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Overview

A Down-to-Earth Approach

James Henslin shares the excitement of sociology, with his acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, he shares with readers his passion for sociology.

In addition to this trademark down-to-earth approach, other distinctive features include: comparative perspectives, the globalization of capitalism, and visual presentations of sociology.

Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning – The new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking - Learning Objectives & Questions on each page reinforce key concepts and build critical thinking skills.
  • Engage Students - Personal narrative from the perspective of an international field researcher invites students on a sociological journey.
  • Explore Theory - Offers a balanced approach; relevant theories are discussed in each chapter.
  • Understand Diversity - Global, national, and personal material combine to present a complete view of the world.
  • Support Instructors - Written activities and assessment in MySocLab engage students and help them succeed.

Note: MySocLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocLab, please visit: www.mysoclab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySocLab (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 020525229X / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205252299

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“The text is timely and Dr. Henslin presents theory and relates it to the real world. His social consciousness is a plus for my young students, as it helps them answer the question ‘why does this matter to me?’”

-Bill Galic, Kenai Peninsula College (University of Alaska-Anchorage)

“The Henslin text is perfect for an introductory course!”

-Bernard Fitzpatrick, Western Connecticut State University

“I like how the book is organized and how it utilizes a straightforward approach.”

-Dana Mayhew, Bristol Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781256481768
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 441,183
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (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

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