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Essentials of Sociology

ISBN-10: 0314041761

ISBN-13: 9780314041760

Edition: 3rd 1995

Authors: David B. Brinkerhoff, Lynn K. White, Suzanne T. Ortega

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This is a core text that presents a balanced, unbiased treatment of the essential concepts for introductory sociology. All the perspectives are given equal treatment. This text has always been respected for its admirable author team, scholarship and brevity. There is an emphasis on the process of doing sociology and integrating material across chapters to show the intersection of concepts. Essentials of Sociology, 6th Edition promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the application of sociological theory to real-world issues.
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List price: $35.50
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: West Publishing Company, College & School Division
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Language: English

David Brinkerhoff is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he has been since 1978, serving as Associate Vice Chancellor since 1991. Dr. Brinkerhoff has taught family and parent-child relationships, covering such topics as children's work in the family and the effect of economic marginality on the family. He also focuses on such issues as introducing technology in the classroom. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle, with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University.

Lynn White is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she has been since 1974, having served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Bureau of Sociological Research. She teaches social demography, family, and research methods. Her research has focused on relationships between parents and their adult children over the life course, covering such topics as the empty nest, co-residence, the link between marital quality and parenting experiences, and intergenerational exchange. Dr. White's current research on parent-child relationships in adult stepfamilies is funded by a grant from the National Institutes for Child Health and Human Development. Her work has appeared in AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW and SOCIAL FORCES as well as in family journals. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Suzanne Ortega was named Vice Provost for Advanced Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri, Columbia in the fall of 2000. Previously she served as an Associate Dean in Graduate Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, teaching both introductory sociology and social problems. Dr. Ortega's interests are directed toward the social psychological consequences of inequality. She is currently working on a National Institute of Mental Health grant to examine rural-urban differences in help-seeking for depression and alcohol abuse. Other projects include a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment contract for a statewide assessment of substance abuse treatment needs and a Pew Charitable Trust Preparing Future Faculty grant. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

