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Sociology Now: The Essentials reflects the discipline today and explores the big questions about multiculturalism and globalization that sociologists ask.

Sociology has always offered a way to make sense of the complex and sometimes contradictory forces that shape our social lives in any era. As Sociology Now explains sociology as both a body of knowledge and a "way of seeing," it shows how two such forces in particular have come to preoccupy sociologists and influence the way they look at the events and experiences of the early twenty first century:

The first is globalization--the economic, political, cultural, and social interconnections among people and institutions all over the world.

The second is multiculturalism--the recognition that race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and other statuses are sources of social inequality, but also the foundations of our identities.

Michael Kimmel, a leading sociologist and gender researcher, and co-author Amy Aronson, a journalist and media scholar, address these questions head-on as they make a compelling case for the importance of sociology in the contemporary world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205759125
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (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





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 The "Sociological Body": Age, Health, and Sexuality

Chapter 11 The Family

Chapter 12 Economy and Work

Chapter 13 Politics and Media

Chapter 14 Education, Religion, and Science Chapter 15 Sociology Of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds


Chapter 1 What is Sociology?

Sociology as a Way of Seeing

Doing Sociology

Where Did Sociology Come From?

Contemporary Sociology

Sociology in the 21st Century, Sociology and You

Chapter 2 Culture and Society


Elements of Culture

Cultural Expressions

Cultural Change

Culture in the 21st Century

Chapter 3 Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations

Society: Putting Things in Context

The Social Construction of Reality

Elements of Social Structure


Social Networks


Groups ‘R’ Us: Groups and Interactions in the 21st Century

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

Why Sociological Methods Matter

Types of Sociological Research Methods

Social Science and the Problem of “Truth”

Doing Sociological Research

Issues in Conducting Research

Social Science Methods in the 21st Century: Emergent Methodologies

Chapter 5 Socialization

Socialization and Biology

Socialization in Action

Models of Socialization

Agents of Socialization

Socialization and the Life Course Socialization in the 21st Century

Chapter 6 Deviance and Crime

What Is Deviance?

Conformity and Social Control

Deviance and Social Coherence

Sociological Theories of Deviance and Crime

Types of Crimes

Crime in the United States

The Criminal Justice System

Globalization and Crime

Deviance and Crime in the 21st Century

Chapter 7 Stratification and Social Class

What Is Social Stratification?

Social Class

Poverty in the United States and Abroad

Social Mobility

Global Inequality

Class Identity and Class Inequality in the 21st Century

Chapter 8 Race and Ethnicity

The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism

Ethnic Groups in the United States

Ethnicity, Identity, and Conflict

Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century

Chapter 9 Sex and Gender

Sex and Gender: Nature and Nurture

Becoming Gendered: Learning Gender Identity

Gender Inequality on a Global and Local Scale

Gender Inequality in the United States

The Politics of Gender

Gender Inequality in the 21st Century

Chapter 10 Age, Health, and Sexuality

The Social Body

Age: Identity and Inequality

Youth and Inequality

The Body in Sickness and Health

Studying Sexuality: Behaviors and Identities

American Sexual Behavior and Identities

Sexual Inequality

Age and Sexuality in the 21st Century

Chapter 11 The Family

The Family Tree

Family and Ethnicity

Forming Families


Family Transitions

Violence in Families

The Family in the 21st Century: “The Same as It Ever Was”

Chapter 12 Economy and Work

The Economy and Society

The American Economy

Work, Identity, and Inequality

Diversity in the Workplace

Work and Economy in the 21st Century

Chapter 13 Politics and Media

Politics: Power and Authority

Political Systems

The Political System of the United States

Political Change

What Are the Mass Media

Media Production and Consumption

Globalization of the Media

Politics and Media in the 21st Century

Chapter 14 Education, Religion, and Science

Education in Social Context

The Sociology of Education

Religion and Science

Religion, Globally and Locally

Science in Sociological Perspective

Education, Religion, and Science in the 21st Century

Chapter 15 Sociology of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds

The Human Environment

Theories of Global Population Growth

The Urban Environment

Sociology and the City

The Natural Environment Environments in the 21st Century

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