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Sociology Now

Michael Kimmel

Amy Aronson

Exploring the Questions of Today:

Globalization and Multiculturalism

Race, Class, and Gender

Identity and Inequality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205777082
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Kimmel is a Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook. He is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (HarperCollins, 2008) which was featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and featured on over one hundred radio and newspaper and blog reviews. His other books include Changing Men (1987), Men’s Lives(8th edition, 2009) Against the Tide: Profeminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990 (1992), The Politics of Manhood (1996), Manhood: A Cultural History (1996, 10th anniversary second edition, 2006), and The Gendered Society (3rd edition, 2008). He co-edited The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities (2004) and Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2004). He is the founder and editor of Men and Masculinities, the field’s premier scholarly journal, a book series on Gender and Sexuality at New York University Press, and edited the Sage Series on Men and Masculinities. He lectures extensively in corporations and on campuses in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and co-author, Amy Aronson, and their 10 year old son, Zachary.

Amy Aronson is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of Taking Liberties: Early American Women's Magazines and Their Readers and an editor of the international quarterly, Media History. She has co-edited several books, including a centennial edition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Women and Economics and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities, which was honored by the New York Public Library with a Best of Reference Award in 2004. A former editor at Working Woman and Ms., her work has also appeared in publications including Business Week, Global Journalist and the Sunday supplement of The Boston Globe.

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Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: What is Sociology?

Chapter 2: Culture and Society

Chapter 3: Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations

Chapter 4: How Do We Know What We Know? The Methods of the Sociologist

Chapter 5: Socialization

Chapter 6: Deviance and Crime

Chapter 7: Stratification and Social Class

Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 9: Sex and Gender

Chapter 10: Sexuality

Chapter 11: Age: From Young to Old

Chapter 12: The Family

Chapter 13: Economy and Work

Chapter 14: Politics and Government

Chapter 15: Religion and Science

Chapter 16: The Body and Society: Health and Illness

Chapter 17: Education

Chapter 18: Mass Media

Chapter 19: Sociology of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds

Comprehensive Table of Contents:

Chapter One: What is Sociology?

Sociology: A Way of Seeing

Beyond Either/Or: Seeing Sociologically

Making Connections: Sociological Dynamics

Sociological Understanding

Doing Sociology

Sociology and Science

Sociology and the Other Social Sciences

Getting Beyond "Common Sense"

Where Did Sociology Come From?

Before "Sociology"

The Invention of Sociology

Classical Sociological Thinkers

American Sociological Thinkers

The "Other" Canon

Contemporary Sociology

Symbolic Interactionism and the Sociology of the Self

Structural Functionalism and Social Order

Conflict Theories: An Alternative Paradigm

New Issues, New Lenses

Globalization and Multiculturalism: Interrelated Forces

Modernism, Post-Modernism, and "Pre-Modernism"

Sociology and The Future, Sociology and You

Chapter Two: Culture and Society


Cultural Diversity

Subcultures and Countercultures

Elements of Culture

Material Culture




Dimensions of Culture

Universal and Local

High Culture and Popular Culture

The Globalization of Popular Culture

Culture as a Tool Kit

Core Elements of Culture: Norms and Values

Folkways, Mores, and Laws


Changing and Contradictory Values

What Are American Values?

Cultural Change

The Future of Culture

Chapter Three: Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations

The Social Construction of Reality

Cooley and the Looking-Glass Self

Goffman and the "Dramaturgical" Self

Nonverbal Communication

Verbal Communication

Patterns of Social Interaction

Elements of Social Structure




Groups and Identity

Types of Groups

Social Networks

Globalization and Networks: Connection and Isolation

Dynamics of Groups


Types of Organizations

The "Gender" of Organizations


Problems with Bureaucracy

The "Iron Cage" of Bureaucracy

Chapter Four: How Do We Know What we Know? The Methods of the Sociologist

Sociology as a Social Science

Why Sociological Methods Matter

Sociology and the Scientific Method

The Qualitative/Quantitative Divide

Doing Sociological Research

Types of Sociological Research Methods

Observational Methods

Analysis of Quantitative Data

Content Analysis

Making the Right Comparisons

Social Science and the Problem of "Truth"



Issues in Conducting Research

Remain Objective and Avoid Bias

Avoid Overstating Results

Maintain Professional Ethics

Emergent Methodologies

Chapter Five: Socialization

Socialization and Biology

Socialization in Action

Feral Children

Isolated Children


Stages in Socialization

Mead and Taking the Role of Others

Piaget and the Cognitive Theory of Development

Kohlberg and Moral Development

Freud and the Development of Personality

Problems with Stage Theories

Agents of Socialization





Mass Media

The Workplace

Socialization and the Life Course

Childhood (Birth to Puberty)

Adolescence (Roughly the Teen Years)


Gender Socialization

The Future of Socialization

Chapter Six: Deviance and Crime

What is Deviance?

