Sociology, Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life: Readings / Edition 1

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The articles in this carefully edited anthology for introductory sociology demonstrate the significance of sociology in everyday life, and show that what seems "obvious" is often not-so-obvious when subjected to sociological analysis. As with prevision editions, this revision includes a range of styles and examples that reflect common experiences and phenomena; important social issues and problems; the relationship between the individual and society; and a sociological perspective on specific historic events. One overarching theme, represented by the metaphor of "architecture" in the title, is that as social beings, we are constantly building and rebuilding our social environments. Many readings are based on research done in the past five years, and others are sociological classics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803990548
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 339

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, PhD 1988). After a year at the University of Connecticut, David went to DePauw 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 (McGraw-Hill, 2012); and Families: A Sociological Perspective (McGraw-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.

Jodi O'Brien (Ph.D., University of Washington) is Professor of Sociology at Seattle University. She teaches courses in social psychology, sexuality, inequality, and classical and contemporary theory. She writes and lectures on the cultural politics of transgressive identities and communities. Her other books include Everyday Inequalities (Basil Blackwell), Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (Pine Forge Press), Social Prisms: Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes (Pine Forge Press), and The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction, Fifth Edition (Pine Forge Press).

Michelle Robertson (PhD, Washington State University) is Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Edward’s University. In addition to the introductory course, she teaches courses in research, statistics, theory, sport, masculinities, family, and social inequality. She won a teaching award at Washington State University and does research on classroom incivility.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Individual and Society
Chapter 1: Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
“The Sociological Imagination” by C. Wright Mills
“Invitation to Sociology” by Peter Berger
“The My Lai Massacre: A Military Crime of Obedience” by Kelman and Hamilton
Chapter 2: Seeing and Thinking Sociologically
“The Metropolis and Mental Life” by Georg Simmel
“Culture of Fear” by Barry Glassner
“The (Mis)Education of Monica and Karen” by Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth A. Armstrong
Part II: The Construction of Self and Society
Chapter 3: Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge
“Concepts, Indicators and Reality” by Earl Babbie
“Measuring Same-Sex Relationships” by Nancy Bates and Theresa J. DeMaio
Chapter 4: Building Order: Culture and History
“Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner
“The Melting Pot” by Anne Fadiman
“McDonald’s in Hong Kong” by James Watson
Chapter 5: Building Identity: Socialization
“Life as the Maid’s Daughter” by Mary Romero
“Tiger Girls on the Soccer Field” by Hilary Levy Friedman
“Working the Code” by Nicki Jones
Chapter 6: Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self
“The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life” by Erving Goffman
“The Girl Hunt: Performing Masculinity” by David Grazian
”Blue Chip Blacks: Managing Race in Public Spaces” by Karyn R. Lacy
Chapter 7: Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Family
“The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love” by Stephanie Coontz
“Covenant Marriage” by Dwight Fee
“Gay Parenthood and the End of Paternity as We Knew It by Judith Stacey
Chapter 8: Constructing Difference: Social Deviance
“Watching the Canary” by Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres
“Healing (Disorderly) Desire: Medical-Therapeutic Regulation of Sexuality” by P.J. McGann
“Patients, ‘Potheads,’ and Dying to Get High” by Wendy Chapkis
Part III: Social Structure, Institutions, and Everyday Life
Chapter 9: The Structure of Society: Organizations and Social Institutions
“These Dark Satanic Mills” by William Greider
“The Smile Factory: Work at Disneyland” by John Van Maanen
“Cool Stores, Bad Jobs” by Yasemin Besen-Cassino
Chapter 10: The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class Inequality
“Making Class Invisible” by Gregory Mantsios
“Branded With Infamy: Inscriptions of Poverty and Class” by Vivyan Adair
“The People of Wal-Mart” by Nicholas Copeland and Christine Labuski
Chapter 11: The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity
“Racial and Ethnic Formation” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant
“Optional Ethnicities” by Mary Waters
“Jeremy Lin’s Model Minority Problem” by Maxwell Leung
Chapter 12: The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender
“Black Women and a New Definition of Womanhood” by Bart Landry
“Still a Man’s World” by Christine Williams
”New Biomedical Technologies, New Scripts, New Gender”” by Eve Shapiro
Chapter 13: Global Dynamics and Population Demographic Trends
“India’s Reproductive Assembly Line” by Sharmila Rudrappa
“Love and Gold” by Arlie Hochschild
“Age Segregation in Later Life” by Peter Uhlenberg and Jenny de Jong Gierveld
Chapter 14: The Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society
“Aqui estamos y no vamos!” Global Capital and Immigrant Rights by William I. Robinson
”The Seattle Solidarity Network: A New Approach to Working Class Social Movements” by Walter Winslow
“Challenging Power” by Celene Krauss
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