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James M. Henslin was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. He has published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology. While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.” Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”

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Table of Contents





Part I The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1 The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 2 Culture

Chapter 3 Socialization

Chapter 4 Social Structure and Social Interaction

Part II Social Groups and Social Control

Chapter 5 Social Groups and Formal Organizations

Chapter 6 Deviance and Social Control

Part III Social Inequality

Chapter 7 Global Stratification

Chapter 8 Social Class in the United States

Chapter 9 Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 10 Inequalities of Gender and Age

Part IV Social Institutions

Chapter 11 Politics and the Economy

Chapter 12 Marriage and Family

Chapter 13 Education and Religion

Part V Social Change

Chapter 14 Population and Urbanization

Chapter 15 Social Change: Technology, Social Movements, and the Environment


Part I The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1 The Sociological Perspective - Seeing the Broader Social Context

Origins of Sociology

Tradition Versus Science

Auguste Comte and Positivism

Herbert Spencer and Social Darwinism

Karl Marx and Class Conflict

Emile Durkheim and Social Integration

Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

Sexism in Early Sociology

Attitudes of the Time

Harriet Martineau and Early Social Research

Sociology in North America

Early History: The Tension Between Social Reform and Sociological Analysis

Jane Addams and Social Reform

W. E. B. Du Bois and Race Relations

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Early North American Sociology: Du Bois and Race Relations

Talcott Parsons and C. Wright Mills: Theory Versus Reform

The Continuing Tension and the Rise of Applied Sociology

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Careers in Sociology: What Applied Sociologists Do

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Studying Job Discrimination:

A Surprising example of Applied Sociology

Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology

Symbolic Interactionism

Functional Analysis

Conflict Theory

Levels of Analysis: Macro and Micro

How Theory and Research Work Together

Doing Sociological Research

A Research Model

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Enjoying a Sociology Quiz–Sociological Findings Versus Common Sense

Research Methods


Down-to-Earth Sociology: Loading the Dice: How Not to Do Research

Participant Observation (Fieldwork)

Secondary Analysis



Unobtrusive Measures

Ethics in Sociological Research

Protecting the Subjects: The Brajuha Research

Misleading the Subjects: The Humphreys Research

Values in Sociological Research

Chapter 2 Culture

What Is Culture?

Culture and Taken-for-Granted Orientations to Life

Practicing Cultural Relativism

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Culture Shock: The Arrival of the Hmong

Practicing Cultural Relativism

Components of Symbolic Culture

Cultural Diversity Around the World: You Are What You Eat? An Exploration in Cultural Relativity


Standards of Beauty


Language and Perception: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

Values, Norms, and Sanctions

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Miami–Language in a Changing City

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Race and Language: Searching for Self-Labels

Folkways and Mores

Many Cultural Worlds



Values in U.S. Society

An Overview of U.S. Values

Value Clusters

Mass Media in Social Life: Why Do Native Americans Like Westerns?

Value Contradictions

Emerging Values

Culture Wars: When Values Clash

Values as Blinders

“Ideal” Versus “Real” Culture

Technology in the Global Village

The New Technology

Cultural Lag and Cultural Change

Technology and Cultural Leveling

Chapter 3 Socialization

What Is Human Nature?

Feral Children

Isolated Children

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Heredity or Environment? The Case of Oskar and Jack, Identical Twins

Institutionalized Children

Deprived Animals

Socialization into the Self and Mind

Cooley and the Looking-Glass Self

Mead and Role-Taking

Piaget and the Development of Reasoning

Global Aspects of the Self and Reasoning

Cultural Diversity around the World: Do You See What I See?: Eastern and Western Ways of Perceiving and Thinking

Learning Personality, Morality, and Emotions

Freud and the Development of Personality

Socialization into Emotions

Society Within Us: The Self and Emotions as Social Control

Socialization into Gender

Learning the Gender Map

Gender Messages in the Family

Gender Messages From Peers

Gender Messages in the Mass Media

Agents of Socialization

The Family

Mass Media in Social Life: Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: Changing Images of Women in the Mass Media

The Neighborhood


Day Care

The School and Peer Groups

The Workplace


Cultural Diversity in the United States: Caught Between Two Worlds

Total Institutions

Socialization Through the Life Course

Childhood (from Birth to About Age )

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Boot Camp as a Total Institution

Adolescence (ages -)

Transitional Adulthood (ages -)

The Middle Years (ages -)

The Older Years (about age on)

Are We Prisoners of Socialization?

