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This eclectic reader introduces students to sociology's diversity as a science and profession. The book includes three readings for each of the 15 major topic areas: qualitative, quantitative or theoretical, and how sociology is applied and practiced in the real world. Anyone wanting a collection of readings that introduce sociology as a science and as a career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205404469
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Series: Penguin Academics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 525
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

I. THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE.

1. Introduction to the Discipline.

1. The Promise of Sociology, by Peter Berger.

2. The Sociological Imagination, by C. Wright Mills.

3. Careers in Sociology, by W. Richard Stephens.

2. Sociology as a Science.

4. Three Sociological Perspectives, by Paul Colomy.

5. Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women, by Elliot Liebow.

6. Theory, Practice, and Sociology, by Howard Rebach and John Bruhn.

II. THE ORGANIZATION OF SOCIETY.

3. Culture.

7. The Culture of Fear, by William Glassner.

8. Body Ritual among the Nacerima, by Horace Miner.

9. We Talk About Culture, by Mitch Albom.

4. Socialization.

10. Black Adolescents Racial Socialization Experiences, by Madonna Constantine and Shakema Blackmon.

11. A Note on Extreme Isolation, by Kingsley Davis.

12. Childhood Socialization of Working Class Sociologists, by Joan Morris and Michael Grimes.

5. Social Structure and Social Interaction.

13. What is a Social Fact? by Emile Durkheim.

14. The Saints and the Roughnecks, by William J. Chambliss.

15. The Approach Avoidance Dance: Men, Women, and Intimacy, by Lillian Rubin.

6. Social Groups.

16. Angels, Bandidos, Outlaws, and Pagans: The Evolution ofOrganized Crime Among the Big Four 1% Motorcycle Clubs, by James F. Quinn.

17. The Amish, by Donald B. Kraybill.

18. Killing the Messenger: The Social Problems of Sociology, by Joel Best.

7. Deviant Behavior and Social Control.

19. Buckle Bunnies: Groupies of the Rodeo Circuit, by DeAnn K. Gauthier and Craig J. Forsyth.

20. Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture, by A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade.

21. Being Sane in Insane Places, by D. L. Rosenhan.

III. SOCIAL INEQUALITIES.

8. Social Class.

22. The Positive Functions of Poverty, by Herbert J. Gans.

23. The American Upper Class, by G. William Domhoff.

24. Blue Collar Journal: A College Presidents Sabbatical, by John R. Coleman.

9. Race and Ethnicity.

25. Race Matters, by Cornell West.

26. Ambiguous Loss: Risk and Resilience in Latino Immigrant Families, by Celia Jaes Falicov.

27. Undoing Racism in America: Help From a Black Church, by Erika Vora and Jay Vora.

10. Gender.

28. “Night to His Day” The Social Construction of Gender, by Judith Lorber.

29. Men as Success Objects and Women as Sex Objects, by Simon Davis.

30. Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of “Girl Watching”, by Beth Quinn.

IV. SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

11. Family.

31. Relationship Quality Dynamics of Cohabiting Unions, by Susan L. Brown.

32. Peer Marriage: How Love between Equals Really Works, by Pepper Schwartz.

33. Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, by John Gottman with Nan Silver.

12. Education and Religion.

34. The Meaning of Meanness: Popularity, Competition, and Conflict Among Junior High School Girls, by Don E. Merten.

35. Civilize Them with a Stick, by Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes.

36. When the Clergy Goes Astray: Pedophilia in the Catholic Church, by Theresa Krebs.

13. Politics and the Economy.

37. The Power Elite, by C. Wright Mills.

38. Corporate Restructuring, Downsizing, and the Middle Class: Worker Displacement in the New Economy, by Charles Koeber.

39. Dwelling in Capitalism and Traveling Through Socialism, by Michael Burawoy.

V. SOCIAL CHANGE IN A MODERN WORLD.

40. Planetary Overload, by A.J. Michael.

41. The Social Ecology of Skid Row, by John Bardo, Jeff Riemer, Ron Matson, and Bob Knapp.

42. Silent Spill, by Thomas D. Beamish.

15. Technology and Globalization.

43. The McDonaldization of Society, by George Ritzer.

44. “Log on to Sex”: Some Notes on the Carnal Computer and Erotic Cyberspace, by K.F. Durkin and C.D. Bryant.

45. The Super Rich, by Stephen Haseler.

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