Understanding Society: An Introductory Reader / Edition 4

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UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fourth Edition, contains a collection of classic and contemporary sociological readings selected for their timeliness, diversity, and interest. The emphasis of this collection is on articles that students will both understand and also find intriguing. UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fourth Edition, includes the most up-to-date selection available today. Out of sixty-eight total articles, thirty-eight are new in this edition. The new articles were selected to engage student interest, to reflect the richness of sociological thought, and to add articles that address issues that have emerged since the publication of the last edition (such as the economic recession, the Haiti earthquake, and the increasing racial segregation of schools, to name a few). As always, the editors have included the top names in the field. Five themes run throughout the text: classical sociological theory, contemporary research, diversity, globalization, and the application of the sociological perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111185961
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 174,814
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret L. Andersen (B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware, where she has also served in several senior administrative positions, including most recently as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity. She holds secondary appointments in Black American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She is the author of several books, including (among others) THINKING ABOUT WOMEN, recently published in its tenth edition; the best-selling anthology, RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER (co-edited with Patricia Hill Collins, now in its ninth edition); LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR; and ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Past Vice President of the American Sociological Association, and Past President of the Eastern Sociological Society, from which she received the ESS Merit Award. She has also received two teaching awards from the University of Delaware and the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award.

Kim A. Logio is Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University, where she recently received a teaching award. She often teaches research methods and guides students through the completion of their undergraduate thesis projects. A member of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Logio has been interviewed for local television and National Public Radio for her work on body image and race, class, and gender differences in nutrition and weight control behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware and lives in Delaware County, Pa., with her husband and three children.

Howard F. Taylor has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Princeton University, where he is presently Professor of Sociology and former director of the African American Studies Center. He has published over fifty articles in sociology, education, social psychology, and race relations. His books include THE IQ GAME (Rutgers University Press), a critique of hereditarian accounts of intelligence; BALANCE IN SMALL GROUPS (Van Nostrand Reinhold), translated into Japanese; and the forthcoming RACE AND CLASS AND THE BELL CURVE IN AMERICA. He has appeared widely before college, radio, and TV audiences, including ABC's NIGHTLINE. Past president of the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society for distinguished research. He is a winner of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award, given by the American Sociological Association for distinguished research in race and ethnic relations, and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He lives in Pennington, N.J., with his wife, a corporate lawyer.

