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Book Review: Thinking The Unthinkable: The Riddle Of Classical Social Theories By Charles Lemert, Thomas C. Langham 2022 South Dakota State University

Book Review: Thinking The Unthinkable: The Riddle Of Classical Social Theories By Charles Lemert, Thomas C. Langham

Great Plains Sociologist

Lemert, Charles. Thinking the Unthinkable: TheRiddle of Classical Social Theories. Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2007. 195 pp. $60.00 cloth, $22.95 paper.


Midwest Consumers’ Beliefs And Attitudes Regarding Agricultural Biotechnology: An Executive Summary, Ronald G. Stover, Donna A. Hess, Gary Goreham, George A. Youngs, Stephen G. Sapp 2022 South Dakota State University

Midwest Consumers’ Beliefs And Attitudes Regarding Agricultural Biotechnology: An Executive Summary, Ronald G. Stover, Donna A. Hess, Gary Goreham, George A. Youngs, Stephen G. Sapp

Great Plains Sociologist

As part of a project investigating the social, economic, and ethical issues related to the application of biotechnology to food production and to the adoption or rejection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we conducted a survey using a questionnaire mailed to a randomly selected sample of consumers in five Midwestern states—Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. This report highlights the responses of the 458 respondents to that completed and returned questionnaire.


Agricultural Producers’ Use Of Genetically Modified Organisms, Michael E. Lawson, Donna A. Hess, Satoko Hirai 2022 South Dakota State University

Agricultural Producers’ Use Of Genetically Modified Organisms, Michael E. Lawson, Donna A. Hess, Satoko Hirai

Great Plains Sociologist

A random sample of agricultural producers from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin is used to examine producers’ decisions to use or not use genetically modified organisms. Using the rational choice theoretical framework to guide analyses, the associations between proportion of genetically modified corn acres grown by agricultural producers and perceived cost, perceived risk, and perceived benefit. Results indicated that 1) perceived cost was significantly, negatively associated with proportion of GM corn acres planted; 2) perceived risk was significantly, negatively associated with proportion of GM corn acres planted; and 3) perceived benefit was significantly, positively associated with proportion ...


Multicultural Education: Work Yet To Be Done, A. Olu Oyinlade 2022 University of Nebraksa at Omaha

Multicultural Education: Work Yet To Be Done, A. Olu Oyinlade

Great Plains Sociologist

This paper brings to the surface for review, discussion, and debate, some critical issues for which multicultural education specialists need to provide useful theoretical frameworks that may guide our explanations to these issues. With the embracing of the ideology of multicultural education in the United States, practically every institution of formal learning, from the grade school to the university, is rapidly subscribing or has already subscribed to multicultural curricula. By embracing the multicultural agenda, educational institutions are demonstrating a commitment to broadening students' views of American subcultures (and world cultures). By exposing students to these subcultures, their histories, experiences and ...


Challenges Of Good Governance In Post-Conflict Liberia, Kebba Darboe 2022 South Dakota State University

Challenges Of Good Governance In Post-Conflict Liberia, Kebba Darboe

Great Plains Sociologist

Drawing on Max Weber’s theory of bureaucracy, this paper employs a conceptual framework to examine the challenges of good governance in post-conflict Liberia. Good governance is the sound exercise of administrative authority to manage a country’s resources for development (Astillero and Mangahas, 2002). Government, a pre-condition to governance, is the dominant decision-making arm of a given state. From 1989 to 1996, and 1999 to 2003, Liberia, a West African country, was involved in two civil wars which destroyed most of its’ social institutions. Study reveals that the challenges to good governance are political, administrative, and economic.


Dramaturgical History: The Roman Triumph, Gabe Kilzer 2022 University of North Dakota

Dramaturgical History: The Roman Triumph, Gabe Kilzer

Great Plains Sociologist

This paper examines an ancient Roman ceremony, the Triumph, and explains the effect this ritual had on Roman civilization during the Empire and the effects it still has on our historical interpretation of that society. Using Erving Goffman’s theory of dramaturgy, I compare the leaders of Rome to actors on a stage playing to an audience. In this paper, I argue that the Triumph, which was a ceremony dedicated to the creation of a “God amongst men” in a conquering general, fueled a reciprocal relationship between the actions of society and the way in which we remember the Empire ...


