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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).
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.
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