Essentials of Sociology: A Down-To-Earth Approach (Study Guide) / Edition 8

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Essentials of Sociology, through its acclaimed 'down-to-earth' approach and personal writing style, highlights the sociology of everyday life and the relevance of sociology to your own life.

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An attractive introductory text designed to interest and motivate students, filled with examples from around the world as well as our own society. Sections cover the sociological perspective, groups and social control, social inequality, social institutions, and social change. Includes boxed readings on globalization, cultural diversity, critical thinking, real-life sociology, and sociology and the new technology, plus detailed chapter summary reviews, Internet projects, a glossary, and exciting color photos of people around the world. The author is affiliated with Southern Illinois University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205578924
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Sociological Perspective
1 The Sociological Perspective 1
2 Culture 29
3 Socialization 53
4 Social Structure and Social Interaction 75
Pt. II Social Groups and Social Control
5 Social Groups in a Socially Diverse Society 99
6 Deviance and Social Control 123
Pt. III Social Inequality
7 Social Stratification in Global Perspective 147
8 Social Class in the United States 171
9 Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity 197
10 Inequalities of Gender and Age 231
Pt. IV Social Institutions
11 Politics and the Economy: Leadership and Work in the Global Village 263
12 Marriage and Family: Our Introduction to Society 290
13 Education and Religion: Cross-Generational Transfer of Knowledge, Skills, and Meaning 320
Pt. V Social Change
14 Population and Urbanization 351
15 Social Change: Technology, Social Movements, and the Environment 382
Glossary 407
Suggested Readings 419
References 433
Name Index 457
Subject Index 465
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