Conformity and Social Control


Deviant Subcultures

Deviance and Social Coherence

Explaining Deviance

Deviance and Inequality

Deviance and Crime

Biological Theories of Crime

Strain Theory

Broken Windows

Criminal Subcultures

Opportunity Theory

Conflict Theory

Types of Crime

Crime at Work


Hate Crime

Crime in the United States

Guns and Crime

Crime and Gender

Crime and Race

Crime and Age

Crime and Class

The Criminal Justice System



Punishment and Corrections

Globalization and Crime

The Future of Deviance and Crime

Chapter Seven: Stratification and Social Class

Social Stratification

Why Do We Have Social Stratification?

Systems of Stratification

Social Class

Theories of Social Class

Socioeconomic Class in the United States

America and the Myth of the Middle Class

Income Inequality

Class and Race


Who's Poor in America?

The Feminization of Poverty

Explaining Poverty

Poverty on a World Scale

Reducing Poverty

Social Mobility

Dynamics of Social Mobility

Social Mobility Today

Global Inequality

Classifying Global Economies

Explaining Global Inequality

Global Mobility

Class Identity and Class Inequality in the Future

Chapter Eight: Race and Ethnicity

Distinguishing Between Race and Ethnicity

What is Race?

Biraciality and Multiraciality

The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Minority Groups

"Majority" Groups





Institutional Discrimination

Segregation and Integration

Affirmative Action or "Reverse Discrimination"

Hate Groups

Theories of Prejudice and Discrimination

Doing Something About It

Overcoming Prejudice

Ethnic Groups in the United States

People form Europe

People from North America

People from Latin America

People from Sub-Saharan Africa

People from East and South Asia

People from the Middle East

Ethnicity and Conflict


Melting Pot (Assimilation) and Multiculturalism (Pluralism)

Race in the Future

Chapter Nine: Sex and Gender

Sex and Gender: Nature and Nurture

Difference and Inequality

The Biology of Sex and Gender

Evolutionary Imperatives

Brain and Hormone Research

Exploring Cross-Cultural Variations of Sex and Gender

The Value of Cross-Cultural Research

Blurring the Boundaries of Gender

Rituals of Gender -- and What They Tell Us

Becoming Gendered: Learning Gender Identity

Gender Socialization

The Social Construction of Gender

Gender Inequality: Global and Local

Gender Inequality in the United States

The Gendered World of Work

Gender Inequality in School

Gender Inequality in Everyday Life

The Politics of Gender

Opposition to Gender Roles

The Women's Movements(s)


Liberal Feminism

Radical Feminism

Multicultural Feminism

Outlook on Gender Equality

Chapter Ten: Sexuality

Sexual Socialization



Behaviors and Identities

Where Does Sexual Orientation Come From?

Researching Sexuality

Modern Sex Research

The Kinsey Report

The National Health and Social Life Study

Changing Sexual Attitudes

Contemporary American Sexual Behaviors and Identities

Separate Sexual Spheres


Rape and Sexual Assault

Gender and Sexual Orientation


Sexual Inequality

The Politics of Sexuality

Sex Tourism: The Globalization of Sex


Sex Education and Birth Control

Conclusion: The Future of Sexuality

Chapter Eleven: Age: From Young to Old

Age and Identity

What Does "Old" Mean?

