Introduction to Sociology

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Join the conversation with one of sociology’s best-known thinkers.

It’s the 21st century and the world is changing. Today’s students have instant access to anyone, anything, anywhere, anytime. They want to be enlightened, entertained, and informed on their terms. They want to be shown the relevance of the introductory sociology course to their lives. Who better than George Ritzer, one of sociology’s best-known thinkers, to do just that? While providing a rock-solid foundation of sociology, Ritzer illuminates traditional sociological concepts and theories, as well as some of today’s most compelling social phenomena: globalization, consumer culture, and the internet. As technology flattens the globe, students are challenged to apply a sociological perspective to their world. Ritzer brings students into the conversation by bridging the divide between the outside world and the classroom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412977708
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 404,233
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association, an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia, and the Robin Williams Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. His best-known work, The Mc Donaldization of Society (8th ed.), has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages. Ritzer is also the editor of Mc Donaldization: The Reader; and author of other works of critical sociology related to the Mc Donaldization thesis, including Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, as well as a series best-selling social theory textbooks and Globalization: A Basic Text. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.; 2nd edition forthcoming), the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2016 he will publish the second edition of Essentials of Sociology with SAGE.

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Table of Contents

1: An Introduction to Sociology in the Global Age
The Changing Nature of the Social World—and Sociology
Central Concerns for a Twenty-First-Century Sociology
Sociology: Continuity and Change
Sociology’s Purpose: Science or Social Reform?
Sociology, the Other Social Sciences, and Common Sense
2: Thinking Sociologically
Classical Sociological Theory
Contemporary Sociological Theory
3: Researching the Social World
The Scientific Method
The Development of Scientific Knowledge
Sociological Research
Secondary Data Analysis
Issues in Social Research
4: Culture
A Definition of Culture
The Basic Elements of Culture
Cultural Differences
Emerging Issues in Culture
5: Socialization and Interaction
The Individual and the Self
Micro-Level Social Structures
6: Organizations, Societies, and the Global
The Global
7: Deviance and Crime
Theories of Deviance
8: Social Stratification
Dimensions of Social Stratification
Economic Inequality
Poverty in the United States
Social Mobility
Theories of Social Stratification
Consumption and Social Stratification
Globalization and Stratification
9: Race and Ethnicity
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity
Majority-Minority Relations
Race and Ethnicity in Global Context
10: Sex and Gender
Sex and Sexuality
Sex, Gender, and Globalization
11: The Family
Family, Marriage, and Intimate Relationships
Broad Changes in Marriage and the Family
Theorizing the Family
Problems in the Family
Global Families
12: Politics and the Economy
Politics: Power and Control
Types of Government
The U.S. Political System
Who Rules the United States?
Implementing Political Objectives: Legitimate Violence, War, and Terrorism
Global Politics
The Economy: Production, Consumption, and Leisure
Historical Changes in the Economy
Work, Working, and Not Working
Globalization and the Economy
13: The Body, Medicine, Health, and Health Care
The Body
The Sociology of Health and Medicine
14: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
The Environment
15: Social Change, Social Movements, and Collective Behavior
Social Movements
Collective Behavior
Globalization, Consumption, the Internet, and Social Change
16: Religion and Education
What Is Religion?
Components of Religion
Types of Religious Organizations
Theorizing Religion
Religion and Globalization
Thinking about Education
Education and Consumption
Inequality in Education

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