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Carl Jensen's work and thesis

I am looking for help from someone who read Carl Jensen's book and understands it well.

1) What is the background of the author and how is it relevant to the understanding the purpose of the book?
2) What is the thesis of the book? How successful is the author of getting his point across to the reader and does he really prove what the thesis claims to show? How do we know this (what are some specific examples as to how he does or does not prove his thesis and how he could have improved)?

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular problem, you are being asked to provide background information on the author and provide and analysis and reflection of his work from your own viewpoint. This has both historical and literary demands - you need to give the historical context of Jensen's own life and his own views which means doing a bit more research on the author outside of the book itself. Now, if you have reviewed the book, it's easy enough to see that Jensen's own academic background allowed him to see the social situation described and experienced in context by the authors he has chosen. These were the 'muckrakers' - authors whose views and work were not seen as fit for consumption by the mainstream media. In the solution below I have provided some key discursive ideas that answer your questions regarding Jensen and his work. I would also suggest visiting the listed resources as this can help you expand on the work of Jensen, that which has informed this particular book. In class, it would also help you have that extra information regarding pre and post book research activities of the author. If you have any questions just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies.

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AE 105878/Xenia Jones
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On Carl Jensen

Carl Jensen is an academic, a sociologist by specialization and training. His BA, Master's and PhD were on sociology, which he gained from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971 and 1977 respectively. Much of the 70's saw Jensen engaged in academic studies, studying and specializing in the theories of sociology, a science that investigated the intricacies of society. Among the main goals of sociology is to investigate social issues, and through the use of scientific research, which can be utilized by social agencies and the government to put together solutions through social policies that directly affect society. Sociologists are therefore investigators and Jensen's own research and academic history show that he is an investigator of social issues that directly affect his community and society as a whole. Aside from being an academic and a lecturer (he is currently Professor Emeritus at Sonoma State University), he has maintained an active career in the media, using his research training and applying it to journalistic goals. Earlier in his career he was a daily newspaper reporter and he moved up to become a weekly paper publisher. His career path took him ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise on discussing the key points, ideas, proposals and thesis presented in the 2003 work of Carl Jensen - "Stories That Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century". In this particular solution, all the questions listed (see above - original problem) are provided answers through a comprehensive essay-solution. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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