Discover Sociology
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Discover Sociology

by William J. Chambliss, Daina S. Eglitis
     
 

With their newest edition, Bill Chambliss and Daina S. Eglitis continue the journey beyond the classroom to help students answer these questions in Discover Sociology. Chambliss and Eglitis inspire curiosity about the social world and empower students by providing the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools they need to understand, analyze, and even change the

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With their newest edition, Bill Chambliss and Daina S. Eglitis continue the journey beyond the classroom to help students answer these questions in Discover Sociology. Chambliss and Eglitis inspire curiosity about the social world and empower students by providing the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools they need to understand, analyze, and even change the world in which they live. Every chapter in the book integrates robust pedagogical features and empirical research that illuminate the social roots of diverse phenomena and institutions, ranging from poverty and deviance to capitalism and the nuclear family. From exploring whether the use of “study drugs” should be considered cheating to an examination of research showing a correlation between rising student debt and declining rates of marriage, the book’s chapter openers engage students in real-life applications of sociology. Going beyond theory and concepts, the authors also help answer the question, “What can I do with a sociology degree?”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412996204
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Pages:
471
Sales rank:
95,770
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Discovering Sociology
A Curious Mind
The Development of Sociological Thinking
Sociology: One Way of Looking at the World - Or Many?
Principal Themes in This Text
Why Study Sociology?
Chapter 2: Discover Sociological Research
Researching The Consequences of the U.S. Prison Boom
Sociology and Common Sense
Research and The Scientific Method
Doing Sociological Research
Doing Sociology: A Student's Guide to Research
Sociology And You: Why Learn to do Sociological Research?
Chapter 3: Culture and Mass Media
Culture: Concepts and Applications
Culture and Language
Culture and The Mass Media
Culture, Class, and Inequality
Culture and Globalization
Chapter 4: Socialization and Social Interaction
Girls, Boys, and Toys
The Birth of Self Control
Agents of Socialization
Total Institutions and Resocialization
Social Interaction
Why Study Socialization and Social Interaction?
Chapter 5: Groups, Organizations, and Bureaucracies
When Groups Think . . . Groupthink
The Nature of Groups
The Power of Groups
Economic, Cultural, and Social Capital
Organizations
Bureaucracies
Why Study Groups and Organizations?
Think About Careers
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control
What is Deviant Behavior?
How do Sociologists Explain Deviance?
Types of Deviance
Social Control of Deviance
Why Study Deviance?
Think About Careers
Chapter 7: Social Class and Inequality in the U.S.
Poverty and Prosperity in America
Stratification in Traditional and Modern Societies
Sociological Building Blocks of Stratification and Social Class
Class and Inequality an the United States: Dimensions and Trends
At the Bottom of the Ladder: Poverty in the United States
Why Study Inequality?
Chapter 8: Global Inequality And Poverty
Wealth and Poverty on the Road
Dimensions of Global Inequality and Poverty
Theoretical Perspectives on Global Inequality
Is There a Global Elite?
Why Study Global Inequality From a Sociological Perspective?
Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
A Dream Deferred . . .
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity
Minority and Dominant Group Relations
Theoretical Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism, and Minority Status
Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Perspective
Why Study Race and Ethnicity from a Sociological Perspective?
Chapter 10: Gender and Society
Sociological Concepts of Sex and Gender
Constructing Gendered Selves
Gender and Society
Gender and Economics: Men, Women, and the Gender Wage Gap
Classical Theories and Feminist Thinking
Gender in a Global Perspective
Why Study Gender from a Sociological Perspective?
Chapter 11: Families and Society
Some Concepts Sociologists Use to Study Families
Theoretical Perspectives on Families
U.S. Families Yesterday and Today
Socioeconomic Class and Family in the United States
Violence and the Family
Globalization and Families
Why Study Family Through a Sociological Lens?
Chapter 12: Education and Society
Education, Industrialization, and the “Credential Society”
Theoretical Perspectives on Education
Education, Opportunity, and Inequality
Issues in U.S. Higher Education
Education in a Global Perspective
Why Study Education from a Sociological Perspective?
Chapter 13: Religion and Society
How Do Sociologists Study Religion?
Theoretical Perspectives on Religion and Society
Types of Religious Organizations
The Great World Religions
Women and Religion
Religion in the United States
Religion and Global Societies
Why Study the Sociology of Religion?
Chapter 14: The State, War, and Terror
Theories of State Power
Power and Authority
Forms of Governance in the Modern World
The U.S. Political System
War, State, and Society
Terrorists and Terrorism
Why Study the State and Warfare Through A Sociological Lens?
Chapter 15: Work, Consumption, and the Economy
The Economy in Historical Perspective
Types of Economic Systems
Working On and Off the Books
Consumers, Consumption, and the U.S. Economy
Globalization and the New Economic Order
Why Study Economic Systems and Trends?
Chapter 16: Health and Medicine
Cultural Definitions of Health and Illness
Health Care in the United States
Sociology and Issues of Public Health in the United States
Developing A Sociology of HIV/AIDS
Global Issues in Health and Medicine
Why Should Sociologists Study Health?
Chapter 17: Population, Urbanization and the Environment
Global Population Growth
Malthus and Marx: How Many People are Too Many?
Urbanization
The Local and Global Environment
Why Study Population and Environment from a Sociological Perspective?
Chapter 18: Social Movements and Social Change
Sociological Perspectives on Social Change
Sources of Social Change
Social Movements
Why Study Social Change?

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