Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology, Condensed, inspires students to develop their sociological imaginations, to see the world and personal events from a new perspective, and to confront sociological issues on a day-to-day basis. The award-winning author team of Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts, and Kathleen Odell Korgen organizes the text around the "Social World Model,” a conceptual framework that demonstrates the relationships among individuals (the micro level); organizations, institutions, and subcultures (the meso level); and societies and global structures (the macro level). The application of this model across chapters helps students practice using the three levels of analysis and view sociology as an integrated whole rather than a set of discrete subjects.
The Fifth Edition of the Condensed version is adapted from Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology and is one-third shorter by streamlining boxes and the main narrative, and combining four chapters into two (Family/Education, and Politics/Economics).
New and Key Features
- A new full-length chapter on health, illness, and healthcare has been added.
- Several chapters have been reorganized with updated data, added studies, and newly emerging emphases in sociology.
- Six new “Sociologists in Action” features added.
- Four new “Engaging Sociology” features added with new opportunities for data analysis by students.
- 100 new or updated Tables and Figures, nearly 500 new references, and dozens of older references removed.
- Many sentences and definitions in the book have been revised for brevity and clarity, and the glossary has been updated for better correspondence with the text.
- Links to exceptional teaching resources from A.S.A.’s TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology) available in SAGE coursepacks.
- MCAT Guide maps chapter content to Foundational Concepts and Content Categories in Section 3 of the MCAT test available in SAGE coursepacks.
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About the Author
Jeanne H. Ballantine is Emerita Professor of Sociology at Wright State University, a state university of about 17,000 students in Ohio. She has also taught at several 4-year colleges, including an “alternative” college and a traditionally Black college, and at international programs in universities abroad. She has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a mission to introduce the uninitiated to the field and to help students see the usefulness and value in sociology. She has been active in the teaching movement, shaping curriculum, writing and presenting research on teaching, and offering workshops and consulting in regional, national, and international forums. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and serves as a Departmental Resources Group consultant and evaluator.
Jeanne has written several textbooks, all with the goal of reaching the student audience. As the original director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright State University, she scoured the literature on student learning and served as a mentor to teachers in a wide variety of disciplines. Local, regional, and national organizations have honored her for her teaching and for her contributions to helping others become effective teachers. In 1986, the American Sociological Association’s Section on Undergraduate Education (now called the Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology) recognized her with the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology. In 2004, she was honored by the American Sociological Association with its Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. In 2010, the North Central Sociological Association awarded her the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology.
Keith A. Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, a private liberal arts college of about 1,100 students in Indiana. He has taught introductory sociology for 35 years with a passion for active learning strategies and a focus on “deep learning” by students that transforms the way they see the world. Prior to teaching at Hanover, he taught at a 2-year regional campus of a large university.
He has been active in the teaching movement, writing on teaching and serving as a consultant to sociology departments across the country in his capacity as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group. He has written a very popular textbook in the sociology of religion, has coauthored a book on writing in the undergraduate curriculum, has published and led many workshops on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and for 22 years ran an annual workshop for high school sociology teachers. He has chaired the Selection Committee for the SAGE Innovations and Professional Development Awards since the program’s inception. He has been honored for his teaching and teaching-related work at local, state, regional, and national levels. The American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning awarded him the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology in 2000. He was honored with the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 2010. In 2012, the North Central Sociological Association awarded Keith the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology.
Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how “Sociologists in Action” make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include From Black to Biracial, Crossing the Racial Divide, Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Her teaching texts, in addition to Sociology in Action, include Our Social World, The Engaged Sociologist, Sociologists in Action, , and Social Problems in Action. Kathleen is also the editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology.
