Sociology: The Essentials / Edition 8

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Overview


SOCIOLOGY: THE ESSENTIALS, Eighth Edition, uses the theme of debunking myths to look behind the facades of everyday life, encourage you to question common assumptions, and help you better understand how society is constructed and sustained. This thorough yet 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. Updated with coverage of the latest findings, trends, and themes, this new edition's reader-friendly presentation teaches you the concepts, methods, and research that will sharpen your "sociological imagination" and help you view the world from a different perspective.
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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9781285431321
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 78,470
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Margaret L. Andersen-raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston, Massachusetts-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 Wadsworth/ Cengage Learning text UDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER (with Kim Logio). 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 served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award and the Merit Award for career contributions from the Eastern Sociological Society. She is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and has served in several administrative positions at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Howard F. Taylor has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Princeton University, where he is 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); BALANCE IN SMALL GROUPS (Van Nostrand Reinhold), and the forthcoming THE SAT TRIPLE WHAMMY: RACE, GENDER, AND SOCIAL CLASS BIAS. 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.

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.

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Table of Contents


1. Sociological Perspective. 2. Culture and the Media. 3. Doing Sociological research. 4. Socialization and the Life Course. 5. Social Structure and Social Interaction. 6. Groups and Organization. 7. Deviance and Crime. 8. Social Class and Social Stratification. 9. Global Stratification. 10. Race and Ethnicity. 11. Gender. 12. Sexuality. 13. Families and Religion. 14. Education and Health Care. 15. Economics and Politics. 16. Environment, Population and Social Change.
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