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An affordable, no-nonsense introductory text for today’s students.
The Ninth Edition has been reorganized to include only what students need to master the sociological concepts taught in the introductory course. The newly streamlined text highlights the links between macro and micro sociology and includes coverage of the best recent research.
Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics and a current member of the House of Lords, is a world-renowned social theorist who has written over forty books. He has written on just about every major topic in sociology but is best known for his work on modernization theory and globalization.
Mitchell Duneier is an award-winning urban ethnographer at Princeton University and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is most famous for his book Sidewalk, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Duneier's research focuses on the urban poor and other groups in the margins of society.
Richard P. Appelbaum, the MacArthur chair of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won several awards for his teaching and works mainly on globalization and labor issues. Appelbaum is the coauthor of Behind the Label.
Deborah Carr is a demographer and professor at Rutgers University, where she regularly teaches the intro course. Her work focuses on sociology of the life course, aging, social psychology, and gender. Carr's latest book, Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back, looks at how stress gets under our skin, makes us sick, and how and why people cope with stress differently.
Chapter 1: What is Sociology?
Chapter 2: Asking and Answering Sociological Questions
Chapter 3: Culture and Society
Chapter 4: Socialization and the Life Cycle
Chapter 5: Social Interaction and Everyday Life
Chapter 6: Conformity, Deviance, and Crime
Chapter 7: Stratification, Class, and Inequality
Chapter 8: Gender Inequality
Chapter 9: Ethnicity and Race
Chapter 10: The Rise of Modern Organizations
Chapter 11: Government, Political Power, and War
Chapter 12: Work and Economic Life
Chapter 13: Marriage and the Family
Chapter 14: Education and the Mass Media
Chapter 15: Religion in Modern Society
Chapter 16: The Sociology of the Body
Chapter 17: Urbanization, Population, and the Environment
Chapter 18: Social Change and Social Movements