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Viewing our society from a conflict perspective.

This introductory text, written from a conflict perspective, emphasizes four themes: diversity, the struggle by the powerless to achieve social justice, the changing economy, and globalization. In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society studies the forces that lead to stability and change in society and asks:

  • Who benefits from the existing social arrangements, and who does not?
  • How are human beings shaped by society?
  • What are the forces that maintain social stability, produce social inequality, and resist social change?

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  • Explore Theory – A conflict perspective is used to examine social structures.
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Editorial Reviews

The new edition (first, 1978) of an introductory level sociology textbook which provides a coherent analysis guided by the assumption that there is inherent duality in all societies and that a realistic analysis must include both the integrating forces and the forces conducive to malintegration and change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205854417
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/25/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 141,838
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

D. STANLEY EITZEN is professor emeritus in sociology from Colorado State University, where previously he was the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Among his books are: Social Problems (which was awarded the McGuffey Longevity Award for excellence over multiple editions in 2000 by the Text and Academic Authors Association); Diversity in Families and Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds (each coauthored with Maxine Baca Zinn); Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom (with Kelly Eitzen Smith); Inequality: Social Class and Its Consequences (coauthored with Janis E. Johnston); Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies; Solutions to Social Problems from the Top Down; The Role of Government (with George H. Sage); Solutions to Social Problems from the Bottom Up: Social Movements (with Kenneth L. Stewart); Paths to Homelessness: Extreme Poverty and the Urban Housing Crisis (with Doug A. Timmer and Kathyrn Talley); Sociology of North American Sport (with George H. Sage); and Fair and Foul: Rethinking the Myths and Paradoxes of Sport. He has served as the president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and as editor of The Social Science Journal.

MAXINE BACA ZINN is professor of sociology at Michigan State University, where she is also senior researcher in the Julian Samora Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Her books include: Women of Color in U.S. Society (with Bonnie Thornton Dill) and Gender through the Prism of Difference (with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Michael Messner). She is the coauthor (with D. Stanley Eitzen) of Social Problems and Diversity in Families, both of which won McGuffey Awards for longevity from the Text and Academic Authors Association, and Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds. She has served as president of the Western Social Science Association. In 2000, she received the American Sociological Association’s Jessie Bernard Award in recognition of her career achievements in the study of women and gender.

KELLY EITZEN SMITH received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She is currently working as a researcher and technical consultant at the Drachman Institute, University of Arizona. The Drachman Institute is the research and public service unit of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture dedicated to the environmentally sensitive and resource-conscious development of neighborhoods and communities. Her current projects and research interests involve sustainable communities and transit-oriented development. She is the coauthor of Social Problems (Twelfth Edition, with D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn) and Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom (Second Edition, with D. Stanley Eitzen).

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups

Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict


Chapter 4: Culture

Chapter 5: Socialization

Chapter 6: Social Control

Chapter 7: Deviance


Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Social Change: Economic and Demographic

Chapter 9: Social Stratification

Chapter 10: Class

Chapter 11: Racial Inequality

Chapter 12: Gender Inequality


Chapter 13: The Economy

Chapter 14: Power and Politics

Chapter 15: Families

Chapter 16: Education

Chapter 17: Religion


Chapter 18: Human Agency: Individuals and Groups in Society Changing Social Structures

2) Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective


Assumptions of the Sociological Perspective

The Sociological Imagination

Problems with the Sociological Perspective

The Historical Development of Sociology

Sociological Methods: The Craft of Sociology

A Closer Look: Thinking Like a Sociologist

Research Methods: Standards for Objectivity and Integrity in Social Research

Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups

The Micro Level

A Closer Look: The Isolating Effects of Email

A Closer Look: The Declining Significance of Family

The Societal or Macro Level

Diversity: Gay Marriage?

Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict

Social Systems: Order and Conflict

Research Methods: Social Scientists and Values: Taking Sides

A Closer Look: Twinkies and Pencils and Functional Integration

Synthesis of the Order and Conflict Models

A Closer Look: The Fragmentation of Social Life: Deepening Divides in U.S.

A Closer Look: Violence and Division in India

The Integrative Forces in Society

Diversity: The Media’s Selective Perception of Race and Class

The Use of the Order and Conflict Models in This Book


Chapter 4: Culture

Culture: The Knowledge That People Share

A Closer Look: Ethnocentrism in U. S. Schools

Types of Shared Knowledge

Technology and Society: Test Your Emoticon Knowledge

A Closer Look: Test Your Emoticon Knowledge


A Closer Look: Competition in the Era of Reality Television

Diversity: Life in a Religious Sect

Values from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Chapter 5: Socialization

The Personality as a Social Product

A Closer Look: The Looking-Glass Self and Body Image

Technology and Society: Helicopter Parenting and GPS Devices

Socialization in a Changing Social Landscape

Socialization from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Chapter 6: Social Control

