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Seeing Sociology in your Everyday Life

Macionis empowers students to understand the world around them through a sociological lens, so they can better understand sociology and their own lives.

Sociology, 14th edition is written to help students find and use sociology in everyday life. With a complete theoretical framework and a global perspective, Sociology offers students an accessible and relevant introduction to sociology.

The new edition continues to grow to meet readers' changing needs. With a newly integrated pedagogical framework, readers are guided through both the text - and optional new MySocLab - to build their critical thinking skills while learning the fundamentals of sociology.

Teaching & Learning Experience

The teaching and learning experience with this program helps to:

  • Personalize Learning – The new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – Six new learning objectives per chapter help readers build critical thinking and study skills.
  • Engage Students – New design, everyday life and pop culture examples make sociology relevant for students today.
  • Explore Theory - Three main theoretical perspectives are discussed in every chapter.
  • Understand Diversity - Contemporary research informed by expert reviewers and cutting edge data sources reflect a broad range of race / class / gender.
  • Support Instructors - Author written activities and assessment in MySocLab, the test bank and instructor's manual help provide support for instructors.

Note: MySocLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySocLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205252303 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205252305.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Macionis does a better job overall, compared to the other texts that I have seen.”

-Judi Kessler, Monmouth College

“The author has written the book with the student in mind. The writing style is clear, straightforward and an abundance of interesting examples help maintain student interest.”

-Rudy Harris, Des Moines Area Community College

“I surveyed my students, and they indicated the text was interesting, easy to read, well-organized, and had good current examples. They liked the charts and found the end-of-chapter review helpful.”

-Robert Atkins, North Seattle Community College

“I don't think there is much room for improvement. I think it is an excellent text.”

-Robert Brainerd, Highland Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205252305
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/12/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 696
  • Sales rank: 433,440
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Macionis was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Macionis' publications are wide-ranging, focusing on community life in the United States, interpersonal intimacy in families, effective teaching, humor, new information technology, and the importance of global education.

In addition, John Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis have edited the best-selling anthology Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology. Macionis and Vincent Parrillo have written the leading urban studies text, Cities and Urban Life (Pearson). Macionis’ most recent textbook is Social Problems (Pearson).

John Macionis is Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he has taught for almost thirty years. During that time, he has chaired the Sociology Department, directed the college’s multidisciplinary program in humane studies, presided over the campus senate and the college’s faculty, and taught sociology to thousands of students.

In 2002, the American Sociological Association presented Macionis with the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, citing his innovative use of global material as well as the introduction of new teaching technology in his textbooks.

Professor Macionis has been active in academic programs in other countries, having traveled to some fifty nations. He writes, “I am an ambitious traveler, eager to learn and, through the texts, to share much of what I discover with students, many of whom know little about the rest of the world. For me, traveling and writing are all dimensions of teaching. First, and foremost, I am a teacher—a passion for teaching animates everything I do.”

At Kenyon, Macionis teaches a number of courses, but his favorite class is Introduction to Sociology, which he offers every semester. He enjoys extensive contact with students and invites everyone enrolled in each of his classes to enjoy a home-cooked meal.

The Macionis family—John, Amy, and children McLean and Whitney—live on a farm in rural Ohio. In his free time, Macionis enjoys tennis, swimming, hiking, and playing oldies rock-and-roll (he recently released his first CD). Macionis is as an environmental activist in the Lake George region of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, working with a number of organizations, including the Lake George Land Conservancy, where he serves as president of the board of trustees.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


Part I The Foundations of Sociology
Chapter 1 The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2 Sociological Investigation

Part II The Foundations of Society

Chapter 3 Culture
Chapter 4 Society
Chapter 5 Socialization
Chapter 6 Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Chapter 7 Groups and Organizations
Chapter 8 Sexuality and Society
Chapter 9 Deviance

Part III Social Inequality
Chapter 10 Social Stratification
Chapter 11 Social Class in the United States
Chapter 12 Global Stratification
Chapter 13 Gender Stratification
Chapter 14 Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 15 Aging and the Elderly

Part IV Social Institutions
Chapter 16 The Economy and Work
Chapter 17 Politics and Government
Chapter 18 Families
Chapter 19 Religion
Chapter 20 Education
Chapter 21 Health and Medicine

Part V Social Change
Chapter 22 Population, Urbanization, and Environment
Chapter 23 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Chapter 24 Social Change: Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Societies


Part I - The Foundations of Sociology

Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
The Sociological Perspective
The Importance of a Global Perspective
Applying the Sociological Perspective
The Origins of Sociology
Sociological Theory
Applying the Approaches: The Sociology of Sports
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 2: Sociological Investigation
Basics of Sociological Investigation
Three Ways to Do Sociology
Research Orientations and Theory
Gender and Research
Research Ethics
Methods of Sociological Research
The Interplay of Theory and Method
Putting It All Together: Ten Steps in Sociological Investigation
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Part II - The Foundations of Society

