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    The Disabled Proletariat and Ableist Bourgeoisie: Tracking the Dialectic through Political Action
    (2021) Conroe, Sean; Dolan, Jamie
    Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is landmark legislation in the progress of disabled Americans’ civil rights. Despite this, disabled people remain an underclass oppressed by an ableist population. This study examines the political actions of both groups though Marxist Social Conflict Theory. Using content analysis of news media since the passage of the ADA, we examine the dialectic between the Disabled Proletariat (DP) and Ableist Bourgeoisie (AB) by tracking the political actions of both parties and finding trends throughout the 30-year legacy of the affirmative ADA. This research sheds light on an active but uneven dialectic where the AB serves as an oppressive, managing force for a DP that has never wanted to be a poorly dignified underclass.
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    Rural Perspectives on Terrorism: A Study Based in Helena, Montana
    (2020) Wall, Rebecca; Dolan, Jamie; Fregulia, Jeanette; Hansen, Alan
    Since the World Trade Center bombings on September 11, 2001, terrorism has become a familiar word to many American citizens. Terrorism has been present in countries all over the world, including the United States, conducted by human actors across the lines of religions, races, gender, and ethnicity for decades before it was so keenly felt in the United States almost nineteen years ago. In the wake of the 9/11 attack, the perception many Americans’ have on terrorism and terrorists has been shaped by the national media in variety of ways. This research investigates conceptions of terrorism through qualitative methods using in-person, semi-structured, guided interviews with eight rural Montanan citizens. This research aids the understanding of how individuals, who have never experienced terrorism firsthand, perceive and understand terrorism. Pivotal concepts of Orientalism, developed by Edward Said, provide the theoretical framework used to support this research. Findings complement the literature on media and terrorism and provide further application and critique of Orientalism to contemporary issues on terrorism.
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    The Importance Of Statistics To Sociology
    (1966-04-01) Smith, Sarah; Rev. John O'Connor
    When we ask questions such as "What fraction of all smokers prefer cigarette brand A?", "What fraction of all rural homes have running water?", of "What fraction of all brand A coffee cans really contain one pound?" we are dealing with statistical problems. To solve these problems a three step procedure is followed. The first step is to construct the experiment or determine the sampling procedure. This consists in choosing questions which will give you the exact information you seek, excluding as much as possible any possibility of ambiguity. The second step is the collection and analysis of the data from the questionnaires, or one of the other data-gathering devices.
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    Family Breakup Is A Cause Of Mental Illness In Children Today
    (1966-04-01) Surdock, Pete; Rev. John O'Connor
    As a way of introducing the problem to be presented in this work, I need only to ask tie reader to pick up the daily paper, and turn to the vital statistics pare and read within the column the ever enlarging number of persons who are obtaining divorces. Rut, a warning must be issued at this point of procedure; there is a hidden danger which lies behind this simple, yet somewhat complex legal act. This danger, if not checked soon, will not only result in the corruption of American society, but the failure on the part of Americans to maintain their freedom. If these figures in the column do not alarm you, pause long enough to realize that not listed within is the abandonments, annulments, desertions, illegitmate children, physical loss of parents, ’psychological divorce", and separations. We can group these terms under one heading of "Family Breakup", the subject of this work. An explanation is warranted because throughout this paper divorce Is the most emphasized; not due to prejudice on the author’s part, but because of the lack of information on the other forms of family breakup. A reminder for the reader is that the author has one Intention as is indicated by the title of this work, to slow that mental illness is associated with family breakup.
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    Differential Approaches Used in Social Work With Unmarried Mothers
    (1973-04-01) Ebert, Mary; V. Edward Bates; Raymond Linder; Henry Burgess
    I am a person, like everyone else, yet different in my own right I am lonely, surrounded by a faceless world I am a young girl, caught in a deeply changing world. Anonymous The above could have been said by practically any teenage girl at any time or stage in history. Perhaps today, though, it means much more, especially to those girls who have experienced or are caught in the midst of an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Non-marital pregnancies are becoming increasingly more evident in our own society. The rate of out of wedlock births in 1968 was 339,200, representing nearly 10% of the total births that year (Child Welfare League of America Standards for Services for Unmarried Parents, 1971: 3). Perhaps we are gradually reaching a time when out of wedlock pregnancies will be much more acceptable and much less problem-laden. However, at this time, the illegitimate pregnancy represents a series of critical emotional processes which will likely effect the majority of these women for the remainder of their lives. The out of wedlock pregnancy includes a series of drastic changes which may effect the emotional outlook of the woman toward many things. Her previous ideas of marriage, home and family will be altered. Her feelings about her ability as a mother, both now and in the future, may undergo changes. Parental feelings and relationships with any other men may be questioned.