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Overview

Empirical Approaches to Sociology is the only introductory level reader to offer a selection of major articles that are rich in research data, yet may be easily understood without advanced math skills. Using primary sources, the book gives readers a chance to see how research findings are interpreted and incorporated into sociological theory.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The text provides an excellent overview of the empirical, research-oriented aspects of sociology. Students should find it appealing and rewarding.”

Dennis Willigan, University of Utah

“Empirical Approaches to Sociology actually does what many texts claim to do—provide an alternative that truly differs from the others. Overall I would rate this reader as a ten.”

Debra Miller, Kent State University

“Gregg Carter’s introduction provides an excellent step-by-step approach for evaluating empirical arguments, probably one of the best explanations I have seen on this topic ... This approach allows students the opportunity to think analytically and to make their arguments using empirical data. This is not done in most readers.”

Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College

“Let me simply say that this is one of the most thoughtful, inspired, and well-organized anthologies in introductory sociology on the market. Carter does an excellent job illuminating sociological themes (social order, inequality, gender) with classic theoretical statements, and he demonstrates that they continue to have contemporary relevance, either by grounding them empirically with supportive data or challenging them with contradictory findings.”

Blind Reviewer #1

“This book provides a great set of individual readings, covers key topics, and offers insightful and well-written introductions to each topical unit. [Indeed,] the author’s introductions, along with the “primer” on critical reading, are simply superb. Carter is obviously a gifted teacher and writer."

Blind Reviewer #2

“I like the organization entirely . . .the book focuses nicely on the basics that are part of everyone’s introductory course.”

Cornelius Riordan, Providence College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205628094
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/11/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Lee Carter is a Professor of Sociology at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where he is the long-time Chair of the Department of History & Social Sciences. He earned his B.A. in history and psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology at Columbia University.

His writings on contemporary social issues have also appeared in more than a dozen academic journals; among them are the Forum for Applied Research & Public Policy, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Research in Urban Economics, Sociological Focus, Sociological Forum, Sociology Inquiry, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Viewpoints, and The Sociological Quarterly.

He is the recipient of the Bryant University "Distinguished Research & Publication Award" and "Excellence in Teaching Award"; the New England Sociological Association's "Sociologist of the Year Award"; and the American Sociological Association's "Outstanding Contributions to Instruction Award" (Sociology and Computers Section). He is former President of the New England Sociological Association and has been an associate editor of Teaching Sociology.

He has authored or edited 21 books, including: Analyzing Contemporary Social Issues (Allyn & Bacon, 1996, 2001), Empirical Approaches to Sociology (Macmillan, 1994; Allyn & Bacon, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009), Doing Sociology with Student Chip: Data Happy! (Allyn & Bacon, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009), Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 2006), Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law (ABC-CLIO, 2002), How to Manage Conflict in the Organization (American Management Association, 1994; Revised Edition, 2005), Learning Research Methods with SPSS (Harcourt Brace, 2001), Perspectives on Current Social Problems (Allyn & Bacon, 1997), The Gun Control Movement (Twayne Publishers, 1997), and Working Women in America: Split Dreams (with Sharlene Hesse-Biber [Oxford University Press, 2000, 2005]).

His long-time passion is scuba diving. He especially likes the travel, photography, spearfishing, and adventure that are associated with this sport. He has his Master Scuba Diver certification and averages about 60 dives per year.

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part 1: The Problem Of Social Order

Part 2: Issues in Sociological Research

Part 3: Cultural Explanations of Human Behavior

Part 4: Society

Part 5: Socialization

Part 6: Groups

Part 7: Interaction

Part 8: Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Part 9: Inequality

Part 10: Race and Ethnicity

Part 11: Gender

Part 12: Social Change and Social Conflict

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

* Denotes new readings

Preface

About the Editor

A Primer on Critical Reading, by Gregg Lee Carter

A Primer on Reading and Thinking Critically About Social Problems, by Louis E. Anderson

Part 1: The Problem Of Social Order

Classic

1. Social Order And Control Via Close Social Ties: The Example Of Suicide, by Émile Durkheim

2. Social Order And Control Via Force: The Example Of The Expropriation Of The English Agricultural Population From The Land, by Karl Marx

