Society in Focus An Introduction to Sociology

ISBN-10: 0205665748

ISBN-13: 9780205665747

Edition: 7th 2011

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Examining the role of mass media and information technology in contemporary societyThis specially priced comprehensive introductory text emphasizes the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society.
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List price: $44.99
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 5/19/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

William E. Thompson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was the first member of his family to receive a high school diploma. He received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern State University, a master's degree from Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Professor Thompson has authored and coauthored more than 30 articles in professional journals, including several reprinted in sociology textbooks and readers. He has coauthored a textbook on juvenile delinquency. Thompson also is the author of The Glass House, a nonfiction account of his mother's two year battle with cancer and the lessons about life and living learned from her death and dying.Professor Thompson began his college teaching career at the University of Tulsa. He spent the next ten years at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He is currently a professor of sociology and criminal justice and Director of Mayo College, a residential learning community for first-year students, at Texas A&M University - Commerce. He has also taught in the British Studies Program at Kings College, University of London. In 1993 Thompson received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Texas Association of College Teachers, and in 1994 he won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Teaching at Texas A&M University - Commerce. For fun and relaxation Thompson plays the drums.

In This Section
Brief Table of Contents
The Sociological Perspective
Discovering Sociology
Doing Sociology
The Social Framework
Culture and Society
Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Social Differentiation and Inequality
Social Groups and Organizations
Deviance and Conformity
Social Stratification and the U.S. Class System
Global Stratification
Race and Ethnicity
Sex and Gender
Age and the Elderly
Social Institutions
Politics and War
The Economy and Work
Health and Medicine
Social Change
Population, Urbanization, and Ecology
Social Change, Collective Behavior, and the Future
Comprehensive Table of Contents
The Sociological Perspective
Discovering Sociology
What Is Sociology?
Sociology and Critical Thinking
Technomedia in Focus
The Development of Sociology
Contemporary Sociology
Looking to the Future: Sociology Today and Tomorrow
Doing Sociology
Globalization, Diversity, and Types of Knowledge
Sociology and Scientific Knowledge
Types of Research and Research Designs
The Relationship between Theory and Methods
Social Research and the Media
The Technomedia and Research
Looking to the Future: Social Research Today and Tomorrow
The Social Framework
Culture and Society
What Is Society?
Types of Societies
Technomedia and Postindustrial Societies
What Is Culture?
Components of Culture
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
Globalization and Cultural Diversity
Sociological Approaches to Society and Culture
Looking to the Future: Society and Culture Today and Tomorrow
The Socialization Process
Major Agents of Socialization: A Global View
The Mass Media and Technomedia
Socialization and the Life Course
Desocialization and Resocialization
Understanding Socialization: A Comparative Analysis
Looking to the Future: Socialization Today and Tomorrow
Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Social Structure
Social Interaction
Social Interaction, Mass Media, and the Technomedia
Sociological Approaches to Interaction in Everyday Life
Looking to the Future: Social Interaction Today and Tomorrow
Social Differentiation and Inequality
Social Groups and Organizations
Social Groups
Formal Organizations
Media Organizations and Change
Technomedia, Globalization, and Social Diversity
Looking to the Future: Groups and Organizations Today and Tomorrow
Deviance and Conformity
Defining Deviance and Conformity: A Global View
Popular Explanations for Deviance
Sociological Analysis of Deviance and Conformity
Deviance, Conformity, and Social Control
Technomedia: Social Control or Out of Control?
Looking to the Future: Deviance and Conformity Today and Tomorrow
Social Stratification and the U.S. Class System
Understanding Social Stratification
Systems of Stratification
Determining Social Class Ranking
Social Classes in the United States
Poverty: Media Images and Reality
Social Class in the United States: Myth and Reality
Perspectives on Social Stratification
Looking to the Future: the U.S. Class System Today and Tomorrow
Global Stratification
Globalization and Economic Development
Global Stratification and Quality of Life
Explaining Global Stratification
Transnational Corporations: the Making of New "Haves" and "Have-Nots"
Looking to the Future: Global Stratification Today and Tomorrow
Race and Ethnicity
Understanding Race and Ethnicity in a Global Society
Race and Ethnicity, Mass Media, and Technomedia
Dominant-Minority Group Relations
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the United States
Looking to the Future: Race and Ethnic Relations Today and Tomorrow
Sex and Gender
Sex and Gender in a Global Society
Explaining Gender Differences
Sexism: Inequality Based on Sex and Gender
Feminism: the Struggle for Gender Equality
Looking to the Future: Sex and Gender Today and Tomorrow
Age and the Elderly
Gerontology: the Study of Aging
Aging and Diversity: A Global Perspective
Growing Old in American Society
Sociological Explanations of the Aging Process
Looking to the Future: Age and the Elderly Today and Tomorrow
Social Institutions
What Is a Family?
Family Diversity: A Global Portrait
Sociological Approaches to the Family
U.S. Families: In the Life Course
U.S. Families: A Portrait of Social Diversity
Family Transitions and Family Problems
Looking to the Future: Families Today and Tomorrow
Education In a Global Society
The Role of Education: A Functionalist Perspective
Education and Social Stratification: A Conflict Perspective
Education and Everyday Life: An Interactionist View
Contemporary Trends in American Education
Mass Media, Computers, and the Technomedia
Looking to the Future: Education Today and Tomorrow
Defining Religion
Global Religious Diversity
The Social Organization of Religion
Religion and Society: Three Perspectives
Religious Movements in Focus
Religion and the Media
Technomedia and Religion
Religious Diversity in the United States
Looking to the Future: Religion Today and Tomorrow
Politics and War
Power and Politics
Types of Authority
Politics and Influence
Technomedia, Influence, and Contemporary Politics
Globalization and Political Systems
Democracy: American Style
War, Nuclear War, and Society
Peace Organizations and Peace Movements
Looking to the Future: Global Politics Today and Tomorrow
The Economy and Work
Sociology and the Study of the Economy
The Global Economy
The American Economy and Work
Work as a Social Phenomenon
Taking a Closer Look at the Economy and Work
Looking to the Future: the Economy and Work Today and Tomorrow
Health and Medicine
Health and Sickness: A Global View
Health and Sickness in the United States
Medicine and Health Care: A Cross-Cultural View
Medicine and Health Care in the United States
Media, Technomedia and the Medicalization of American Society
Looking to the Future: Health and Medicine Today and Tomorrow
Social Change
Population, Urbanization, and Ecology
Demography and Global Population
Population Growth
The Growth of Cities and Urbanization
Urban Sociology and Human Ecology
Human Ecology and the Environment
Looking to the Future: Population, Urbanization, and Ecology Today and Tomorrow
Social Change, Collective Behavior, and the Future
What Is Social Change?
Sociological Approaches to Social Change
Collective Behavior
Social Movements
Looking to the Future: the Media, Social Change, and Life Today and Tomorrow
Technomedia and the Future
Name Index
Subject Index
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