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This text, considered to be a living classic among introductory sociology texts, is written by a major sociology researcher and scholarly author, Rodney Stark. The text introduces students to the methods and theories of sociology by introducing them to the techniques sociologists use to study society, as well as explaining the rationale behind what they chose to study. The text employs a unique perspective in a feature called A Closer View, which illustrates seminal research studies to introduce students to the sociological imagination and the world. The text has a global and multicultural perspective, which is closely related to American culture. This NEW Internet Edition incorporates the Internet throughout every chapter. It is the only text like it in the introductory sociology market.
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New edition of an introductory text for a generally unsophisticated readership. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534609405
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/13/2003
  • Edition description: 9TH
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 720

Meet the Author

Rodney Stark is a renowned scholar and researcher, and is recognized as one of the foremost sociologists working in the field of sociology of religion. Professor Stark has published more than 140 articles and 27 scholarly books that have won numerous awards and acknowledgements, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He is also known as a pioneer in the technology field. He co-founded the MicroCase Corporation, which is now a part of Thomson Wadsworth. With his background in journalism, it isn't surprising that in addition to receiving praise for his unique approach to sociology, he's received praise for having one of the better-written texts on the market.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Groups and Relationships: A Sociological Sampler 3
Pt. I The Sociological Process: An Overview of Concepts, Theories, and Research Methods 31
Ch. 2 Concepts for Social and Cultural Theories 37
Ch. 3 Micro Sociology: Testing Interaction Theories 69
Ch. 4 Macro Sociology: Testing Structural Theories 91
Special Topic 1: Correlation and Sampling 111
Pt. II Individuals and Groups 119
Ch. 5 Biology, Culture, and Society 121
Ch. 6 Socialization and Social Roles 145
Ch. 7 Deviance and Conformity 171
Ch. 8 Social Control 203
Pt. III Stratification and Conflict 227
Ch. 9 Concepts and Theories of Stratification 229
Ch. 10 Comparing Systems of Stratification 251
Special Topic 2: Aspects of Income Inequalities in America 273
Ch. 11 Intergroup Conflict: Racial and Ethnic Inequality 283
Special Topic 3: Minorities and Stardom 327
Ch. 12 Gender and Inequality 333
Pt. IV Social Institutions 371
Ch. 13 The Family 373
Special Topic 4: The Older Family 398
Ch. 14 Religion 405
Ch. 15 Politics and the State 433
Ch. 16 The Interplay Between Education and Occupation 465
Pt. V Change 493
Ch. 17 Social Change and Modernization 495
Special Topic 5: Stirrups and Feudal Domination 518
Ch. 18 Population Changes 523
Special Topic 6: The Life Cycle of the Baby Boom 551
Ch. 19 Urbanization 557
Ch. 20 The Organizational Age 587
Ch. 21 Social Change and Social Movements 611
Epilogue Becoming a Sociologist 633
References 638
Illustration Credits 656
Name Index 659
Subject Index / Glossary 665
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