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EXAM TWO STUDY GUIDE 1. What are social institutions? Why do sociologists approach social institutions from a critical standpoint? 2. WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC REDUCTIONISM AND HOW IS IT CONNECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION? 3. What are some key features (including economic and familial structures) of each economic time period: hunter/gatherer, agriculture, industrial, post-industrial? 4. What is the “aspiration gap” (Schor), where does it come from, and why is it a problem/concern? 5. What are the social costs of “the new consumerism” (Schor)? 6. What are the 5 stages of the materials economy and what is planned and perceived obsolescence? 7. How is Mickey Mouse’s image on pineapple and banana stickers connected to both the “new consumerism” (Schor) and “nutritionism” (Pollan)? 8. What is the relationship between Guatemala, Costa Rica and the United States, as told
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