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Overview

Richard T. Schaefer's Sociology Matters is a concise introduction to the discipline of sociology. Its straightforward style, streamlined design, and highly focused coverage make it the perfect affordable, ultra brief, introductory text for instructors who use a variety of materials in their course.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073528250
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 2/11/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 302,891
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition, Richard T. Schaefer found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people’s jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Sociology.

"Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised." This fascination led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer’s continuing interest in race relations led him to write his masters’ thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain.

Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught introductory sociology for 30 years to students in colleges, adult education programs, nursing programs, and even a maximum-security prison. Dr. Schaefer’s love of teaching is apparent in his interaction with his students. "I find myself constantly learning from the students who are in my classes and from reading what they write. Their insights into the material we read or current events that we discuss often become part of future course material and sometimes even find their way into my writing."

Dr. Schaefer is author of the third edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2000). Dr. Schaefer is also the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups now in its eighth edition, and Race and Ethnicity in the United States, second edition. His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1994-1995.

Dr. Schaefer’s advice to students is to "look at the material and make connections to your own life and experiences. Sociology will make you a more attentive observer of how people in groups interact and function. It will also make you more aware of peoples’ different needs and interests — and perhaps more ready to work for the common good, while still recognizing the individuality of each person."

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Table of Contents

BRIEF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: The Sociological View


Chapter 2: Culture and Socialization


Chapter 3: Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure


Chapter 4: Deviance and Social Control


Chapter 5: Stratification in the United States and Global Inequality


Chapter 6: Inequality by Race and Ethnicity


Chapter 7: Inequality by Gender


Chapter 8: Social Institutions: Family and Religion


Chapter 9: Social Institutions: Education, Government, and the Economy


Chapter 10: Population, Community, Health, and the Environment


Chapter 11: Social Movements, Social Change, and Technology

DETAILED CONTENTS



Preface



Chapter 1: The Sociological View


What Is Sociology?


The Sociological Imagination


Sociology and the Social Sciences


Sociology and Common Sense


What Is Sociological Theory?


The Development of Sociology


Early Thinkers: Comte, Martineau, and Spencer


Émile Durkheim


Max Weber


Karl Marx


Modern Developments


Major Theoretical Perspectives


Functionalist Perspective


Conflict Perspective


Interactionist Perspective


The Sociological Approach


What is the Scientific Method?


Defining the Problem


Reviewing the Literature


Formulating the Hypothesis


Collecting and Analyzing Data


Developing the Conclusion


In Summary: The Scientific Method


Major Research Designs


Surveys


Observation


Experiments


Use of Existing Sources


Ethics of Research


Applied and Clinical Sociology


Summary



Chapter 2: Culture and Socialization


Culture and Society


Development of Culture Around the World


Cultural Universals


Innovation


Globalization, Diffusion, and Technology


Elements of Culture


Language


Norms


Sanctions


Values


Culture and the Dominant Ideology


Cultural Variation


Subcultures


Countercultures


Culture Shock


Ethnocentrism


Cultural Relativism


The Role of Socialization


Environment: The Impact of Isolation


Heredity: the Impact of Biology


The Self and Socialization


Cooley: Looking-Glass Self


Mead: Stages of the Self


Mead: Theory of the Self


Goffman: Presentation of the Self


Psychological Approaches to the Self


Socialization and the Life Course


The Life Course


Anticipatory Socialization and Resocialization


Agents of Socialization


Family


School


Peer Group


Mass Media and Technology


Workplace


Religion and The State


Summary



Chapter 3: Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure


Defining and Reconstructing Reality


Elements of Social Structure


Statuses


Social Roles


Groups


Social Networks and Technology


Social Institutions


Social Structure in Global Perspective


Durkheim's Mechanical and Organic Solidarity


Tönnies’s Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft


Lenski’s Sociocultural Evolution


Understanding Organizations


Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies


Characteristics of a Bureaucracy


Bureaucracy and Organizational Culture


The Changing Workplace


Summary



Chapter 4: Deviance and Social Control


Social Control


Conformity and Obedience


Informal and Formal Social Control


Law and Society


What is Deviance?


