Sociology : Your Compass for a New World / Edition 2

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This balanced, mainstream, beautifully written and totally up-to-date text is unrivalled in its ability to get students to see the connection between themselves and the social world. It teaches students "how" to think sociologically, not just "what" to think, and emphasizes the importance of diversity and a global perspective. It has been heralded for its inclusion of pop culture examples that instantly connect with today's students, and for its presentation of sociological concepts in a fresh, contemporary light.

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"Scholarly and engaging."

"A well-organized, research-supported, inspiring and compelling up-to-date read."

"Both a sound representation of the best traditions of sociology and an innovator in presenting new ways to think about and teach the material."

"I find this text creative, interesting, and useful… I recommend the text for anyone… in search of a cutting edge application to recent trends in society."

"Let me congratulate Brym and Lie for their eloquent work…. No sociologist can fail to be impressed by the clarity of the ideas expressed, the synthesis of relevant material, and the poignancy of the examples used."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534627843
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Brym is Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate) of the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published widely on politics and social movements in Canada, Russia, and the Middle East. His most recent books are New Society, 7th edition (2014) and Society in Question, 7th edition (2014), both published by Nelson. He has served as editor of several scholarly journals and won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarly work. Brym recently completed a project on state and collective violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the results of which were published in Social Forces, the British Journal of Sociology, and elsewhere. He is currently conducting research on the democracy movement in the Middle East and North Africa.

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, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States, as well as at 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 three to over seven hundred students in several countries, and hopes that this book will stimulate readers' sociological imagination.

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Table of Contents

Part I: FOUNDATIONS. 1. A Sociological Compass. 2. How Sociologists Do Research. Part II: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF SOCIAL LIFE. 3 Culture. 4. Socialization. 5. Social Interaction. 6. Networks, Groups, and Organizations. Part III: INEQUALITY. 7. Deviance and Crime. 8. Social Stratification: United States and Global Perspectives. 9. Globalization, Development, and Inequality. 10. Race and Ethnicity. 11 Sexuality and Gender. 12. The Body. Aging and Disability. Part IV: INSTITUTIONS. 13. Work and the Economy. 14. Politics. 15. Families. 16. Religion. 17. Education. 18. The Mass Media. 19. Health and Medicine. Part V: SOCIAL CHANGE. 20. Population and Urbanization. 21. Collective Action and Social Movements. 22. Technology and the Global Environment.

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