Chapter 14

Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society

Sociologists at Work

Douglas Murray: The Abolition of the Short-Handled Hoe


Micro-Macro Connections

Collective Action


Related Resources

Project Vote Smart

In a summer 1999 study of the nation's young people and their reluctance to vote, Project Vote Smart found that 18 to 25 year olds were far less inclined than older citizens to pay attention to how civic issues are resolved by government entities at the local, state, and federal level. Less than half of the younger respondents said they "definitely will" vote. The survey revealed a deep distrust of government among this age group. Kristina Saleh, a 22-year-old former college intern and current staff member at Project Vote Smart, noted the irony in these statistics: "Many people in my generation are saddled with credit card debt and school loans, and yet by refusing to participate in the voting process, we are blindly turning over complete control on these issues to institutions we don't trust to make decisions in our own best interests." In an attempt to mobilize U.S. citizens of all ages as participants in the political process, this site provides nonpartisan, sociologically useful information on political institutions, candidates, and issues, as well as links to related sites.


Statistics on the environment and other matters tracked by social activists can be called up by state or compared across states. This site was created for journalists but provides reliable data for sociological analysis.


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David Newman and Rebecca Smith. (Created September 14, 1999. Last updated 6/18/2002).
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