirit in America. The concept is linked with Weber’s work. Bibliography lists more than a dozen sources. Proteth.wps

"Max Weber’s Construction of Social Theory" by Martin Albrow :
Martin Albrow, in his book Max Weber’s Construction of Social Theory, argues that Max Weber provides a long-neglected foundation for sociology, and that the arguments of Weber can be utilized in understanding the sociological premises of a number of other theorists, including Kant and Nietzche. Further, Albrow relates the arguments of Weber to the assertion of the value of sociology as a science, and also defines the link between the premises of social theory and the development of social philosophy, social psychology and the logical correlation between the two. This 4 page paper reflects the essential arguments in Albrow’s work and considers the implications for evaluating sociological, philosophical and psychological underpinnings. No additional sources cited. Weberal.wps

Milton & Rose Friedman’s "Free To Choose" : A 10 page synopsis and critical analysis of this insightful book by Milton and Rose Friedman. Free to Choose discusses the political system symmetrically with the economic system in language that easily comprehensible to the ordinary person who is not well-read in economic theory. No additional sources cited. Freechoo.wps

Milton Friedman's "Capitalism & Freedom" : Friedman’s 1962 book by this name is discussed in a 5 page paper. The major premise of this book is that competitive capitalism is a major requirement for political freedom. Friedman's book is the only source used. Friecap.wps

Capitalism : Marx & Weber's treatment of capitalism is compared and contrasted in this 7 page essay. A look at modern American society is taken through the eyes of these theorists. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Capit.doc

Class Consciousness : The concepts of class consciousness and social stratification are employed in this 6 page personal essay. Using real life examples, one man's self-analysis delves into the use of sociological theories in preference to psychological concepts as tools for the understanding of one's inner being. Weber and Marx are referenced in this piece as integral to the development of class based sociological theory. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Classcon2.wps

Canadian Society : The impact of classical figures on Canadian society is discussed in this 9 page paper. Durkheim, Hegel, Marx and Weber are highlighted in the analysis as having a particular influence. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Canada.wps

Life & Sociological Contributions of Max Weber : A 15 page research paper on the history and contributions of this noted German sociologist. The writer describes his life and times, specific contributions to the field of sociology filled examples as to how Weber's theories can be applied to life as we know it. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Maxweber.wps

Max Weber’s Theories of Bureaucracy : This 8 page paper looks at German social scientist Max Weber’s definitions, characteristics, and value of bureaucracy. It also reviews his opinion that bureaucracies serve a social good and have a significant role in human development. Bibliography lists five sources. Webermax.wps

Bureaucracy & Weber : Sociologist Max Weber’s work is discussed in light of recent observations by James Q. Wilson, in this 5 page paper. Bureaucracy is discussed in a general sense as well, which includes specific examples such as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Internal Revenue Service. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Irsdmv.wps

Hegel's Influence On Marxism and Fascism : This 11 page report examines the philosopher Georg Hegel, and how he affected the development of Marxism and Fascism. Hegel's philosophy is explored in depth. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Hegel.wps

Theories on Capitalism : This 12 page paper explores capitalism in the light of several contemporary works as well as with Marxism itself. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Sociology.wps

"Looking to the Left / For Liberalism" : A very well-written 5 page essay arguing in favor of the positive aspects of Liberalism. A number of advanced arguments from studies are evaluatively critiqued in order for the writer to arrive at the conclusion that liberalism has had to become more social, open to schemes of redistribution which preserve the price system but which also evidently decrease the production of impermissible inequality. **Recommended only for upper-level students. Bibliography lists 5 scholarly sources. Liberwhy.wps

Making Democracy Work : A complex, 10 page political discussion of what makes democracy work-- based on available readings. Essay includes a thorough history of political though and social theory bringing readers all the way from classic Athenian models to the present. Discussions of labor, individual freedom, and welfare are scattered throughout this well-organized treatise. Bibliography lists 8+ sources. Democwor.wps

The Life Of Rose Pesotta / A Study In Labor Organization : A 4 page research paper on the biography of one of America's first female labor leaders. The writer relates the extraordinary life of Rose Pesotta to current sociological theory of social movement organization and shows how it illustrates these principles. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Gentleg.wps

The Decline of Social Capitalism in America : A 15 page paper in which the writer explores this phenomenon in light of Robert Putnam's work "Bowling Alone" with some relevance to his "Making Democracy Work." Criticism of the work is addressed and solutions to the problem are also explored. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Bowling.wps

