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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205737529
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (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 sociologicalprinciples come alive.”

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2: Culture
Chapter 3: Socialization
Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction
Chapter 5: How Sociologists Do Research
Chapter 6: Societies to Social Networks
Chapter 7: Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations
Chapter 8: Deviance and Social Control
Chapter 9: Global Stratification
Chapter 10: Social Class in the United States
Chapter 11: Sex and Gender
Chapter 12: Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 13: The Elderly

Chapter 14: The Economy

Chapter 15: Politics

Chapter 16: Marriage and Family

Chapter 17: Education

Chapter 18: Religion

Chapter 19: Medicine and Health
Chapter 20: Population and Urbanization
Chapter 21: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Chapter 22: Social Change and the Environment

Comprehensive Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

The Sociological Perspective

Sociology and the Other Sciences

Origins of Sociology

Values in Sociological Research

Verstehen and Social Facts

Sexism in Early Sociology

Sociology in North America

*Down-to-Earth Sociology: Capturing Saddam Hussein: A Surprising Example of Applied Sociology

Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology

Trends Shaping the Future of Sociology

Summary and Review

Chapter 2: Culture

What IsCulture?

Components of Symbolic Culture

Many Cultural Worlds

Values in U.S. Society

Cultural Universals

Technology in the Global Village

Summary and Review 

Chapter 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?

Summary and Review

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

Summary and Review

Chapter 5: How Sociologists Do Research

What Is a Valid Sociological Topic?

Common Sense and the Need for Sociological Research

A Research Model

Research Methods

Gender in Sociological Research

Ethics in Sociological Research

How Research and Theory Work Together

Summary and Review

Chapter 6: Societies to Social Networks

Societies and Their Transformation

Groups Within Society

Group Dynamics

Summary and Review

Chapter 7: Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations

The Rationalization of Society

Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy
Voluntary Associations

Working for the Corporation

Humanizing the Corporate Culture

U.S. and Japanese Corporations

Summary and Review

Chapter 8: Deviance and Social Control

What Is Deviance?

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

The Functionalist PerspectiveThe Conflict PerspectiveReactions to Deviance

Summary and Review

Chapter 9: Global Stratification

Systems of Social Stratification

What Determines Social Class?

Why Is Social Stratification Universal?

How Do Elites Maintain Stratification?

Comparative Social Stratification

Global Stratification: Three Worlds

How Did the World’s Nations Become Stratified?

Maintaining Global Stratification

A Concluding Note

Summary and Review

Chapter 10: Social Class in the United States

What Is Social Class?

Sociological Models of Social ClassConsequences of Social ClassSocial Mobility*Cultural Diversity in the United States: Social Class and the Upward Social Mobility of African Americans


Summary and Review

Chapter 11: Sex and Gender

Issues of Sex and Gender

Gender Inequality in Global Perspective

Gender Inequality in the United States

Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Gender and Violence

The Changing Face of Politics

Glimpsing the Future–With Hope

Summary and Review

Chapter 12: 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

Summary and Review

Chapter 13: The Elderly

Aging in Global Perspective

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

Problems of Dependency

The Sociology of Death and Dying

Looking Toward the Future

Summary and Review

Chapter 14: The Economy

The Transformation of Economic Systems

The Transformation of the Medium of Exchange

World Economic Systems

The Functionalist Perspective on the Globalization of Capitalism

The Conflict Perspective on the Globalization
of Capitalism

Work in U.S. Society

Facing the Future: Implications of Global Capitalism

Summary and Review

Chapter 15:  Politics

Micropolitics and Macropolitics

Power, Authority, and Violence

Types of Government

The U.S. Political System

Who Rules the United States?

War and Terrorism: Ways to Implement Political Objectives

A New World Order?

Summary and Review

Chapter 16:  Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family in Global Perspective

Marriage and Family in Theoretical Perspective

The Family Life Cycle

Family Transitions in Later Life Diversity in U.S. Families

Trends in U.S. Families

Divorce and Remarriage

Grandchildren of Divorce

Two Sides of Family Life

The Future of Marriage and Family

Summary and Review

Chapter 17: Education

The Development of Modern Education

Education in Global Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective: Providing Social Benefits

The Conflict Perspective: Perpetuating  social inequality

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Fulfilling Teacher Expectations

Problems in U.S. Education–and Their Solutions

Summary and Review

Chapter 18: Religion

What Is Religion?

The Functionalist Perspective

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

Religion and the Spirit of Capitalism

The World’s Major Religions

Types of Religious Groups

Religion in the United States

The Future of Religion

Summary and Review

Chapter 19: Medicine and Health

Sociology and the Study of Medicine and Health

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

Historical Patterns of Health

Issues in Health Care

Threats to Health

The Search for Alternatives

Summary and Review

 Chapter 20: Population and Urbanization

Population in Global Perspective

A Planet with No Space for Enjoying Life?

Population Growth

Down-to-Earth Sociology: How the Tsunami Can Help Us to Understand Population Growth


The Development of Cities

Models of Urban Growth

City Life

Alienation and Community

Urban Problems and Social Policy 

Chapter 21: Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Collective Behavior

Early Explanations: The Transformation of the Individual

The Contemporary View: The Rationality of the Crowd

Forms of Collective Behavior

Social Movements

Types and Tactics of Social Movements

Why People Join Social Movements

On the Success and Failure of Social Movements

Summary and Review

Chapter 22: Social Change and the Environment

How Social Change Transforms Social Life

Theories and Processes of Social Change

How Technology Changes Society

*Down-to-Earth Sociology: The Coming Star Wars

The Growth Machine Versus the Earth

Summary and Review



Suggested Readings


Name Index

Subject Index

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