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Exploring the Questions of Today

Identity & Inequality

Race, Class, & Gender



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

It explains how the classic concerns of sociology—social order, social conflict, social interaction—have been reshaped by new insights about multiculturalism and globalization.

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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What is the Pearson Census Update Edition?

The Census Update edition incorporates 2010 Census data into a course–simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program are as follows:

  • Census Update Edition - Features fully updated data throughout the text–including all charts and graphs–to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. This edition also includes a reproduction of the 2010 Census Questionnaire for your students to explore in detail.
  • 2010 Census Update Primer - A brief seven-chapter overview of the Census, including important information about the Constitutional mandate, research methods, who is affected by the Census, and how data is used. Additionally, the primer explores key contemporary topics such as race and ethnicity, the family, and poverty. The primer can be packaged with any Pearson text at no additional cost, and is available via MySocLab, MySocKit, and MySearchLab. The primer can also be purchased standalone.
    • 2010 Census Update Primer Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank - Includes explanations of what has been updated, in-class activities, homework activities associated with the MyLabs and MyKits, discussion questions for the primer, and test questions related to the primer.
  • MySocLab - Gives students the opportunity to explore the methods and data and apply the results in a dynamic interactive online environment. It includes:
    • primary source readings relevant to the Census
    • an online version of the 2010 Census Update Primer
    • a series of activities using 2010 Census results
    • video clips explaining and exploring the Census

This Books a la Carte Edition is an unbound, three-holed punched, loose-leaf version of the the textbook and provides students the opportunity to personalize their book by incorporating their own notes and taking only the portion of the book they need to class - all at a fraction of the bound book price.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205203444
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,319,727
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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 The "Sociological Bosdy:" 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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