Freakonomics Sociology Paper

Freakonomics Sociology Paper - Freakonomics is an...

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Freakonomics is an incredibly thrilling piece of writing that exposes some interesting concepts. Each Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner compiles some fascinating ideas along with statistical evidence to support each claim. The book was very easy to read and was far from traditional works. The book is a much needed piece that provides helpful insights to some of the worlds most controversial practices. A summary of each of the six chapters was introduced and left for the reader to ponder immediately. I had a different reaction for each of the six chapters and all the in depth concepts. Their analysis is nothing short of flawless and is truly the work of a hard working researcher in my opinion. Levitt and Dubner open the book with and introduction that is nothing short of a dazzling wow. They are upfront and clear about exactly what they intend to say. They tell you within the first fifteen pages that they intend to discuss the impact of the Norma McCorvey, better known as, Roe vs. Wade decision. They intended to discuss abortion and how it impacted crime rates in a largely significant way. Levitt and Dubner also reveal that they intend to show correlations and relationships between real-estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan, school teachers and sumo wrestlers, as well as why drug dealers still live with their moms, and discuss where all the criminals have went. They also reveal that they intend to discuss from various views the question do parents really matter as well as weigh the importance of something as small as your name. I absolutely loved their introduction: the hidden side of everything. Most books tend to beat around the bush about the message it intends to send. Freakonomics was upfront from the beginning which was comforting and one reason it was so easy to read. Their bluntness attracted me from the beginning as well as the fact that they tossed in the shock and awe method. They
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would reveal to the reader a simple question that they intend to explore and then decipher it in an unusual, unconventional way with mounds of supporting data. The correlations in which they made were astounding. I was thrilled to read five distinct lines in the introduction; one “incentives are the cornerstone to modern life, two the conventional wisdom is often wrong, three dramatic effects often have distant even subtle causes, four experts from criminologists to real estate agents use their informational advantage to serve their own agenda and five knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes a complicated world much less so” (11-12). By opening the book the way they did prepared a reader for what was about to come. They made their statements and showed exactly how they intended to back up there claims with correlations, regression and tons of statistics. I reveled in the fact that they used Adam Smith as cornerstone for their transition to the opening chapter what do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Their simple breakdown of Smith’s ideals was exactly the way they intended
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