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.
If you visit or live in Japan, as a foreigner, dealing with grief, funerary customs, and traditions around death might seem difficult.
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.
Spiral Dynamics is identifying the inner workings of our minds and gives us a common language and road map to understand how people think about things and why they make the decisions they make.
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.
After a trip to the UK, I realised there are a lot of cultural habits British people have that may seem strange to others. Here are a few cultural quirks you might notice if you visit the UK.
There are some who take pleasure in the pain of others. These people do not have any morals and enjoy inflicting pain on others. Here is a list of the top serial killers.
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?
Gamblers, although probably not successful ones, easily fall into the trap of believing in the “hot hand” or “lucky streak.”
Now referred to as new religious movements (NRM), cults are tight-knit groups often led by a charismatic leader who claims to be everything from God on Earth to the Messiah who will save humanity. Cult followers are often abused mentally and sexually as well as exploited for their labor.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A scholarly article analysing the intricate relations of power and knowledge as put forward by Michel Foucault in his books "Discipline and Punish" and "The History of Sexuality"
For three hundred years, women have sought better treatment and recognition for who they are as opposed to being defined by a male-dominated society.
There are many different feminist frameworks. This article outlines the various perspectives, theories, applications, and criticisms of "feminist theory," which is relevant to social work practice.
Sociology is a fascinating field that reveals startling insights about how we live. Learn more about the main seven areas of sociology.
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...
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.
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.
The merry tinkling of melodies from ice cream vans drew happy children from the neighbourhood but behind this pleasant scene lurked violence.
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.
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.
What makes a male a male? What makes a female a female? You may be surprised to learn that the answers to these questions vary from culture to culture.
A group of American hunters were murdered in the Canadian wilderness, and a local woodsman and guide was fingered for the crime. But did he do it?
Release from prison should give a convict a second chance to build a new life; unfortunately, some see it as a second opportunity to create more mayhem?
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.
Four little girls are murdered in Iowa, with eerie similarities between the cases. Are they connected? Is there a child serial killer loose in the midwest?
In online discussion, proper argumentation has practically been replaced by the use of memes or meme-driven statements. Why are communities such as atheists increasingly relying on memes as arguments?
Where did conspiracy theories originate? Like anything involving conspiracy theories, the answer isn't straightforward.
What culture is, how advertising highlights cultural aspects in societies and how "the gaze" is used in advertisements.
There are dozens of self-proclaimed all over the world that often spring from a whimsical mind. They include America's “Molossia,” Canada's “Outer Baldonia,” and the UK's “Austenasia.”
An analysis of utopian and dystopian literature as well as some real-world attempts at creating utopian societies during the Protestant Reformation. I also have a summary of modern day utopias.
People text while stepping into traffic, they spend money at casinos and race tracks thinking they are going to win, and they run with the bulls in Pamplona.
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.
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...
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.
Most cultures have developed customs that bring two people together within a traditional marriage. Still, ongoing changes reflect evolutions of ideas in societal frameworks
Many people believe they are correct about everything they think of. Let us delve a little deeper into the current state of affairs.