How did the production and consumption of consumer goods transform gender roles, race relations, and ideas about class, and how did Americans allow consumerism to affect social change? Production and consumption levels within the United States rose to all-time highs throughout the 20th century. Consumerism, on all fronts, became a massive part of day-to-day life.
When asked for evidence for either argument on the topic of another world, we (to a certain extent) must admit to ourselves that there is none. We, on both sides of this rather controversial argument, attach ourselves to 3,000-year-old literature or modern-day scientific theories in attempt to prove that our existence means something…anything. Why must there be a
How did the economic developments of the period 1790-1860 influence political stalemate, secession, and war? What were the economic and social costs of this road to abolition? While other nations – such as Britain and France – managed to put an end to slavery in a way that prevented political discourse, the United States of
I’ve found myself writing a lot about individualism in all senses – of sociology, of anthropology, and of history – during my absence from this site; and I’d like to dedicate this specific, albeit brief, article towards the ‘little guys’ in history. As a historian, I feel as if the foundation to my personal life is
It is our primary goal, as members of a productive society, to interact with one another. It is a reaction within us – on a more psychological level – that is made up of one part emotional involvement and one part cognitive effort. This social interaction allows us to communicate with each other, to express
When two individuals go on a date, it is mutually assured that the objective of the interaction is most likely to enter the world of romance in some way, shape, or form. Immediate characteristics of the two individuals are immediately noticed by each other – are they significantly overweight, is their hair clean, etc. ‘Males’
The idea behind subjectivity in sociological research being invalid is supported by positivists; positivism is a specific philosophical and sociological perspective that states that positive knowledge is based on natural phenomena, and therefore interactive studies that include participants along with the researcher are invalid. Information must be interpreted through reason and logic, coming from derived
Video games have come a long from being a niche hobby. Everyone’s a gamer from your older relative who’s platform of choice is Facebook, to perhaps sons, daughters and younger siblings that play Minecraft on the family computer. They have become a mainstream part of society as can be seen by the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
This is a general education post on how students can use their “individual differences” in the classroom to understand subjects clearly. There are four proposals on how individual differences should be used in a classroom environment, and this post is dedicated to merging the theory of “multiple intelligences” into the four proposals. Disclaimer: this post
In the last installment of Professionalizing History, we talked about the new age question of whether or not it’s important to apologize for mistakes we’ve made in the past. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. This time around, I’d like to