Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability

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Russell Sage Foundation #ad - The authors show that as law schools compete to improve their rankings, their programs become more homogenized and less accessible to non-traditional students. News & world report, permeate every aspect of legal education, beginning with the admissions process. Yet, educators, engines of anxiety shows that the drive to increase a school’s rankings has negative consequences for students, and administrators and has implications for all educational programs that are quantified in similar ways.

. The rankings also affect the decisions of admissions officers, who try to balance admitting diverse classes with preserving the school’s ranking, which is dependent on factors such as the median LSAT score of the entering class. The authors find that prospective law students not only rely heavily on such rankings to evaluate school quality, but also internalize rankings as expressions of their own abilities and flaws.

Engines of Anxiety: Academic Rankings, Reputation, and Accountability #ad - In engines of anxiety, sociologists Wendy Espeland and Michael Sauder delve deep into the mechanisms of law school rankings, which have become a top priority within legal education. Engines of anxiety tracks how rankings, such as those published annually by the U. S. Because graduates’ job placements play a major role in the rankings, many institutions have shifted their career-services resources toward tracking placements, and away from counseling and network-building.

In turn, law firms regularly use school rankings to recruit and screen job candidates, perpetuating a cycle in which highly ranked schools enjoy increasing prestige. Students and the public routinely consult various published college rankings to assess the quality of colleges and universities and easily compare different schools.

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The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes

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Oxford University Press #ad - The global auction is a radical rethinking of the ideas that stand at the heart of the American Dream. They highlight a fundamental power shift in favor of corporate bosses and emerging economies such as China and India, a change that is driving the new global high-skill, low-wage workforce. Indeed, it is almost universally believed that college diplomas give Americans and Europeans a competitive advantage in the global knowledge wars.

Challenging this conventional wisdom, The Global Auction forces us to reconsider our deeply held and mistaken views about how the global economy really works and how to thrive in it. Drawing on cutting-edge research based on a major international study, the authors show that the competition for good, middle-class jobs is now a worldwide competition--an auction for cut-priced brainpower--fueled by an explosion of higher education across the world.

The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes #ad - . And you will live the good life. But such claims are strikingly at odds with the realities of income stagnation and poor job prospects. The authors urge a new conversation about the kind of society we want to live in and about the kind of global economy that can benefit workers, but without condemning millions in emerging economies to a life of poverty.

Get a good job. For decades, the idea that more education will lead to greater individual and national prosperity has been a cornerstone of developed economies. Levin, columbia University"This is a challenging and very timely book.

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The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students

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Harvard University Press #ad - Getting in is only half the battle. College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors―and their coffers―to support a more diverse student body. Admission, they quickly learn, is not the same as acceptance. These students approach campus life very differently from students who attended local, and typically troubled, public high schools and are often left to flounder on their own.

. This bracing and necessary book documents how university policies and cultures can exacerbate preexisting inequalities and reveals why these policies hit some students harder than others. Despite their lofty aspirations, top colleges hedge their bets by recruiting their new diversity largely from the same old sources, admitting scores of lower-income black, Latino, and white undergraduates from elite private high schools like Exeter and Andover.

Drawing on interviews with dozens of undergraduates at one of America’s most famous colleges and on his own experiences as one of the privileged poor, Jack describes the lives poor students bring with them and shows how powerfully background affects their chances of success. If we truly want our top colleges to be engines of opportunity, university policies and campus cultures will have to change.

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The privileged poor reveals how―and why―disadvantaged students struggle at elite colleges, and explains what schools can do differently if these students are to thrive.

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The American Census: A Social History

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Yale University Press #ad - This book is the first social history of the census from its origins to the present and has become the standard history of the population census in the United States. Used book in Good Condition. Margo J. Her book is essential reading for all those who use census data, historical or current, in their studies or work.

. The second edition has been updated to trace census developments since 1980, including the undercount controversies, the arrival of the American Community Survey, and innovations of the digital age. Anderson’s scholarly text effectively bridges the fields of history and public policy, demonstrating how the census both reflects the country’s extraordinary demographic character and constitutes an influential tool for policy making.

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The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - It did create a new elite, but it also generated conflict and tension―and America's best educated, most privileged people are now leaders without followers. His important study not only asks profound moral and political questions about the past and future of our society but also carries implications for current social and educational policy.

. Combining vibrant storytelling, and thematic analysis, vivid portraiture, Lemann shows why this experiment did not turn out as planned. History―especially those focused on testing, theories of learning, social stratification, or policymaking―will find this book fascinating and alarming. The widely acclaimed study of what's gone wrong in American higher education.

The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy #ad - What do we know about the history, people, design, origin, and why? how did it acquire such a prominent and lasting position in American education? The Big Test reveals the ideas, and purpose of the SAT? Who invented it, and politics behind a fifty-year-old utopian social experiment that changed this country.

