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Sociology for the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0132288214
ISBN-13: 9780132288217
Edition: 5th 2008
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List price: $58.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.970
Language: English

This introduction to sociology helps individuals explore how they learn and how to use learning strategies for more effective study.Its four-part organization covers specific topics under the headings of: perspective and method, social inequality, social institutions, and working for change. A focus on deviance and crime includes an extensive discussion of crime, crime rates, and the criminal justice system.For those pondering some of the many issues facing society today.

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Preface
Learning Styles: An Important Part of Successful Studying
About the Authors
Perspective and Method
What Is Sociology?
Chapter Preview
The Sociological Viewpoint
The Origins of Sociology and Three Central Figures: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
Max Weber (1864-1920)
Marx, Durkheim, and Weber Compared
Perspectives Within Sociology
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interaction Perspective
Sociology and Social Concerns
Sociology's Four Realms
The Sociological Imagination
Sociology and the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Sociological Research Methods
Chapter Preview
Theory and Hypothesis
Theory
Methodological Requirements and Concepts
Variables and Constants
Nominal and Operational Definitions
Reliability and Validity
Research Methods
Quantitative Methods
Controlled Experiment
Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Image Analysis
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods Compared
Ethics and Research
Research Methods in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Culture, Society, and Social Change
Chapter Preview
Culture and Society
Values and Norms
Symbols and Language
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativity
Types of Societies
Hunting and Gathering Societies
Horticultural and Pastoral Societies
Agrarian Societies
Industrial Societies
Postindustrial Societies
Transitional Societies
The Great Social Transformation
Communal Relationships
Associational Relationships
The Great Social Transformation and This Text
Theories of Change and Development
Social Change and the Credit Card
Social Evolution
Functionalism and Social Evolution
Modernization Theory
Conflict Theory and Change: World Systems
Catalysts for Change
Human Agency: Individual and Collective
Revolution and War
Cultural Processes
Population
Natural Catastrophes
Technology
Culture, Society, and Social Change in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Socialization
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Socialization
Socialization and the Life Course
Socialization and Stages of the Life Course
Death and Dying
Agents of Socialization
Socialization and the Self
Cooley: The Looking Glass Self
Mead: Role Taking
Moral Socialization
Sigmund Freud
Erik Erikson
Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg
Carol Gilligan: Morality and Gender
Resocialization and Total Institutions
Socialization and the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Deviance and Crime
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Deviance and Crime
Deviance and Crime
Crime Rates
Explanations of Deviance and Crime
Functionalist Explanations
Symbolic Interactionist Explanations
Conflict Theory
Demographics
The Criminal Justice System
The Police
The Courts
Punishment and Corrections
Deviance and Crime in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Interaction, Groups, and Organizations
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Interaction, Groups, and Organizations
Social Interaction
Types of Interaction
Components of Interaction
Role
Groups
Types of Groups
Group Dynamics
Organizations
Types of Organizations
Bureaucracies
The Corporation
Interaction, Groups, and Organizations in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Social Inequality
Inequalities of Social Class
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and the Inequalities of Social Class
Caste and Class
Caste Systems
Class Systems
Socioeconomic Status and Class in the United States
Determinants of Socioeconomic Status
The Class System in the United States
Description of the LJ.S. Classes
The Myth and the Reality of Mobility in the United States
Amount of Mobility
Determinants of Mobility
Ideological Support for Inequality
Poverty in the Land of Riches
What Is Poverty?
The Truly Disadvantaged
The Culture of Poverty
Sociological Analysis of Stratification and Class
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
Distributive Systems Theory
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Social Class Inequality in the Twenty First Century
Study Guide
Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Racial and Ethnic Inequalities
Race and Ethnicity
Race
Ethnicity
Minority
Prejudice and Discrimination
Stereotypes
Institutional Racism
Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Interaction
Assimilation
Pluralism
Expulsion and Annihilation
Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States
White Americans
Native Americans
African Americans
Hispanic Americans
Asian Americans
Sociological Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Inequality