The Study of Societyp. 1
What Is Sociology?p. 2
The Emergence of Sociologyp. 4
Current Perspectives in Sociologyp. 11
The Science of Societyp. 18
Three Strategies for Gathering Datap. 22
Sociologists: What Do They Do?p. 27
A Global Perspective: Survey Research in Nigeriap. 28
Culturep. 33
Introduction to Culturep. 34
Bases of Human Behavior: Culture and Biologyp. 35
The Carriers of Culturep. 38
American Diversity: How Feminists Research Culturep. 43
Cultural Diversity and Changep. 44
Sources of Cultural Diversity and Changep. 46
Consequences of Cultural Diversity and Changep. 48
Uses of Culturep. 49
Technology: Models, Magazines, and Self-Esteemp. 50
Socializationp. 55
The Self and Self-Conceptp. 56
Learning to be Humanp. 56
American Diversity: Gender Differences in Mathematicsp. 58
Theories of Socializationp. 59
Socialization Through the Life Coursep. 64
Agents of Socializationp. 68
Social Structure and Social Interactionp. 75
Social Structuresp. 76
Types of Societiesp. 81
When Institutions Die: The Tragedy of the Ojibwap. 82
Social Interaction and Everyday Lifep. 87
Identity Workp. 93
A Global Perspective: Identity Work Among Australian Aboriginalsp. 95
A Case Study of Identity Work: The Homelessp. 97
Where This Leaves Usp. 99
Intersections: Culture, Social Structure, and Everyday Lifep. 102
Groups, Networks, and Organizationsp. 105
Social Processesp. 106
Groupsp. 108
Social Networksp. 116
A Global Perspective: Finding Jobs, Changing Jobs in Singapore and Chinap. 118
Complex Organizationsp. 122
Deviance, Crime, and Social Controlp. 129
Conformity, Nonconformity, and Deviancep. 130
Theories About Deviancep. 131
Crimep. 139
The Environment: Crimes Against Naturep. 142
Mental Illnessp. 146
The Sociology of Lawp. 148
The Criminal Justice Systemp. 149
Technology: Does it Take a Rocket Scientist to do Police Work?p. 150
American Diversity: is Capital Punishment Racist?p. 154
Stratiticationp. 157
Structures of Inequalityp. 158
Inequality in the United Statesp. 161
Explanations of Inequalityp. 166
The Determinants of Social-Class Positionp. 170
Variations on a Theme: The Rich, the Middle Class, the Working Class, and the Poorp. 174
The Future of Inequality: Public Policy in the United Statesp. 183
American Diversity: Subsidies, Incentives, and Welfare: Who Benefits?p. 184
Conclusionp. 186
Global Inequalityp. 189
Social Change: Inequality and Developmentp. 190
A Global Perspective: Women and Developmentp. 193
Global Poverty and Dependencep. 198
Technology: Information Technology and Global Culturep. 199
Competition, Change, and International Relationshipsp. 202
Intersections: Are Economic Development and Traditional Cultural Values Incompatible?p. 209
Racial and Ethnic Inequalityp. 211
A Framework for Studying Group Inequalitiesp. 212
The Maintenance of Inequalityp. 215
Race and Ethnic Inequalities in the United Statesp. 218
Cross-Cutting Statuses: Class and Racep. 227
Ethnic Relations in Comparative Perspectivesp. 228
The Environment: Environmental Racismp. 229
Sex and Genderp. 234
Sexual Differentiationp. 235
Perspectives on Gender Inequalityp. 236
The Environment: Ecofeminismp. 238
Gender in the United Statesp. 240
Technology: How is Technology an Equity Issue?p. 248
Age Inequalities and Healthp. 253
Age Differentiation and Inequalityp. 254
American Diversity: Do You Get Better with Age?p. 256
Explanations for Age Stratificationp. 261
Health and Health Carep. 265
The U.S. Health-Care Systemp. 269
Technology: Technology and the Meaning of Lifep. 274
Intersections: Cross-Cutting Statuses: Race, Sex and Agep. 281
Familyp. 283
Marriage and Family: Basic Institutions of Societyp. 284
The U.S. Family over the Life Coursep. 286
Roles and Relationships in Marriagep. 293
Technology: Kinkeeping, Gender Roles, and the Internetp. 296
Contemporary Family Choicesp. 298
American Diversity: is the Gay Family a Contradiction in Terms?p. 299
Problems in the American Familyp. 302
Education and Religionp. 311
Education in the United States: Theoretical Viewsp. 312
Inequality and the Schoolsp. 315
American Diversity: What do IQ Tests Measure?p. 320
College: Who Goes and What Does It Do for Them?p. 322
The Sociological Study of Religionp. 325
Why Religion? Some Theoretical Answersp. 326
Tension between Religion and Societyp. 330
Religion in the United Statesp. 336
Technology: The Electronic Churchp. 340
Politics and the Economyp. 345
Political Institutions and the Statep. 346
Who Governs? Models of U.S. Democracyp. 351
Individual Participation in U.S. Governmentp. 353
Modern Economic Systemsp. 358
A Global Perspective: Democratic Socialism in Swedenp. 360
The U.S. Economic Systemp. 361
Work in the United Statesp. 366
Technology: The Luddites: Down with Machinesp. 371
Intersections: Politics, Religion, and the Culture Warp. 376
Population and Urban Litep. 378
The Demographic Transitionp. 379
Population and Social Structure: Two Examplesp. 382
Population Growth, Environment, and Povertyp. 386
The Third Demographic Process: Migrationp. 389
Population in the United Statesp. 389
A Global Perspective: International Migrationp. 390
Urbanizationp. 396
Place of Residence and Social Relationshipsp. 401
Intersections: Fertility, Mortality, and Social Structurep. 410
Social Movements, Technology, and Social Changep. 413
Social Movementsp. 414
The Environment: Lynx, Minks, Owls, and Suburbia: How the Environmental Movement Worksp. 426
Technologyp. 428
Technology: Biotechnology's Power, Promise, and Perilp. 431
The Sociologist's Contributionp. 434
Glossaryp. 439
Referencesp. 449
Author Indexp. 477
Subject Indexp. 487
Photo Creditsp. 498
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