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Overview

This cutting-edge, applied book highlights the relevance of sociology by including a diverse collection of theories, research, and "lived experiences" that accurately mirror the diversity in society itself. The author's vivid, applied, personal writing style engages students, and activates compelling everyday examples that make sociology particularly relevant to today's diverse students. SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES is noted for its especially strong integration of engaging "Lived Experiences" - extended examples that focus on various issues to illustrate chapter coverage. These extended examples are introduced with the vignette that opens each chapter and are then carried throughout the chapter in various boxes, features, and exercises. Kendall's text is acclaimed in the field for being the first textbook to integrate race, class, and gender issues, and for its thorough presentation of sociological theory, which includes diverse theoretical viewpoints such as feminist and postmodernist theory. Kendall shows students that sociology involves important questions and issues that they confront both personally and vicariously.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534210274
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1

Meet the Author

Diana Kendall is currently a Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she was recognized as an Outstanding Professor for her research. Dr. Kendall has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Diana Kendall received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Her areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. In addition to SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, Seventh Edition, she is the author of The Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005); and Members Only: Elite Clubs and the Process of Exclusion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Professor Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: STUDYING SOCIETY AND SOCIAL LIFE.
1.The Sociological Perspective.
2.Sociological Research Methods.
3.Culture.
4.Socialization.
Part 2: SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL CONTROL.
5.Society, Social Structure, and Interaction.
6.Groups and Organizations.
7.Deviance and Crime.
Part 3: SOCIAL INEQUALITY.
8.Global Stratification.
9.Social Class in the United States.
10.Race and Ethnicity.
11.Sex and Gender.
12.Aging and Inequality Based on Age.
13.The Economy and Work.
Part 4: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.
14.Politics and Government in Global Perspective.
15.Families and Intimate Relationships.
16.Education.
17.Religion.
18.Health, Health Care, and Disability.
Part 5: SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
19.Population and Urbanization.
20.Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.

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