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Perspectives on Contemporary Issues, 7th Edition

  • Katherine Anne Ackley Emerita, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
  • ISBN-10: 1285425847  |  ISBN-13: 9781285425849
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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Overview

PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 7th Edition, approaches learning as the interconnectedness of ideas and disciplinary perspectives. This cross-disciplinary reader encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting students with a variety of perspectives on current issues across the curriculum. Contemporary issues engage students, while the thematically grouped readings provide thought-provoking material for in-class discussion and writing topics. This edition features more than 30 new readings, almost all of them published recently and including a number of longer selections; an expanded chapter on the writing process, with a stress on the distinction between writing and editing; an increased number of paired readings that express differing views on the same subject; new full-color visuals in the “Responding to Visuals” sections; and more.

Features and Benefits

  • With its extensive coverage of reading and writing critically and detailed guidelines for writing summary, critique, argument, synthesis, and research papers, this book gives students clear guidelines for enhancing reading and writing skills that they can transfer to all college courses.
  • The book presents timely readings on contemporary, often controversial, topics of interest to students. Students will be intrigued by subjects relevant to their own lives, and will be more likely to participate in class discussion.
  • Reader-response questions and questions for discussion follow each selection, with writing topics provided at the ends of chapters. Reader-response questions prompt students to react on a personal level before analyzing critically, and thus engage them on that level. Discussion questions ask for both recall and analysis, to promote close reading and critical thinking, and suggested topics provide direction for student papers.
  • Each chapter in Parts Two through Five concludes with “Responding to Visuals,” a section that features two photographs or other visual images. These images (now in color) relate to the thematic focus of the chapter and are accompanied by questions on rhetorical strategies and other relevant information.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Part I: WRITING CRITICALLY AND CONDUCTING RESEARCH.
1. Reading Critically.
Rhetorical Analysis of Written Work/Illustration: Reading Critically. “What''s in a Name? More than You Think,” Joe Saltzman. Discussion of “What''s in a Name? More than You Think.”
Rhetorical Analysis of Visuals. Rhetorical Analysis of Websites.
2. The Writing Process.
Challenges in the Prewriting Stage. Challenges in the Drafting Stage. Revising Your Paper Globally. Illustration: Revising Globally. Draft with Revisions Noted. Revising for Style and Clarity. Illustration: Revising for Style and Clarity. Illustration: Revising at the Sentence Level. Illustration of a Writing Strategy: Parallelism for Effect. “A Stylish Inauguration Speech,” Richard Lederer. “The Gettysburg Address,” Abraham Lincoln. Editing. Proofreading.
3. Writing a Summary.
Writing a Summary. Illustration: Making Marginal Notes and Summarizing.
“The Moon We Left Behind,” Charles Krauthammer. Sample Summary.
4. Writing a Critique.
The Connection between Reading Critically and Writing a Critique.Writing a Critique. Components of a Critique. Handling Source Material. “Liberal Arts and the Bottom Line,” Lane Wallace. Sample Critique.
5. Writing an Argument.
Narrowing Your Focus and Discovering Your Position. Structuring an Argument. Strategies for Arguing Effectively. Sample Argument. “The Myth of Mean Girls,” Mike Males and Meda-Chesney Lind.
6. Writing a Synthesis and Documenting Sources.
Citing and Documenting Sources Using MLA Style. In-Text Citations and List of Works Cited.
Paraphrasing. Quoting. Integrating Source Materials into Your Paper. Using Ellipsis Points, Square Brackets, Single Quotation Marks, and “Qtd. In.” Documenting Sources in a Collection of Essays. Student Paper Demonstrating Synthesis with in-text Citations Using MLA Style.
7. Writing a Research Paper.
Defining Your Purpose. Finding a Topic. Forming a Preliminary Thesis and a Working Bibliography. Finding Sources. Creating a Preliminary Bibliography. Evaluating Print Sources.
Evaluating Internet Sources. Taking Notes. Handling Source Material. Avoiding Plagiarism.
Illustration: Plagiarism, Inaccurate Documentation, and Correct Handling of Source Material.
Documenting Sources. Parenthetical Documentation-Citing Sources in the Text. Creating a Works Cited Page Using MLA Style. Assembling the Parts of a Research Paper. Student Research Paper Using MLA Style. Writing a Research Paper Using APA Style. Parenthetical Citations Using APA Style. APA Style References List. Sample Pages from a Student Research Paper Using APA Style, with Title Page, Abstract, Body of Paper, and References.
