Exploring Social Change: America and the World / Edition 6

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For one semester junior/senior and beginning-level graduate courses in Social Change.

An introduction to social change that highlights theories on key topics including social change, innovation, social movements, and revolutions.

Exploring Social Change: America and the World 6e is a comprehensive introduction to social change. The last part of the book shifts explicitly to the global level to analyze population and environmental issues and globalization. Within this framework, the book discusses topics about change and its problems familiar in sociology and social science.

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Editorial Reviews

Textbook designed for a college level sociology course. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205748082
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 157,177
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Harper, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at Creighton University. His academic interests include social change, globalization, religion, environmental sociology, social theory, and food issues. His publications include journal articles related to those interests, and he has published university-level texts including Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues (2007), Exploring Social Change: America and the World (2006), and Food, Society, and Environment (2007). Professor Harper has been a consultant for many religious and community organizations, and is an active contributor to departmental policy, personnel, and curriculum matters for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Creighton University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Environmental Educator Achievement Award, presented by the Nebraska Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Burlington Northern Award, to the Outstanding Creighton University Scholar of the Year, awarded by the Creighton University Graduate School.

Kevin Leicht, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa, where he teaches courses in the sociology of work, organizational theory, economy and society, political sociology and social stratification. He has co-authored five books, including Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle Class Prosperity (2006), Professional Work (2001), and Current Issues in the Study of Labor Force: Concepts, Measures and Trends (2001). He has contributed chapters and articles to edited works, including the Encyclopedia of Social Theory, and published research articles in journals such as American Journal of Sociology and Law and Society Review. Professor Leicht is Editor of Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, official journal of the Social Stratification Section (RC-28) of the International Sociological Association, Director of the Institute for Inequality Studies and Director of the Social Science Research Center. His current research examines gender inequality among professionals, transaction-cost approaches to career decision-making, the development of economic development programs by the U.S. states, and the causes and consequences of corporate restructuring.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: By Way of Introduction

Chapter 2: The Causes and Patterns of Change

Chapter 3: Social Theory and Social Change

Chapter 4: American Social Trends

Chapter 5: Change in the Settings of Everyday Life: Populations, Families, and Work

Chapter 6: Economics, Politics, and the American Prospect

Chapter 7: Social Movements

Chapter 8: American Reform Movements and Social Change

Chapter 9: Revolutions

Chapter 10: Technology, Innovation, and Networks

Chapter 11: Creating Change

Chapter 12: The Emerging Global System: Development and Globalization

Chapter 13: Society, Environment, and Change

Chapter 14: World Futures

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