ISBN-10:
1506388957
ISBN-13:
9781506388953
Pub. Date:
01/16/2018
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Essentials of Sociology / Edition 3

Essentials of Sociology / Edition 3

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Overview

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
    • Brexit
    • 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


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506388953
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 440,751
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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 Authors
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY IN THE GLOBAL AGE
The Changing Nature of the Social World—and 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 Questions
2 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 Questions
3 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 Questions
4 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 Questions
5 ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES, AND GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS
Organizations
Contemporary Organizational Realities
Societies
Global Relationships
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
6 DEVIANCE AND CRIME
Deviance
Theories of Deviance
Crime
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
7 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 Questions
8 RACE AND ETHNICITY
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity
Majority–Minority Relations
Racism
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Context
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
9 GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Gender and Sex
The Sociology of Sexuality
Sexuality, Gender, and Globalization
Global Flows Related to Gender
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
10 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 Questions
11 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 Questions
12 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 Questions
13 THE BODY, MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND HEALTH CARE
The Body
The Sociology of Health and Medicine
Globalization and Health
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
14 POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Population
Urbanization
Cities and Globalization
The Environment
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
15 SOCIAL CHANGE, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
Social Movements
Collective Action
Social Change: Globalization, Consumption, and the Internet
Summary
Key Terms
Review Questions
Glossary
References: Chapter-Opening Vignettes
References: Comprehensive List
Index

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