The Stages of Life



Young Adulthood

Middle Age

Old Age

Fears About Aging

Age and Inequality


Social Isolation



Boomers, Busters, and Boomlets: The Generations of Youth

Baby Boomers

Baby Busters

Baby Boomlets

Global Youth -- A Dying Breed

Youth and Inequality

Gray Expectations


Health Care

Child Labor

The New Slavery

Getting Older and Getting Better? Youth and Age Down the Road

Chapter Twelve: The Family

The Family Tree

The Premodern Marriage

The Economics of Marriage

The Extended Marriage

The Nuclear Family

Family and Ethnicity

The European-American Family

The Native American Family

The African American Family

The Asian American Family

The Hispanic Family

Developing and Establishing Families

Courtship and Non-marital Sex


Delayed Marriage

Staying Single

Biracial Marriage

Same Sex Marriage


Gender and Parenting

Single Parent Families

Grandparenting Families

Not Parenting

Divorce and Remarriage

The Effect of Divorce

Effects on Children

Divorce and Fatherlessness

Blended Families

Violence in Families

Family in the Future

Chapter Thirteen: Economy and Work

Theories of the Economy

Economic Development

The Agricultural Economy

The Industrial Economy

Consumption and the Modern Economy

The Post-Industrial Economy

The American Economy

Early American Economic Development

Impact of Industrialization: Displacement and Consolidation

The Post-Industrial Economy: Technology and Globalization

Economic Systems





Family Corporations

Managerial Corporations

Institutional Corporations

Multinational Corporations


How We Work

White-Collar Jobs

Blue Collar Jobs

"Pink Collar" Jobs

Service Jobs

Alternatives to Wage Labor

Diversity in the Workplace

Racial Diversity

Gender Diversity

Sexual Diversity

Working Parents

The Future of Work

Chapter Fourteen: Politics and Government

Politics and Power

Class, Status, and Power

Traditional Authority

Charismatic Authority

Legal-Rational Authority

Inducement and Deterrence


Political Systems

Authoritarian Systems

Democratic Systems

Contemporary Democracies





Political Participation


Political Parties

American Political Parties

Party Affiliation

How We Vote

Political Life

Social Movements

Interest Groups

Extreme Politics




Everyday Politics

The Personal is the Political

Civil Society

Increase in Civility

Political Life in the 21st Century

Chapter Fifteen: Religion and Science

Comparing Religion and Science

What Does Religion Do?

Social Cohesion

Social Control

Social Change

Religious Groups





Religions of the World

Western Religions

Eastern Religions

Religion and Modern Society

A Global Resurgence of Religion?

Religion in the United States

The "Third Great Awakening"?

Religion on Campus

New Age Religions

Religion as Politics

Science as an Institution

Types of Science

The Norms of Science

Interactions Among Scientists

Scientific Breakthroughs

The Scientist and Society

Science and Religion in the 21st Century

Chapter Sixteen: The Body and Society: Health and Illness

The Beautiful Body

Weight and Height

Feeding and Starving

Pumping Up

Changing the Body

Mainstream Makeovers: From Tattooing to Plastic Surgery

Sexual Bodily Transformation: Transgenderism

The Healthy Body

The Sick Body

The Social Organization of Health

Race, Class, and Gender and Health

The Global Distribution of Health and Illness

Conventional and Alternative Healthcare

Healthcare Reform

Living Longer -- and Healthier?

Chapter Seventeen: Education

Sociology and Education

Education and Democracy

The Curriculum Changes

Education in the Developing World

Education and Mobility

Private vs. Public Schools

Wealthy vs. Poor School Districts


Bilingual Education

Schools and Inequality



Gender What About the Boys?

Bullying, Gay-Bashing, and Educational Life

School Reform


Home Schooling

No Child Left Behind

Higher Education

College Readiness

Higher Education and Inequality

For-Profit Universities

Education, Inc.

Student Life

The Wave of the Future

Chapter Eighteen: Media

What is Mass Media?

Types of Mass Media




Radio and Popular Music

Movies and Television

The Internet

Saturation and Convergence

Media Production and Consumption

The Media Text



Culture Industries


Using Mass Media

Reading the Media Text

Interpretive Communities


Minority Media

Media Consolidation

Regulating Media


Globalization of the Media

What is Media Globalization?

Cultural Imperialism

New Media, New Voices

Not Just Another Show: Media Today and Tomorrow

Chapter Nineteen: Sociology of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds

The Human Environment

Being Born


Moving In, Moving Out

Studying Imagination

Population Growth

Population Composition

How High Can It Go?

Demographic Transition

Decreasing the Rate of Flow

The Urban Environment

The Ancient City

The Modern City

Population Density


The Sociology of Commuting: Separate and Unequal

Revitalizing Downtown

Theorizing City Life

Human Ecology

The Urban Village

Concentric Zones

The Countryside

Global Urbanization

The Natural Environment

Environmental Threats



Global Warming

The Sociology of Disaster

Awaiting the Next One

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