According to the text's discussion of wealth, poverty, and the American Dream:
as a group, children have a higher rate of poverty than the elderly
In regard to the unequal distribution of income and wealth in the United States, the text notes that:
the wealthiest 20 percent of households receive almost 50 percent of the total income "pie."
Both Marx and Weber identified ___________ as an important determinant of social inequality and social change.
According to Karl Marx __________ is a feeling of powerlessness and estrangement from other people and from oneself.
According to Karl Marx, the government, schools, churches, and other social institutions that produce and disseminate ideas perpetuating the existing system of exploitation can be broadly referred to as society's
According to sociologist Ralf Dahrendorf, workers have not overthrown capitalism as Karl Marx had predicted because:
capitalism has changed significantly since Marx's time.
All of the following statements regarding Max Weber's view of stratification are TRUE, except:
he disagreed with Karl Marx's assertion that economic factors are important in understanding people's behavior.
In Max Weber's stratification typology, wealthy bankers, ship owners, professionals, and merchants are in the social class of:
In Max Weber's stratification typology, wealthy individuals who live off their investments and do not have to work are in the social class of:
In Max Weber's stratification typology, the __________ class consists of skilled, semiskilled, and unskilled workers.
__________ is the respect or regard with which a person or status position is regarded by others.
__________ is the ability of people or groups to achieve their goals despite opposition from others.
In a comparison of Weber's and Marx's perspectives on social stratification, the text notes that:
Weber added to Marx's insights by developing a multidimensional explanation of the class structure and identifying additional classes.
Sociologists often employ a combined measure that attempts to classify individuals, families, or households in terms of indicators such as income, occupation, and education to determine class location. This measure is called:
socioeconomic status (SES).
In the United States, the names Rockefeller, Melton, DuPont, and Kennedy represent the __________ class.
According to your text, all of the following are factors that have eroded the American Dream for the middle class, except:
negative media exposure.
The text points out that included in the working class are __________ occupations relatively low-paying, nonmanual, semiskilled positions primarily held by women.
According to Dennis Gilbert and Joseph A. Kahl's (functionalist) model of the class structure, clerks and salespeople and some workers in the service sector are in the __________ class.
According to Dennis Gilbert, people who are poor, seldom employed, and caught in long-term deprivation are in the:
The earliest Marxian model of measuring class:
identifies ownership or nonownership of the means of production as the distinguishing feature of classes.
According to Erik Olin Wright's Marxian model of the class structure:
Marx's category of "capitalist" is far too broad.
According to Erik Olin Wright's Marxian model, all of the following are criteria for placement in the class structure, except:
According to Erik Olin Wright's Marxian model, persons in the capitalist class:
own banks, corporations, and agribusiness firms.
In Erik Olin Wright's (conflict) model, secretaries, other clerical workers and sales workers are considered to be members of the:
white-collar fraction of the working class.
Which of the following is INACCURATE concerning the health characteristics of poor people in the United States?
Through welfare benefits, most of the poor receive preventive medical and dental checkups
All of the following statements regarding medical services in high-poverty areas are TRUE, except:
many clinics and hospitals provide indigent patients with high levels of medical care regardless of their ability to pay providing all services for them.
The term ___________ housing refers to facilities that have inadequate heating, plumbing, electricity, air conditioning or structural durability.
Those who live in poverty:
are exposed to more crime and lack of safety than those who do not live in poverty.
__________ poverty exists when people do not have the means to secure the most basic necessities of life.
__________ poverty exists when people may be able to afford basic necessities but still are unable to maintain an average standard of living.
All of the following statements regarding the relationship between age and poverty are TRUE, except:
older persons are at a much greater risk of living in poverty than are children.
The trend in which women are disproportionately represented among individuals living in poverty is referred to as:
the feminization of poverty.
The text observes that corporations have been disinvesting in the United States, displacing millions of people from their jobs. Economists refer to this displacement as the __________ of America.
__________ refers to a reduction in the proficiency needed to perform a specific job that leads to a corresponding reduction in the wages for that job.
A __________ is a hierarchy in which all positions are rewarded based on people's ability and credentials.
__________ is (are) the knowledge, language, values, customs, and material objects that are passed from person to person and from one generation to the next in a human group or society.
Behavioral responses that satisfy needs such as sleep, food, water, or sexual gratification are examples of:
Sociologists define __________ as the knowledge, techniques, and tools that make it possible for people to transform resources into usable forms, and the knowledge and skills required to use them after they are developed.
When Winston Churchill held up his index and middle fingers in the shape of a "V," this gesture implied victory in battle; the same gesture, displayed by demonstrators during the Vietnam war, implied "peace." Both of these gestures exemplify:
__________ represent(s) a set of symbols that express ideas and enable people to think and communicate with one another.
From the __________ perspective, a shared language is essential to a common culture; language is a stabilizing force in society.
__________ are collective ideas about what is right or wrong, good or bad, and desirable or undesirable in a particular culture.
People may claim to be law-abiding, but they engage in behaviors that are illegal. This exemplifies __________ culture.
Which of the following statements regarding norms is TRUE?
Prescriptive norms state what behavior is appropriate or acceptable while proscriptive norms state what behavior is inappropriate or unacceptable.
Unwritten standards of behavior understood by people who share a common identity are referred to as:
During a sermon in church, a parishioner begins to talk to the person sitting next to her in an audible tone of voice. A man in another pew turns around, frowns at her, and says "Shhhhhhhh." This illustrates a/an:
In the United States, using underarm deodorant, brushing our teeth, and wearing appropriate clothing for a specific occasion are all illustrations of:
The text points out that folkways:
may be violated without serious consequences within a particular culture.
