Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach / Edition 10

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The fifth edition of this acclaimed sociology book retains all of the features that made the first four editions so successful. The author has a unique ability to engage readers without sacrificing content or talking down to them. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin is able to share his passion for sociology with his reader like no other author. "Down-to-Earth Sociology" boxes highlight the sociology of everyday life. Technology and its ability to bring about social change remains a central theme. Many of the popular chapter-opening vignettes are drawn from the author's personal experiences. "Perspectives" boxes in every chapter discuss cultural diversity both in the U.S and around the world. For anyone interested in an introduction to sociology.
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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a text that shows how social class sets people on different paths in life, and the directions these paths take in terms of health, education, and marriage. Each chapter begins with a vignette, and also contains a preview outline and summary sections. Four types of boxes focus on down-to-earth sociology on current topics, cultural diversity, technology, and mass media in social life. The 22 chapters discuss the sociological perspective, social groups and social control, and social inequality, institutions, and change. Attractively formatted and illustrated in color and b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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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: 9780205688623
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Series: MySocLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 507,507
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (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

1 The Sociological Perspective 3
2 Culture 33
3 Socialization 59
4 Social Structure and Social Interaction 89
5 How Sociologists Do Research 117
6 Societies to Social Network 143
7 Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations 169
8 Deviance and Social Control 193
9 Social Stratification in Global Perspective 223
10 Social Class in Contemporary Society 251
11 Inequalities of Gender 279
12 Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity 309
13 Inequalities of Age 345
14 The Economy: Money and Work 373
15 Politics: Power and Authority 403
16 The Family: Initiation into Society 429
17 Education: Transferring Knowledge and Skills 461
18 Religion: Establishing Meaning 489
19 Medicine: Health and Illness 521
20 Population and Urbanization 551
21 Collective Behavior and Social Movements 585
22 Social Change, Technology, and the Environment 611
Suggested Readings 637
References 647
Indexes 694
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