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Sociology is the study of society and human behavior; it examines and attempts to understand our social worlds. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Core Concepts provides an in-depth look at the ten major topics that are the foundation of many introductory sociology courses. Come learn more about the world around us.

Table of Contents
1. The Sociological Perspective.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
4. Social Structure and Social Interaction.
5. Social Groups.
6. Deviance and Social Control.
7. Social Stratification.
8. Sex and Gender.
9. Race and Ethnicity.
10. Marriage and Family.

Included with this text is access to online video clips. Over ten major sociological theorists discuss their research, the field of sociology, and more. Use the video clips for study and to expand your understanding of the field of sociology.


Study Guide
Includes successful study strategies, a glossary of words to know, chapter summaries, learning objectives, key terms and people, and student projects. Practice tests with multiple choice, true/ false, short answer, matching, and essay questions help students prepare for quizzes and exam.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205457625
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/4/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Sociological Perspective.

The Sociological Perspective.

The Origins of Sociology.

Sexism in Early Sociology.

Sociology in North America.

Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology.

Doing Sociological Research.

Research Methods.

Ethics in Sociological Research.

2. Culture.

What Is Culture?

Components of Symbolic Culture.

Many Cultural Worlds: Subcultures and Countercultures.

Values in U.S. Society.

Cultural Universals.

Technology in the Global Village.

3. Socialization.

What Is Human Nature?

Socialization into the Self and Mind.

Learning Personality, Morality, and Emotions.

Socialization into Gender.

Agents of Socialization.


Socialization Through the Life Course.

Are We Prisoners of Socialization?

4. Social Structure and Social Interaction.

Levels of Sociological Analysis.

The Macrosociological Perspective: Social Structure.

Social Institutions.

The Microsociological Perspective: Social Interaction in Everyday Life.

The Need for Both Macrosociology and Microsociology.

5. Social Groups.

Social Groups and Societies.

The Transformation of Societies.

Groups Within Society.

Group Dynamics.

6. Deviance and Social Control.

What Is Deviance?

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective.

The FunctionalistPerspective.

The Conflict Perspective.

Reactions to Deviance.

7. Social Stratification.

Systems of Social Stratification.

What Determines Social Class?

Why Is Social Stratification Universal?

Global Stratification: Three Worlds.

Sociological Models of Social Class.

Consequences of Social Class.

Social Mobility.

Intergenerational Social Mobility.


8. Sex and Gender.

Issues of Sex and Gender.

Gender Inequality in Global Perspective.

How Females Became a Minority Group.

Gender Inequality in the United States.

Gender Inequality in Health Care.

Gender Inequality in the Workplace.

Gender and Violence.

The Changing Face of Politics.

Glimpsing the Future—With Hope.

9. Race and Ethnicity.

Laying the Sociological Foundation.

Theories of Prejudice.

Global Patterns of Intergroup Relations.

Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States.

Looking Toward the Future.

10. Marriage and Family.

Marriage and Family in Global Perspective.

Marriage and Family in Theoretical Perspective.

The Family Life Cycle.

Diversity in U.S. Families.

Trends in U.S. Families.

Divorce and Remarriage.

Two Sides of Family Life.

The Future of Marriage and Family.

Optional E-Book Chapters.

Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations.

The Elderly.

The Economy.




Medicine and Health.

Population and Urbanization.

Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

Social Change and the Environment.

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