Understanding Society: An Introductory Reader (with Infotrac(r)) / Edition 2

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Overview

This compelling reader presents a balance of classic and contemporary readings that professors teaching the course find important. The emphasis of the collection is on articles that students will both understand and find intriguing. The collection is less rigid than the other readers now on the market and includes articles with a variety of styles and perspectives. Like the Andersen/Taylor introduction to sociology textbooks, this reader has a strong focus on diversity. Five themes run throughout book: classical sociological theory, contemporary research, diversity, globalization, and the application of the sociological perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534588151
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/2/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard F. Taylor was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He 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 program. He has published over forty 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); and the forthcoming RACE, CLASS, AND THE BELL CURVE IN AMERICA. He has also written SOCIOLOGY: THE ESSENTIALS, Fifth Edition (Wadsworth 2007, co-authored with Margaret L. Andersen), and UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Second Edition. (Wadsworth, 2004, co-edited with Margaret L. Andersen and Kim Logio). He has appeared widely before college, radio, and TV audiences, including ABC’s Nightline. He is past president of the Eastern Sociological Society; 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. He lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with his wife, a corporate lawyer.
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Table of Contents

PREFACE. ABOUT THE EDITORS. SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES AND SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 1. C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination". 2. Allan Johnson, The Forest and the Trees". 3. Elaine Bell Kaplan, Our Kind of Girl". 4. Howard Schuman Sense and Nonsense about Surveys". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Joel Best, Promoting Bad Statistics". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. CULTURE. 5. Horace Miner, Body Ritual of the Nacimera". 6. George Ritzer, September 11, 2002: Mass Murder and Its Roots in the Symbolism of American Consumer Culture". 7. Kamy Cunningham, Barbie Doll Culture and the American Waistland". 8. Jean Kilbourne, Buy This 24-Year-Old and Get All His Friends Absolutely Free". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Steven Reiss, Why America Loves Reality TV". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. SOCIALIZATION AND THE LIFE COURSE. 9. David Karp, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, and Paul S. Gray, Leaving Home for College: Expectations for Selective Reconstruction of Self". 10. Amy J. Schulz, Navajo Women and the Politics of Identity". 11. Kathleen Slevin and Toni Calasanti, Gender and Aging". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Traci A. Giuliano, Kathryn E. Popp and Jennifer L. Knight, Footballs Versus Barbies: Childhood Play Activities as Predictors of Sport Participation by Women." Sex Roles. Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. SOCIETY AND SOCIAL INTERACTION. 12. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self". 13. Eli Anderson, Code of the Streets". 14. Michael Hardey, Life Beyond the Screen: Embodiment and Identity through the Internet". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Thomas J. Gerschick, Toward a Theory of Disability and Gender". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS. 15. Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, Peer Cultures". 16. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade, Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture". 17. Bonnie Erickson, Social Networks: The Value of Variety". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: When Agencies Sleep". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. DEVIANCE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 18. Emile Durkheim The Functions of Crime". 19. Peter Conrad and Joseph Schneider, The Medicalization of Deviance" 20. Jeffrey Reiman, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison". 21. Ruth Behar, The Girl in the Cast". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Marc Mauer, The Social Cost of America's Race to Incarcerate" Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. SOCIAL CLASS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. 22. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto". 23. Thomas Shapiro, Great Divides". 24. Dalton Conley, Being Black, Living in the Red". 25. Sharon Hays, Studying the Quagmire of Welfare Reform". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Kathyrn Edin, Few Good Men: Why Poor Women Don't Remarry". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. GLOBAL STRATIFICATION. 26. Edna Bonacich, Lucie Cheng, Norma Chinchilla, Nora Hamilton, and Paul Ong, Global Production: The Apparel Industry in the Pacific Rim". 27. Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Nanny Chain". 28. Walter LaFeber, Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Amartya Sen, How to Judge Globalism". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. RACE. 29. W. E. B. DuBois, Problem of the Twentieth Century". 30. Elizabeth Martinez, Beyond Black/White". 31. Alejandro Portes and Rubén Rumbaut, Immigrant America". 32. Charles Gallagher, Color-blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Patricia Gurin, Eric L. Dey, Gerald Gurin, and Sylvia Hurtado, How Does Racial/Ethnic Diversity Promote Education?" Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. GENDER. 33. Margaret Andersen, Thinking About Women". 34. Michael Messner, Politics of Masculinities". 35. Suzanne Carothers, Catching Sense: Learning from Our Mothers to be Black and Female". 36. Elizabeth Fernea, Challenges for Middle Eastern Women". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Christine L. Williams, Patti Giuffre, and Kirsten Dellinger, Sexuality in the Workplace: Organizational Control, Sexual Harassment, and the Pursuit of Pleasure" Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. SEXUALITY AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS. 37. Tracy A. Lambert, Arnold S. Kahn, and Kevin J. Apple, Pluralistic Ignorance and Hooking Up". 38. Michael Kimmel, Masculinity as Homophobia". 39. Diane Vaughan, Uncoupling". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Ronald G. Morrow and Diane L. Gill, Perceptions of Homophobia and Heterosexism in Physical Education". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. FAMILY. 40. Anita Garey, Weaving Work and Motherhood". 41. Scott Coltrane, Family Rituals and the Construction of Reality". 42. Terry Arendell, Divorce and Remarriage". 43. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstl, Caring for Our Young: Child Care in Europe and the United States". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Madhabika B., Nayak, Christina A. Byrne, Mutsumi K. Martin, and Anna George Abraham, Attitudes toward Violence Against Women: A Cross-Nation Study" Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. RELIGION. 44. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism". 45. Mark Chaves and Dianne Hagaman, Abiding Faith". 46. Calvin Goldscheider, Are American Jews Vanishing?" Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Kenneth L. Woodward, A Peaceful Faith, A Fanatic Few" Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. EDUCATION. 47. Peggy Orenstein, School Girls". 48. Erica Frankenberg and Chungmei Lee, Race in American Public Schools: Rapidly Resegregating School Districts". 49. Loretta F. Meeks, Wendell A. Meeks, and Claudia A. Warren, Racial Desegregation: Magnet Schools, Vouchers, Privatization, and Home Schooling". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Jim Donlevy. Educational Reforms and High-Stakes Testing: Are Public Schools Still for the Public?" Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. WORK. 50. Carmen Macdonald and Carmen Sirianni, The Service Society and the Changing Experience of Work". 51. Harriet Presser, Toward a 24 Hour Economy". 52. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Gordon Lafer, Captive Labor: America's Prisoners as Corporate Workforce". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS. 53. C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite". 54. Richard Zweigenhaft and William Domhoff, Diversity in the Power Elite". 55. Louis DeSipio and Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Forever Seen as New: Latino Participation in American Elections". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Revathi Hines, The Silent Voices: 2000 Presidential Election and the Minority Vote in Florida". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. HEALTH CARE. 56. E. Richard Brown and Hongjian Yu, Latinos' Access to Employment-based Health Insurance". 57. Jane Sprague Zones, Beauty and Health". 58. Robert Blauner, Death and Social Structure". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Nancy P. Barnett, Peter M. Monti, Anthony Spirito, Suzanne M. Colby, Damaris J. Rohsenow, Louis Ruffolo and Robert Woolard, Alcohol Use and Related Harm among Older Adolescents Treated in an Emergency Department: The Importance of Alcohol Status and College Status". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 59. Douglass Massey and Nancy Denton, American Apartheid". 60. Regina Austin and Michael Schill, Black, Brown, Red and Poisoned". 61. Kent E. Portney and Jeffrey M. Berry, Mobilizing Minority Communities: Social Capital and Participation in Urban Neighborhoods". Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Peter O. Muller, The Suburban Transformation of the Globalizing American City". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 62. Duane F. Alwin, Generations X, Y, and Z: Are They Changing America?" 63. Benjamin Barber, Jihad vs. McWorld". 64. Aldon Morris, The Genius of the Civil Rights Movement: Can It Happen Again?" Infotrac College Edition: Bonus Reading: Fred Edwords, How Biotechnology is Transforming What We Believe in and How We Live". Infotrac College Edition: Search Terms. GLOSSARY/INDEX.

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