We want to be able to apply sociological theory to social problems. The final chapter of Contemporary Social Theory provides us with some direction in this task. Here, we introduce a social problem that has received considerable public attention over the past several years: illegal immigration.
This issue forces us to think about our sociological perspective. Should society place primacy on its economy or on its laws? To what extent should laws be enforced? What is the best approach to organizing societal institutions to adjust to, prevent, or just ignore illegal immigration?
Because thinking about this issue forces us to face our beliefs about how best to organize society it helps us to understand our sociological perspective. Deciding about social policy related to illegal immigration helps us understand our philosophical positions and our preferred approaches to building the good society.
Readings Related to Illegal Immigration
One can find many web sites, newspaper articles and opinion columns, and social science research articles regarding illegal immigration. The list of readings provided here is a sampler of these materials. Please feel free to use these materials as well as others to help you answer the questions asked for the two individual response papers.
Readings That Speak in Favor of Enforcing Current Laws
From: The Des Moines Register