Using Sociology: An Introduction from the Applied and Clinical Perspectives / Edition 2by Roger A. Straus
Pub. Date: 01/01/1994
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
A humanist alternative to massive, encyclopedia-like texts, "Using Sociology" provides a passionate and focused introduction to sociology and sociological practice. It tells not only how sociologists make practical sense out of social life, but also how they use their knowledge and perspectives to create positive change. The authors work in a variety of academic, nonprofit, and business settings and include several past-chairpersons and presidents of the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and the Sociological Practice Association. The Third Edition has been updated and reorganized to even better meet the needs of students and instructors. Three sections introduce sociology and its tools, uses of sociology and using sociology in your own life. The theory and history chapters have been dramatically revised, with more practical examples to help students relate the concepts with the world of everyday life. The methodology chapter now covers more of the basic statistical concepts and also expands coverage of applied methods, marketing research, and other real-world uses of qualitative and quantitative methods. An exciting new chapter on crime and deviance is designed to make it easier for students to relate theory to practical issues and applications. The chapter on applying clinical sociological concepts to improving one's own life and relationships has been greatly expanded, as well.
Author Biography: Roger A. Straus is a vice president with TVG, Inc., in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, where he provides marketing research and consulting to the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare clients. He was a co-founder in 1978 of the Clinical Sociology Association (nowSociological Practice Association) and its founding newsletter editor. He has been on the sociology faculty of Alfred University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Using Social Theory to Make Sense Out of Life Chapter 2 Doing Sociology that Counts: Research Methods Chapter 3 Sociology and You: Good Living Chapter 4 Social Psychology: Individuals and Social Groups Chapter 5 Understanding Organizations and the Workplace Chapter 6 Medical Sociology: The Clinical Perspective Chapter 7 Crime and Deviance in Society: Social Meaning and Societal Institutions Chapter 8 Creating Successful Communities Chapter 9 American Public Policy: Formation and Implementation Chapter 10 Clinical Sociology and the Art of Peace Promotion: Earning a World without War Chapter 11 What Now? The Relevance of Sociology to Your Life and Career
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