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Table of Contents

Preface. About the Editors. *indicate new article Part I: THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE. 1. C. Wright Mills, "The Sociological Imagination." 2. *Peter Berger, "Invitation to Sociology." 3. *Tanya Golash-Boza, "'Bandits Going Wild in Haiti!' and Other Post-Quake Myths." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part II: SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 4. *Nikki Jones, "From Good to Ghetto." 5. Joel Best, "Promoting Bad Statistics." 6. *Ann Meier and Gina Allen, "Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Young Adulthood." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part III: CULTURE. 7. *Ross Haenfler, "Games, Hackers, and Facebook: Computer Culture, Virtual Community, and Postmodern Identity." 8. *Maddy Coy, "Milkshakes, Lady Lumps and Growing Up To Want Boobies." 9. *Manfred B. Steger, "Global Culture: Sameness or Difference?" Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part IV: SOCIALIZATION AND THE LIFE COURSE. 10. David Karp, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, and Paul S. Gray, "Leaving Home for College: Expectations for Selective Reconstruction of Self." 11. Michael A. Messner, "Barbie Girls versus Sea Monsters." 12. *Laurie Russell Hatch, "Gender and Ageism." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part V: SOCIETY AND SOCIAL INTERACTION. 13. Erving Goffman, "The Presentation of Self." 14. Eli Anderson, "Code of the Street." 15. Thomas Wells Brignall III and Thomas Van Valey, "The Impact of Internet Communications on Social Interaction." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part VI: GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS. 16. Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, "Peer Cultures." 17. Elizabeth Armstrong et al. "Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape." 18. Christine L. Williams, "The Social Organization of Toy Stores." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part VII: DEVIANCE AND CRIME. 19. Emile Durkheim "The Functions of Crime." 20. Peter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider, "The Medicalization of Deviance." 21. *Robert J. Brym, "Six Lessons of Suicide Bombers." 22. Jeffrey Reiman, "The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part VIII: SOCIAL CLASS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. 23. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, "The Communist Manifesto." 24. *John Bellamy Foster, "Aspects of Class in the United States." 25. *Elizabeth Warren, "America without a Middle Class." 26. *Robert Granfield, "Making It by Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment." 27. *Judith Treas, "The Great American Recession: Sociological Insights on Blame and Pain." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part IX: GLOBAL STRATIFICATION. 28. *Jan Breman, "The Myth of the Global Safety Net." 29. Arlie Russell Hochschild, "The Nanny Chain." 30. Patricia Hill Collins, "New Commodities, New Consumers." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part X: RACE AND ETHNICITY. 31. W. E. B. DuBois, "The Souls of Black Folk." 32. Charles Gallagher, "Color-blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America." 33. *Martell Teasley and David Ikard, "Barack Obama and the Politics of Race: The Myth of Post racism in America." 34. *Edward Telles, "Mexican Immigrants and Immigrant Incorporation." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XI: GENDER. 35. Margaret L. Andersen, "Thinking about Women." 36. *Michael Kimmel, "Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men." 37. *Kristen Schilt and Catherine Connell, "Do Workplace Gender Transitions Make Gender Trouble?" 38. *Laura Hamilton, "Trading on Heterosexuality: College Women's Gender Strategies and Homophobia." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XII: SEXUALITY AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS. 39. *C.J. Pascoe, "'Dude, You're a Fag': Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse." 40. *Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth A. Armstrong, "Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood: Double Binds and Flawed Options." 41. *Karin Martin and Emily Kazyak, "Heteroromantic Love and Heterosexiness in Children's G-Rated Films." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XIII: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. A. Family. 42. *Kathleen Gerson, "The Unfinished Revolution." 43. Steven Seidman, "Gay Marriage." 44. *Roberta L. Coles and Charles Green, "The Myth of the Missing Black Father." B. Religion. 45. Max Weber, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." 46. Robert Wuthnow, "America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity." 47. *Tim Clydesdale, "Abandoned, Pursued, or Safely Stowed?" C. Education. 48. *Gloria Ladson-Billings, "From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt." 49. *Gary Orfield and Chungmei Lee, "Historic Reversals, Accelerating Resegregation and the Need for New Integration Strategies." 50. *Lisa Guernsey, "More Than "A is for Alligator': How to Ensure Early Childhood Systems Help Break the Cycle of Poverty." 51. Linda Renzulli and Vincent Roscigno, "Charter Schools and the Public Good." D. Work. 52. Barbara Ehrenreich, "Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America." 53. Carmen Macdonald and Carmen Sirianni, "The Service Society and the Changing Experience of Work." 54. *Richard D. Vogel, "Harder Times: Undocumented Workers and the U.S. Informal Economy." 55. *Frank Dobbin, Alexandra Kalev and Erin Kelly, "Diversity Management in Corporate America." E. Government and Politics. 56. C. Wright Mills, "The Power Elite." 57. Richard Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff, "Diversity in the Power Elite." 58. *Andrew J. Perrin, "Why You Voted." F. Health Care. 59. Rose Weitz, "The Social Meanings of Illness." 60. *T. R. Reid, "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care." 61. *Shannon N. Zenk et al., "Neighborhood Racial Composition, Neighborhood Poverty, and the Spatial Accessibility of Supermarkets in Metropolitan Detroit." 62. *Lawrence R. Jacobs and James A. Morone, "Health and Wealth." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XIV: POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 63. Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, "American Apartheid." 64. *Robert D. Bullard, "Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Race Still Matters." 65. *Constance Lever-Tracy, "Global Warming and Sociology." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XV: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 66. Duane F. Alwin, "Generations X, Y, and Z: Are They Changing America?" 67. *Andrea Louise Campbell, "Is the Economic Crisis Driving Wedges Between Young and Old? Rich and Poor?" 68. *Ronald Brownstein, "Shelter from the Storm." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Glossary. Name Index. Subject Index.

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