Chapter 3: Culture
What is Culture?
The Elements of Culture
Cultural Diversity: Many Ways of Life in One World
Theoretical Analysis of Culture
Culture and Human Freedom
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 4: Society
Gerhard Lenski: Society and Technology
Karl Marx: Society and Conflict
Max Weber: The Rationalization of Society
Emile Durkheim: Society and Function
Critical Review: Four Visions of Society
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 5: Socialization
Social Experience: The Key to Our Humanity
Understanding Socialization
Agents of Socialization
Socialization and the Life Course
Resocialization: Total Institutions
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 6: Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Social Structure: A Guide to Everyday Living
The Social Construction of Reality
Dramaturgical Analysis: The "Presentation of Self"
Interaction in Everyday Life: Three Applications
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 7: Groups and Organizations
Social Groups
Formal Organizations
The Evolution of Formal Organizations
The Future of Organizations: Opposing Trends
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 8: Sexuality and Society
Understanding Sexuality
Sexual Attitudes in the United States
Sexual Orientation
Sexual Issues and Controversies
Theoretical Analysis of Sexuality
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 9: Deviance
What Is Deviance?
The Functions of Deviance: Structural-Functional Analysis
Labeling Deviance: Symbolic-Interaction Analysis
Deviance and Inequality: Social-Conflict Analysis
Deviance, Race, and Gender
The U.S. Criminal Justice System
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Part III - Social Inequality

Chapter 10: Social Stratification
What Is Social Stratification?
Caste and Class Systems
The Functions of Social Stratification
Stratification and Conflict
Stratification and Interaction
Stratification and Technology: A Global Perspective
Social Stratification: Facts and Values
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 11: Social Class in the United States
Dimensions of Social Inequality
U.S. Stratification: Merit and Caste
Social Classes in the United States
The Difference Class Makes
Social Mobility
Poverty in the United States
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 12: Global Stratification
Global Stratification: An Overview
Global Wealth and Poverty
Global Stratification: Theoretical Analysis
Global Stratification: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 13: Gender Stratification
Gender and Inequality
Gender and Socialization
Gender and Social Stratification
Theoretical Analysis of Gender
Gender: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 14: Race and Ethnicity
The Social Meaning of Race and Ethnicity
Prejudice and Stereotypes
Majority and Minority: Patterns of Interaction
Race and Ethnicity in the United States
Race and Ethnicity: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 15: Aging and the Elderly
The Graying of the United States
Growing Old: Biology and Culture
Transitions and Challenges of Aging
Theoretical Analysis of Aging
Death and Dying
Aging: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Part IV - Social Institutions

Chapter 16: The Economy and Work
The Economy: Historical Overview
Economic Systems: Paths to Justice
Work in the Postindustrial U.S. Economy
The Economy: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 17: Politics and Government
Power and Authority
Politics in Global Perspective
Politics in the United States
Theoretical Analysis of Power in Society
Power beyond the Rules
War and Peace
Politics: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 18: Families
Families: Basic Concepts
Families: Global Variations
Theoretical Analysis of Families
Stages of Family Life
U.S. Families: Class, Race, and Gender
Transitions and Problems in Family Life
Alternative Family Forms
New Reproductive Technologies and Families
Families: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 19: Religion
Religion: Basic Concepts
Theoretical Analysis of Religion
Religion and Social Change
Types of Religious Organizations
Religion in History
World Religions
Religion in the United States
Religion in a Changing Society
Religion: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 20: Education
Education: A Global Survey
The Functions of Schooling
Schooling and Social Interaction
Schooling and Social Inequality
Problems in the Schools
Current Issues in U.S. Education
Schooling: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 21: Health and Medicine
What Is Health?
Health: A Global Survey
Health in the United States
The Medical Establishment
Theoretical Analysis of Health and Medicine
Health and Medicine: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Part V - Social Change

Chapter 22: Population, Urbanization, and Environment
Demography: The Study of Population
History and Theory of Population Growth
Urbanization: The Growth of Cities
Urbanism as a Way of Life
Urbanization in Poor Nations
Environment and Society
Looking Ahead: Toward a Sustainable Society and World
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 23: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Studying Collective Behavior
Localized Collectivities: Crowds
Dispersed Collectivities: Mass Behavior
Social Movements
Social Movements: Looking Ahead
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

Chapter 24: Social Change: Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Societies
What Is Social Change?
Causes of Social Change
Theoretical Analysis of Modernity
Looking Ahead: Modernization and Our Global Future
Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life
Making the Grade

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