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I am taking a critical thinking class this summer that I need so I can graduate with my BA next fall. We have to write a 6-8 page paper on any subject that has sociological ramlifications. I was approved to write about current issues, trends, and demographics of vegetarians. I was hoping he would approve as I have only been vegetarian for a couple of weeks and have been doing lots of research already. Now I can use that for my paper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/idea2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":idea:">
 

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well, it is an interestin, controversial topic if you go the environmentalism/animal rights/ ethics route-- good luck with the paper.
 

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I guess I didn't make myself clear enough. I was hoping that you all would share what you think are the most current issues and trends in your opinion.
 

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I don't think the issues and trends have changed all that much in the past 15 years - it's still about defending the healthier diet against the omni diet to just about everyone, and it's still about animal rights. The biggest change/trend I've seen is that some businesses have seen this as a market they are willing to cater to, and there are a lot more brand names and veggie options out there in restaurants and grocery stores. But, basically, one of the reasons I don't get the vegetarian news magazines anymore was that they were sounding very repetitive - same old issues. But veg*ism has become a lot more acceptable to the general public. (If you read the "stupid things omnivores say" thread, you might not believe it, but things ARE better than they used to be.)
 

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You could say something about the teenage demographic, e.g. how they have been influenced to become veg*n through popular culture and groups like PETA etc to a much greater extent than previous generations. You could state the pro's and cons of that.<br><br><br><br>
You could also discuss whether they are more likely or not to stay committed to veg*nism as opposed to older people. And you could mention some of the social issues they face being a veg*n...like whether or not they are likely to find acceptance and support from family and peers etc.<br><br><br><br>
hope that's somewhat helpful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hmmm...even being a sociologist myself, I'm not quite sure what would be a good topic.<br><br><br><br>
You could look at gendered trends in vegetarianism (broken down by lacto-ovo and vegan) and then attempt to account culturally for these trends.<br><br><br><br>
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I like the gendered idea, the culture/teenage idea...factory farming is always interesting...also, treating animals as moral agents with rights, making connections to how minorities and women were incorporated into civil society... feel free to check my page for info: <a href="http://www.brook.com/veg" target="_blank">www.brook.com/veg</a> - good luck and enjoy your project!
 

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I have written two anthropology papers related to vegetarianism.<br><br>
The first one was about social conflict between vegetarians and omnivores in contemporary North America. The second was a comparison of advertising notions of 'health' with 'vegetarian' foods and meat.<br><br><br><br>
If you are interested in either topic, I can certainly point you towards some sources.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 
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