In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society, Census Update / Edition 12

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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 studies the forces that lead to both 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?

The Census Update program incorporates 2010 Census data into a course—simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program include an updated census edition with all charts and graphs—to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. In addition, A Short Introduction to the U.S. Census is available and an updated MySocKit.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning — MySocKit delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking — Encourages students to critically evaluate social sources of behavior and conflict.
  • Engage Students — Provides examples of those who have been empowered to achieve positive social change.
  • Explore Theory — A conflict perspective is used to examine social structures.
  • Understand Diversity — Economic global transformations in the U.S., the struggle to achieve social justice, and the inclusion of race, class, and gender.
  • Support Instructors — MySocKit enables instructors to assess student progress and adapt course material to meet the specific needs of the class.

Note: MySocKit does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocKit, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySocKit (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205101887 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205101887

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205179695
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 589,142
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

(Ph.D. University of Kansas) is professor emeritus in sociology from Colorado State University, where previously he was the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor. Among his books are Social Problems (with Maxine Baca Zinn and Kelly Eitzen Smith)and Diversity in Families (with Maxine Baca Zinn and Barbara Wells), both of which received McGuffey Awards from the Text and Academic Authors Association for excellence and longevity over multiple editions. He is also the author and co-author of four Solutions to Social Problems volumes with Allyn & Bacon; Paths to Homelessness: Extreme Poverty and the Urban Housing Crisis (with Doug A. Timmer and Kathryn 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 (Ph.D. University of Oregon) is Professor Emeritus in sociology at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Her main research interests are racial inequality, gender, and family life. She is the author and co-author of many other books, including Diversity in Families (with D. Stanley Eitzen and Barbara Wells),Social Problems (with D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith), Women of Color in U.S. Society, Gender Through the Prism of Difference, and Globalization: The Transformation of Social Worlds. In 2000, she received the ASA Jessie Bernard Career Award.

Kelly Eitzen Smith received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona. She is currently the director of the Center for Applied Sociology and a lecturer at the University of Arizona. At the Center for Applied Sociology she has conducted research in the areas of day labor, homelessness, poverty, urban housing and neighborhood development. Her sociological interests include gender, family, sexuality, stratification, and social problems. She is also the co-author of Experiencing Poverty (with D.Stanley Eitzen), andSocial Problems (with D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn).

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Table of Contents



Part I: The Sociological Approach
Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups
Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict

Part II: The Individual in Society: Society in the Individual
Chapter 4: Culture
Chapter 5: Socialization
Chapter 6: Social Control
Chapter 7: Deviance

Part III: The Study of Society
Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Societal Change: Economic and Demographic
Chapter 9: Social Stratification
Chapter 10: Class
Chapter 11: Racial Inequality
Chapter 12: Gender Inequality

Part IV: Social Institutions
Chapter 13: The Economy
Chapter 14: Power and Politics
Chapter 15: Families
Chapter 16: Education
Chapter 17: Religion

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


About the Authors

Part I: The Sociological Approach

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

Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups
The Micro Level
The Societal or Macro Level

Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict
Social Systems: Order and Conflict
Synthesis of the Order and Conflict Models

Part II: The Individual in Society: Society in the Individual

Chapter 4: Culture
Culture: The Knowledge That People Share
The Globalization of Culture?
Values from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Chapter 5: Socialization
The Personality as a Social Product
Socialization in a Changing Social Landscape

Chapter 6: Social Control
Agents of Ideological Social Control
Agents of Direct Social Control

Chapter 7: Deviance
The Characteristics of Deviance
Society as the Source of Deviance
Deviance from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Part III: The Study of Society

Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Societal Change: Economic and Demographic
Globalization and the Structural Transformation of the Economy
The New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape
The Aging Society

Chapter 9: Social Stratification
Major Concepts
Theories of Stratification
Deficiency Theories
Structural Theories

Chapter 10: Class
Dimensions of Inequality
Social Classes
The Consequences of Social Class Positions
Social Mobility
Poverty in the United States
Myths about Poverty

Chapter 11: Racial Inequality
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Racial Stratification from the Order and Conflict Perspectives
Discrimination against Blacks and Hispanics: Continuity and Change
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
Structured Gender Inequality
The Costs and Consequences of Sexism
Fighting the System

Part IV: Social Institutions

Chapter 13: The Economy

Capitalism and Socialism
The Corporation-Dominated Economy
Capitalism and Inequality
Work in U.S. Society
Capitalism in Crisis

Chapter 14: Power and Politics
Models of the National Power Structure
The Consequences of Concentrated Power
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
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
Education and Inequality
Education from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Chapter 17: Religion
Classical Sociology’s Differing Interpretations of Religion
Some Distinctive Features of U.S. Religion
Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
Religious Trends
Contemporary Christianity and Politics
Religion from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Part V: Human Agency

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

The Sociological Paradox: Social Structure and Agency
Social Movements
Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up

Name Index
Subject Index

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