Part II: POPULAR CULTURE, MEDIA STUDIES, AND THE ARTS.
8. Popular Culture.
“Dream Machines,” Will Wright. “Do Video Games Kill?” Karen Sternheimer. “Hip-Hop''s Betrayal of Black Women,” Jennifer McLune. “The Worst Is Yet to Come,” Philip Reeve. Perspectives on Popular Culture. Responding to Visuals.
9. Media Studies.
“A Pedagogical Response to the Aurora Shootings: 10 Critical Questions about Fictional Representations of Violence,” Henry Jenkins. “The End of Admiration: The Media and the Loss of Heroes,” Peter H. Gibbon. “Print Media and the Rabbit Hole,” Brad Zembic. “Jesus Is a Brand of Jeans,” Jean Kilbourne. Perspectives on Media Studies. Responding to Visuals.
10. Film and Television.
“Batman: The Unexpected Cultural Revolution,” Chris Gould. “ Getting Real with Reality TV,” Cynthia M. Frisby. “Creating Reel Change,” Donovan Jacobs. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs,” Sady Doyle. Perspectives on Film and Television. Responding to Visuals.
11. The Arts.
“Who Framed Roger Ebert?” Rich Stanton. “What''s Wrong with the Old Bard, Pard?” Peter Marks. “Shakespeare Meets the 21st Century,” Michael Kahn. “How Song, Dance, and Movies Bailed Us Out of the Depression,” Morris Dickstein. Perspectives on the Arts. Responding to Visuals.
Part III: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES.
12. Education.
“Censorship: A Personal View,” Judy Blume. “Critical Thinking? You Need Knowledge,” Diane Ravitch. “Excerpt from Why School? A Student in a Community College Basic Skills Program,” Mike Rose. “Pass the Books. Hold the Oil,” Thomas Friedman. Perspectives on Education.
Responding to Visuals.
13. Poverty and Homelessness.
“Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Kids,” Anna Quindlen. “Homeless, Mike Dick Was 51, Looked 66,” Kevin Fagan. “Too Poor to Make the News,” Barbara Ehrenreich. “All Kids Should Take ''Poverty 101''“, Donna Beegle. Perspectives on Poverty and Homelessness. Responding to Visuals.
14. Gender and Sex Roles.
“The Puzzle of Boys,” Thomas Bartlett. “Who Does the Talking Here?” Deborah Tannen. “Oh, Come On, Men Aren''t Finished,” Christina Sommers. “Sacred Rite or Civil Right?” Howard Moody. Perspectives on Gender and Sex Roles. Responding to Visuals.
15. Race and Ethnicity in America.
“Imagining the Immigrant: Why Legality Must Give Way to Humanity,” John J. Savant. “The Perpetual Border Battle,” Mark Krikorian. “Race in America: ''We Would Like to Believe We Are Over the Problem''“, Maryann Cusimano Love. “Breeds of America: Coming of Age and Coming of Race,” William Melvin Kelley. Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America. Responding to Visuals.
16. International Relations.
“American Idealism and Realpolitik,” Paul Johnson. “Still Not Tired,” Thomas L. Friedman.
“Lessons from World War II,” Cathy Young. “Zakaria''s World,” Joseph Nye, Jr. Perspectives on International Relations. Responding to Visuals.
Part IV: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.
17. Social Media.
“Social Connections,” Steven Johnson. “Sharing Is a Trap,” Andrew Keen. “Get Over It,” Jeff Jarvis. “Spring Awakening,” Jose Antonio Vargas. Perspectives on Social Media. Responding to Visuals.
18. Bioethics.
“Patenting Life,” Michael Crichton. “Decoding the Use of Gene Patents,” John Calfee. “Kidneys for Sale: A Reconsideration,” Miriam Schulman. “Why Legalizing Organ Sales Would Help Save Lives, End Violence,” Anthony Gregory. Perspectives on Bioethics. Responding to Visuals.
19. Environmental Studies.
“What Everglades Pythons and Other Invasive Species Are Trying to Tell Us,” Julia Whitty.
“Global Warning: Get Up! Stand Up!” Bill McKibben. “The Sixth Extinction,” Jeff Corwin.
“Accounting 101 for the 21st Century: A Liberal Arts Education in Carbon,” John Petersen.
Perspectives on Environmental Studies. Responding to Visuals.
Part V: BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS.
20. Marketing and the American Consumer.
“Every Nook and Cranny: The Dangerous Spread of Commercialized Culture,” Gary Ruskin and Juliet Schor. “What Isn''t for Sale?” Michael J. Sandel. “Marketing to the Millennials,” Suzy Menkes. “Stuff Is Not Salvation,” Anna Quindlen. Perspectives on Marketing and the American Consumer. Responding to Visuals.
21. The Workplace.
“Why Companies Aren''t Getting the Employees They Need,” Peter Cappelli. “Escape from the Job Jungle,” Peter Weinberg. “Workplace Snitching: If You See Something, Should You Say Something,” Meghan Casserly. “Oh, Brother,” Jeff Jacoby. Perspectives on the Workplace.
Responding to Visuals.
22. American Business in the Global Marketplace.
“Secrets, Lies, and Sweatshops,” Dexter Roberts and Peter Engardio. “In Defense of “Sweatshops,” Benjamin Powell. “Dominant Elsewhere, Google Struggles in China,” John Boudreau. “Lessons from the Developing World,” Jamie Anderson, Martin Kupp, and Ronan Moaligou. Perspectives on American Business in the Global Marketplace. Responding to Visuals.
Glossary of Terms.
Credits.
Index.

