Do birds of a feather flock together or do opposites attract? Does haste make waste or should you strike while the iron is hot? Adages like theseaor conventional wisdomsashape our social life. This Fifth Edition of Second Thoughts reviews several popular beliefs and notes how such adages cannot be taken at face value. This unique text encourages students to step back and sharpen their analytic focus with 24 essays that use social research to expose the gray areas of commonly held beliefs, revealing the complexity of social reality and sharpening studentsa sociological vision.In a national study of low- income families, subsidy payments reduced their child care costs by more than half (Layzer and Goodson 2006). ... hundreds of thousands of children in low-income families will lose access to child care assistance in the near future (Parrott 2005). ... such as illness, layoffs, home or car repairs, and so on, a hardworking, low-income family could quickly fall into official poverty.
|Title||:||Second Thoughts: Sociology Challenges Conventional Wisdom|
|Author||:||Janet M. Ruane, Karen A. Cerulo|
|Publisher||:||SAGE - 2011-06-07|