Kathleen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group and received William Paterson University’s award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression in 2006 and the university’s award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
Table of Contents
Preface: To Our Student ReadersInstructors: How to Make This Book Work for YouA Personal Note to the InstructorAcknowledgmentsPART I: Understanding Our Social World: The Scientific Study of SocietyChapter 1 • Sociology: A Unique Way to View The World What Is Sociology? Why Does Sociology Matter? The Social World ModelChapter 2 • Examining the Social World: How Do We Know? The Development of Sociology Sociology’s Major Theoretical Perspectives Ideas Underlying Science How Sociologists Study the Social WorldPART II: Social Structure, Processes, and ControlChapter 3 • Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World Society: The Hardware Culture: The Software The Components of Culture: Things and Thoughts Society, Culture, and Our Social World Theories of Culture The Fit Between Hardware and SoftwareChapter 4 • Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane Nature Versus Nurtureor Both Working Together? The Importance of Socialization Socialization and the Social World Development of the Self: Micro-Level Analysis Socialization Throughout the Life Cycle Agents of Socialization: The Micro–Meso Connection Socialization and Macro-Level IssuesChapter 5 • Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work Networks and Connections in Our Social World The Process of Interaction: Connections at the Micro Level Groups in Our Social World: The Micro–Meso Connection Organizations and Bureaucracies: The Meso–Macro Connection National and Global Networks: The Macro LevelChapter 6 • Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Weirdos, Freaks, and Folks Like Us What Is Deviance? What Causes Deviant Behavior? Theoretical Perspectives Crime and Individuals: Micro-Level Analysis Crime and Organizations: Meso-Level Analysis National and Global Crime: Macro-Level Analysis Controlling Crime: Social Policy ConsiderationsPART III: InequalityChapter 7 • Stratification: Rich and Famous or Rags and Famine? The Importance of Social Stratification Theoretical Explanations of Stratification Individuals’ Social Status: The Micro Level Social Mobility: The Micro–Meso Connection Major Stratification Systems: Macro-Level Analysis Poverty and Social Policy National and Global Digital Divide: Macro-Level StratificationChapter 8 • Race and Ethnic Group Stratification: Beyond “Us” and “Them” What Characterizes Racial and Ethnic Groups? Prejudice: Micro-Level Analysis Discrimination: Meso-Level Analysis Dominant and Minority Group Contact: Macro-Level Analysis Policies Governing Minority and Dominant Group RelationsChapter 9 • Gender Stratification: She/HeWho Goes First? Sex, Gender, and the Stratification System Gender Socialization: Micro- to Meso-Level Analyses Gender Stratification: Meso- and Macro-Level Processes Gender Stratification: Micro- to Macro-Level Theories Other Theoretical Perspectives Costs and Consequences of Gender StratificationPART IV: Institutions Importance of Institutions The Development of Modern Institutions The Connections Among InstitutionsChapter 10 • Family and Education: Institutionalizing Socialization FAMILY How Do We Make People? What Is a Family? Family Dynamics: Micro-Level Processes Family as an Institution: Meso-Level Analysis Family Issues: Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage EDUCATION What Are We Learning? The Ins and Outs of Local Schools: Micro-Level Interactions Structure and Function of Education: Meso-Level Analysis Education Issues: The Road to Opportunity?Chapter 11 • Health Care: An Anatomy of Health and Illness Why Is Health a Social Issue? Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Illness Status and Roles of the Sick Person: Micro-Level Analysis Modern Health Care Systems: Meso-Level Analysis Health Care Issues at the National and Global Level: Macro-Level AnalysisChapter 12 • Politics and Economics: Probing Power, Dissecting Distribution What Is Power? Power and Privilege in Our Social World Theoretical Perspectives on Power and Privilege Individuals, Power, and Participation: Micro-Level Analysis Power and Resource Distribution: Meso-Level Analysis National and Global Systems: Macro-Level AnalysisPART V: Social DynamicsChapter 13 • Population and Urbanization: Living on Planet Earth Macro-Level Patterns in World Population Growth Meso-Level Institutional Influences on Population Change Institutions and Population Patterns Micro-Level Population Patterns Urbanization: Movement From Rural to Urban Areas The Urban Environment and Social Policy: Macro-Level PerspectivesChapter 14 • Process of Change: We Can Make a Difference! Complexity of Change in Our Social World Social Change: Process and Theories Collective Behavior: Micro- to Meso-Level Change Planned Change in Organizations: Meso-Level Change Social Movements: Macro-Level Change Technology, Environment, and ChangeGlossaryReferencesIndexAbout the Authors