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UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fifth Edition, contains a collection of classic and contemporary sociological readings selected for their timeliness, diversity, and interest, and accessibility. The book includes the most up-to-date selection available-38 of the 68 articles are new in this edition. The intriguing new articles were selected to engage readers' interest, to reflect the richness of sociological thought, and to address issues that have emerged in recent years (such as football concussion injuries, climate change, the Tea Party movement, same-sex marriage, and the criminalization of undocumented immigrants, to name a few). As always, the editors have included the top names in the field. Five themes run throughout the book: classical sociological theory, contemporary research, diversity, globalization, and the application of the sociological perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495504306
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Wadsworth Sociology Reader Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Margaret L. Andersen--raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston--is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of THINKING ABOUT WOMEN: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SEX AND GENDER (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth Cengage Learning text RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION and LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University's Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.

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


Part I: THE SOCIOLOGY PERSPECTIVE. 1. "The Sociological Imagination," C. Wright Mills. 2. "Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective," Peter Burger. Part II: SOCIOLOGY RESEARCH. 3. "Human Inquiry and Science," Earl Babbie. 4. "Promoting Bad Statistics," Joel Best. Part III: CULTURE. 5. "Body Ritual among the Nacirema," Horace Minor. 6. "Gamers, Hackers, and Facebook-Computer Cultures, Virtual Community, and Postmodern Identity," Ross Haenfler. 7. "Global Culture: Sameness or Difference?," Manfred B. Steger. Part IV: SOCIALIZATION AND THE LIFE COURSE. 8. "Barbie Girls versus Sea Monsters: Children Constructing Gender," Michael A. Messner. 9. "Klaus Barbie, and Other Dolls I'd Like to See," Susan Jane Gilman. 10. "Leaving Home for College: Expectations for Selective Reconstruction of Self," David Karp, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, and Paul S. Gray. 11. "Anybody's Son Will Do," Gwynne Dyer. Part V: SOCIETY AND SOCIAL INTERACTION. 12. "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life," Erving Goffman. 13. "The Impact of Internet Communications on Social Interaction," Thomas Well Brignall III and Thomas Van Valey. 14. "Code of the Street," Elijah Anderson. Part VI: GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS. 15. "The McDonaldization of Society," George Ritzer. 16. "Racism in Toyland," Christine L. Williams. 17. "Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape," Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Laura Hamilton, and Brian Sweeney. Part VII: DEVIANCE AND CRIME. 18. "The Functions of Crime," Emile Durkheim. 19. "The Medicalization of Deviance," Peter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider. 20. "The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison," Jeffrey H. Reiman. Part VIII: SOCIAL CLASS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. 21. "The Communist Manifesto," Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 22. "Aspects of Class in the United States: An Introduction," John Bellamy Foster. 23. "America Without a Middle Class," Elizabeth Warren. 24. "The State of Poverty in America," Peter Edelman. Part IX: GLOBAL STRATIFICATION. 25. "Globalization: An Introduction," D. Stanley Bitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn. 26. "Global Strategies for Workers: How Class Analysis Certifies Us and Them and What We Need to Do," Katie Quan. 27. "The Rise of Food Democracy," Brian Halweil. 28. "Why Migration Matters," Khalid Koser. Part X: RACE AND ETHNICITY. 29. "The Souls of Black Folk," W. E. B. Dubois. 30. "Toward a Framework for Understanding Forces That Contribute to or Reinforce Racial Inequality," William Julius Wilson. 31. "Racial Formation," Michael Omi and Howard Winant. 32. "Color-Blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America," Charles A. Gallagher. 33. "Subordinating Myth: Latino/a Immigration, Crime, and Exclusion," Jamie Longazel. Part XI: GENDER. 34. "The Social Construction of Gender," Margaret L. Andersen. 35. "What It Means to Be Gendered Me: Life on the Boundaries of a Dichotomous System," Betsy Lucal. 36. "Examining Media Contestation of Masculinity and Head Trauma in the National Football League," Eric Anderson and Edward M. Kian. 37. "The Many Faces of Gender Inequality," Amartya Sen. Part XII: SEXUALITY AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS. 38. "'Dude, You're a Fag': Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse," C. J. Pacoe. 39. "Strategic Ambiguity: Protecting Emphasized Femininity and Hegemonic Masculinity in the Hookup Culture," Danielle M. Currier. 40. "Sex, Love, and Autonomy in the Teenage Sleepover," Amy Schalet. Part XIII: FAMILY. 41. "Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Increasing Importance of Multigenerational Bonds," Vern L. Bengston. 42. "'Why Can't I Have What I Want': Timing, Employment, Marriage, and Motherhood," Rosanna Hertz. 43. "Gay Marriage: Why Now? Why at All?", Reese Kelly. 44. "The Myth of the Missing Black Father," Roberta L. Coles and Charles Green. Part XIV: RELIGION. 45. "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism," Max Weber. 46. "Muslims in America," Jen'nan Ghasal Read. 47. "All Creatures Great and Small: Megachurches in Context," Mark Chaves. Part XV: EDUCATION. 48. "A School in a Garden," Mitchell Stevens. 49. "From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools," Gloria Ladson-Billings. 50. "Education: Inclusive Disability Studies," Dan Goodley. Part XVI: ECONOMY AND WORK. 51. "Children of the Great Recession: A Tour of the Generational Landscape," from Struggles to Successes, Coast to Coast, Ronald Brownstein. 52. "Harder Times: Undocumented Workers and the U.S. Informal Economy," Richard D. Vogel. 53. "Working on People," by Robin Leidner. Part XVII: GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS. 54. "The Power Elite," C. Wright Mills. 55. "The Rise of the New Global Elite," Chrystia Freeland. 56. "Cultures of the Tea Party," Andrew J. Perrin, Steven J. Tepper, Neal Caren, and Sally Morris. Part XVIII: HEALTH CARE. 57. "The Social Meanings of Illness," Rose Weitz. 58. "Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Achieving Real Improvements in Americans' Health," David R. Williams, Mark B. McClellan, and Alice M. Rivlin. 59. "Beyond Caring: The Routinization of Disaster," Daniel Chambliss. Part IX: ENVIRONMENT, POPULATION, AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 60. "Poisoning the Planet: The Struggle for Environmental Justice," David Naguib Pellow and Robert J. Brulle. 61. "Zooming in on Diversity," William Frey. 62. "Climate Denial and the Construction of Innocence: Reproducing Transnational Environmental Privilege in the Face of Climate Change," Karl Marie Norgaard.
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