Chapter 4 Social Structure and Social Interaction

Levels of Sociological Analysis

Macrosociology and Microsociology

The Macrosociological Perspective: Social Structure

The Sociological Significance of Social Structure


Down-to-Earth Sociology: College Football as Social Structure

Social Class

Social Status



Social Institutions

Societies–and Their Transformation

Biotech Societies: Is a New Type of Society Emerging?

What Holds Society Together?

Sociology and the New Technology: “So, You Want to Be Yourself?” Cloning in the Coming Biotech Society

Cultural Diversity in the United States: The Amish: Gemeinschaft Community in a Gesellschaft Society

The Microsociological Perspective: Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Stereotypes in Everyday Life

Personal Space

Down to Earth Sociology: Beauty May Be Only Skin Deep, But Its Effects Go on Forever

Eye Contact

Applied Body Language

Dramaturgy: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Ethnomethodology: Uncovering Background Assumptions

The Social Construction of Reality

Mass Media in Social Life: You Can’t Be Thin Enough: Body Images and the Mass Media

The Need for Both Macrosociology and Microsociology

Through the Author's Lens: When a Tornado Strikes: Social Organization Following a Natural Disaster

Part II Social Groups and Social Control

Chapter 5 Social Groups and Formal Organizations

Groups Within Society

Primary Groups

Secondary Groups

In-Groups and Out-Groups

Reference Groups

Social Networks

A New Group: Electronic Communities

Cultural Diversity in the United States: How Our Own Social Networks Perpetuate Social Inequality


The Characteristics of Bureaucracies

The Perpetuation of Bureaucracies

Down-to-Earth Sociology: The McDonaldization of Society

The Disfunctions of Bureaucracies

Working for the Corporation

Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes in the “Hidden” Corporate Culture

Thinking Critically: Managing Diversity on the Workplace

Technology and the Control of Workers

Group Dynamics

Effects of Group Size on Stability and Intimacy

Sociology and the New Technology, Cyberloafers and Cybersleuths: Surfing and Work

Effects of Group Size on Attitudes and Behavior


The Power of Peer Pressure: The Asch Experiment

The Power of Authority: The Milgram Experiment

Thinking Critically: If Hitler Asked You to Execute a Stranger, Would You? The Milgram Experiment

Global Consequences of Group Dynamics: Groupthink

Chapter 6 Deviance and Social Control

What Is Deviance?

How Norms Make Social Life Possible

Cultural Diversity Around the World: Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective


Thinking Critically: Is It Rape, or Is It Marriage? A Study in Culture Clash

Competing Explanations of Deviance: Sociology, Sociobiology, and Psychology

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

Differential Association Theory

Control Theory

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Shaming: Making a Comeback?

Labeling Theory

The Functionalist Perspective

Can Deviance Really Be Functional for Society?

Strain Theory: How Social Values Produce Deviance

Illegitimate Opportunity Structures: Social Class and Crime

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Gang Leader for a Day: Adventures of a Rogue Sociologist

The Conflict Perspective

Class, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

Power and Inequality

The Law as an Instrument of Oppression

Reactions to Deviance

Cultural Diversity around the World: “What Kind of Prison Is This?”