Front Matter, 2022 South Dakota State University

Front Matter

Great Plains Sociologist

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How Does Class Status Influence Perceptions Of Individual Mental Health?, Brie Willert 2022 South Dakota State University

How Does Class Status Influence Perceptions Of Individual Mental Health?, Brie Willert

Great Plains Sociologist

Individuals in lower socioeconomic classes are said to have higher stress levels than those in higher classes, which in turn causes poor mental health for these individuals. Studies have shown that low income is associated with both low life evaluation and low emotional well-being. The present study worked to find support for this theory using the research question: How does class status influence perceptions of individual mental health? This study uses data from the 2010 General Social Survey (N= 1149) in which individuals between 18-89 years of age participated. Analyses of the results through multiple regression suggested individuals in lower ...


Factors Of Academic Misconduct: Polish And Russian Students’ Attitudes, Marina Makarova 2022 South Dakota State University

Factors Of Academic Misconduct: Polish And Russian Students’ Attitudes, Marina Makarova

Great Plains Sociologist

The main factors of students’ cheating, such as individual and contextual factors are considered in this article. The institutional level of contextual factors exercises the most significant influence on academic misconduct and corruption in the academic field. There are factors of social microenvironment and normative backgrounds, which assume such forms of behavior as considered normal and obvious. In 2015 surveys of students from a Russian and a Polish university were conducted. Polish and Russian students have the same attitudes about cheating, which in both countries is part of the student culture. There are many similarities in the individual factors of ...


Bullying Victimization As A Predictor Of Suicidality Among South Dakota Adolescents: A Secondary Data Analysis Using The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Trenton Ellis, Breanna Brass 2022 South Dakota State University

Bullying Victimization As A Predictor Of Suicidality Among South Dakota Adolescents: A Secondary Data Analysis Using The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Trenton Ellis, Breanna Brass

Great Plains Sociologist

Bullying is a form of peer victimization with a well-established link to suicidality among adolescents in the United States (Holt et al. 2015). Few studies focus explicitly on examining bullying at the state-level, including South Dakota. We argue that state-level data are valuable for policymakers wishing to better understand adolescent bullying and suicidality at a local level. Using a secondary data analysis of 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey data from South Dakota and U.S. samples, this study provided a description of bullying victimization and suicidality in South Dakota and tested bullying victimization as a predictor of suicidality among adolescents ...


Tsunami 2004, India And International Impacts, International Disaster Management, Tania Arseculeratne, Austin Ritch, Russell Wicklund 2022 South Dakota State University

Tsunami 2004, India And International Impacts, International Disaster Management, Tania Arseculeratne, Austin Ritch, Russell Wicklund

Great Plains Sociologist

This article studies the international impacts of the 2004 tsunami event in India. Among the four main phases of emergency management, what are the local and international impacts of the 2004 tsunami event focusing on India? The study is divided into two main categories: Natural Aspect; and Cultural and Administrative Aspect. Within the Natural Aspect are the natural cascading events leading up to and following the event and the requirements/intensity levels for qualifying to compare with the actual data of the event. Within the Cultural and Administrative Aspect are the man-made international impacts such as economic, cultural, and political ...


Case Studies In The Development Of Reliable And Valid Social Problems Source Data, Rich Braunstein 2022 South Dakota State University

Case Studies In The Development Of Reliable And Valid Social Problems Source Data, Rich Braunstein

Great Plains Sociologist

Keynote Address for the 2016 Great Plains Sociological Association Annual Conference


Editor's Note, 2022 South Dakota State University

Editor's Note

Great Plains Sociologist

Editor’s Note


Book Review: Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City By Matthew Desmond, Alan Fejzic 2022 South Dakota State University

Book Review: Evicted: Poverty And Profit In The American City By Matthew Desmond, Alan Fejzic

Great Plains Sociologist

Desmond, M. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City . New York: Crown Publishers, 2016. 432 pp. $28.00 paperback.


