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Overview

This concise yet thorough treatment of sociology is organized around a set of central questions and integrates classic and current research with analyses of trends affecting society. Written by the best-selling author of SOCIOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD, William Kornblum's brief text incorporates many of his most popular features (such as Mapping Social Change) while new features and the text's unique approach give this book its own distinct voice and perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155065147
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 8/3/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

William Kornblum is a professor of sociology at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where he helps train future instructors and researchers in the social sciences. He also teaches undergraduates at various campuses of the City University, including Queens College, Hunter College, and City College. A specialist in urban and community studies, Kornblum began his teaching career with the Peace Corps in the early 1960s, where he taught physics and chemistry in French-speaking West Africa. He received his Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1971. He also taught at the University of Washington at Seattle and worked as a research sociologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior. At the CUNY Graduate School, he directs research on environmental issues and on urban policy. With his longtime research partner, Terry Williams, he recently co-authored THE UPTOWN KIDS, a sociological portrait of teenagers and young adults growing up in high-rise public housing projects. He was also the principal investigator of Project TELL, a longitudinal study of the ways in which home computers can improve the life chances of young people at risk of dropping out of school. In 2005, Kornblum was awarded the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association.

Carolyn Smith, a freelance writer, is the author of THE ABSENTEE AMERICAN and STRANGERS AT HOME, and co-editor of IN THE FIELD: READINGS ON THE FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. She has also lent her writing expertise to other psychology texts child development.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Sociology, the Science of Society: Can it make a difference in people's lives?
Ch. 2 Culture: Does it account for the immense differences in the ways people all over the world feel and behave?
Ch. 3 Social Structure and Interaction: Do they explain why human affairs do not dissolve into a "war of all against all?"
Ch. 4 Socialization: Does society shape what a person can and will become, or are people prisoners of their genetic endowment?
Ch. 5 Deviance and Social Control: Are certain types of crime "normal" in any society, and what do societies do to enforce their norms?
Ch. 6 Stratification and Social Class: Are they inevitable or can there be a classless society?
Ch. 7 Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity: Must we have laws to protect the rights of racially or ethnically distinct groups?
Ch. 8 Inequalities of Gender and Age: Will they diminish as nations become more industrialized and urbanized?
Ch. 9 The Family: Is it breaking down or simply adapting to new social conditions?
Ch. 10 Religion: Why is it difficult for people of different religions to realize their shared quest for peace and understanding?
Ch. 11 Education: Can it reduce poverty and inequality?
Ch. 12 Economics and Politics: Can institutions like the market and legislatures bring about positive social change?
Ch. 13 Population, Urbanization, and Health: Can we control population growth and achieve higher levels of health worldwide?
Ch. 14 Social Movements and Social Change: How do social movements bring about social change?
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