SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, 10th Edition presents the latest available data and new insights on behaviors, beliefs, issues, and trends in our nation and world from a sociological perspective. The author humanizes sociology with real-life stories, told by the people who have lived them, and timely topics such as health care legislation, the U.S. and global economies, environmental activism, immigration, bullying and social media, high-tech employer "spying" on workers, gun control, same sex-marriage, and establishing policies on how to prevent military suicides. The content illuminates the text's main themes of diversity, the application of sociology to everyday life, global comparisons, media, and social change-particularly as it relates to social media and other forms of technology that are bringing about new ways of living and interacting with others.
About the Author
Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her textbooks include SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS (Cengage Learning, 2016), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, she is a member of the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Table of Contents
Part I: STUDYING SOCIETY AND SOCIAL LIFE. 1. The Sociological Perspective and Research Process. 2. Culture. 3. Socialization. Part II: SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL CONTROL. 4. Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life. 5. Groups and Organizations. 6. Deviance and Crime. Part III: SOCIAL INEQUALITY. 7. Class and Stratification in the United States. 8. Global Stratification. 9. Race and Ethnicity. 10. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. Part IV: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 11. Families and Intimate Relationships. 12. Education and Religion. 13. Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective. 14. Health, Health Care, and Disability. Part V: SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 15. Population and Urbanization. 16. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.