Agents of Ideological Social Control

Diversity: The Amish and Social Control

Agents of Direct Social Control

A Closer Look: Singapore: The Iron Fist in the Land of Order

A Closer Look: Homeland Security on Campus

Social Control in the Private Sector: Implications for Contemporary Social Life

Technology and Society: The Internet’s Private Eye

Social Control from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Chapter 7: Deviance

The Characteristics of Deviance

Traditional Theories for the Causes of Deviance

A Closer Look: Shame Sites

Society as the Source of Deviance

Diversity: The Criminal Justice System: Unreasonable Stops and Searches by Race

Deviance from the Order and Conflict Perspectives


Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Social Change: Economic and Demographic

Globalization and the Structural Transformation of the Economy

Globalization: Sending U.S. Jobs Overseas

A Closer Look: The Changing Nature of Jobs

Technology and Society: Computer Technology and Middle Class Job Loss

The New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape

Diversity: Popular Surnames in the United States Are No Longer Exclusively Anglo

Globalization: Yes, Global Free Market Mobility for Corporations; No, Global

The Aging Society

Chapter 9: Social Stratification

A Closer Look: Birth as Destiny: India’s Caste System

Globalization: Inequality among Nations

Major Concepts

Order and Conflict Theories of Stratification

Deficiency Theories

Research Methods: The Political Climate and Scientific Ideas

A Closer Look: Blaming the Poor

Structural Theories

Diversity: Who Benefits from Poverty?

Chapter 10: Class

Dimensions of Inequality

Social Classes

Diversity: The Near Poor: The Missing Class

The Consequences of Social Class Positions

Social Mobility

Poverty in the United States

Human Agency: Coping Strategies Among the Poor

Myths about Poverty

Chapter 11: Racial Inequality

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Globalization: The Changing Face of Sweden: Dark Skin and Brown Eyes

Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality

A Closer Look: Culture, Structure, and Today’s Poverty Debates

Racial Stratification from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Discrimination against Blacks and Hispanics: Continuity and Change

Technology and Society: Race and Computer Technology Use

Contemporary Trends and Issues in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations

Chapter 12: Gender Inequality

Women and Men Are Differentiated and Ranked

Gender Stratification from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Learning Gender

Reinforcing Male Dominance

Technology and Society: Gender and Social Networking

Structured Gender Inequality

The Costs and Consequences of Sexism

Globalization: Trafficking Sex for a Globalized Market

Fighting the System

Human Agency: Empowering Poor Women and Protecting the Environment


Chapter 13: The Economy

Capitalism and Socialism

The Corporation-Dominated Economy

Capitalism and Inequality

Work in U.S. Society

Globalization: Modern Day Slavery in the United States

Capitalism in Crisis

A Closer Look: The Sub-Prime Crisis for African Americans and Latinos

A Closer Look: The Effects of the Great Recession on Recent College Graduates

Chapter 14: Power and Politics

Models of the National Power Structure

A Closer Look: Structural Barriers to Democracy

A Closer Look: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

A Closer Look: Is the United States a Plutocracy? Some Warnings

A Closer Look: The Dark Side of Lobbying

The Consequences of Concentrated Power

Human Agency: The Constitutional Battle for Racial Equality

A Closer Look: Guns or Butter? Who’s Paying for the War?

The Order and Conflict Perspectives on the Distribution of Power

Chapter 15: Families

The Mythical Family in the United States

Families in Contemporary U.S. Society

Globalization: Families in Global Perspective

Changes in Marriage and Family Roles

Diversity: Why Family Issues Matter for Lesbians and Gays

Research Methods: Researching Families: How Sociologist Arlie Hochschild

Violence in Families

The Modern Family from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Families of the Future

Chapter 16: Education

The Characteristics of U.S. Education

A Closer Look: Leaving Boys Behind?

Education and Inequality

Diversity: The Tiger Mom Controversy

Education from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Chapter 17: Religion

Globalization: The Global Reach of the World's Major Religions 490

Classical Sociology’s Differing Interpretations of Religion

Some Distinctive Features of U.S. Religion

Diversity: Islam in the United States

Globalization: Outsourcing Prayer

Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality and Religion

Diversity: Religion and Patriarchy

Religious Trends

Contemporary Christianity and Politics

Religion from the Order and Conflict Perspectives


Chapter 18: Human Agency: Individuals and Groups in Society Changing Social Structures

The Sociological Paradox: Social Structure and Agency

Social Movements

Human Agency: The Political Muscle of Americans with Disabilities

Globalization: Students against Sweatshops

Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up

Is There Hope for a People’s Social Movement Now?

A Closer Look: The Paradox of Social Progress and Economic Reaction



Name Index

Subject Index

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