Life in Society: Readings to Accompany Sociology: A down-to-Earth Approach, Ninth Edition / Edition 3

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This brief and economical reader, edited by Jim Henslin, is specifically designed to be used as a companion to Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Ninth Edition. There is one reading per text chapter, including a selection to accompany the online chapter, “The Sociology of Human Sexuality.”

Readings New to This Edition

The Great American Football Ritual, by Douglas E. Foley

Job on the Line, by William M. Adler

Learning Silence: Girls and Boys in School, by Peggy Orenstein

The American Family, by Stephanie Coontz

Caught between Two Ages, by William Van Dusen Wishard

Life in Society can be ordered separately or value-packed with Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Ninth Edition, for an additional $5 net. The package ISBN is: 0-205-64099-0 / 978-0-205-64099-7.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205578757
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/9/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology.

While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.”

Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
The Sociological Perspective     1
The Sociological Perspective: Invitation to Sociology   Peter L. Berger     3
Culture: The Fierce People   Napoleon Chagnon     12
Socialization: Anybody's Son Will Do   Gwynne Dyer     27
Social Structure and Social Interaction: The Great American Football Ritual   Douglas E. Foley     38
How Sociologists Do Research: Inside Organized Racism   Kathleen M. Blee     51
Social Groups and Social Control     63
Societies to Social Networks: Hanging Tongues: A Sociological Encounter with the Assembly Line   William E. Thompson     65
Bureaucracies and Formal Organizations: Handling the Stigma of Handling the Dead   William E. Thompson     75
Deviance and Social Control: Fraternities and Rape Culture   A. Ayres Boswell   Joan Z. Spade     89
Social Inequality     99
Global Stratification: Job on the Line   William M. Adler     101
Social Class in the United States: The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All   Herbert J. Gans     113
Inequalities of Gender: Learning Silence: Girls and Boys in School   Peggy Orenstein     120
Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity:How the Jews Became White Folks   Karen Brodkin     128
Inequalities of Age: "But This Is My Mother!" The Plight of Elders in Nursing Homes   Cynthia Loucks     140
Social Institutions     149
The Economy: The McDonaldization of Society   George Ritzer     151
Politics: The Power Elite   C. Wright Mills     164
Marriage and Family: The American Family   Stephanie Coontz     172
Education: College Athletes and Role Conflict   Peter Adler   Patricia A. Adler     179
Religion: India's Sacred Cow   Marvin Harris     190
Medicine: Just Another Routine Emergency   Daniel F. Chambliss     198
Social Change     209
Population and Urbanization: Border Blues: The Dilemma of Illegal Immigration   Farai Chideya     211
Collective Behavior and Social Movements: The Animal Rights Crusade   James M. Jasper   Dorothy Nelkin     226
Social Change and the Environment: Caught between Two Ages   William Van Dusen Wishard     234
Human Sexuality: How Many Sexual Partners Do Americans Have?   Robert T. Michael   John H. Gagnon   Edward O. Laumann   Gina Kolata     245
Name Index      255
Subject Index     257
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