Street Crime and Prisons

Thinking Critically: “Three Strikes and You're Out!”: Unintended Consequences of Well-Intended Laws

The Decline in Violent Crime


The Death Penalty and Bias

Down-to-Earth Sociology: The Killer Next Door: Serial Murderers in Our Midst

Legal Change

Thinking Critically: Changing Views: Making Hate a Crime

The Medicalization of Deviance: Mental Illness

The Need for a More Humane Approach

Part III Social Inequality

Chapter 7 Global Stratification

Systems of Social Stratification



Mass Media in Social Life: What Price Freedom? Slavery Today


Global Stratification and the Status of Females

What Determines Social Class?

Karl Marx: The Means of Production

Max Weber: Property, Prestige, and Power

Why Is Social Stratification Universal?

The Functionalist Perspective: Motivating Qualified People

The Conflict Perspective: Class Conflict and Scarce Resources

Lenski’s Synthesis

How Do Elites Maintain Stratification?

Ideology Versus Force

Comparative Social Stratification

Social Stratification in Great Britain

Social Stratification in the Former Soviet Union

Global Stratification: Three Worlds

The Most Industrialized Nations

The Industrializing Nations

Thinking Critically: Open Season: Children as Prey

The Least Industrialized Nations

Through the Author's Lens: The Dump People: Working and Living and Playing in the City Dump of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

How Did the World’s Nations Become Stratified?


World System Theory

Thinking Critically: When Globalization Comes Home: Maquiladores South of the Border

Culture of Poverty

Evaluating the Theories

Maintaining Global Stratification


Multinational Corporations

Technology and Global Domination

A Concluding Note

Chapter 8 Social Class in the United States

What Is Social Class?




Down-to-Earth Sociology: How the Super-Rich Live

Status Inconsistency

Down-to-Earth Sociology: The Big Win: Life After the Lottery

Sociological Models of Social Class

Updating Marx

Updating Weber

Social Class in the Automobile Industry

Consequences of Social Class

Physical Health

Mental Health

Thinking Critically: Mental Illness and Inequality in Health Care

Family Life




Crime and Criminal Justice

Social Mobility

Three Types of Social Mobility

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Social Class and the Upward Social Mobility of African Americans

Women in Studies of Social Mobility


Drawing the Poverty Line

Who Are the Poor?

Down-to Earth Sociology: Exploring Myths About the Poor

Children of Poverty

Thinking Critically: The Nation's Shame: Children in Poverty

The Dynamics of Poverty

Why Are People Poor?

Welfare Reform

Where Is Horatio Alger? The Social Functions of a Myth

Chapter 9 Race and Ethnicity

Laying the Sociological Foundation

Race: Myth and Reality

Ethnic Groups

Minority Groups and Dominant Groups

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Tiger Woods and the Emerging Multiracial Identity: Mapping New Ethnic Terrain

How People Construct Their Racial-Ethnic Identity

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Can a Plane Ride Change Your Race?

Prejudice and Discrimination

Learning Prejudice

Individual and Institutional Discrimination

Theories of Prejudice

Psychological Perspectives

Sociological Perspectives

Global Patterns of Intergroup Relations


Down-to-Earht Sociology: The Man in the Zoo

Population Transfer

Internal Colonialism



Multiculturalism (Pluralism)

Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States

European Americans

Down-to-Earth Sociology:Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Exploring Cultural Privelage


Cultural Diversity in the United States and Around the World: The Illegal Travel Guide

African Americans

Asian Americans

Native Americans

Looking Toward the Future

The Immigration Debate

Affirmative Action

Cultural Diversity in the United States: Glimpsing the Future: The Shifting U.S. Racial—Ethnic Mix

Toward a True Multicultural Society

Chapter 10 Inequalities of Gender and Age

Inequalities of Gender

Issues of Sex and Gender

Gender Differences in Behavior: Biology or Culture?

