Sociology: The Essentials / Edition 7

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Overview

This theoretically balanced mainstream text, characterized by its broadly defined focus on diversity, is the briefer paperback version of Andersen and Taylor's best-selling SOCIOLOGY: UNDERSTANDING A DIVERSE SOCIETY. Featuring exceptional scholarship and a visually exciting presentation, this text provides a solid research-orientation to the basic principles of sociology while maintaining an accessible style.
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This text/CD-ROM package, a briefer, paperback version of the authors' text, , introduces basic concepts and theories of sociology, adopting a theme of social change. Critical thinking, diversity, debunking society's myths, social policy, and a global perspective are additional themes woven throughout the text. The CD-ROM contains Web links and questions about sites. This second edition offers a new chapter on age and sex, and expanded material on racial profiling, interracial dating and marriage, and bioterrorism. Andersen teaches sociology and women's studies at the University of Delaware. Taylor teaches sociology at Princeton University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111831561
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 141,008
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret L. Andersen—raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston—is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of THINKING ABOUT WOMEN: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SEX AND GENDER (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth Cengage Learning text RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION and LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University's Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.

Howard F. Taylor has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Princeton University, where he is presently Professor of Sociology and former director of the African American Studies Center. He has published over fifty articles in sociology, education, social psychology, and race relations. His books include THE IQ GAME (Rutgers University Press), a critique of hereditarian accounts of intelligence; BALANCE IN SMALL GROUPS (Van Nostrand Reinhold), translated into Japanese; and the forthcoming RACE AND CLASS AND THE BELL CURVE IN AMERICA. He has appeared widely before college, radio, and TV audiences, including ABC's NIGHTLINE. Past president of the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society for distinguished research. He is a winner of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award, given by the American Sociological Association for distinguished research in race and ethnic relations, and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He lives in Pennington, N.J., with his wife, a corporate lawyer.

Kim A. Logio is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University, where she recently received a teaching award. She often teaches research methods and guides students through the completion of their undergraduate thesis projects. A member of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Logio has been interviewed for local television and National Public Radio for her work on body image and race, class, and gender differences in nutrition and weight control behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware and lives in Delaware County, Pa., with her husband and three children.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introducing the Sociological Imagination
Chapter 1 Sociological Perspectives and Sociological Research 1
Part 2 Society, Individuals, and Social Structure
Chapter 2 Culture 35
Chapter 3 Socialization 63
Chapter 4 Society and Social Interaction 91
Chapter 5 Groups and Organizations 119
Chapter 6 Deviance and Criminal Justice 145
Part 3 Social Inequality
Chapter 7 Social Class and Social Stratification 175
Chapter 8 Global Stratification 204
Chapter 9 Race and Ethnicity 229
Chapter 10 Gender 258
Chapter 11 Age and Sex 288
Part 4 Social Institutions
Chapter 12 Families and Religion 318
Chapter 13 Education and Work 351
Chapter 14 Government and Health Care 382
Part 5 Social Change
Chapter 15 Population, Urbanism, and the Environment 410
Chapter 16 Social Change and Social Movements 435
Maps
Mapping America's Diversity
Glossary 463
References 469
Name Index
Subject Index
Maps
Mapping America's Diversity
Viewing Society in Global Perspective
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