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Doing Sociology: A Global Perspective / Edition 4

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This software/workbook package by top-notch sociologist and best selling author Rodney Stark shows students what it takes to do real sociological research, using the same data and techniques used by professional researchers. The workbook's step-by-step approach includes explanations of basic research concepts and methods, expanded exercises, and suggestions for independent research projects, effectively guiding students through the research process and offering them a real sense of what sociologists do. IBM-compatible only (Windows 95 or above).

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"The 'doing' of sociology adds an excitement to the material and emphasizes the scientific elements of the discipline. Exploring real relationships requires a strong focus on critical thinking about issues, rather than accepting at face value the 'expert' presentation in standard textbooks."

"I like the opportunity to have them (the students) work with real data."

"I want undergraduate sociology students to learn about sociology as science. That means introducing them to patterned (not single instances) behavior, explanations for patterns, and research that tests explanations for the patterns."

This book/disk package explains basic research concepts and methods, gives exercises, and provides a data analysis program that enables students to examine data in color graphics. Seven data sets contain all real data, including data on state surveys, international data, data from the Canadian census, surveys of college freshmen, and historical data. The author is affiliated with the University of Washington. The book is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111830229
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/17/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney Stark is a renowned scholar and researcher, and is recognized as one of the foremost sociologists working in the field of sociology of religion. Professor Stark has published more than 140 articles and 27 scholarly books that have won numerous awards and acknowledgements, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He is also known as a pioneer in the technology field. He co-founded the MicroCase Corporation, which is now a part of Thomson Wadsworth. With his background in journalism, it isn't surprising that in addition to receiving praise for his unique approach to sociology, he's received praise for having one of the better-written texts on the market.

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Table of Contents

Part One: THE SOCIOLOGICAL PROCESS. 1. Suicide and Social Facts. 2. Sex and Sampling. 3. Comparisons and Correlation. Part Two: INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. 4. Socialization: Gender Roles. 5. Deviance. Part Three: STRATIFICATION AND CONFLICT. 6. Stratification. 7. Intergroup Relations. Part Four: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 8. Marital Satisfaction. 9. Religion. 10. Job Satisfaction. Part Five: CHANGE. 11. A Century of Trends. 12. Diffusion and Cultural Complexity. 13. Fertility. Part Six: MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS. 14. Regression. 15. Spuriousness.

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