What's New

  • More on the Writing Process: Chapter 2, “The Writing Process,” has been heavily revised to cover every stage of the process, with a stress on the distinction between revising and editing. The concept of “challenges” focuses on specific aspects of the process, and each challenge is accompanied by advice on meeting the challenge. This chapter also includes a greater number of boxed guidelines and checklists, more exercises, and a new reading.
  • New Readings: There are 29 new readings in this edition, almost all of them published in the last couple of years. The readings, by writers who sometimes take controversial positions on the issues under discussion, cover topics of contemporary interest. New selections include essays by Richard Lederer, Henry Jenkins, Kelefa Sanneh, Thomas Friedman, and Christina Sommers.
  • New Visuals: Almost all of the images in the “Responding to Visuals” sections following chapters in Parts 2 through 5 are new and, for the first time, in color.
  • Longer Readings: Quite a number of the new readings are much longer than the ones that they replace, addressing some instructors' preference for more detailed selections. On the other hand, some instructors prefer shorter readings, so the seventh edition strikes a balance by providing both long readings and shorter pieces that express an opinion on a topic quickly and pointedly.
  • Increased Number of Paired Arguments: The number of the chapters with pairs of readings that express differing views on the same subject has been increased.
  • Changes in Some of the Chapter Titles: Several chapters have been renamed to better reflect their focus. Chapter 8 is now “Popular Culture,” Chapter 16 is now “International Relations,” and Chapter 17 is now “Social Media.”

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“PERSPECTIVES is unique in its writing discussion quality and accessibility, which keeps me coming back.”

— Charlene Schauffler, Kent State University

“I think it is a very effective reader for my freshman level courses that I teach. It is thorough and written in a style and manner that is engaging to the students.”

— Valerie Daniel, Cabrini College

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Katherine Anne Ackley

Katherine Ackley taught in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point from 1979 to 2002 and also served as coordinator of the Women's Studies Program for 10 years and assistant dean of Graduate Studies for five years. Her research interests center on women in literature, with emphasis on literary representations of women's issues and, more recently, British crime writers. Her books include THE NOVELS OF BARBARA PYM (1989), WOMEN AND VIOLENCE IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1990), MISOGYNY IN LITERATURE: AN ESSAY COLLECTION (1992), and ESSAYS FROM CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (2004, 5th Edition). The author of dozens of published articles, she received more than 20 grants for research and development and was the first woman to receive the UWSP University Scholar Award. Dr. Ackley earned a master's degree in English from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in English from Ball State University.