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Cost of Wedding dresses

6 Aug

This is an insightful little piece that touches on the social construction of happiness and emotion. You could also discuss women’s role in society.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/08/05/138760908/why-are-wedding-dresses-so-expensive

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deathbed regrets: analyze for sociology

29 Jul

These are interesting and I think it will be fun to ask students to read through this and pick out 3 sociological factors at play. For example, the first one: ” I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” may have a lot to do with peer, family, or media socialization and notions of success.
Also, #3, “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings” may come more from men since they are socialized to suppress non-aggressive emotion.
You could probably come up with some better ones…
This comes from a website, “The Next Web:
Technology news, business and culture” and looks like it is geared toward men.
http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2011/05/31/the-top-5-regrets-people-make-on-their-deathbeds/

Population 7 billion

6 Jan

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/seven-billion/kunzig-text
Jan 2011 National Geographic’s issue discusses population issues of consumption, mortality rates, and family size. NICE graphics to accompany of course. I leave an extra copy of NatGeo in the grad lab every month since I mysteriously have been getting 2.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/01/06/132705929/population-projection-your-7-billion-neighbors-and-what-they-mean