Sociology: A Global Perspective / Edition 9

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Joan Ferrante's new Sixth Edition is a powerful tool for putting this country-and the world-into clear perspective and helping you master the sociological concepts that confront all cultures.

In a changing world, it is now more vital than ever to understand how the beliefs, traditions, and experiences of individuals in other countries affect us all. Ferrante's trademark approach continues in this edition: in each chapter, she emphasizes a country or an interconnection between the United States and another country and masterfully weaves together and applies sociological concepts and theories to important issues in United States and the world, to help you see your own country and others in the way sociologists do. So fascinating on every page, this book will help you discover how the sociological perspective enriches your understanding of our place in the global community.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Adopting a book like Ferrante is a clear indication that our department is serious about making our general education courses international and comparative. I particularly like the way each chapter focuses on a country. In this way Ferrante is able to go beyond merely mentioning other countries and give students all sorts of current events and historical materials in addition to the sociological perspective."

"One of the reasons I love this text is because it is so unbiased. Overall, she does an excellent job of being unbiased, and presenting students with several viewpoints. She does have student voices in her text—it works!"

"I like her style of talking with students and then researching their discussions. When she writes about what students have told her, this is encouraging to students because they see that their voice is valid. I use this effectively as I encourage my students to share their own ideas with the class and me"

"The examples are provided from both male and female perspectives, which make the book more relevant for understanding women's issues and problems of racial and ethnic inequalities in the world. I support this effort wholeheartedly"

"I like Ferrante's inclusion of student voices and periodically I use these items to initiate discourse among my own students"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781285746463
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 189,707
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Ferrante is a professor of sociology at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) as well as project director of the Campus Connect Student Philanthropy Project, which awards grants primarily to Kentucky and Ohio colleges and universities to support the integration of student philanthropy projects with academic coursework. In addition, Dr. Ferrante sponsors a Study Abroad Scholarship at NKU called "Beyond the Classroom." Open to any student who has used her introductory text (new or used), the scholarship annually awards funds to five students to support their studies outside the United States. Respected among instructors and students alike, Dr. Ferrante also is the author of SOCIOLOGY: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, 9th Edition and co-editor of THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN THE UNITED STATES. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

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Table of Contents

1 The Sociological Imagination 1
2 Theoretical Perspectives: With Emphasis on the Republic of Mexico 17
3 Research Methods in the Context of the Information Explosion: With Emphasis on Japan 51
4 Culture: With Emphasis on the Republic of Korea 81
5 Socialization: With Emphasis on Israel and the Occupied Territories 123
6 Social Interaction and the Social Construction of Reality: With Emphasis on Zaire 161
7 Organizations: With Emphasis on the Multinational Corporation in India 195
8 Deviance, Conformity, and Social Control: With Emphasis on the People's Republic of China 229
9 Social Stratification and the Effects of Race, Class, and Gender: With Emphasis on South Africa 265
10 Population and Family Life: With Emphasis on Brazil 313
11 Education: With Emphasis on the United States 355
12 Religion: With Emphasis on the Republic of Lebanon 397
13 Social Change: With Emphasis on the "New World Order" 435
Glossary 475
References 487
Index 514
Credits 531
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