Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows / Edition 3

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Overview

A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.

This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).

Key Features

  • Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social issues
  • Shows students how analyzing data from the General Social Survey, a major national research program, can help them better understand compelling social issues
  • Teaches students how to use SPSS as they analyze GSS data on a random sample of the population
  • Guides students step-by-step through exercises that have been designed for those with no background in SPSS
  • Includes research reports that follow a standardized fill-in-the-blank format for analyzing and presenting results, but with space left for students to summarize their results in their own words

Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition can be effectively used in Introductory Sociology or other undergraduate sociology courses and may be used in conjunction with most of the standard textbooks in the field. The text is ideal for courses where the professor also wants to introduce students to doing social research and using SPSS.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412964210
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph F. Healey is Professor of Sociology at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He received his PhD in sociology and anthropology from the University of Virginia. An experienced, innovative teacher of numerous race and ethnicity courses, he has written articles on minority groups, the sociology of sport, social movements, and violence, and he is also the author of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research (8th ed., 2008).

John Boli, Emory University, is the author or co-author of six books and many articles and chapters on education, globalization, and political sociology, including The Globalization Reader (Blackwell,1999), Constructing World Culture (Stanford University Press,1999), Cream of the Crop (Basic Books, 1994) and Institutional Structure: Constituting State, Society, and the Individual (Sage, 1987).

Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, but his family chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, and he grew up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After 3 years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. Although he is the author of several research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many texts he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association for 25 years and currently serves on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association.

Fred Halley, Associate Professor Emeritus, SUNY-Brockport, received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from Ashland College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri, respectively. Since 1970, he has worked to bring both instructional and research computer applications into the undergraduate sociology curriculum. Halley has been recognized for his leadership in the instructional computing sections of the Eastern and Midwest Sociological Societies and the American Sociological Association. At Brockport, he served as a collegewide social science computing consultant and directed Brockport’s Institute for Social Science Research and the College’s Data Analysis Laboratory. Off campus, Halley directed and consulted on diverse community research projects that were used to establish urban magnet schools, evaluate a Head Start family service center, locate an expressway, and design a public transportation system for a rural county. Now residing in Rochester, New York, he plays an active role in a faith-based mentoring program for ex-offenders, and he volunteers for Micrecycle, an organization that refurbishes computers used by those on the other side of the computer divide in schools, daycares, youth centers, and other community organizations.

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Table of Contents

1. Getting Started: Social Research, Data Sets, and Frequency Distributions
2. Theory and Research: The Scientific Method
3. Describing the Sample, Types of Variables, and Data Sets
4. Culture: What Do Americans Value?
5. A Controversy in Values: Attitudes About Abortion
6. Socialization: What Kinds of Children Do Americans Want?
7. Crime: Fear, Law Enforcement, and Punishment
8. Inequality and Social Class in the United States
9. Inequality and Gender
10. Inequality and Race
11. The Family Institution: Forms and Functions
12. The Political Institution in the United States: Support for Civil Liberties, Presidential Choice, and the Gender Gap
Appendix A: Variable Names, Item Wordings, and Codes for All Data Sets
Appendix B: SPSS Commands Used in This Book
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary of Key Concepts
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