Opening the Door to Biology

How Females Became a Minority Group

Through the Author's Lens: Work and Gender: Women at Work in India

Down-to-Earth Sociology: The Gender Gap in Math and Science: A National Debate

The Origins of Patriarchy

Cultural Diversity Around the World: “Psst. You Wanna Buy a Bride?” China in Transition

Global Violence Against Women

Cultural Diversity Around the World: Female Circumcision

Gender Inequality in the United States

Fighting Back: The Rise of Feminism

Gender Inequality in Health Care

Gender Inequality in Education

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Surgical Sexism: Cold-Hearted Surgeons and Their Women Victims

Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment–And Worse

Gender and Violence

The Changing Face of Politics

Glimpsing the Future–with Hope

Inequalities of Aging

Aging in Global Perspective

The Social Construction of Aging

Industrialization and the Graying of the Globe

The Graying of America

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

Shifting Meanings of Growing Old

The Influence of the Mass Media

The Functionalist Perspective

Disengagement Theory

Mass Media in Social Life: Shaping Our Perceptions of the Elderly

Activity Theory

Continuity Theory

The Conflict Perspective

Social Security Legislation

Intergenerational Conflict

Gender Roles Among the Elderly

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Feisty to the End: Gender Roles Among the Elderly

Part IV Social Institutions

Chapter 11 Politics and the Economy

Politics: Establishing Leadership

Power, Authority, and Violence

Authority and Legitimate Violence

Traditional Authority

Rational-Legal Authority

Charismatic Authority

The Transfer of Authority

Types of Government

Monarchies: The Rise of the State

Democracies: Citizenship as a Revolutionary Idea

Dictatorships and Oligarchies: The Seizure of Power

The U.S. Political System

Political Parties and Elections

Voting Patterns

Lobbyists and Special-Interest Groups

Who Rules the United States?

The Functionalist Perspective: Pluralism

The Conflict Perspective: The Power Elite

Which View Is Right?

War and Terrorism: Ways of Implementing Political Objectives



The Economy: Work in the Global Village

Down-to-Earth Sociology: How Can “Good” People Torture and Mutilate?

The Transformation of Economic Systems

Preindustrial Societies: The Birth of Inequality

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Child Soldiers

Industrial Societies: The Birth of the Machine

Postindustrial Societies: The Birth of the Information Age

Biotech Societies: The Merger of Biology and Economics

Implications for Your Life

Ominous Trends in the United States

Cultural Diversity around the World: The Child Workers

Through the Author's Lens: Small Town USA: Struggling to Survive

World Economic Systems



Ideologies of Capitalism and Socialism

Criticisms of Capitalism and Socialism

The Convergence of Capitalism and Socialism

Capitalism in a Global Economy

Global Trade: Inequalities and Conflict

Cultural Diversity Around the World: Doing Business in the Global Village

A New World Order?

Chapter 12 Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family in Global Perspective

What Is a Family?

What is Marriage?

Common Cultural Themes

Sociology and the New Technology: Finding a Mate: Not the Same as It Used to Be

Marriage and Family in Theoretical Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective: Functions and Dysfunctions

The Conflict Perspective: Struggles Between Husbands and Wives

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Gender and Family Responsibilities

The Family Life Cycle

Love and Courtship in Global Perspective

Cultural Diversity Around the World: East Is East and West Is West: Love and Arranged Marriage in India


Child Rearing

Family Transitions

Diversity in U.S. Families

African American Families

Latino Families

Asian American Families

Native American Families

One-Parent Families

Families Without Children

Blended Families

Gay and Lesbian Families

Trends in U.S. Families

Postponing Marriage and Childbirth


Unmarried Mothers

Down-to-Earth Sociology: “You Want Us to Live Together? What Do You Mean By That?”

Grandparents as Parents

The “Sandwich Generation” and Elder Care

Divorce and Remarriage

Problems in Measuring Divorce

Children of Divorce

Down-to-Earth Sociology: “What Are Your Chances of Getting Divorced?”

