Kammen, Glenn D.
Most widely held works by Glenn D Kammen
Crossroads Café ( Visual )
6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A series that blends comedy and drama to teach English to speakers of other languages. Each 30 minute episode includes one segment that demonstrates a specific language function and another that explores the social or cultural issues dramatized in the story
Earth revealed ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"[S]hows the physical and scientific processes that shape our planet. From earthquakes and volcanoes to the creation of sea-floor crusts and shifting river courses, this series offers stunning visuals that explain plate tectonics and other geologic concepts and principles."--Container
Ups and downs ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Since the 1950s when opportunity reached its peak, the gap between the "haves and have nots" has grown. This lesson looks at social stratification and the dimensions of social inequality that exist in the United States, as seen in the story of an immigrant from Eastern Europe who, along with her family, comes to the U.S. with virtually nothing, and eventually manages to open and operate a successful child care business."
Fitting in ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Humans are born without any culture. For virtually anyone the process of socialization begins with the family and continues through other social agents such as school, peer goups and mass media. The popularity of reality television shows that offer 'extreme makeovers' [of persons] is highlighted in this lesson as an example of the desire to fit in"--Container
Changing families ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the U.S. family in the 21st century, discussing factors that have affected the family as a social institution, including increasing numbers of women in the labor force, the rise in divorce rates, and development in reproductive technology
Worlds apart ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Why can one continent be relatively affluent and another mired in poverty? This lesson looks at stratification on a global scale and introduces the ideas of globalization and neo-liberalism. The lesson features Doctors Without Borders -- an organization whose stated aim is to serve populations in need anywhere in the world irrespective of religious, political or social barriers that may exist"--Container
The role of gender ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Offers a contemporary look at marriages and families and the choices, changes, and issues that affect individuals, diverse family types, and interpersonal relationships. This lesson focuses on how all of us learn about gender from an early age, and explores some of the ways in which gender-based roles, expectations, and assumptions are changing
Against the grain ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Conventional wisdom suggests that behavior "outside the norm" can be considered deviant. But can we really define deviant behavior? Programs like Delancey Street Foundation operate "outside the norm" by assisting convicted criminals to become productive members of mainstream society. Differing views on sexuality and violent crime are explored in the lesson, as are some of the moral, religious and psychological factors that play a role in understanding deviant behavior."
Family matters ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The traditional or nuclear family of the 1950s and 1960s is what most of us think of when asked to define "family." But the idea that there is a typical family is perhaps little more than a myth. This lesson considers the diversity of family forms that exist today and cultural shifts that are changing the definition of "family." You will meet the Scott-Chung family and a lesbian couple who discuss their decision to start a family
Rise and fall ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This lesson reviews population, urbanization and the environment from a sociological point of view. While each of these is often analyzed separately, it is the dynamic, constantly shifting interplay among all three that is perhaps most significant. Topics covered include fertility, mortality, migration, population growth, global climate change, and sustainability." As a case study looks at positive and negative effects of the building boom in Fresno, California
Common ground ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Values, beliefs, traditions, language and material goods form the subject of this lesson about the components of culture. Opens and closes with a look at the Amish -- a group whose members in Southeastern Pennsylvania maintain language and other cultural traditions unique to early Germanic settlers to the region. The American values of individual rights and consumerism are also discussed."
The way we live introduction to sociology ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Combines expert interviews and commentary with historic and contemporary footage to provide a comprehensive introduction to the growing field of sociology"--Container
Learning curves ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The type of education a child can expect to receive may have less to do with the teacher but more to do with socioeconomic status, race and culture. These and other factors make the question of how best to educate American children a complicated one. In this episode you will meet two families who have chosen different approaches to educating their children. The growth in home schooling as an alternative to conventional education is explored."
Truth be told ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Sociological research and methodology is often the subject of debate among sociologists. The pursuit of objectivity in sociological research, critical sociology, and the idea of sociology as a science ... each has transformed the way sociologists approach sociological research. This lesson also includes discussion of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and features a segment on sociologist Mitchell Duneier and his research on New York City homeless populations."
All together ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Whether a small group or a multinational corporation, every organization has its own culture. This lesson looks at organizational behavior and includes discussion around the ideas of Frederick Taylor and 'scientific management, ' corporate culture and the pitfalls of bureacracy. As we see in the Outward Bound program, every organization has its own unique culture that is likened to the values and norms of the wider society."--Container
Waves of change ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What is social change and what are its causes?" This final lesson of the series provides a deeper understanding of both the concepts and the consequences at the heart of social change. As a case study this segment documents how the Winnemen Wintu, a Native American tribe in the Shasta-Trinity Area of Northern California, have been negatively impacted by U.S. Government water and land policies
Face to face ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This lessons looks at how such aspects of social interaction as language, humor and emotion can shape and change the way we view the world around us. Nowhere is this interaction more visible than in the fusion of language and emotion which characterize the world of politics. But social interaction in the more mundane world of everyday life can be just as significant. This lesson begins with a stand-up comedy show that helps us further understand the significance of humor, as both a form of self-expression and as a culturally specific method of social interaction."
Venus and Mars ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Are men and women really that different? Society tends to emphasize differences more than similarities. This often leads to competition, and in some cases, inequality. Gender issues and stratification, the gender divide in the workplace, the impact of Title Seven, and the women's movement are explored in this lesson. As illustrated in the example of a female football team, it can take a lot of determination to defy the agents of socialization and overcome gender basis."
Colors ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For racial and ethnic minorities, the struggle for recognition and equality is nothing new. Perhaps nowhere is this more visible than in the United States. The polarizing effects of stereotyping, racial prejudice and discrimination, and its impact on generations of Black Americans are discussed. Learners will also meet the Bazzy family - an Arab-American family in Michigan who must cope with local misconceptions and generalizations about Arab culture in the wake of 9/11."
Mass appeal ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Social movements are not a new phenomenon. Fundamental to all social movements, past and present, is the idea of collective identity. But other factors that are at play often determine whether a social movement will be a success or failure." Looks at the women's movement, civil rights and the gay rights movements as examples of American social change through united social action and also at the recent ANSWER Coalition (Act Now To Stop War and End Racism)