Connecting Sociology to Our Lives An Introduction to Sociology

ISBN-10: 1612051057
ISBN-13: 9781612051055
Edition: 2012
Authors: Tim Delaney
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Description: Many introductory texts claim to make sociology relevant to student interests. Perhaps no other text has done this so completely—and engagingly—as Connecting Sociology to Our Lives. Tim Delaney not only portrays popular and contemporary culture  More...

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List price: $108.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Many introductory texts claim to make sociology relevant to student interests. Perhaps no other text has done this so completely—and engagingly—as Connecting Sociology to Our Lives. Tim Delaney not only portrays popular and contemporary culture examples, he explains sociology thoroughly within the frame of the contemporary culture of students—a culture that reigns from political, economic, environmental, and other trends just as much as it involves today’s pop stars.Engage your students in sociology through the prism of their own culture. Involve them in critical thinking and classroom discussion through the book’s many What Do You Think? inserts. Inspire them to careers with this book’s unique chapter, Sociology’s Place in Society: Completing the Connection. Enjoy the fruits of an engaged classroom by assigning this remarkably vivid and concise new text.Features of this text:Emphasizes contemporary examples of the relevance of sociological concepts—from song, film, television, sports, web media, and more.Covers all the standard sociological topics in a concise, fourteen-chapter book that allows time for classroom interaction and further readings.Chapter theme boxes include Taking a Closer Look, Connecting Sociology to Popular Culture, and What Do You Think?Focus on American culture along with coverage of sociology in the global communityUnique concluding chapter helps students consider the lines of work they can consider with a sociology degree.Encourages an engaged sociology and engaged students.Pedagogy includes:• Discussion questions designed to stimulate student thinking at the end of each chapter• Chapter opening stories designed to stimulate student thought• Chapter reviews of key sociological concepts, terms, and issues, including critical issues relevant to each chapter (e.g., an examination of the obesity epidemic in the United States in Chapter 14)• Taking a Closer Look boxes and/or narratives on special topics• Clearly written and to the point

Tim Delaney is Associate Professor and Department Chair at the State University of New York at Oswego. He is the author of numerous books, including Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: Investigation and Application (2nd Edition 2012), and of many encyclopedia articles, journal articles, and book reviews.

List of Boxes and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
About the Author
Sociology: An Introduction
Introductory Story
The Sociological Perspective
The Limitations of "Common Sense"
The Sociological Imagination
The Origins and Development of Sociology
Applying the Sociological Perspective
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Social Theory: Explaining How We View the World
Introductory Story
Social Theory
Early Sociologists: European Origins
Early Sociologists in the United States
The Major Theoretical Perspectives of Sociology
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Research Methods: Testing Our View of the World
Introductory Story
Using the Scientific Method
The Research Model
Research Methods
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
Ethics and Ideal Research
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Culture and Social Structure
Introductory Story
Defining Culture
Material Culture
The Allure of Popular Culture
The Diversity of Culture
Social Structure: Groups, Organizations, and Social Institutions
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Socialization
Introductory Story
The Socialization Process
Theories of Socialization and Human Development
Agents-of Socialization
Virtual Socialization
Adult Socialization
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Introductory Story
Social Deviance
Sociological Explanations of Deviance
Crime
Social Control and the Criminal Justice System
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Social Stratification
Introductory Story
Stratification and Social Class
Theories of Social Stratification
Social Stratification Systems and Social Mobility
Social Stratification Systems
Poverty and Homelessness
Global Stratification and Inequahty
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Race and Ethnicity
Introductory Story
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity
Racial and Ethnic Stratification in the United States
The We-They Character of Race and Ethnicity
The Causes and Effects of Prejudice and Discrimination
Patterns of Interracial and Interethnic Contact
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Gender Inequality
Introductory Story
The Social Construction of Gender
Learning Gender Roles and Gender Appropriateness
Understanding Gender Stratification
Feminism
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Marriage and Family
Introductory Story
Romantic Love, Marriage, and Divorce
The Family
Dimensions and Functions of the Family
The Changing Family
Family Abuse and Violence
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Education and Religion
Introductory Story
Education: A Right for All
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Problems in Education
Other Issues in Education
The Institution of Religion
Sociological Perspectives on Religion
Organizing Religion
The Major World Religions and Estimated Membership
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Economics and Politics
Introductory Story
Economics: Development, Sectors, and Modern Systems
Consumerism
Globalization and Multinationals
Sociological Perspectives on Economics
Politics: Systems and Parties
The Possession of Political Power, Authority, and Influence
Sociological Perspectives on Politics
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Health Care and the Environment
Introductory Story
The Sociological Perspective on Health and Medicine
Health Care in the United States
Mental Health
The Environment
Threats to the Environment
Saving the Ecosystem
Sociological Perspectives on the Environment
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
Sociology's Place in Society: Completing the Connection
Introductory Story
The Importance of Introductory Sociology Courses
The Value of Sociology
Careers and the Liberal Arts Degree
Careers and the Undergraduate Sociology Degree
Careers and the Graduate Sociology Degree
The Future of Sociology: Not a Conclusion, but a Continuation…
Summary, Discussion Questions, Web Links
References
Index

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