The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community / Edition 2

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Overview

This concise text carries the public sociology movement into the classroom and teaches students to think sociologically, to develop a sociological eye, and to use sociological tools to become effective participants in a democratic society. Students gain hands-on training in sociology while experiencing civic engagement within their own communities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412969000
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/11/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Odell Korgen, Ph D, is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Her primary areas of specialization are race relations, racial identity, and public sociology. She has conducted trainings in corporate and campus settings on issues of diversity.

Dr. Korgen’s published work on race relations and racial identity includes Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans (2002) and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity Among Americans (1998, 1999).

Raised in Massachusetts, Dr. Korgen now lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, Jeff; daughters Julie and Jessica; and her mother, Patricia.

Jonathan M. White, Ph D, is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Associate to Service Learning at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. His primary areas of specialization are inequality, poverty, globalization, human rights, and public sociology.

Dr. White has received numerous teaching and humanitarian awards. He is the Founding Director of Sports for Hunger, the Hunger Resource Center, and the Halloween for Hunger and Pass-the-Fast campaigns. He serves on the board of directors for Free the Children, Peace Through Youth, the Graduation Pledge Alliance, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. Dr. White also has served as Director and Coordinator for Youth Ambassadors for Peace, a project aimed at helping war-affected youth. He has authored articles in the fields of inequality and globalization, and is currently writing a book entitled Hungry to Be Heard: Voices From a Malnourished America.

Dr. White lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Shelley, and is the very proud uncle of 13 nieces and nephews.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Note From the Authors to the Students Reading This Book vii

Acknowledgments ix

1 The Engaged Sociologist: The Sociological Perspective and the Connections Among Sociology, Democracy, and Civic Engagement 1

2 Founders and Foundations of Sociology: Theory 15

3 How Do We Know What We Think We Know? Sociological Methods 31

4 Creating Civic Engagement Versus Creating Apathy: Culture 47

5 Learning How to Act in Society: Socialization 63

6 Deviant Behavior and Social Movements 81

7 Big Money Doesn't Always Win: Stratification and Social Class 102

8 What Does a "Typical American" Look Like Today? Race and Ethnicity 123

9 Sex, Gender, and Power 140

10 Social Institutions: Family and Economy 161

11 Social Institutions, Continued: Education, Government, and Religion 182

12 The Engaged Sociologist in Action 200

Index 212

About the Authors 225

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