Essentials of Sociology, adapted from George Ritzer’s Introduction to Sociology, provides the same rock-solid foundation from one of sociology's best-known thinkers in a shorter and more streamlined format. With new co-author Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy, the Third Edition continues to illuminate traditional sociological concepts and theories and focuses on some of the most compelling features of contemporary social life: globalization, consumer culture, the internet, and the “Mc Donaldization” of society.
New to this Edition
- New “Trending” boxes focus on influential books by sociologists that have become part of the public conversation about important issues. Replacing “Public Sociology” boxes, this feature demonstrates the diversity of sociology's practitioners, methods, and subject matter, featuring such authors as
o Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow)
o Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton (Paying for the Party)
o Matthew Desmond (Evicted)
o Arlie Hochschild (Strangers in Their Own Land)
o Eric Klinenberg (Going Solo)
o C.J. Pascoe (Dude, You're a Fag)
o Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill (Children of Katrina)
o Allison Pugh (The Tumbleweed Society)
- Updated examples in the text and "Digital Living" boxes keep pace with changes in digital technology and online practices, including Uber, Bitcoin, net neutrality, digital privacy, Wiki Leaks, and cyberactivism.
- New or updated subjects apply sociological thinking to the latest issues including:
- the 2016 U.S. election
- the global growth of ISIS
- climate change
- further segmentation of wealthy Americans as the "super rich "
- transgender people in the U.S. armed forces
- charter schools
- the legalization of marijuana
- the Flint water crisis
- fourth-wave feminism
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About the Author
George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he has also been a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and won a Teaching Excellence Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association, an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University in Australia, and the Robin Williams Lectureship from the Eastern Sociological Society. His best-known work, The Mc Donaldization of Society (8th ed.), has been read by hundreds of thousands of students over two decades and translated into over a dozen languages. Ritzer is also the editor of Mc Donaldization: The Reader; and author of other works of critical sociology related to the Mc Donaldization thesis, including Enchanting a Disenchanted World, The Globalization of Nothing, Expressing America: A Critique of the Global Credit Card Society, as well as a series best-selling social theory textbooks and Globalization: A Basic Text. He is the Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2 vols.), the Encyclopedia of Sociology (11 vols.; 2nd edition forthcoming), the Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 vols.), and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Consumer Culture. In 2016 he will publish the second edition of Essentials of Sociology with SAGE.
Table of Contents
Letter from the AuthorsAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors1 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY IN THE GLOBAL AGE The Changing Nature of the Social Worldand Sociology Central Concerns for a Twenty- First-Century Sociology Sociology: Continuity and Change The Social Construction of Reality Sociology’s Purpose: Science or Social Reform? Sociology, the Other Social Sciences, and Common Sense Summary Key Terms Review Questions2 THINKING ABOUT AND RESEARCHING THE SOCIAL WORLD Theorizing the Social World Contemporary Sociological Theory Researching the Social World Issues in Social Research Summary Key Terms Review Questions3 CULTURE A Definition of Culture The Basic Elements of Culture Cultural Differences 70 Ideal and Real Culture Global Culture Emerging Issues in Culture Summary Key Terms Review Questions4 SOCIALIZATION AND INTERACTION The Individual and the Self The Individual as Performer Socialization Interaction Superordinate-Subordinate Interactions Micro-Level Social Structures Summary Key Terms Review Questions5 ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES, AND GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS Organizations Contemporary Organizational Realities Societies Global Relationships Summary Key Terms Review Questions6 DEVIANCE AND CRIME Deviance Theories of Deviance Crime Summary Key Terms Review Questions7 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND GLOBALLY Dimensions of Social Stratification Economic Inequality Social Mobility Theories of Social Stratification Consumption and Social Stratification Global Stratification Summary Key Terms Review Questions8 RACE AND ETHNICITY The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity Majority–Minority Relations Racism Race and Ethnicity in a Global Context Summary Key Terms Review Questions9 GENDER AND SEXUALITY Gender and Sex The Sociology of Sexuality Sexuality, Gender, and Globalization Global Flows Related to Gender Summary Key Terms Review Questions10 FAMILIES Family, Marriage, and Intimate Relationships Broad Changes in Marriage and the Family Theorizing the Family Problems in the Family Global Families Summary Key Terms Review Questions11 EDUCATION AND RELIGION Education Inequality in Education Globalization and Education Religion Components of Religion Types of Religious Institutions Religion and Globalization Summary Key Terms Review Questions12 POLITICS AND THE ECONOMY Politics: Democracy or Dictatorship Who Rules the United States? Global Politics The U.S. Economy: From Industrialization to Deindustrialization Work, Consumption, and Leisure Globalization and the Economy Summary Key Terms Review Questions13 THE BODY, MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND HEALTH CARE The Body The Sociology of Health and Medicine Globalization and Health Summary Key Terms Review Questions14 POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT Population Urbanization Cities and Globalization The Environment Summary Key Terms Review Questions15 SOCIAL CHANGE, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND COLLECTIVE ACTION Social Movements Collective Action Social Change: Globalization, Consumption, and the Internet Summary Key Terms Review QuestionsGlossaryReferences: Chapter-Opening VignettesReferences: Comprehensive ListIndex