Ten Questions A Sociological Perspective

ISBN-10: 0534570518

ISBN-13: 9780534570514

Edition: 4th 2001

Authors: Joel M. Charon

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List price: $31.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.91" wide x 8.66" long
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
How Do Sociologists Study Society?: Researching the Social Worldp. 7
The Beginnings of Rational Proofp. 7
Proof, Science, and Sociologyp. 9
Two Assumptions of Sciencep. 19
Sociology: Understanding the Puzzle of Societyp. 22
Summary and Conclusionp. 23
How Do Sociologists Study Society?p. 25
Referencesp. 25
What Does It Mean to Be Human?: Human Nature, Society, and Culturep. 29
Human Beings Are Social Beingsp. 31
Human Beings Are Cultural Beingsp. 40
The Importance of It Allp. 42
Summary and Conclusionp. 43
What Does It Mean to Be Human?p. 44
Referencesp. 44
How Is Society Possible?: The Basis for Social Orderp. 47
Societies and Nations: Social Organization vs. Political Organizationp. 48
Society Is Possible Through Social Interactionp. 51
Society Depends on Social Patternsp. 55
Society Is Made Possible Through Feelings of Loyaltyp. 63
Conflict and Change Help Preserve Societyp. 66
Summary and Conclusionp. 67
How Is Society Possible?p. 68
Referencesp. 69
Why Are People Unequal in Society?: The Origin and Perpetuation of Social Inequalityp. 73
Introductionp. 73
Why Does Inequality Emerge in the First Place?p. 75
Why Does Inequality Continue?p. 87
Summary and Conclusionp. 96
Why Are People Unequal in Society?p. 97
Referencesp. 97
Why Do We Believe What We Do?: The Creation of Social Realityp. 103
The Utility of Knowledgep. 104
The Social Construction of Realityp. 105
Social Structure and Realityp. 111
The Changing Nature of the Individual's Realityp. 116
The Importance of Our Pastp. 118
Do Individuals Form Their Own Ideas?p. 119
Summary and Conclusionp. 120
Why Do We Believe What We Do?p. 121
Referencesp. 121
Are Human Beings Free?: The Possibility for Freedom in Societyp. 125
The Meaning of Freedom and Responsibilityp. 126
Freedom as a Value in American Culturep. 127
The Sociological View: The Power of Societyp. 128
Freedom: Thought and Actionp. 132
Society and the Control of Thoughtp. 133
Summary: Freedom and Thinkingp. 136
Society and the Control of Actionp. 137
Social Forces and the Individual: A Summaryp. 145
Is There Any Freedom?p. 145
Summary and Conclusionp. 149
Are Human Beings Free?p. 149
Referencesp. 149
Why Can't Everyone Be Just Like Us?: The Dilemma of Ethnocentrismp. 153
The Meaning of Valuesp. 154
Values and Making Value Judgmentsp. 155
Meaning of Ethnocentrismp. 158
The Reasons for Ethnocentrismp. 159
Human Differencesp. 166
Summary and Conclusionp. 170
Why Can't Everyone Be Just Like Us?p. 172
Referencesp. 172
Why Is There Misery in the World?: Society as an Important Source of Human Problemsp. 175
The First Cause of Misery: Social Inequalityp. 180
The Second Cause of Misery: Destructive Social Conflictp. 189
The Third Cause of Misery: Socializationp. 193
The Fourth Cause of Misery: Alienationp. 196
Summary and Conclusionp. 200
Why Is There Misery in the World?p. 202
Referencesp. 203
Does the Individual Really Make a Difference?: An Introduction to Social Changep. 209
The Individual's Influence on His or Her Own Lifep. 210
The Individual's Influence on Other Individualsp. 211
The Individual Versus Social Organizationp. 215
Social Change: A Sociological Viewp. 221
Some Implications for Livingp. 229
Summary and Conclusionp. 230
Does the Individual Really Make a Difference?p. 231
Referencesp. 231
Is Sociology Important?: The Necessity for a Critical Understanding of Societyp. 235
Sociology and a Liberal Arts Educationp. 235
Sociology and Democracyp. 236
Summary and Conclusionp. 243
Is Sociology Important?p. 244
Referencesp. 245
Afterword: Should We Generalize About People?p. 247
Categories and Generalizationsp. 248
The Stereotypep. 253
Social Science: A Reaction to Stereotypesp. 256
Summary and Conclusionp. 262
Should We Generalize About People?p. 264
Referencesp. 265
Glossaryp. 267
Indexp. 283
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