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Overview

Andersen & Taylor is a theoretically balanced, mainstream, brief text characterized by its emphasis on diversity. In every chapter, students explore research and data that illustrate how class, race-ethnicity, gender, age, geographic residence, and sexual orientation relate to the topics covered. This text provides a solid research orientation to the basic principles of sociology while maintaining an accessible style, appealing to the ever-changing student population, and inviting students to view the world through a sociological lens. This highly integrated, research-oriented, contemporary example approach combined with its depth of coverage in a brief-text format accounts for its wide appeal to professors and students alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sociology: The Essentials is extremely well written and the explanations are quite clear. It is eye-catching and interesting. The additional materials presented in each chapter are very thought provoking and excellent learning devices for students to deal with individually or for the instructor to use as class exercises or homework assignments. Using diversity is certainly appealing and current. The lucid approach to the theoretical perspectives in each chapter is terrific and much appreciated."

"The text is well written. The concepts are explained in a clear concise way and the examples are relevant, interesting and such that they would/should attract the interest of our students."

"This text has a lively, relaxed style that does not ignore substance, which is probably the greatest asset of the book. Other texts, especially other essentials books, are so fluffy that they don't cover enough raw information."

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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: 9780495006831
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/17/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.90 (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 IMAGINATION. 1. Sociological Perspectives and Sociological Research. PART TWO: SOCIETY, INDIVIDUALS, AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE. 2. Culture. 3. Socialization and the Life Course. 4. Social Interaction and Social Structure. 5. Groups and Organizations. 6. Deviance and Crime. PART THREE: SOCIAL INEQUALITIES 7. Social Class and Social Stratification. 8. Global Stratification. 9. Race and Ethnicity. 10. Gender. 11. Sexuality. PART FOUR: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 12. Families and Religion. 13. Education and Health Care. 14. Politics and the Economy. PART FIVE: SOCIAL CHANGE. 15. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment. 16. Social Change and Social Movements. Glossary. References. Credits. Name Index. Subject Index.

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