Formal, standardized norms that have been enacted by legislatures and are enforced by formal sanctions are known as:
All of the following statements regarding laws are correct, except:
Criminal law deals with disputes among persons or groups.
Rock concerts, spectator sports, movies, and television soap operas are all examples of __________ culture.
___ are temporary but widely copied activities followed enthusiastically by large numbers of people.
Silly Putty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hula hoops, mood rings, and body piercing of the nipples and genitals are all examples of:
A __________ is a currently valued style of behavior, thinking, or appearance that is longer lasting and more widespread than a fad.
The popularity of piñatas in China, Italy, Spain, Mexico, the United States, and other nations is an example of:
Cultural __________ refers to a gap between the technical development of a society and its moral and legal institutions.
A/an __________ is a group of people who share a distinctive set of cultural beliefs and behaviors that differ in some significant way from that of the larger society.
During Olympic Games competition, the spirits of nationalism and patriotism encourage people to think of their own nation as "the best." This illustrates the principle of:
The belief that the behaviors and customs of a society must be viewed and analyzed within the context of its own culture is referred to as:
According to the functionalist perspective on culture:
societies in which people share a common language and core values are more likely to have consensus and harmony.
One strength of the conflict perspective in examining culture is that :
it stresses how cultural values and norms may perpetuate social inequalities.
According to the postmodern perspective:
no single perspective can grasp the complexity and diversity of the social world.
__________ is the lifelong process of social interaction through which individuals acquire a self-identity and the physical, mental, and social skills needed for survival in society.
Children whose biological and emotional needs are met view the world:
as a safe and comfortable place.
The experiments of Harry Harlow and Margaret Harlow demonstrated that:
isolation has detrimental effects on nonhuman primates.
Sigmund Freud divided the mind into three interrelated parts; which of the following is NOT one of these?
According to Sigmund Freud, the __________ is the component of personality that includes all of the individual's basic biological drives and needs that demand immediate gratification.
According to Freud, the __________ is the rational, reality-oriented component of personality that imposes restrictions on the innate pleasure-seeking drives of individuals.
According to Freud, the __________, or conscience, consists of the moral and ethical aspects of personality.
Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget was a pioneer in the field of __________, which relates to changes over time in how people think.
A body builder admires her muscular physique while standing in front of a mirror; she thinks to herself, "I am muscular and strong." This perception is part of the woman's:
__________ refers to the way in which a person's sense of self is derived from the perceptions of others.
the looking-glass self
All of the following are steps in the looking-glass process, except:
We continually scrutinize the reactions of others.
__________ refers to the process by which a person mentally assumes the role of another person in order to understand the world from that person's point of view.
__________ others are those persons whose care, affection, and approval are especially desired and who are most important in the development of self.
__________ are the persons, groups, or institutions that teach us what we need to know in order to participate in society.
Agents of socialization
According to the text, the __________ is the most important agent of socialization in all societies.
According to sociologist Melvin Kohn, one of the strongest influences on what and how parents teach their children is:
Preschool programs increasingly have become important agents of socialization because more than _______ percent of all U.S. preschool children now are in some form of day care.
According to sociologists Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, much of what happens in school amounts to teaching a/an __________ in which children learn to be neat, to be on time, to be quiet, to wait their turn, and to remain attentive to their work.
The text notes that one of the effects of education is that students from upper income and wealthy families:
acquire different skills and knowledge than working-class and middle-class students.
A __________ group is a group of people who are linked by common interests, equal social position, and (usually) similar age.
Peer groups function as agents of socialization by:
contributing to people's sense of belonging and self-worth.
In the text, it is observed that throughout childhood and adolescence, boys and girls typically are assigned different household chores and given different privileges. This illustrates:
A __________ is a group of people, usually young, who band together for purposes generally considered to be deviant or criminal by the larger society.
A ________ is a behavior that violates criminal law and is punishable with negative sanctions.
All of the following statements regarding deviance are TRUE, except:
definitions of deviance are similar from place to place, from time to time, and from group to group.
__________ refers to a violation of law or the commission of a status offense by young people.
All of the various practices in which society develops and enforces societal norms are termed:
Which of the following is more likely to take place through the socialization process?
internal social control
According to the functionalist perspective, deviance serves all of the following functions, except:
Deviance prevents social chaos.
According to the text, acts of civil disobedience exemplify which function of deviance?
Deviance promotes social change
People are sometimes exposed to cultural goals that they are unable to obtain because they do not have access to culturally approved means of achieving those goals. This assertion is part of __________ theory.
A young woman graduates from high school with honors and attends a prestigious university, where she completes her degree; she gets a good job; she marries and starts planning for the future. This woman's behavior illustrates:
A socioeconomically disadvantaged teenager decides that she must resort to crime in order to buy some clothes she wants. This illustrates:
According to Robert Merton's strain theory, ______ occurs when people give up on societal goals but still adhere to the socially approved means of achieving them.
A minister who is opposed to war conducts a nonviolent protest at a local military installation, thus committing a trespassing violation. This person has engaged in:
A youngster living in the ghetto is unlikely to become wealthy through a Harvard education, but some of his desires may be met through behaviors like theft, drug dealing, and robbery. This illustrates:
illegitimate opportunity structures.
The __________ theory of deviance states that deviate behavior occurs when a person weighs the costs and benefits of deviant behavior and determines that the benefits outweigh the risks involved.
All of the following are components of social bonding, except:
willingness to rebel against authority.
According to __________ theory, deviants are those people who have been successfully labeled as such by others.
Suppose that a person who is smoking marijuana is labeled as a "stoner," and subsequently, she accepts this label and socializes only with others who use marijuana on a regular basis. This exemplifies __________ deviance.
The critical approach argues that criminal law:
protects the interests of the affluent and powerful.