Why It's Important to Pronounce People's Names Correctly
Teaching students from all over the world, I have realized how important it is to do whatever I can to get student’s names right.
What Are Friends and How Many Do You Need?
Dunbar’s number was created by a British anthropologist to define how many friends an individual can reasonably have. This article examines the idea of friendship, the science behind it and the number of real friends people can have in the age of social media.
The Symbolic Meaning of Shoes
Shoes are an incredibly prominent aspect of fashion, culture, and personal style. But did you know that shoes have meanings even beyond those everyday interpretations? Learn how to interpret dreams of shoes, as well as some of the religious, cultural, and historical significance of shoes.
The Life of a Buddhist Monk—Discipline in Pursuit of Enlightenment
Buddhist culture has some interesting customs and rituals. This article explores flashbacks of the life of Andy Liu, a monk who is working with a Buddhist team in Los Angeles.
Race and Nation-Building in Latin America
This article explores the impact of race on nation-building through an analysis of four separate historiographical works. What effect did racial issues have on social, economic, and political developments in Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, and Cuba during the Twentieth Century?
Analyzing Samuel Scheffler's "Relationships and Responsibilities"
What responsibilities do you owe those whom you have immediate relationships with in your life? Do you owe responsibility to those whom you did not voluntarily enter into a relationship with? The nonreductionist argues against the voluntarist, suggesting that we owe responsibility to all people.
Where Did the Zombie Come From? From a Haitian Slave to a Capitalist Worker
The zombie has fascinating roots. In Haiti, it is a soul or a body enslaved by a sorcerer called bokor. It was appropriated by the West in the 20th century.
How the Internet Is Changing the Way Humans Communicate in the 21st Century
A look at Joseph Walther's social information processing & communication theories: How does the Internet, and other similar technologies, affect our ability to communicate and form relationships?
10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the DC Sniper Attacks
John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo unleashed a horrifying series of attacks on residents of the DC area and beyond. During their 3-week reign of terror, 10 people were killed and 3 critically injured.
Stereotype Threat: What Is It and What Can We Do to Avoid Its Effects?
Stereotype threat is the fear of unintentionally confirming the stereotype of the group we belong to. And most of us belong to several stereotyped groups.
A Brief History of Clowns: How Did They Become Evil?
What about clowns throughout the ages has led to the common portrayal of them as evil?
Cynthia Campbell Ray: The Cold Blooded Murder of James & Virginia Campbell
Cindy Campbell was a mentally ill, spoiled little rich girl willing and to do anything for money - even kill her parents in front of her own children.
Kidnapping: Overview, Causes, Effects, and Solutions
Kidnapping is a global problem that affects countries all over the world—from the United States and Mexico to many countries in Africa, Asia, and beyond. Learn more about this global scourge.
Urban Sprawl: The Importance of a Strong Central City Core
Man's greatest invention and experiment is the creation of the city. Of all of mankind's cities through the times, our modern city is by far the most complex; and almost always plagued with unrest.
Why Zombies? The Significance of Zombies in Contemporary Culture
Why are zombies so popular? This article explores the popularity of the living dead, examining sociological and economic factors, Jungian archetypes, and contemporary historical trends.
Analysis of How Sociology Developed as an Academic Discipline
Sociology, the systematic study of social behavior and society through the scientific method, has not always been recognized as a formal discipline. The beginnings of sociology go back to Ancient Greece where Aristotle developed the first system of...
Five Must-Read Sociology Books
This list is a collection of five of the best sociological books out there. This list does not include textbooks or readers, but rather, books that one would read outside of the classroom. Scroll down to explore the fascinating world of sociology and culture.
11 Smart Sociology Research Topics That Will Get You an A
Need to get an A on your next sociology essay? This list will help you come up with your own, original sociology research topic. The top 11 sociological subjects are listed below.
The U.S. Is a Left-Brained Society for Right-Brained People
Have you ever noticed that the US is a numbers society? Or have you noticed that Americans are quite business oriented? It's not a coincidence. It's part of my argument that the US is a very left-brained society.
Sociology: Criticism of Merton's Strain Theory: A Critique and How it Fits With the Functionalist Theory of Deviance
A sociology essay that addresses how Robert Merton's Strain Theory fits into the functionalist theory. Thereafter, I critique Strain Theory from the angle of other classic sociological perspectives, such as conflict, feminist, and symbolic interactionist theories.
Integrating Social Capital Theory and Social Exchange Theory
Social Capital Theory is concerned with the nature, structure, and resources embedded in a person’s network of relationships (Seibert et al, 2001; Granovetter, 1973; Burt, 1992; Lin, Ensel, & Vaughn, 1981a, 1981h). Social Exchange Theory is...
What Is "Schedule" and "Questionnaire" in Research Methodology
A questionnaire refers to a device for securing answers to questions by using a form which the respondent fills in by himself. It consists of a number of questions printed or typed in a definite order. A schedule is a structure of set of questions on a given topic which are asked by the interviewer or investigator personally.
Transcendentalism and Marxism
In the 19th century, two philosophies struggled for supremacy. They were Marxism and transcendentalism. Marxism takes a materialist view of the cosmos, while transcendentalism takes a more, what can be called, mystical view coupled with naturalism. Both have the element of concern for their fellow human beings. The approach each has is different.
Major Causes of Divorce: Japan Gaining on America and Canada 2005–2020
Divorce statistics are changing worldwide. The rate of divorce in America is decreasing rather quickly, but that of Japan has continued to increase gradually since 1988.