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This text offers the quality scholarship of Hughes and Kroehler's Sociology: The Core in a more condensed, more affordable form. Focusing on the essentials, Inside Sociology covers core sociological concepts in a clear, accessible, ten-chapter presentation. The authors apply the major sociological perspectives throughout the book, helping students develop their understanding of functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism. Using sociological data, feature boxes, compelling chapter openers, cartoons, photos, and abundant real-world examples, Inside Sociology is designed to engage today's students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073528045
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hughes is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 1979 and has taught introductory sociology over the past 34 years. He also regularly teaches courses in minority group relations, deviant behavior, the sociology of mental illness, and data analysis. From 2000 to 2004, he served as editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. He has held positions as research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (1992–1994) and research associate at Vanderbilt University (1980–1982). With Walter R. Gove he is the author of the book, Overcrowding in the Household. His research interests in mental health and mental illness, race and ethnicity, and crowding and living alone have resulted in over 60 professional articles published in a variety of journals. In 2004–2005, he served as president of the Southern Sociological Society.

CAROLYN J. KROEHLER is a professional writer and editor who has received her sociological education “on the job.” Before her work on Sociology: The Core, she contributed to criminology and criminal justice textbooks. She edited and helped with the writing of a guide to academic success for college students, Straight A’s: If I Can Do It, So Can You. At the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, she wrote public education and technical materials about water quality and other environmental issues, including a book on drinking water standards. Her writing experience also includes several years in a college public relations office and writing and editing for the Lancaster Independent Press. She earned her Ph.D. in botany at Virginia Tech and has published in the Canadian Journal of Botany, Plant and Soil, and Oecologia.

Mike and Carrie live in Blacksburg, Virginia, with their children Edmund and Camilla.

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Developing a Sociological Consciousness

Chapter 2. Culture and Socialization

Chapter 3. Social Structure, Groups, and Organizations

Chapter 4. Deviance and Crime

Chapter 5. Social Stratification

Chapter 6. Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Chapter 7. The Family

Chapter 8. Social Institutions

Chapter 9. Population and Environment

Chapter 10. Social Change

Detailed Table of Contents
List of Boxes

Chapter 1. Developing a Sociological Consciousness
The Sociological Perspective

New Levels of Reality

The Sociological Imagination

Microsociology and Macrosociology
The Development of Sociology

Auguste Comte: The Founder of Sociology

Harriet Martineau: Feminist and Methodologist

Herbert Spencer and Social Darwinism

Karl Marx: The Role of Class Conflict

Émile Durkheim: Social Integration and Social Facts

Max Weber: Subjectivity and Social Organization

American Sociology

Contemporary Sociology
Theoretical Perspectives

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Interactionist Perspective

Using the Three Perspectives
Conducting Research

The Logic and Method of Science

How Do Sociologists Collect Data?

Research Ethics

Chapter 2. Culture and Socialization
Components of Culture



Symbols and Language
Cultural Unity and Diversity

Cultural Universals

Cultural Integration


Cultural Relativism

Subcultures and Countercultures

Foundations for Socialization

The Self and Socialization

Socialization across the Life Course

Chapter 3. Social Structure, Groups, and 00 Organizations
Social Structure



Groups, Aggregates, and Categories


Groups and Group Processes

Primary Groups and Secondary Groups

In-Groups and Out-Groups

Reference Groups

Group Dynamics
Formal Organizations

Types of Formal Organizations

Bureaucracy: A Functional Approach to Organizations

Characteristics of Bureaucracies

Problems of Bureaucracy

Conflict and Interactionist Perspectives

Humanizing Bureaucracies

Chapter 4. Deviance and Crime
The Nature of Deviance

Social Properties of Deviance

Social Control and Deviance
Theories of Deviance

Anomie Theory

Cultural Transmission Theory

Conflict Theory

Labeling Theory

Control Theory
Crime and the Criminal Justice System

Forms of Crime

Measuring Crime

Women and Crime

The Criminal Justice System

Chapter 5. Social Stratification
Patterns of Social Stratification

Open and Closed Systems

Dimensions of Stratification
The American Class System

Is There Inequality in American Society?

Identifying Social Classes

The Significance of Social Classes
Social Mobility

Forms of Social Mobility

Social Mobility and Status Attainment
Explanations of Social Stratification

The Functionalist Theory of Stratification

The Conflict Theory of Stratification

A Synthesis of Perspectives

Chapter 6. Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Racial and Ethnic Stratification


Ethnic Groups

Minority Groups

Prejudice and Discrimination



Institutional Discrimination
Patterns of Intergroup Relations: Assimilation and



Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States


African Americans

Native Americans

Asian Americans
Sociological Perspectives on Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity
The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Interactionist Perspective
Gender Stratification

Sexism and Patriarchy

Gender Inequality in the United States
Sources of Gender Differences

Gender and Biology

Gender and Culture

Gender Identities
Sociological Perspectives on Gender Stratification

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Interactionist Perspective

The Feminist Perspective

Chapter 7. The Family
Structure of the Family

Forms of the Family

Forms of Marriage

Patterns of Courtship
Marriage and the Family in the United States

Life within Marriage


Beyond the Traditional Nuclear Family
Challenges for American Families and American Society

Family Violence, Child Abuse, and Incest

Sociological Perspectives on the Family

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Interactionist Perspective

Chapter 8. Social Institutions
The Polity

Sociological Perspectives on the State

Legitimacy and Authority
Political Power

Types of Government
The Economy

Comparative Economic Systems

The Power of Multinational Corporations in the Global Economy

What Is Religion?

A Global View: Varieties of Religious Behavior

Religious Organizations

Religion and Social Change: The Protestant Ethic

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Bureaucratic Structure of Schools

Alternatives to Traditional Public Schools

The Availability of Higher Education

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The U.S. Health Care Delivery System

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

Chapter 9. Population and Environment

Elements in Population Change

Population Composition

Malthus and Marx: Two Views of Population Growth

Demographic Transition

Population Policies
The Urban Environment

The Origin and Evolution of Cities

Patterns of City Growth

Ecological Processes: Segregation and Gentrification

Urban Crisis: Cities in Decline
The Ecological Environment

Human–Environment Interactions: A Closer Look

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Interactionist Perspective

The New Millennium

Chapter 10. Social Change 
A World of Change

Sources of Social Change

Perspectives on Social Change

Social Change in the United States

Social Change in Developing Nations
Collective Behavior

Varieties of Collective Behavior

Explanations of Crowd Behavior
Social Movements

Causes of Social Movements

Types of Social Movements

Social Revolution


Looking to the Future
Photo Credits
Name Index
Subject Index
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