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Politics & Social Sciences

Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data


(75 reviews)

Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Is methamphetamine our number one drug problem today... See More

$24.41 Price verified 20 hours ago
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Flavor of the Month: Why Smart People Fall for Fads


(4 reviews)

While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their... See More

$31.95 Price verified one day ago
Politics & Social Sciences

Is That True?: Critical Thinking for Sociologists


(10 reviews)

Across disciplines, critical thinking is praised, taught, and put into practice. But what does it actually mean to think critically? In this brief volume, sociologist Joel Best examines how to evaluate arguments and the... See More

$23.70 Price verified 2 hours ago
Politics & Social Sciences

Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture


(8 reviews)

Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians -- of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read "USA -- Number 1." Prizes proliferate in every corner of... See More

$32.95 Price verified one day ago
Politics & Social Sciences

Social Problems (Fourth Edition)


(71 reviews)

An engaging, unconventional guide for how to think about social problems An important alternative to traditional texts in its field, Social Problems explains how and why particular conditions come to be constructed as... See More

$42.44 Price verified 12 hours ago
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