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Essentials of Sociology / Edition 11

Essentials of Sociology / Edition 11

by James M. Henslin


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ISBN-13: 9780133803549
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 348,202
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology : Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology,

While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.”

Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Summary and Review” and “Sociology and the Internet.”


1. The Sociological Perspective.
The Sociological Perspective.
The Development of Sociology.
Sexism in Early Sociology.
Sociology in North America.
Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology.
Doing Sociological Research.
Six Research Methods.
Issues and Ethics in Sociological Research.

2. Culture.
What Is Culture?
Components of Symbolic Culture.
Many Cultural Worlds: Subcultures and Countercultures.
Values in U.S. Society.
Technology in the Global Village.

3. Socialization.
What Is Human Nature?
Socialization into the Self, Mind, and Emotions.
Socialization into Gender.
Agents of Socialization.
Socialization through the Life Course.
Are We Prisoners of Socialization?

4. Social Structure and Social Interaction.
Levels of Sociological Analysis.
The Macrosociological Perspective: Social Structure.
The Microsociological Perspective: Social Interaction in Everyday Life.
The Need for Both Macrosociology and Microsociology.


5. Social Groups and Formal Organizations.
Social Groups.
Corporate Culture.
Group Dynamics.

6. Deviance and Social Control.
What Is Deviance?
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective.
The Functionalist Perspective.
The Conflict Perspective.
The Medicalization ofDeviance: Mental Illness.
The Need for a More Humane Approach.


7. Social Stratification in Global Perspective.
An Overview of Social Stratification.
What Determines Social Class?
Why Is Social Stratification Universal?
How Do Elites Maintain Stratification?
Comparative Social Stratification.
Global Stratification: Three Worlds of Development.
How the World's Nations Became Stratified.
Maintaining Global Stratification.
A Concluding Note.

8. Social Class in the United States.
What Is Social Class?
Sociological Models of Social Class.
Consequences of Social Class.
Social Mobility.

9. Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity.
Laying the Sociological Foundation.
How People Construct a Racial-Ethnic Identity.
Theories of Prejudice.
Global Patterns of Intergroup Relations.
Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States.
Looking Toward the Future.

10. Inequalities of Gender and Age.

Inequalities of Gender.
Issues of Sex and Gender.
How Females Became a Minority Group.
Gender Inequality in the United States.
The Changing Face of Politics.

Inequalities of Aging.
Aging in Global Perspective.
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective.
The Functionalist Perspective.
The Conflict Perspective.
Technology and the Dilemma of Medical Rationing.


11. Politics and the Economy: Leadership and Work in the Global Village.

Politics: Establishing Leadership.
Power, Authority, and Violence.
Types of Government.
The U.S. Political System.
Who Rules the United States?

The Economy: Work in the Global Village.
The Transformation of Economic Systems.
World Economic Systems.
Capitalism in a Global Economy.
A New World Order?

12. Marriage and Family.
Marriage and Family in Global Perspective.
Marriage and Family in Theoretical Perspective.
The Family Life Cycle.
Diversity in U.S. Families.
Trends in U.S. Families.
Divorce and Remarriage.
Two Sides of Family Life.
The Future of Marriage and Family.

13. Education and Religion.

Education: Transferring Knowledge and Skills.
Education in Global Perspective.
The Functionalist Perspective: Education's Social Benefits.
The Conflict Perspective: How Education Reproduces the Social Class Structure.
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: The Power of Teacher Expectations.
Problems in U.S. Education — And Their Solutions.

Religion: Establishing Meaning.
What Is Religion?
The Functionalist Perspective.
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective.
The Conflict Perspective.
Religion and the Spirit of Capitalism.
Types of Religious Groups.
Religion in the United States.
The Future of Religion.


14. Population and Urbanization.

Population in Global Perspective.
A Planet with No Space to Enjoy Life?
Sociological Perspectives on Population Growth.

The Development of Cities.
City Life: Alienation and Community.
Urban Problems and Social Policy.

15. Social Change: Technology, Social Movements, and the Environment.
How Social Change Transforms Society.
Theories and Processes of Social Change.
How Technology Changes Society.
Social Movements as a Source of Social Change.
The Growth Machine versus the Earth.




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