Choose one of the articles assigned for this week on the following topics and discuss the author’s major points in terms of rationalization and the irrationality factor inherent in bureaucracies:
U.S. rates of incarceration
trends in prison privatization
suicide rates in the U.S.
suicide among young adults
Learning Resources/ Links
This chapter explores the impact of “human nature” on society as well as the relationship of increased bureaucracy to irrational behavior.
Chapter 8: Rationalization
This chapter “constitutes a materialist’s summary of the overall structure and dynamics of sociocultural systems.”
Chapter 9: The System
This report focuses on the privatization of prison internationally, including the extent, the countries covered, and the concerns by each country.
This article discusses the US problem with imprisonment and incarceration and how US rates compare to those of other nations.
This article discusses the growing alarm over the numbers of suicides by Native American teenagers.
An article discussing the rise of suicide rates among middle-aged Americans in the last decade, likely due to economic worry.
A report from the CDC on the increasing public health concern about the number of suicides among adults 35–64.
Suicide Among Adults Aged 35–64 Years—United States, 1999-2010
This paper shows the theoretical and empirical link between individual culture and growth and innovation.
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