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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.

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Twelve chapters introduce major areas and key concepts in sociology and emphasize their practical applications. Covering theory, history, and methodology, the book provides a concise overview of the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742516625
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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 (now Sociological Practice Association) and its founding newsletter editor. He has been on the sociology faculty of Alfred University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface by Roger A.Straus Part 2 I: Sociology and Its Tools Chapter 3 1 Using What? The History and Nature of Sociology by Roger A. Straus Chapter 4 2 Using Sociological Theory to Make Practical Sense Out of Social Life by Roger A. Straus Chapter 5 3 Noticing, Questioning, Explaining: Research Methods by Brian S. Sherman and Roger A. Straus Part 6 II: Uses of Sociology Chapter 7 4 Sociology of the Individual and the Group: Social Psychology by Phillip D. Robinette and Roger A. Straus Chapter 8 5 Medical Sociology: The Clinical Perspective by David J. Kallen Chapter 9 6 Understanding Organizations and the Workplace by John F. Glass Chapter 10 7 Crime in Society: Sociological Understandings and Societal Implications by William D. DuBois and Bruce L. Berg Chapter 11 8 Community Matters by Jan Marie Fritz Chapter 12 9 American Public Policy: Formation and Implementation by Ross Koppel Part 13 III: Using Sociology in Your Own Life Chapter 14 10: Sociology and You: Good Living by Harry Cohen Chapter 15 11: Clinical Sociology and the Art of Peace Promotion: Earning a World Without War by Arthur B. Shostak Chapter 16 12: What Now? The Relevance of Sociology to Your Life and Career by W. Richard Stephens, Jr. Part 17 Glossary Part 18 About the Authors Part 19 Index

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