Category Archives: Social Problems

Desert Flower

Is female genital circumcision in Africa immoral?  Is it really mutilation?  This divisive topic gets at the polarized views of cultural relativism and ethnocentrism. Waris Dirie’s book Desert Flower (1998) gives a powerful argument for the ethnocentric side of the … Continue reading

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The Truly Disadvantaged

William Julius Wilson’s book, The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), was a groundbreaking work that changed the way our nation looked at poverty. Previously our idea of what caused poverty in the U.S. stemmed from the misuse of Oscar Lewis’ work Five … Continue reading

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Suicide a Study in Sociology

Emile Durkheim investigates the morbid subject of suicide in Suicide (1897).  Most people see suicide as an individual act committed in isolation, but Durkheim challenges this assumption. Durkheim contends that the choice to commit suicide is influenced by the type … Continue reading

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