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SOCIOLOGY: THE ESSENTIALS, Sixth Edition, uses the theme of debunking myths to look behind the facades of everyday life; challenge ready-made, common-sense assumptions; and help students develop critical thinking skills and better understand how society is constructed and sustained. This thorough but streamlined text provides exceptional coverage of diversity, including social factors such as age, religion, sexual orientation, and region of residence, in addition to race, ethnicity, class, and gender. The text employs a reader-friendly presentation and very manageable structure, even while maintaining a strong focus on sociology concepts, methods, and research. The new edition includes coverage of the latest research and current trends and themes.
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)
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.
PART I: INTRODUCING THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION. 1. The Sociological Perspective. PART II: STUDYING SOCIEITY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE. 2. Culture and the Media. 3. Doing Sociological Research. 4. Socialization and the Life Course. 5. Social Interaction and Social Structure. 6. Groups and Organizations. 7. Deviance and Crime. PART III: SOCIAL INEQUALITIES. 8. Social Class and Social Stratification. 9 Global Stratification. 10. Race and Ethnicity. 11. Gender. 12. Sexuality. PART IV: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 13. Families and Religion. 14. Education and Health Care. 15. Politics and the Economy. PART V: SOCIAL CHANGE. 16. Population, the Environment, and Social Change.