Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings / Edition 14

Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings / Edition 14

by James M. Henslin
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Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings / Edition 14

For thirty-five years and through thirteen editions, Jim Henslin's Down to Earth Sociology has opened new windows onto the social realities that shape our world. Now in its fourteenth edition, the most popular anthology in sociology includes new articles on our changing world while also retaining its classic must-read essays. Focusing on social interaction in everyday life, the forty-six selections bring students face-to-face with the twin projects of contemporary sociology: understanding the individual's experience of society and analyzing social structure.

The fourteenth edition's exceptional new readings include selections on the role of sympathy in everyday life, mistaken perceptions of the American family, the effects of a criminal record on getting a job, and the major social trends affecting our future. Together with these essential new articles, the selections by Peter Berger, Herbert Gans, Erving Goffman, Donna Eder, Zella Luria, C. Wright Mills, Deborah Tannen, Barrie Thorne, Sidney Katz, Philip Zimbardo, and many others provide firsthand reporting that gives students a sense of "being there." Henslin also explains basic methods of social research, providing insight into how sociologists explore the social world. The selections in Down to Earth Sociology highlight the most significant themes of contemporary sociology, ranging from the sociology of gender, power, politics, and religion to the contemporary crises of racial tension, crime, rape, poverty, and homelessness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416536208
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 02/13/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 130,929
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Credits and Acknowledgments v

Preface to the Fourteenth Edition xvii

About the Contributors xxiii


Exploring the social world
1. Invitation to Sociology / Peter L. Berger 3

An overview of sociology
2. What Is Sociology? Comparing Sociology and the Other Social Sciences / James M. Henslin 8

The sociological imagination
3. The Promise / C. Wright Mills 20


How sociologists gather data
4. How Sociologists Do Research / James M. Henslin 35

Interviewing in a difficult situation
5. "Riding the Bull at Gilley's": Convicted Rapists Describe the Rewards of Rape / Diana Scully, Joseph Marolla 48

Using experiments to uncover causation
6. Would You Hire an Ex-Convict? / Devah Pager 63

Learning the ropes: Fieldwork in an urban setting 7. Doing Research with Streetcorner Crack Dealers / Bruce A. Jacobs 73


Ritual and magic in everyday life
8. Body Ritual Among the Nacirema / Horace Miner 87

Where violence is taken for granted
9. Doing Fieldwork Among the Yanomamö / Napoleon A. Chagnon 92

Conforming to internalized culture
10. The Sounds of Silence / Edward T. Hall, Mildred R. Hall 109

Following rules we don't even know we have
11. Sympathy in Everyday Life / Candace Clark 118

Impression management
12. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life / Erving Goffman 135


Learning to be human
13. Extreme Isolation / Kingsley Davis 151

Learning to be male
14. On Becoming Male: Reflections of a Sociologist on Childhood and Early Socialization / James M. Henslin 161

Learning to be female
15. On Becoming Female: Lessons Learned in School / Donna Eder 173

Putting boundaries around the sexes
16. Sexuality and Gender in Children's Daily Worlds / Barrie Thorne, Zella Luria 180

Talking past one another
17. "But What Do You Mean?" Women and Men in Conversation / Deborah Tannen 192


Gender and selling cars
18. Attacking Nicely: Women Selling Cars / Helene M. Lawson 203

Making our bodies conform
19. Religion and Morality in Weight Loss Groups / Kandi M. Stinson 217

Desexualizing social interaction
20. Behavior in Pubic Places: The Sociology of the Vaginal Examination / James M. Henslin, Mae A. Biggs 229

The discards of industrial society
21. The Lives of Homeless Women / Elliot Liebow 242

Preparing for final farewells
22. Handling the Stigma of Handling the Dead / William E. Thompson 249


Conformity and group pressure
23. If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably / Philip Meyer 269

Doing the unthinkable
24. Eating Your Friends Is the Hardest: The Survivors of the F-227 / James M. Henslin 277

Neutralizing extreme deviance
25. Becoming a Hit Man / Ken Levi 287

How labels affect life
26. The Saints and the Roughnecks / William J. Chambliss 299

The deviance of social control
27. The Pathology of Imprisonment / Philip G. Zimbardo 315

What is normal?
28. On Being Sane in Insane Places / David L. Rosenhan 322


Physical appearance
29. The Importance of Being Beautiful / Sidney Katz 341

Gender oppression
30. Fraternities and Rape on Campus / Patricia Yancey Martin, Robert A. Hummer 349

Race-ethnicity and identity
31. Showing My Color / Clarence Page 360

Race-ethnicity and hatred
32. The Racist Mind / Raphael Ezekiel 369

Poverty and powerlessness
33. The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All / Herbert J. Gans 376

Social mobility and status inconsistency
34. Moving Up from the Working Class / Joan M. Morris, Michael D. Grimes 383

Wealth, power, and privilege
35. The U.S. Upper Class / Stephen Higley 395


Economics: Not making it
36. Nickel and Dimed / Barbara Ehrenreich 411

Marriage and family: Glorifying the past
37. The American Family / Stephanie Coontz 425

Medicine: The technological takeover of childbirth
38. Giving Birth the American Way / Robbie E. Davis-Floyd 432

Education: Learning the student role
39. Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp / Harry L. Gracey 446

Religion: Peering beneath the surface
40. India's Sacred Cow / Marvin Harris 461

Law: Learning the ropes
41. Police Accounts of Normal Force / Jennifer Hunt 470

The Military: Turning civilians into soldiers
42. Anybody's Son Will Do / Gwynne Dyer 481


The McDonaldization of society
43. Over the Counter at McDonald's / Robin Leidner 497

Resisting social change
44. Social Change Among the Amish / Jerry Savells 508

Social movements
45. Women in the Military / Laura L. Miller 518

Living with globalization
46. Caught Between the Ages / William Van Dusen Wishard 535

Glossary 547

References 559

Appendix: Correlation Chart 569

Name Index 579

Subject Index 583

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The cover shows it as the eleventh edition and yet once you get it and look within it is the 14th ed.
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