The Official Journal of
The North Carolina
Sociological Association: A
Refereed Web-Based Publication
George H. Conklin,
Chien Ju Huang,
N.C. State University
Volume 2, Number 1
Outline of Articles
The Meritocracy Myth
by Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller, Jr.
According to the ideology of the
American Dream, America is a land of limitless opportunity in which individuals
can go as far as their own merit takes them. But there is a very
large gap between how people think the system works and how the system
actually does work. Both income and wealth are highly skewed.
Poverty is not randomly distributed either. The bottom of half of
the population controls only 2.8% of net worth.
Religious Choices and Preferences:
North Carolina's Baskin Robbins Effect?
by Robert A. Wortham
The marketing of religion has become
a big business. Wortham examines the current religious scene and
shows that Americans want religious plurality, rather than religious homogamy.
Just like shopping for ice cream, Americans want 57 choices when shopping
Feeding the Hog Industry in North Carolina:
Agri-Industrial Restructuring in Hog Farming and Its Implications for the
by Donnie Charleston
Hog farms bring with them employment
to remote areas but they also bring environmental problems. What determines
the location of the large-scale factory farm? It is race? Is it capital
availability? The answer seems to be capital availablity
Population Growth, Density and the
Costs of Providing Public Services: A Review Article
by George H. Conklin
The article Population Growth,
Density and the Costs of Providing Public Services by Helen Ladd is
reviewed as part of Sociation Today's effort to bring to light important
articles which should receive further reading. It seems that the social
effects of density are non-linear. At very low levels of population density,
a small increase in density lowers the costs of providing services. But
at anything more than minimal levels of density, more density means more
cost to provide services. The J-curve shows that density is non-linear
in its social effects.