Book Review: Assigned: Life With Gender Edited By Lisa Wade With Douglas Hartmann And Christopher Uggen, William T. Cockrell 2022 South Dakota State University

Book Review: Assigned: Life With Gender Edited By Lisa Wade With Douglas Hartmann And Christopher Uggen, William T. Cockrell

Great Plains Sociologist

Wade, Lisa (Editor) with Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen (Series Editors). Assigned: Life with Gender (The Society Pages). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. 272 pp. $15.00 paper.


Understanding The Importance Of Leadership In Rural Communities, Owino Jonix, Mariah Bartholomay, Mitchell Calkins 2022 South Dakota State University

Understanding The Importance Of Leadership In Rural Communities, Owino Jonix, Mariah Bartholomay, Mitchell Calkins

Great Plains Sociologist

This research project attempts to provide a better understanding of how rural leaders emerge, the kinds of activities in which they are involved, and how they address the challenges they face. Rural communities tend to be at risk for public issues that may rise, which are central to the micro-levels of leadership roles and opportunities. Individuals who hold or have held leadership positions were interviewed, and a better understanding of the different stages throughout their leadership careers and the overall cycle of leadership within their rural Minnesota community was investigated. This study creates a preliminary model to be used for ...


Mixed Feelings: Identity Development Of Biracial People, Ronald Ferguson 2022 South Dakota State University

Mixed Feelings: Identity Development Of Biracial People, Ronald Ferguson

Great Plains Sociologist

Multiracial people traditionally have been categorized as monoracial, thus creating limitations to their identity development (Gibbs 1987; Davis 1991). However, recent societal shifts concerning race have left mixed race individuals with an array of racial identity choices (Huffman 1994; Townsend et al. 2012). To explore such a phenomenon, this study consisted of in-depth interviews with 15 adult Biracial respondents on questions surrounding their experiences as a mixed-race person. The results indicate that Biracial persons come to develop a variety of distinctive racial identities ranging from monoracial to Multiracial. Additionally, the respondents identified three distinct stages in their development of a ...


Bureaucracy, Demography, And Midwest Sociology, Boyd Litterell, Larry T. Reynolds, Rachel Campbell 2022 South Dakota State University

Bureaucracy, Demography, And Midwest Sociology, Boyd Litterell, Larry T. Reynolds, Rachel Campbell

Great Plains Sociologist

This article proposes a framework for analyzing the impact of social change on universities, using Midwestern states to flesh out the perspective. The framework draws together political, economic and, demographic changes by using the concept of bureaucratic organizations. More specifically, it uses the notions of the internal and the external environments of universities as organizations to examine the impact of societal change upon universities in general and, by extension, on sociologists’ knowledge. The internal environment is viewed as the administrative effort to rationalize the external and internal environments with programmatic changes. The central concerns here are financial control and privatization ...


Editor's Note, 2022 South Dakota State University

Editor's Note

Great Plains Sociologist

Editor's Note


Human Development And The Hiv/Aids Epidemic In Sub-Saharan Africa, Manfred Wogugu 2022 University of Nebraska at Omaha

Human Development And The Hiv/Aids Epidemic In Sub-Saharan Africa, Manfred Wogugu

Great Plains Sociologist

The adoption of both the biomedical and socio-behavioral approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention in sub-Saharan Africa has resulted in a significant drop in mortality. However, there is a need to take into account and address the structural inequalities of limited access to employment, education, and affordable health care; gender disparity, poverty and the disease environment in order to accelerate the tempo of this decline. Applying the social inequality framework, and using the various Inequality-adjusted Human Development indices (IHDI) by the Atkinson index, a descriptive analysis of data from the statistical annex to the 2011 UNDP Development Report was undertaken to ...


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