Contemporary

*3. Replicating Suicide in America: Durkheim’s 1897 Theory, by K. D. Breault, Lynn Hampton, and Dustin Brown

*4. Diversity Fosts Social Isolation, by Robert D. Putnam

Part 2: Issues in Sociological Research

Classic

5. Attitude Vs. Actions: The Pitfalls Of Quantitative “Survey” Research, by Richard T. LaPiere

6. The Mental Hospital from the Patient’s Point Of View: The Pitfalls of Participant-Observation Research, by Raymond M. Weinstein

Contemporary

7. The Idea of Contextual Effects, by Gregg Lee Carter

Part 3: Cultural Explanations of Human Behavior

Classic

8. Ethnocentrism, by William Graham Sumner

9. India’s Sacred Cow, by Marvin Harris

Contemporary

*10. Reducing Ethnocentrism through Intergroup Contact: Summarizing Results From a Meta-analystic Review, by Linda R. Tropp and Thomas F. Pettigrew

Part 4: Society

Classic

11. The Small-World Problem: The Myth of Mass Society, by Stanley Milgram

Contemporary

*12. The Small World Problem Revisited, by Judith S. Kleinfeld

*13. HIV/AIDS as a Societal Problem: The Fourth Decade, by Joseph J. Lengermann and Roberta B. Hollander

*14. The Restructuring of the Health Care System and Its Broad Implications for the United States, by Sam Mirmirani

Part 5: Socialization

Classic

15. Social Class and Parental Values Emphasized in Childrearing, by Melvin L. Kohn

Contemporary

*16. Social Class and Childrearing, by Annette Lareau

Part 6: Groups

Classic

17. Opinions and Group Pressure, by Solomon E. Asch

18. Social Support as a Moderator Of Life Stress, by Sidney Cobb

Contemporary

*19. Social Groups and Psychological Distress, by John Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross

20. Single-Parent Families, Blended Families, and the Academic Achievement of Adolescents, by Michael J. Fraleigh

Part 7: Interaction

Classic

21. Obedience to Authority, by Stanley Milgram

22. Interaction: The Work Women Do, by Pamela M. Fishman

Contemporary

*23. The Milgram Paradign after 35 Years: Some Things We Now Know About Obedience to Authority, by Thomas Blass

*24. The Strength of Internet Ties, by Jeffrey Boase, John B. Horrigan, Barry Wellman, and Lee Rainie

*25. Sex, Power, and Communication, by Pamela J. Kalbfleisch and Anita L. Herold

Part 8: Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Classic

26. Control Theory and Juvenile Delinquency, by Travis Hirschi

27. On Being Sane In Insane Places, by D. L. Rosenhan

Contemporary

28. Trajectories of Change in Criminal Offending: Good Marriages and the Resistance Process, by John H. Laub, Daniel S. Nagin, and Robert J. Sampson

*29. Understanding Why Crime Rates Fall: The Example of the 1990s, by Steven D. Levitt

Part 9: Inequality

Classic

30. Up and Down Opportunity’s Ladder, by James Davis

Contemporary

*31. Does Education Really Make You Smarter?, by Norman H. Nie and Saar D. Golde

32. Social Class and Voting in the United States: A Historical and Cross-national Analysis, by Leonard Beeghley

Part 10: Race and Ethnicity

Classic

33. Black Ghettoization and Social Mobility, by Norman Fainstein

Contemporary

*34. When Whites Flock Together: The Social Psychology of White Habitus, by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Carla Goar, and David G. Embrick

Part 11: Gender

Classic

35. Gender Roles and Identification: A Product of Socialization and Genetics, by John Money and Anke A. Ehrhardt

Contemporary

36. Socialization and the Production of Gender Inequality: The Influences of Family, School, Peers, and the Media, by Gregg Lee Carter and Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Part 12: Social Change and Social Conflict

Classic

37. The Success of the Unruly, by William A. Gamson

*38. Experiments in Group Conflict, by Muzafer Sherif

Contemporary

39. A Cross-Cultural Theory of Political Conflict and Violence, by Marc Howard Ross

*40. The Social Logic of Suicide Terrorism: Occupational and Religious Roots, by Robert A. Pape

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