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Beth Hess, Peter Stein, and Susan Farrell's The Essential Sociologist: An Introduction combines sound pedagogy with the latest developments in sociological research and current orientations in the field of sociology.
Foreword by Judith Lorber
Part I. Self in Society
1. What is Sociology and How Do You Do It?
2. How Is Society Possible? Culture and Social Structure
3. Becoming Social: Conformity and Deviance
4. Sexualities: How Many?
Part II. Structures of Inequality
5. When Some Are More Equal Than Others: Social Stratification
6. The American Mosaic: Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Minorities
7. Drawing Distinctions: Gendered Inequality
Part III. The Institutional Order
8. Mating and Marrying: Contemporary Families
9. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Economic Factors
10. Who Rules? Power, Politics, and the Military
11. Multiple Choices: Educational Systems
12. Believing and Belonging: Religious Institutions
13. Crimes and Punishments: The Criminal Justice System
14. A Sound Mind in a Sound Body: Health, Illness, and the Delivery of Care
Part IV. Modern Dilemmas
15. Demography as Destiny: Populations and Their Environments
16. 2001.com: Technology and Social Change in a Global System