This brief, balanced, totally up-to-date text is characterized by its focus on the connection between oneself and the social world. It teaches students "how" to think, rather than just "what" to think, draws the connection between objectivity and subjectivity in sociological research, and places an emphasis on the importance of diversity and the global perspective. It is heralded for its inclusion of pop culture examples that truly connect with the students of today, and for its presentation of sociological concepts in a fresh, new contemporary way.
Robert J. Brym studied sociology in Canada and Israel. He is now on faculty at the University of Toronto, which awarded him the 2007 Northrop Frye Award for combining excellence in teaching and research. He especially enjoys teaching introductory sociology to 1,400 students in Canada's biggest university course. Bob has lectured at Harvard, Oberlin College, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Moscow State University, the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil, and other universities. He has written many books and articles about the social bases of politics in Russia and Canada, and he recently received a large research grant to study suicide bombers in Israel. His Nelson textbooks include New Society, Sociology: Your Compass for a New World, Sociology: The Points of the Compass, and Society in Question. His most recent book for Nelson is Sociology as a Life or Death Issue, which demonstrates the promise of the sociological imagination by analyzing hip-hop culture, Palestinian suicide bombers, and the plight of victims of hurricanes in the Caribbean region and on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
John Lie was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan and Hawaii, and attended Harvard University. Currently Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Harvard University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Harvard University in the United States, as well as universities in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and New Zealand. His main research interests are comparative macrosociology and comparative race and ethnic relations. He has taught introductory sociology classes ranging in size from 3 to over700 students in several countries, and hopes that this book will stimulate your sociological imagination!
Part I. 1. A Sociological Compass. Part II. 2. Culture. 3. Socialization. 4. Social Interaction. 5. Networks, Groups, and Organizations. Part III. 6. Deviance and Crime. 7. Social Stratification: United States and Global Perspectives. 8. Globalization, Inequality, and Development. 9. Race and Ethnicity. 10. Sexuality and Gender. Part IV. 11. Families. 12. Religion and Education. 13. Politics, Work, and The Economy. 14. Health, Medicine, Disability, and Aging. Part V. 15. Population and Urbanization. 16. Collective Action and Social Movements.