David Harvey and Postmodernism : A 7 page paper that discusses David Harvey's perspectives on postmodernity. This paper demonstrates Harvey's concern for the poltical and economic impacts of postmodernity, and suggests that his concern for Marxist principles impact his perceptions of the status of economics and politics in the United States. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Harvey.wps

The Murky Mystery of El Mozote : 12 pages in length. Examination of the massacre in El Salvador from a sociological perspective. Writer uses theories of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim to evaluate the issue. Bibliography lists 12+ sources. Elmozote.wps

The Frankfurt School and Culture Industry : A 6 page paper that discusses the culture industry, a concept developed by Frankfurt School scholars Holkheimer and Adorno. The basic concept of the culture industry is that technology and industry have created a movement towards the mass production of culture. Holkheimer and Adorno argue this concept as it relates to man's role within society as well as the role of industry and business in creating this social phenomenon. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Frankfur.wps

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Elton Mayo on Society : 10 pages in length. A critical discussion of the life & works of Elton Mayo -- author of "Human Problems of an Industrialized Civilization" and "Social Problems of an Industrialized Civilization." Bibliography lists a total of 4 sources. Mayo.wps *Please send us e-mail for more information !

The Value - Free Imperative : A 15 page paper that takes a comprehensive look at the value-free imperative, relates it to the writings of classical sociologists, discusses the applicability of the imperative, and decides if it is desirable. The author utilizes a number of readings to determine that the value-free imperative is not only improbably, but also undesirable. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Valuefree.wps

Obedience To Authority / Dangers : A 5 page essay exploring the different premises of four different essays by Lessing, Fromm, Milgram and Zimbardo. At what point does obedience become a danger -- is the central question. Comments from each of the writers are included with specific examples from the Yale and Stanford studies being cited. Obed.wps

Doris Lessing’s "To Room Nineteen" / Use of Setting & Color : Doris Lessing’s story "To Room Nineteen" is a story about the repression of the human spirit and seeming unending emptiness and personal alienation that come as a result of social, cultural and even ethnic divisions. Susan Rawling, Lessing’s main character, vacillates between sanity and insanity, and her struggle to escape the accompanying alienation comes through a view of her surroundings. This 2 page considers this argument by considering the action in Lessing’s work. No additional sources cited. Dlessing.wps

Intention : A 15 page paper discussing the possibility, and belief, that our intentions can affect society in one way or another. It is believed that by changing our own personal intentions, and by changing our thought patterns we can inadvertently alter society in general. While we do not have the power to alter or create synchronistic events we can alter how we perceive these events we can sensitize ourselves to the realities that surround us and thereby have a direct affect on the society around us. Sections of paper are: Evolution, Synchronicity, and Intention. Bibliography lists 5 sources. Intdesti.wps

Gilman and Gender Stratification : A short 2 page analytical essay on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's theories concerning gender stratification and the role of the individual in society. No Bibliography. Gilman.wps

Charlotte Perkins Gilman : 12 pages in length. A completely discussion of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's life and theories. The influence that her social work / feminist ideology had on others is explored as are the individuals upon whom she may have based some of her own work. Several of her works are examines including the treatise "Women and Economics." 6 sources are cited. Gilmsoci.wps

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "Her Land" : An analytical 6 page essay in which the writer discusses this classic feminist work from a personal point of view. In the book, Gilman describes a Utopian society successfully created and inhabited by 100% women. "Her Land" was originally published in 1915 as a magazine article and did not become a book until 1979. *The writer of this easy supports / agrees with Gilman's feminist ideology. Herland.wps

Gilman's "Her Land" # 2 : A 6 page essay similar to the one described above (Herland.wps) except the writer debates Gilman's ideology and asserts that she fails to give men enough of a fair chance in the story. C.P. Gilman is criticized in this essay for having been too "one-sided." Herland2.wps

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" / Insanity : A 7 page essay on Gilman's "Yellow Wallpaper" in which the writer describes how the narrator is pushed gradually into a state of madness by her husband, John. Her room is described as a prison and her eventual independence is remarked to have been traded in for her sanity. Quotes from the story are used to support points made. No other sources cited. Yellowa.wps

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"/ Theme Analysis : A 6 page paper in which the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" is discussed. The writer explains the symbolism of the wallpaper to the main character, and analyzes the meaning of the story. No additional sources cited. Yello.wps

Jane Addams / Female Activist : 2 pages in length. Essay discusses Jane Addams as a woman of great thought and of great action. Mostly from the writer's opinionated perceptive but two sources are also included in a bibliography. Addams.wps

