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Perspectives on Contemporary Issues 8th Edition

Katherine Anne Ackley

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Approaching learning as the interconnectedness of ideas and disciplinary perspectives, PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 8th Edition, encourages critical thinking and academic writing by presenting a variety of perspectives on current issues across disciplines. Contemporary issues engage students, while the thematically grouped readings provide thought-provoking material for in-class discussion and writing topics. The emphasis on writing and conducting research includes instruction on reading critically, the writing process, writing a summary, the critique, argumentation, synthesis requiring documentation, and the research paper. MindTap and Questia offer additional interactive learning opportunities.

Katherine Anne Ackley, Emerita, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

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.

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  • Reader-response questions and questions for discussion follow each selection, while writing topics are provided at the end of each chapter. Reader-response questions prompt students to react on a personal level before analyzing critically, which immediately engages them personally. Discussion questions ask for both recall and analysis, to promote close reading and critical thinking, and suggested topics provide direction for student papers.
  • Helping students further connect to the essays, each chapter in Part Two concludes with a "Responding to Visuals" section that features two photographs or other color images related to the thematic focus of the chapter along with questions on rhetorical strategies and other relevant information.
  • With its extensive coverage of how to read and write critically as well as its detailed guidelines for writing summary, critique, argument, synthesis, and research papers, PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, 8e equips students with the tools they need to develop and strengthen their reading and writing skills -- which they can immediately begin applying to all their college courses and well beyond.
  • Timely readings on contemporary -- and often controversial -- issues will intrigue students and spark lively classroom discussions as they relate the topics to their own lives and experiences.

Perspectives on Contemporary Issues


1. Reading Critically.
"Culture Bundling and Other Obstacles to a Real Gun Control Debate", Ken White.
2. The Writing Process.
3. Writing a Summary.
"Dream Machines", Will Wright.
4. Writing a Critique.
"Liberal Arts and the Bottom Line", Lane Wallace.
5. Writing an Argument.
"The Gender Wage Gap--A Myth that Just Won't Die", Abigail Hall.
6. Writing a Synthesis and Documenting Sources.
7. Writing a Research Paper.
8. Popular Culture and the Arts.
"Do Video Games Kill?" Karen Sternheimer. "Hip-Hop's Betrayal of Black Women", Jennifer McLune. "Scientists aren't the Only Innovators! We Really Need Artists", Sarah Lewis. Mindtap only--Questia. "A Glaring Diversity Gap in Films", Manohla Dargis. "Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad", Kenneth D. M. Jensen.
9. Media Studies.
"Why I just Asked My Students to Put Their Laptops Away", Clay Shirky. "Our Photoshopping Disorder", Erin Cunningham. "The Collective Conscience of Reality Television", Serena Elavia. Mindtap only--Questia. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Lolcats?" Dana Liebelson. "Establishment Media: Openly Defends Rioting as Ferguson Burns," Alex Newman.
10. Education.
"Critical Thinking? You Need Knowledge", Diane Ravitch. "Excerpt from Why School? A Student in a Community College Basic Skills Program", Mike Rose. "The Anti-College Movement", Heather Schilling. Mindtap only--Questia. "A Liberal Arts Education Has Tremendous Value", E. Bruce Pitman. "To Do or to Teach? Is That Even a Question?" Sarah Taylor Ellis.
11. Poverty and Homelessness.
"The Cost of Child Poverty", Jeff Madrick. "The Resurrection of America's Slums", Alana Semuels. "Ignoring Homeless Families", Greg Kaufman. Mindtap only--Questia. "The Changing Face of Low-Wage Poverty in the U.S.", Steven Greenhouse. "Poverty: Yes, it's about Personal Responsibility but it's Also about the Choices We Make as a Society", Nicholas Kristof.
12. Gender Studies.
"The Puzzle of Boys", Thomas Bartlett. "Men are Stuck in Gender Roles, Data Suggest", Emily Alpert Reyes. "Target Is Right on Target about the Use of Gender Labels", Christia Brown. Mindtap only--Questia. "Once Upon a Lifetime", Rizi Timane. "What Makes a Woman?" Elinor Burkett.
13. Racism and Discrimination.
"Parents Outraged after Students Shown 'White Guilt' Cartoon for Black History Month", Peter Holley. "When I Was White", Sarah Valentine. "The School-to-Prison Pipeline", Marilyn Elias. Mindtap only--Questia. "Immigration: How We Got Here from There", Jack Kenny. "Immigration and America's Urban Revival", Robert J. Sampson.
14. Psychology and Human Behavior.
"Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment: A Lesson in the Power of Situation", Philip Zimbardo. "The Real Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment", Maria Konnikov. "When Good People Do Bad Things", Anne Trafton. Mindtap only--Questia. "The End of Punishment", Katherine Reynolds Lewis. "Willpower and Won't Power", Michael Shermer.
15. Bioethics and Environmental Studies.
"Kidneys for Sale: A Reconsideration", Miriam Schulman. "Why Legalizing Organ Sales Would Help to Save Lives, End Violence", Anthony Gregory. "Global Warning: Get Up! Stand Up!" Bill McKibben. "The Sixth Extinction", Jeff Corwin. Mindtap only--Questia. "The Environmental Crisis in Your Closet", Adam Matthews. "Editing Human Germline Cells Debated", Tina Hesman Saey.
16. Marketing, the American Consumer, and the Workplace.
"Every Nook and Cranny: The Dangerous Spread of Commercialized Culture", Gary Ruskin and Juliet Schor. "Escape from the Job Jungle", Peter Weinberg. "Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need", Peter Cappelli. Mindtap only--Questia. "Risky Rhetoric", Lori Widmer. "In Defense of Consumerism", Dan Hannan.

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"I especially like that PERSPECTIVES is interdisciplinary and covers issues from all disciplines."

"There's just enough explanation without being pedantic!"

"The readings are up-to-date, relevant to the current issues. Some of them are controversial, which lends to interesting discussions."

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