This best-selling comprehensive book conveys the relevance of sociology by including a timely collection of theories, research, and examples--including its signature first-person accounts that open chapters. Experiences represented in these opening vignettes accurately mirror the richness and complexity of society, while also establishing the themes that are carried throughout the chapters. Author Diana Kendall's vivid, inviting writing style, emphasis on applications, eye for the most compelling current examples, and use of assignable photo essays and companion videos engage readers and further highlight sociology's relevance to all students. Now in its Ninth Edition, SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES 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, including contemporary perspectives such as feminism and postmodernism.
This text integrates classical and contemporary theory, recent research, lived experiences that mirror the diversity of society, a global perspective, and a focus on media and technology. Coverage encompasses the development of sociological thinking, research methods, core sociological concepts, social differences and social inequality, social institutions, and social dynamics and change. Authentic first-person accounts and quizzes that relate the sociological perspective to real life are used to create interest. The author teaches sociology at Baylor University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author
Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, 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. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her textbooks include SOCIOLOGY AND OUR TIMES (Cengage Learning, 2015), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, she is a member of the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Part I: STUDYING SOCIETY AND SOCIAL LIFE. 1. The Sociological Perspective. 2. Sociological Research Methods. 3. Culture. 4. Socialization. Part II: SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL CONTROL. 5. Society, Social Structure, and Interaction. 6. Groups and Organizations. 7. Deviance and Crime. Part III: SOCIAL INEQUALITY. 8. Class and Stratification in the United States. 9. Global Stratification. 10. Race and Ethnicity. 11. Sex and Gender. 12. Aging and Inequality Based on Age. Part IV: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 13. The Economy and Work in Global Perspective. 14. Politics and Government in Global Perspective. 15. Families and Intimate Relationships. 16. Education. 17. Religion. 18. Health, Health Care, and Disability. Part V: SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 19. Population and Urbanization. 20. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change. Glossary. References. Photo Credits. Name Index. Subject Index.