Harriet Martineau as a Key Social Theorist : A 3 page essay on Harriet Martineau (an English writer), who the author of this essay believes deserves to be remembered in the same light as Karl Marx and other great social theorists for her insightful contributions. Martineau's critique of Charlotte Bronte is cited as are several other key examples. Bibliography cites 2 sources. Martinea.wps

Thomas Kuhn & The Structure of Scientific Revolutions : A 4 page look at the works of Thomas Kuhn and his advancements in Behavior Theory. Specifically examined is the infamous "(The) Structure of Scientific Revolutions"-- in which Kuhn developed his concept of a paradigm. Kuhn's rationale and use if applied theory are assessed. Bibliography lists approximately 10 sources-- including several by Kuhn himself. Kuhn.wps

Women as Outsiders in America / An Ethical Dilemma : A 7 page essay comparing the views of Betsworth and Brubaker on the oppression of women by traditional views of American society. The writer details Betsworth's concepts of social narratives and the how they apply to women in society. Traditional and religious views are also examined. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Ethicwom.wps

Bandura's Concepts of Determinants in Social Learning : A 5 page research paper on Bandara's ideas. The writer details antecedent, consequent, and reciprocal determinants and gives examples. No bibliography. Bandura.wps

Theories Of Albert Bandura : Bandura’s concepts are compared with other theorists’ such as Lawler and Piaget in this 11 page analysis. Bandura's premise that self-efficacy expectations are the most important influences on motivation is highlighted. All theories are discussed as related to the nursing profession and the key elements of individualism, environment, society and health are discussed in relationship to nursing and Bandura's theories. Bibliography lists 10 sources. Bandura3.Rtf

Ambrose Bierce: Animal Characteristics : 8 pages in length. Ambrose Bierce maintained that humanity mirrored many of the same characteristics as animals, stating that "in each human heart there is a tiger, a pig, an ass, and a nightingale. Diversity of characters is due to their unequal activity." It can easily be argued that Bierce's perception is quite accurate in that all of mankind has absorbed a great deal of idiosyncratic tendencies reflective of animal behavior. For example, as is mentioned in his quote, the human heart exhibits a vast array of illustrative attributes: the tiger's ferocity and independence; the pig's greed; the ass's stupidity; and the nightingale's delicacy and benevolence. Indeed, finding all of these qualities within a single individual is considerably more difficult than recognizing one or two; however, most of humanity displays a combination of all such animal characteristics at some point throughout life. The writer discusses these traits as they relate to Iago and Desdemona from Othello, Mustafa Sa'eed from Tayeb Salih's Season Of Migration, and Reginald Nwankwo and Gladys from Girls at War by Chinua Achebe. No additional sources cited. Ambroani.wps

An Analysis of Rational Choice Theory : A 5 page research paper on the theory and its application in the social sciences. The writer details the points of the theory and the criticisms leveled against it, as well as its usefulness. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Rational.wps

Gun Control As a Crime Deterrent ? A Sociological Examination : A 7 page paper in which the writer assesses -- based upon library research -- whether or not gun control is truly an effective deterrent. Control & opportunity theories are introduced into the discussion and it is ultimate determined that the laws are not effective in curtailing crime. Bibliography lists 20+ sources. Guncontr.wps

Socio - Political Theories Behind The Cuban Missile Crisis & Vietnam : Social and political theories (i.e., rational actor theory) attempt to explain motivations behind executive decision making in this 10 page paper. Highlighted are the decisions reached by President John F. Kennedy during the 1960's in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Bibliography lists 8 sources. Cubanam.wps

G. Bingham Powell / Social Fragmentation & Political Hostility : A 5 page paper in which the writer provides a chapter by chapter overview of Powell's book on the impacts of social fragmentation and the repercussions. Bibliography lists no additional sources. Powell.wps

Deviance as a Catalyst for Social Change : This 8 page paper analyzes some of the functions of deviance and how the violation of norms actually contributes to social order. Bibliography cites 7 sources. Deviance.wps

Deviance in Mississippi Burning : A 5 page paper on the Alan Parker film in which the writer examines three kinds of deviance shown in the movie: the townspeople’s deviance from the norms of acceptable American society; Inspector Ward’s deviance from the norms of the townspeople; and Inspector Anderson’s deviance from the normal methodology of the FBI. Bibliography lists three sources in addition to the movie. Mississ.wps

Survival of the Fittest : This 3 page essay looks at Herbert Spencer’s contributions to sociology. His primary concept is illustrated using modern day examples.The concept of the roles that war and morality play is included. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Herbspen.wps

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