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Racial and Ethnic Relations in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Inequalities of Gender
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Gender Inequality
Gender-Role Socialization
Socialization and Gender
Agents of Gender Socialization
Age and Gender-Role Socialization
Patriarchy and Everyday Life
Language and Patriarchy
Social Interaction and Patriarchy
Gender Inequality and Work
Working Women
Work Segregation
Income Inequality
Feminism
Gender Equality and the Law
Comparable Worth
Abortion
Resistance to Compulsory Heterosexism
Inclusive Feminism
Sociological Analysis of Gender Inequality
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Gender Inequality in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Social Institutions
The Economy
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and the Economy
Economy and Society
Capitalism
Socialism
Mixed Economies: Convergence
The Corporation and the Society
The Corporation and the Concentration of Power
Multinationals
Unemployment and Job Loss Anxiety
Society and Unemployment
Job Loss Anxiety
Sociological Analysis of the Economic Order
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Economy in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
The Political Order
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and the Political Order
Power and the Political Order
Traditional Authority
Legal-Rational Authority
Charismatic Authority
The State and the Exercise of Power
Types of States
Nations and States
War and Terrorism
Terrorism
States and Human Rights
Political Processes in the United States
Political Parties
Special-Interest Groups
Voting
Power-Elite and Pluralist Models
The Power-Elite Model
The Pluralist Model
Sociological Analysis of the Political Order
The Functionlist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Political Order in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Marriage and the Family
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Marriage and the Family
Types of Families
Marriage and Kinship
Kinship Patterns
Marriage
Romantic Love
Courtship
Dimensions of Marriage and Family
Alternative Family Forms in the United States
Serial Monogamy
The Single-Parent Family
Gay and Lesbian Families
Cohabitation
Independent Living
Racial and Ethnic Variations in Family Forms
The African American Family
The Mexican American Family
Issues in Marriage
Marital Dissolution
Explaining Marital Dissolution
Domestic Violence
Sociological Analysis of Marriage and Family
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Marriage and Family in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Education
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Education
Cross Cultural Comparisons: The United States and Japan
Education in the United States
Education in Japan
Education and Inequality
Education and the Racial-Ethnic Segregation
Education and Language
Education, Testing, and Inequality
Education and Gender
Education and Tracking
Changing the Educational System
Magnet Schools
Charter Schools
Freedom of Choice
No Child Left Behind
Home Schooling
Sociological Analysis of Education
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Education in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Religion
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Religion
The Elements of Religion
Characteristics of Religion
Types of Religion
Varieties of Religion
Christianity
Islam
Judaism
Eastern Religions
Sociological Aspects of Religion
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Secularism and Civil Religion
Secularism
Religion in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Medicine and Health Care
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Medicine and Health Care
Health and Society
The Historical Development of Medicine in the United States
The Social Organization of Medicine
Health Care Organizations
Sociological Issues in Medicine and Health Care
Inequality in Health and Health Care
The Cost of Health Care
Health Insurance
The Medicalization of Society
Sociological Analysis of Medicine and Health Care
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Medicine and Health Care in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Working for Change
Population, Ecology, and Urbanization
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation, and Population, Ecology, and Urbanization
Demographic Analysis
Fertility
Mortality
Migration
The Demographic Transition and the Growth of Population
Population Growth and the Environment
The Malthusian Trap
The Contemporary Debate over Malthus's Predictions
Human Ecology
Attitudes about the Environment
Urbanization
The Historical City
Cities Today
Urbanism: The Urban Way of Life
Population, Ecology, and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Collective Social Action
Chapter Preview
The Great Social Transformation and Collective Social Action
Collective Behavior
Crowds
Riots, Panics, and Rumors
Social Theory and Crowd Behavior
Social Movements
Types of Social Movements
Social Theory and Social Movements
Social Movements in the United States
The Civil Rights Movement
The Women's Movement
The Environmental Movement
Relations among Social Movements
Collective Social Action and Working for Change
Changing Individuals
Changing Organizations
Changing Institutions
Why People Resist Change
Collective Social Action in the Twenty-First Century
Study Guide
Study Guide Answers
Glossary
References
Photo Credits
Name Index
Subject Index

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