Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society, Updated / Edition 4

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Overview

Examine the sociological meaning in Hurricane Katrina, same-sex marriage, the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and scores of modern, compelling issues such as these in Andersen and Taylor's updated new edition of this easy-to-understand text. The book uses research and data to illustrate how class, race-ethnicity, gender, age, geographic residence, and sexual orientation relate to key sociological topics.. Andersen and Taylor inspire you to think for yourself about sociology with the book's "Debunking Society's Myths" features and critical thinking exercises. End-of-chapter summaries in a question-and-answer format provide a built-in review to help you prepare for exams, while an extensive map and illustration program makes concepts easier to understand. View the world through a sociological lens with this best-selling textbook . . . a perpetual favorite with students. This modern book and its fascinating coverage will make you want to read more as you learn to question, challenge, and look at the world like sociologists do.

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New edition of a text in which Andersen (sociology and women's studies, U. of Delaware) and Taylor (sociology, Princeton U.) introduce the basic principles of sociology by linking basic concepts to theory and research. The 23 chapters are organized around the themes of looking behind the facades of everyday life, critical thinking, diversity, global perspective, current theory and research, social change and policy, and integrating the internet. New features include a chapter on crime and criminal justice, and a focus on showing students how society is in a constant state of change and stability. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495102366
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/22/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (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.

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Table of Contents

Part One: INTRODUCING THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE. 1. Developing a Sociological Perspective. 2. Doing Sociological Research. Part Two: INDIVIDUALS IN SOCIETY. 3. Culture. 4. Socialization. 5. Social Interaction and Social Structure. 6. Groups and Organizations. 7. Deviance. 8. Crime and Criminal Justice. Part Three: SOCIAL INEQUALITIES. 9. Social Class and Social Stratification. 10. Global Stratification. 11. Race and Ethnicity. 12. Gender. 13. Sexuality. 14. Age and Aging. Part Four: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 15. Families. 16. Education. 17. Religion. 18. Economy and Work. 19. Government and Politics. 20. Health Care. Part Five: SOCIAL CHANGE. 21. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment. 22. Collective Behavior and Social Movements. 23. Social Change in Global Perspective. Glossary. References. Credits. Name Index. Subject Index.

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