Grandchildren of Divorce

The Absent Father and Serial Fatherhood

The Ex-Spouses


Two Sides of Family Life

The Dark Side of Family Life: Battering, Child Abuse, and Incest

Down-to-Earth Sociology: “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?” The Dilemma of Abused Women

The Bright Side of Family Life: Successful Marriages

The Future of Marriage and Family

Chapter 13 Education and Religion

Education: Transferring Knowledge and Skills

Education in Global Perspective

Education and Industrialization

Education in the Most Industrialized Nations: Japan

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Community Colleges: Challenges Old and New

Education in the Industrializing Nations: Russia

Education in the Least Industrialized Nations: Egypt

The Functionalist Perspective: Providing Social Benefits

Teaching Knowledge and Skills

Cultural Transmission of Values

Social Integration

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Home Schooling: The Search for Quality and Values


Replacing Family Functions

The Conflict Perspective: Perpetuating Social Inequality

The Hidden Curriculum

Tilting the Tests: Discrimination by IQ

Stacking the Deck: Unequal Funding

The Bottom Line: Family Background

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Teacher Expectations

The Rist Research

How Do Teacher Expectations Work?

Problems in U.S. Education–and Their Solutions

Problems: Mediocrity and Violence

Solutions: Safety and Standards

Thinking Critically: Breaking Through the Barriers: Restructuring the Classroom


What Is Religion?

The Functionalist Perspective

Functions of Religion

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Religion and Health: What We Know and Don't Know

Dysfunctions of Religion

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

Religious Symbols

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Terrorism and the Mind of God



Religious Experience

The Conflict Perspective

Opium of the People

A Legitimation of Social Inequalities

Religion and the Spirit of Capitalism

Types of Religious Groups





Variations in Patterns

Religion in the United States

Characteristics of Members

Characteristics of Religious Groups

Secularization and the Splintering of U.S. Churches

The Future of Religion

Part V Social Change

Chapter 14 Population and Urbanization


A Planet with No Space for Enjoying Life?

The New Malthusians

The Anti-Malthusians

Who Is Correct?

Why Are People Starving?

Population Growth

Down-to-Earth Sociology: How the Tsunami Can Help Us to Understand Population Growth

Why the Least Industrialized Nations Have So Many Children

Implications of Different Rates of Growth

The Three Demographic Variables

Problems in Forecasting Population Growth

Cultural Diversity around the World: Killing Little Girls: An Ancient and Thriving Practice


The Development of Cities

Through the Author's Lens: A Walk Through El Tiro in Medellin, Columbia

The Process of Urbanization

U.S. Urban Patterns

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Reclaiming Harlem: “It Feeds My Soul”

The Rural Rebound

Models of Urban Growth

City Life

Alienation in the City

Community in the City

Who Lives in the City?

The Norm of Noninvolvement and the Diffusion of Responsibility

Urban Problems and Social Policy


Down-to-Earth Sociology: Urban Fear and the Gated Fortress

Disinvestment and Deindustrialization

The Potential of Urban Revitalization

Chapter 15 Social Change and the Environment

How Social Change Transforms Social Life

The Four Social Revolutions

From Gemeinschaft to Gesellschaft

Capitalism, Modernization, and Industrialization

Conflict, Power, and Global Politics

Theories and Processes of Social Change

Cultural Evolution

Natural Cycles

Conflict over Power

Ogburn’s Theory

How Technology Changes Society

The Sociological Significance of Technology

Computers in Education

Computers in Business and Finance

Computers in Warfare

Reservations About the Computer

Social Movements as a Source of Social Change

Down-to-Earth Sociology: The Coming Star Wars

Types of Social Movements

Propaganda and the Mass Media

The Stages of Social Movements

Down-to-Earth Sociology: “Tricks of the Trade”–Deception and

Persuasion in Propaganda

Thinking Critically: Which Side of the Barricades? Prochoice and Prolife as a Social Movement

The Growth Machine Versus the Earth

Environmental Problems in the Most Industrialized Nations

Down-to-Earth Sociology: Corporations and Big Welfare Bucks: How to Get Paid to Pollute

Environmental Problems in the Industrializing and Least Industrialized Nations

The Environmental Movement

Thinking Critically: Ecosabotage

Cultural Diversity around the World: The Rain Forests: Lost Tribes, Lost Knowledge

Environmental Sociology

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