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Recommended Sociology Videos

All of these videos are available in Reserve on the first floor of Ablah Library.

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Note: The video descriptions are taken from the catalog records.


American Tongues Call Number: PE2841 .A53 1987.  Portrays some of the regional, social, and ethnic differences in American speech and presents various attitudes that people have about these differences.
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Buying into Sexy.  Call Number: HQ784.S45 B89 2005.  A report on how marketers are selling a grown-up, sexy image to pre-teen girls. Then asks the boys what they think about girls dressing sexy.  Click here for a preview.
Capitalism and Modern Social Theory Call Number: HM19 .C37 2004.  An interview with the author of 'Capitalism and Modern Social Theory' which analyses the writings of Karl Marx, Durkheim and Max Weber. 
Century of the Self Call Number: HC79.C6 C46 2006.  Four programs describing the psycho/social issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology.
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Childhood Call Number: HQ767.87 .C494 1996.  This program explores the changing experience of childhood over the past hundred years, examaning the major improvements in the lives of children due to progress in medical science and education. The program also explores how war in this century has often put children in the line of fire. 
 
Colonialism, Nationalism, and Migration Call Number: D421.C546 1999.  This program explores the socioeconomic impact and consequences of colonial interests in places such as India, the Belgian Congo, and Java...Emigration, expulsion, and forced resettlement of the poor and oppressed are also examined...  
 
Constructing the Self.  Call Number: HQ772 .C65 2004.  This program studies how children continue to transform between the ages of 4 and 11 as they confront and come to terms with fear, adversity, death, and their nascent sexuality. Click here for a preview.
 
Fitting In: Socialization.  Call Number: HD58.7 .F58 2005.  Humans are born without any culture. For virtually anyone the process of socialization begins with the family and continues through other social agents such as school, peer goups and mass media...  
 
Growing Up Online Call Number: HQ799.2.I5 G76 2008.  MySpace. YouTube. Facebook. Friendster. Nearly every teen in America is on the Internet every day...Investigates the risks, realities, and misconceptions of teenage self-expression on the World Wide Web. View a clip below:
 
Is Wal-Mart Good for America?  Call Number: HF5429.215.U6 I8 2005.  ...while some economists credit Wal-Mart's focus on low costs with helping contain U.S. inflation, others charge that the company is the main force driving the massive overseas shift to China in the production of American consumer goods, resulting in hundreds of thousands of lost jobs and a lower standard of living in the U.S. Click here to view clips.
 
Killing us Softly 3: Advertising's Image of Women.  Call Number: HF5827.85 .K55 2000.  Updating her previous films, Killing us softly and Still killing us softly, Jean Kilbourne reviews how advertising has changed and not changed over the last 20 years, using over 160 ads to critique advertising's view of women, and the effects this has on their image of themselves. View a clip below:
 
The Merchants of Cool.  Call Number: HQ796 .M425 2001.  Frontline journeys into the world of the marketers of popular culture to teenagers...They are the merchants of cool: the creators and sellers of popular culture, who have made teens the hottest consumer demographic in America. View a clip below:
 
On the Edge: America's Working Poor.  Call Number: HC110.P6 O6 2004.  Presents an examination of the working poor in the United States. Several families describe their lives as members of the working poor community where one unexpected expense, sudden illness, or a missed payment could mean financial ruin. 
 
The Persuaders.  Call Number: HF5813.U6 P48 2004.  Examines the "persuasion industries" of advertising and public relations...marketers have developed new ways of integrating their message into the fabric of our lives... Click here to view clips.
 
Prescribing Beauty.  Call Number: BF697.5.B63 P747 2006.  Explores compelling questions about physical attractiveness, examining how facial features and body shape influence human behavior and self-esteem. After identifying what may be a universal standard of beauty, the video suggests that this standard is hard-wired into the brain--with varying implications for men and women...  Click here to see a clip.
 
The Secret History of the Credit Card.  Call Number: HG3755.8.U6 S43 2004.  ..investigates how the credit card industry became so pervasive, lucrative, and politically powerful. Explores the techniques used by the industry to earn large profits and get consumers to take on more debt. Click here to view clips.
 
Silent Choices.  Call Number: HQ767.5.U5 S45 2007.  Illustrates the abortion issue through the lives of African American women, with both interviews and dramatic content. Features the personal experiences of several such women, some of whom chose to have abortions, and some who are staunchly pro-life... View a clip below:
 
Socialization.  Call Number: H61 .E96 2002 v.5.  Defining socialization and looking at the nature versus nurture debate, this program explains the significance of the socialization process to social development. It examines how the social environment and agencies of socialization contribute to the social construction of self. 
 
Still Killing us Softly: Advertising's Image of WomenCall Number: HF5822 .S74 1987.  Author Jean Kilbourne explores the images of women, men, and children presented by modern advertising. She illustrates with examples the use of women as sex objects. She also examines the techniques used by advertisers to exploit the insecurities of consumers... 
 
Talking Gender.  Call Number: HQ1075.5.A978 T35 1999.  Gender roles and their formation in Australia; and the changes that started occurring about 1980 and are still in the process of changing. 

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