Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials / Edition 2by Diana Kendall
Pub. Date: 07/28/1999
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Diana Kendall's successful brief text is known for the effective way it guides students into the study of sociology in a way that touches their lives. It is especially noted for its coverage of race, class, and gender filtered through an applied orientation. The text takes an inclusive approach to diverse theoretical viewpoints. Each chapter incorporates recent… See more details below
Diana Kendall's successful brief text is known for the effective way it guides students into the study of sociology in a way that touches their lives. It is especially noted for its coverage of race, class, and gender filtered through an applied orientation. The text takes an inclusive approach to diverse theoretical viewpoints. Each chapter incorporates recent research (especially by women and people of color) as well as classic studies. The author has a vivid writing style and uses compelling everyday life examples which make sociology come alive for students.
Table of Contents
PART ONE. THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE. 1. The Sociological Perspective and Research Process. Putting Social Life into Perspective. The Development of Sociological Thinking. Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives. The Sociological Research Process. Research Methods. Ethical Issues in Sociological Research. 2. Culture. Ethical Issues in Sociological Research. Components of Culture. Technology, Cultural Change, and Diversity. A Global Popular Culture. Sociological Analysis of Culture. Culture in the Future. 3. Socialization. Why is Socialization Important around the Globe? Socialization and the Self. Agents of Socialization. Gender and Racial/Ethnic Socialization. Resocialization. PART TWO. SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL CONTROL. 4. Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life. Social Structure: The Macrolevel Perspective. Societies: Changes in Social Structure. Social Interaction: The Microlevel Perspective. Changing Social Structure and Interaction in the Future. 5. Groups and Organizations in a Diverse Society. Social Groups. Group Characteristics and Dynamics. Formal Organizations in Global Perspective. An Alternate Form of Organization. Organizations in the Future. 6. Deviance and Crime. What is Deviance? Interactionist Perspectives on Deviance. Conflict Perspectives on Deviance. Postmodern Perspectives on Deviance. The Criminal Justice System. Deviance and Crime in the Future. PART THREE. SOCIAL INEQUALITY. 7. Class and Stratification in the United States. What is Social Stratification? Classical Perspectives on Social Class. Sociological Models of the U.S. Class Structure. Poverty in the United States. Sociological Explanations of Social Inequality in the United States. Social Stratification in the Future. 8. Global Stratification. Wealth and Poverty in Global Perspective. Classification of Economies by Income. Measuring Global Wealth and Poverty. Global Poverty and Human Development Issues. Theories of Global Inequality. Global Inequality in the Future. 9. Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity. Race and Ethnicity. Prejudice. Discrimination. Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States. Global Racial and Ethnic. Inequality in the Future. 10. Sex and Gender. Sex and Gender. Gender Stratification in Historical Perspective. Gender and Socialization. Contemporary Gender Inequality. Perspectives on Gender Stratification. Gender Issues in the Future. PART FOUR. SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 11. Families and Intimate Relationships. Families in Global Perspective. Theoretical Perspectives on Families. Developing Intimate Relationships and Establishing Families. Child-Related Family Issues and Parenting. Transitions and Problems in Families. Family Issues in the Future. 12. Education and Religion. An Overview of Education and Religion. Religion in Global Perspective. Types of Religious Organizations. Trends in Religion in the United States. 13. Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective. Politics, Power, and Authority. Political Systems in Global Perspective. Perspectives on Power and Political Systems. The U.S. Political System. Economic Systems in Global Perspective. Work in the Contemporary United States. Politics and the Economy in the Future. 14. Health and Medicine. Health in Global Perspective. Health Care in the United States. Sociological Perspectives on Health and Medicine. Health Care in the Future. PART FIVE. SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 15. Population and Urbanization. Demography: The Study of Population. Population Growth in Global Context. Urbanization in Global Perspective. Perspectives on Urbanization and the Growth of Cities. Urban Problems in the United States. Population and Urbanization in the Future. 16. Collective Behavior and Social Change. Collective Behavior. Social Movements. Social Change in the Future.
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