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  • Pornography A Quasi Social Harm
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    Suppose one accepts MacKinnon and Dworkin's suggested statutory definition of pornography. How does one who generally accepts MacKinnon and Dworkin's views on the pervasively harmful effect of pornography, and who accepts a need for legal redress of the harms perpetrated by pornography, deal with pornographic material The ordinance proposed by MacKinnon and Dworkin would deal with such material by enacting legislation which gives people adversely affected by the works, which clearly fit their de...
  • Case Of Reginald Denny
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    The Power of the Situation A week of urban mayhem was ignited by the April 29, 1992 jury acquittal of four white police officers who were captured on videotape beating black motorist Rodney King. The angry response in South Central produced its own brutal footage, most dramatically the live broadcast from a hovering TV news helicopter of two black men striking unconscious with a brick, kicking, and then dancing over the body of, white truck driver Reginald Denny. The final three-day toll of what...
  • Functional Explanation Of Social Structure
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    Before attempting to answer the question it is necessary to define a few terms that will be used in this essay. The first of these is the word function, which as Merton shows has a number of different meanings. He defines it as, "vital or organic processes considered in the respects in which they contribute to the maintenance of the organism". . Merton also quotes A.R. Radcliffe-Brown, "The function of any recurrent activity, such as the punishment of a crime, or a funeral ceremony, is the part ...
  • Autonomy Versus Determinism Debate
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    'To what extent can I determine my own destiny?' Discuss in the light of theories, ideas and research encountered in the course. Do I act as I do through choice or are my actions influenced by factors beyond our control? This uncertainty has concerned psychologists for decades, consequently giving rise to the 'Autonomy versus Determinism' debate. By definition, autonomy is the belief that we are free to make decisions and thus control all of our actions, however determinism contradicts this view...
  • Rational Action And Legal Rational Authority
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    BUREAUCRACY AND LEGAL-RATIONAL AUTHORITY IN WEBER S WORK According to Weber, bureaucracy is a product of the legal-rational form of authority which is itself a product of the process of rationalisation which defines modern societies. Max Weber was a sociologist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who was concerned with understanding social actions and the effects they had on modern, Western civilisation. He identified a relatively new social process of rational action which is c...
  • Action For Social Justice
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    Accomplishments in social justice by social work pioneers are studied, but these people are treated as awe-inspiring individuals, not necessarily people that are possible to aspire to become. Graduate level studies often offer a micro (clinical) concentration or a macro (community organization, economic development) concentration. If we are ethically mandate to work at both levels, why are they separate specializations? It is presented as an option, not as an obligation. In a profession that is ...
  • Our Society's Social Factors And The Knowledge
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    Knowledge and power hand in hand, but whose hand is it Regardless from where a person comes from, one is always under constant surveillance by someone in society, which in return affects everyone's individual actions and reactions. Foucault's Panopticism proves that our ideals we have gained from society do manipulate how we act and behave without realizing it. Our society's social factors and the knowledge we possess as a society can control one's action if one comprehends how power can control...
  • Social Change Through Collective Social Action
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    THE THINKING OF THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT THINKERS The theme of the "unintended and unanticipated consequences of social action" implies that social change occurs through social action without foreseeing the outcome. Scottish Enlightenment thinkers Adam Smith and Adam Ferguson, each provide their own theory of unanticipated effects of human action. Smith's theory is implicitly historicist; Ferguson's by contrast, is empirical and anti-historicist (Smith, 1998: 30). In Adam Smith's, "Wealth of N...
  • Gene Machine View Of Human Nature
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    The gene-machine view of human nature states that we are predisposed to what our genes depict. This view is a theory in which no responsibility need be taken and responsibility is therefore diminished. Whether the determinism is genetic or social, there still appears to be a loop-hole in which people can enter and be blameless. If the gene-machine view of human nature is correct, then there are certain implications that one needs to consider. Whether or not we can change what we are predisposed ...

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