Sociology: Pop Culture to Social Structure / Edition 3

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Overview

This book demonstrates sociology's relevance by illustrating sociological concepts and theories in a fun, hip way with examples from pop culture that you know and enjoy. The new title, SOCIOLOGY: POP CULTURE TO SOCIAL STRUCTURE, underscores this approach by reflecting the book's themes, which 1) apply sociological concepts to everyday pop culture phenomena, 2) illustrate how technological change drives social change through examples that are familiar to you, and 3) engage you in thinking critically by asking you where you fit in to the larger context of social patterns in the world. The book teaches you "how" to think sociologically, not just "what" to think, and emphasizes the importance of diversity and a global perspective. Movie reviews in a popular "Sociology at the Movies" boxes explore the sociological messages in recent movies such as The Social Network, Avatar, Milk, and many others. Up-to-date discussions of topics such as race, poverty, and religious practices are accompanied by exploration of contemporary issues related to our increasingly digital world, including examinations of how technological change shortens attention span, the Internet as an atomizing and a community-building force, and electronic surveillance and social control.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111833862
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 141,433
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (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. Introducing Sociology. Part II: BASIC SOCIAL PROCESSES. 2. Culture. 3. Socialization. 4. From Social Interaction to Social Organizations. 5. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control. Part III: SOCIAL INEQUALITY. 6. Social Stratification: United States and Global Perspectives. 7. Globalization, Inequality, and Development. 8. Race and Ethnicity. 9. Sexuality and Gender. Part IV: INSTITUTIONS. 10. Families. 11. Religion and Education. 11. Politics, Work, and the Economy. 13. Health, Medicine, Disability, and Aging. Part V: SOCIAL CHANGE. 14. Collective Action and Social Movements. 15. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment.

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