Explaining Deviance


Functionalist Perspective


Interactionist Perspective


Labeling Theory


Conflict Theory


Feminist Perspective


Crime


Types of Crime


Crime Statistics


Summary



Chapter 5: Stratification in the United States and Global Inequality


Understanding Stratification


Systems of Stratification


Perspectives on Stratification


Is Stratification Universal?


Stratification by Social Class


Measuring Social Class


Wealth and Income


Poverty


Life Chances


Social Mobility


Open versus Closed Stratification Systems


Types of Social Mobility


Social Mobility in the United States


Global Inequality


Legacy of Colonialism


Globalization


Multinational Corporations


Modernization


Summary



Chapter 6: Inequality by Race and Ethnicity


The Privileges of the Dominant


The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity


Race


Ethnicity


Immigration and New Ethnic Groups


History of Immigration


Functions of Immigration


The Conflict Approach to Immigration


Patterns of Prejudice and Discrimination


Discriminatory Behavior


Institutional Discrimination


Measuring Discrimination


Summary



Chapter 7: Inequality by Gender


The Social Construction of Gender


Gender-Role Socialization


Women's and Men's Gender Role
s

A Cross-Cultural Perspective


Explaining Inequality by Gender


The Functionalist View


The Conflict Response


The Feminist Perpsective


The Interactionist Perspective


Women: The Oppressed Majority


Sexism and Sex Discrimination


Sexual Harrassment


The Status of Women Worldwide


Women in the Workforce of the United States


The Social Consequences of Women's Employment


The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Class


Summary



Chapter 8: Social Institutions: Family and Religion


Studying Social Institutions


Functionalist View


Conflict View


Interactionist View


The Family: A Global View


Composition: What is the Family?


Kinship Patterns: To Whom Are We Related?


Authority Patterns: Who Rules?


Studying the Family


Functionalist View


Conflict View


Interactionist View


Feminist View


Religion as a Social Institution


The Integrative Function of Religion


Religion and Social Support


Religion and Social Change


Religion and Social Control: A Conflict View


Religious Behavior


Belief


Ritual


Experience



Chapter 9: Social Institutions: Education, Government, and the Economy


Sociological Perspectives on Education


Functionalist View


Conflict View


Interactionist View


Education: Schools as Formal Organizations


Bureaucratization of Schools


Teachers: Employees and Instructors


Student Subcultures


Government: Authority and Power


Types of Authority


Who Rules in the United States?


Economic Systems


Capitalism


Socialism


Economic Transformation


The Changing Face of the Workforce


Deindustrialization


Summary



Chapter 10: Population, Community, Health, and the Environment


Demography: The Study of Population


Malthus’s Thesis and Marx’s Response


Studying Population Today


Elements of Demography


How Did Communities Originate?


Early Communities


Preindustrial Cities


Industrial and Postindustrial Cities


Urbanization and Its Consequences


Functionalist View: Urban Ecology


Conflict View: New Urban Sociology


Health and Illness: Sociological Perspectives


Functionalist Approach


Conflict Approach


Interactionist Approach


Labeling Approach


Social Epidemiology


Social Class


Race and Ethnicity


Gender


Age


The Environment: The World and Our Place in It


Environmental Problems: An Overview


Human Ecology


A Conflict View of Environmental Issues


Environmental Justice


Summary



Chapter 11: Social Movements, Social Change, and Technology


Social Movements


The Relative Deprivation Approach


The Resource Mobilization Approach


Gender and Social Movements


New Social Movements


Theories of Social Change


Evolutionary Theory


Functionalist Theory


Conflict Theory


Global Social Change


Resistance to Social Change


Economic and Cultural Factors


Resistance to Technology


Technology and the Future


Computer Technology


Biotechnology


Summary



Glossary


References


Credits


Index
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