. Holyoke's president, joanne creighton, was personally convinced by reading Nicholas Lemann's book, The Big Test, which documents how the SAT became a tool for class segregation. All students of education, sociology, and recent U. S. As brent staples noted in his new york times editorial column: "Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts announced that prospective students would no longer be required to submit SAT scores with their applications.

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The Structure of Argument

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Bedford/St. Martin's #ad - The major components of argumentation―claims, and a robust research section shows students how to find, assumptions, support, logic―are explained in depth, incorporate, and build on existing arguments. The ninth edition has been updated with more sourced readings than ever before, including a section of debates on unsettled current topics, further reinforcing the importance of research and synthesis.

The structure of argument teaches students how to approach, develop, and defend arguments one element at a time. Used book in Good Condition. At home or in class, students learn at their own pace, with instruction tailored to individual learners. With its value price tag, The Structure of Argument is an affordable, accessible resource for the argument classroom.

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This concise but thorough text carefully scaffolds argument for students, critical reading, explaining approaches to argumentation, and argument analysis. Students will gain confidence by working through sequenced units that guide them from concept to mastery.

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Understanding Organizations

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Polity #ad - Social life is a collective process, virtually all shaped in contemporary industrial nations by formal organizations and recognized social institutions. Used book in Good Condition. Understanding organizations takes a fresh look at the sociology of organizations, blending classic theories with contemporary studies and debates.

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Classics of Organization Theory

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Cengage Learning #ad - Classics of Organization Theory #ad - This collection of the most enduring works in organization theory, written by distinguished theorists, how it has developed, describes what organization theory is, and how its development has coincided with events and changes in other fields. Cengage Learning. Used book in Good Condition. Grasp the important themes, perspectives, and theories of the field with CLASSICS OF ORGANIZATION THEORY, 8e.

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The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public

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Harvard University Press #ad - With a bold and sophisticated analysis, members of communities, Igo demonstrates the power of scientific surveys to shape Americans’ sense of themselves as individuals, and citizens of a nation. They also infiltrated the lives of those who opened their doors to pollsters, or measured their habits and beliefs against statistics culled from strangers.

Survey data underwrote categories as abstract as “the average American” and as intimate as the sexual self. Cengage Learning. Sarah igo tells the story, for the first time, community studies, sex surveys, of how opinion polls, man-in-the-street interviews, and consumer research transformed the United States public.

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. Tracing how ordinary people argued about and adapted to a public awash in aggregate data, as modern Americans, she reveals how survey techniques and findings became the vocabulary of mass society―and essential to understanding who we, think we are. Through statistics like these, we feel that we understand our fellow citizens.

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The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking Chicago Series in Law and Society

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University of Chicago Press #ad - We rely on indicators to translate social phenomena into simple, quantified terms, organizations, which in turn can be used to guide individuals, and governments in establishing policy. Although such numbers convey an aura of objective truth and scientific validity, Merry argues persuasively that measurement systems constitute a form of power by incorporating theories about social change in their design but rarely explicitly acknowledging them.

Cengage Learning. And in the process of translating the confusion of social life into neat categories, we inevitably strip it of context and meaning—and risk hiding or distorting as much as we reveal. With the seductions of quantification, leading legal anthropologist Sally Engle Merry investigates the techniques by which information is gathered and analyzed in the production of global indicators on human rights, gender violence, and sex trafficking.

The Seductions of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking Chicago Series in Law and Society #ad - . As merry shows, indicators are indeed seductive in their promise of providing concrete knowledge about how the world works, but they are implemented most successfully when paired with context-rich qualitative accounts grounded in local knowledge. Yet counting things requires finding a way to make them comparable.

Used book in Good Condition. For instance, which ranks countries in terms of their compliance with antitrafficking activities, the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, assumes that prosecuting traffickers as criminals is an effective corrective strategy—overlooking cultures where women and children are frequently sold by their own families.

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Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies

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Free Press #ad - Cengage Learning. Learning from Strangers is the definitive work on qualitative research interviewing. Weiss gives examples of successful and less successful interviews and offers specific techniques and guidelines for the practitioner. Against the eclectic background of his work in national sample surveys, analysis, the conduct of the interview, development of an interview guide, and participant observation, Weiss walks the reader through the method of qualitative interview studies: sample selection, studies based on semi-structured interviewing, and preparation of the data.

. Used book in Good Condition. It draws on robert weiss's thirty years of experience in interviewing and teaching others how to do it. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. The most effective interviews, says weiss, rely on creating cooperation -- an open and trusting alliance between interviewer and respondent, dedicated to specific and honest accounts of both internal and external events.

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