Sociology: A Down-To-Earth Approach, Core Concepts / Edition 4

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Overview

Down-to-Earth Approach

Adapted from Henslin’s best-selling comprehensive text, Core Concepts provides in-depth coverage of ten high-priority topics that are the foundation of many introductory sociology courses.

This unique paperback offers a concise and economical format without sacrificing depth of coverage. Unlike a “brief” or “essentials” text, the ten chapters that make up Core Concepts are not edited down from a longer book. Instead, they provide full coverage of those topics that instructors emphasize the most in a one-semester or one-term introductory sociology course. Like Henslin’s other texts, it features the author's familiar “down-to-earth” approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares with readers a passion for sociology unmatched by any other introductory text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205737512
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: Books a la Carte Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology,

While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.”

Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:


Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 2: Culture

Chapter 3: Socialization
Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction
Chapter 5: Societies to Social Networks
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control

Chapter 7: Social Stratification

Chapter 8: Sex and Gender

Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 10: Marriage and Family




COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 3. Socialization
What Is Human Nature?

Socialization into the Self and Mind

Learning Personality, Morality, and Emotions

Socialization into Gender

Agents of Socialization

Resocialization

Socialization Through the Life Course

Are We Prisoners of Socialization?


Chapter 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


Chapter 5. Societies to Social Networks
Social Groups and Societies

The Transformation of Societies

Groups Within Society

Group Dynamics


Chapter 6. Deviance and Social Control
What Is Deviance?

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

Reactions to Deviance


Chapter 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

Poverty


Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 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

Politics

Education

Religion

Medicine and Health

Population and Urbanization

Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Social Change and the Environment

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