Archive for November, 2012

Euthanasia is a practice of mercifully ending a person’s life

November 30, 2012 7:37 pm

Euthanasia I INTRODUCTION Euthanasia is a practice of mercifully ending a person’s life in order to release the person from an incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death. The word euthanasia derives from the Greek for “good death” and originally referred to intentional mercy killing. When medical advances made prolonging the lives […]

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Discrimination can be viewed as favorable or unfavorable

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Discrimination I INTRODUCTION Discrimination, different treatment of others based solely on their membership in a socially distinct group or category, such as race, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, or disability. Discrimination can be viewed as favorable or unfavorable, depending on whether a person receives favors or opportunities, or is denied them. For example, […]

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Domestic Violence or Spouse Abuse, physically or emotionally harmful acts

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Domestic Violence I INTRODUCTION Domestic Violence or Spouse Abuse, physically or emotionally harmful acts between husbands and wives or between other individuals in intimate relationships. Domestic violence is sometimes referred to as intimate violence. It includes violence that occurs in dating and courtship relationships, between former spouses, and between gay and lesbian partners. […]

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Homelessness is a condition of people who lack regular legal access to adequate housing

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Homelessness I INTRODUCTION Homelessness is a condition of people who lack regular legal access to adequate housing. Homelessness has been recognized as a significant social problem in the United States since the early 1980s, when a rapid increase in the number of homeless people was caused by a weak economy and cuts […]

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Immigration is the movement of people into another nation with the intention of residing

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Immigration I INTRODUCTION Immigration, the movement of people into another nation with the intention of residing there permanently. The contrasting term emigration refers to the movement of people permanently leaving a nation. Immigration is a worldwide phenomenon. From the 17th century to the 19th century, millions of Europeans migrated to North and South America, eastern and southern […]

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Marriage is a socially recognized and approved union between individuals

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Marriage I INTRODUCTION Marriage is a socially recognized and approved union between individuals, who commit to one another with the expectation of a stable and lasting intimate relationship. It begins with a ceremony known as a wedding, which formally unites the marriage partners. A marital relationship usually involves some kind of […]

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Population is the total human inhabitants of a specified area

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Population I INTRODUCTION Population, term referring to the total human inhabitants of a specified area, such as a city, country, or continent, at a given time. Population study as a discipline is known as demography. It is concerned with the size, composition, and distribution of populations; their patterns of change over time through births, […]

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Terrorism is the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear

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Terrorism I INTRODUCTION Terrorism is the deliberate creation and exploitation of fear for bringing about political change. All terrorist acts involve violence or—equally important—the threat of violence. These violent acts are committed by nongovernmental groups or individuals—that is, by those who are neither part of nor officially serving in the military forces, […]

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Welfare in all developed nations maintain a variety of social welfare programs

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Welfare I INTRODUCTION Welfare, programs aimed at helping people unable to support themselves fully or earn a living. Welfare recipients include elderly people, people with mental or physical disabilities, and those needing help to support dependent children. People in the United States most commonly use the term welfare to refer to government-funded programs that […]

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assisted suicide may also refer to the act of providing an individual with the means to commit suicide

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Assisted Suicide I INTRODUCTION Assisted Suicide, a person’s voluntary suicide with help from another individual. A suicide is an intentional, self-caused death. Individuals who elect to kill themselves with the assistance of another person typically have an incurable illness or are experiencing extreme physical suffering. The term assisted suicide may also refer to the act of […]

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The status of women’s rights today

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Women’s Rights I INTRODUCTION Women’s Rights, rights that establish the same social, economic, and political status for women as for men. Women’s rights guarantee that women will not face discrimination on the basis of their sex. Until the second half of the 20th century, women in most societies were denied some of the […]

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Suicide ranks as a leading cause of death worldwide

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Suicide I INTRODUCTION Suicide, intentional, self-inflicted death. A uniquely human act, suicide occurs in all cultures. People who attempt or complete suicide usually suffer from extreme emotional pain and distress and feel unable to cope with their problems. They are likely to suffer from mental illness, particularly severe depression, and to feel […]

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Sexual harassment often has adverse effects on the victim

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Sexual Harassment I INTRODUCTION Sexual Harassment, a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Under federal law in the United States, sexual harassment is unwanted verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature that occurs in the workplace or in an educational setting under certain conditions. Such behavior is illegal if it creates an environment that is […]

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most common form of child abuse is neglect

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Child Abuse I INTRODUCTION Child Abuse, intentional acts that result in physical or emotional harm to children. The term child abuse covers a wide range of behavior, from actual physical assault by parents or other adult caretakers to neglect of a child’s basic needs. Child abuse is also sometimes called child maltreatment. Although the extent of […]

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Homosexuality is sexual orientation toward people of the same sex

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Homosexuality I INTRODUCTION Homosexuality, sexual orientation toward people of the same sex. Homosexuality contrasts with heterosexuality, sexual orientation toward people of the opposite sex. People with a sexual orientation toward members of both sexes are called bisexuals (see Bisexuality). Female homosexuals are frequently called lesbians. In recent years, the term gayhas been applied […]

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