Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life / Edition 9

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The new Sixth Edition of Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life once again invites students into the world of sociological thought.David M. Newmanencourages students to think less about the next test and more about how sociology applies to their everyday lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Karen Dalke

“The students read the book and that is the biggest hurdle I often have to overcome. I love teaching from this book. The students read it and my primary emphasis is to teach how they can continue to use the concepts. I get really good reviews when teaching this class. I think this book is a big contributor to my success.”

Harvest Moon

“I have used it since 2002 and have not seen anything better on the market.”

Ron Aminzade
"This is the best introductory sociology textbook on the market today."
Kathryn Johnson
"This text was refreshing for me as an instructor; it ignited my students and made for stimulating discussions….I only hope that it is so successful that it stays in print for years to come, in which case it may be my last new text adoption. I thank David Newman for writing the introductory textbook for which I have been looking for a long time."
Bernice Pescosolido
"If, as many of us believe, the teaching agenda of the millennium is to connect for our students the lived experiences of real people to the structured world of social institutions and spaces, then the Newman book is THE text to use to achieve this teaching goal."
Savannah Jones
"Because it is value-priced and briefer, the text makes it easy for instructors to assign other readings."
Karen Dalke
“The students read the book and that is the biggest hurdle I often have to overcome. I love teaching from this book.”
Harvest Moon
“I have used it since 2002 and have not seen anything better on the market.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412987295
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/23/2011
  • Edition description: Ninth Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 601
  • Sales rank: 146,543
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Newman earned his B.A. from San Diego State University in 1981 and his graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle (M.A. 1984, Ph D 1988). After a year at the University of Connecticut, David went to De Pauw University in 1989 and has been there ever since. David teaches courses in Contemporary Society, Deviance, Mental Illness, Family, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. He has published numerous articles on teaching and has presented research papers on the intersection of gender and power in intimate relationships. Recently most of his scholarly activity has been devoted to writing and revising several books, including Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life (SAGE, 2014); Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (Mc Graw-Hill, 2012); and Families: A Sociological Perspective (Mc Graw-Hill, 2009). He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that examines the cultural meaning, institutional importance, and social limitations of “second chance” narratives in everyday life.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Part I. The Individual and Society
1. Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
2. Seeing and Thinking Sociologically
Part II. The Construction of Self and Society
3. Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge
4. Building Order: Culture and History
5. Building Identity: Socialization
6. Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self
7. Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Families
8. Constructing Difference: Social Deviance
Part III. Social Structure, Institutions, and Everyday Life
9. The Structure of Society: Organizations, Social Institutions, and Globalization
10. The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class and Inequality
11. The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity
12. The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender
13. Demographic Dynamics: Population Trends
14. Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society
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