Critical Choices: Applying Sociological Insight in Your Life, Family, and Community by Scott SernauCritical Choices: Applying Sociological Insight in Your Life, Family, and Community by Scott Sernau

Critical Choices: Applying Sociological Insight in Your Life, Family, and Community

byScott Sernau

Paperback | January 15, 1997

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Scott Sernau's Critical Choices shows students how to apply sociological insights to their own lives in ways that challenge complacency and easy answers. In exploring the connections between their social world and day-to-day lives--their plans, aspirations, and life choices--students sharpentheir critical-thinking skills. Written in an engaging, conversational tone, Critical Choices helps instructors communicate the relevance of studying sociology to students--how it can make us more savvy, successful, and empathetic social actors. The book's interactive, critical-thinking approach calls on students to apply data ontrends and patterns, confront myth-challenging facts, examine tables and charts, and explore the social underpinnings of current controversies. Included are global concerns and issues of race, health, community, and gender--all crucial in the contemporary context of making critical choices. "Reaching Out" sections extend to interaction with the student's particular community. These include a wide range of hands-on learning experiences, such as short field projects, content analyses, ethnographic writing, and other community activities to encourage habits of thoughtful involvement.Critical Choices offers a key resource to instructors seeking to convey both the intrigue and the practicality of sociology--and to spark fresh sociological imaginations. The table of contents is designed to match the range of topics found in most core introductory texts.
Scott Sernau is at Indiana University.
Title:Critical Choices: Applying Sociological Insight in Your Life, Family, and CommunityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 5.91 × 8.9 × 0.59 inPublished:January 15, 1997Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Juncture of History and BiographyUnderstanding the Links Between Social Context and Personal ExperienceOne: Building Bridges in the Global VillageThe Crucible of Culture in an Interconnected WorldCommunication and Understanding Across CulturesSeeing Ourselves and Others: Broadening Our View Toward a Multicultural VisionTwo: You've Come a Long Way, MaybeMedia Messages on Gender Traits and Views of SuccessGender, Socialization, and Interaction.Gender Expectations on Campus: Who Do You Believe, How Should You Act?Three: The Corporate LifeCocktails and Tall Tales: The Art of the Reception and the Presentation of SelfManipulation, Intimidation, and the Art of Saying NoGroupthink: When You Are Afraid to DisagreeThe Dynamics of Deadlock: When Groups Can't Get Things DoneUp the Organization: Gender, Status, and PowerCorporate Culture: Should You Fit in, Dare You Be Different?Four: Planning Ahead, Getting Ahead, Keeping Your HeadEducation, Jobs, and Income: Prospects, Strategies, PitfallsAssessing the Returns to EducationJob Seeking, Job Trajectories, and Job SatisfactionAmerican Class Structure: Pervasive Effects of Social ClassTrends in Employment and WagesFive: A Cohort of Many ColorsRace and Ethnicity on Campus and in the Workplace: Dealing with Stereotypes, Handling Discrimination, and Challenging BiasCommanding and Communicating Respect: Reaching Across the Color LineSix: Family Values and Valuing FamiliesRules, Roles, and Relationships: Taking a Look at What Your Family Was, Is, and Might BePassing on and Rethinking Traditions, Values, and FaithLiving Well, Staying Well: Health, Aging, and Family SupportSeven: Thinking Globally, Acting LocallyReading Your CommunityWhat Your Neighborhood Says About YouCommunity Choice, Community Action, and Community InvolvementMaking Sense of the New World Disorder