Write a 6-8-page essay comparing two U.S. states’ approaches to issues of same-sex marriage or immigration policy.
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- Domhoff, W. (2015). Theories of power. Retrieved from http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/theory/
- This resource discusses several sociological theories of power, including the four network theory, pluralism, and state autonomy theory.
- Alvarez, P. (2017, February 19). A brief history of America’s ‘love-hate relationship’ with immigration. Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/…
- This article traces the history of social and policy responses to immigration.
- Healey, J. F., & O’Brien, E. (2015). Race, ethnicity, gender, & class: The sociology of group conflict and change (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Chapters 10, 12, 13, and 14 deal with political issues and policy concerns relevant to same-sex marriage and immigration.
- Mitchell, J. L., & Petray, E. (2016). The march toward marriage equality: Reexamining the diffusion of same-sex marriage among states. Public Policy and Administration, 31(4), 283–302.
- This article reviews state marriage policies in the context of the federal legalization of same-sex marriage.
- National Conference of State Legislatures. (2015.) Same-sex marriage laws. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/same-s…
- This resource provides an overview of same-sex marriage laws prior to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.
- Orrenius, P. M., & Zavodny, M. (2017). Creating cohesive, coherent immigration policy. Journal on Migration and Human Security, 5(1), 180–193.
- This article reviews problems and limitations with U.S. immigration policy and ways to develop a more cohesive, effective policy.
- Schatz, P. (2017). Theoretical perspectives on government and power. Retrieved from http://philschatz.com/sociology-book/contents/m429…
- This chapter from a sociology text examines how the major theories approach power in relation to government and policy-making.