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Sociology in Our Times The Essentials

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ISBN-10: 0534609570

ISBN-13: 9780534609573

Edition: 4th 2004

Authors: Diana Elizabeth Kendall

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This mainstream, technology infused (includes FREE Virtual Explorations: With Map The Stats CD-ROM and InfoTrac College Edition), best-selling text is noted for its especially strong integration of compelling and engaging "Lived Experiences" - extended examples that focus on various social issues to illustrate chapter coverage. These social issue extended examples are carried throughout the chapterin various boxes, features, and exercises. Kendall's text is also known for its exceptional coverage of classic and contemporary theory, along with its integration of race, class, gender, and age perspectives. The author's vivid, applied, personal writing style engages students, and her compelling everyday examples make sociology particularly relevant to the diverse student population of today. The author shows students that sociology involves important questions and issues that they confront both personally and vicariously.
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List price: $86.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.87" wide x 9.84" long
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her textbooks include SOCIOLOGY AND OUR TIMES (Cengage Learning, 2015), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, she is a member of the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

The Sociological Perspective and Research Processp. 1
Putting Social Life into Perspectivep. 3
Comparing Sociology with Other Social Sciencesp. 7
The Development of Sociological Thinkingp. 8
Contemporary Theoretical Perspectivesp. 16
The Sociological Research Processp. 23
Research Methodsp. 30
Ethical Issues in Sociological Researchp. 36
Resources on the Internetp. 39
Culturep. 41
Culture and Societyp. 43
Components of Culturep. 47
Technology, Cultural Change, and Diversityp. 57
A Global Popular Culture?p. 64
Sociological Analysis of Culturep. 65
Culture in the Futurep. 71
Resources on the Internetp. 73
Socializationp. 75
Why Is Socialization Important Around the Globe?p. 77
Social Psychological Theories of Human Developmentp. 82
Sociological Theories of Human Developmentp. 86
Agents of Socializationp. 90
Gender and Racial-Ethnic Socializationp. 95
Socialization Through the Life Coursep. 98
Resocializationp. 102
Socialization in the Futurep. 103
Resources on the Internetp. 106
Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Lifep. 108
Social Structure: The Macrolevel Perspectivep. 110
Components of Social Structurep. 112
Societies: Changes in Social Structurep. 122
Social Interaction: The Microlevel Perspectivep. 126
Changing Social Structure and Interaction in the Futurep. 136
Resources on the Internetp. 139
Groups and Organizationsp. 141
Social Groupsp. 144
Group Characteristics and Dynamicsp. 147
Formal Organizations in Global Perspectivep. 154
Alternative Forms of Organizationp. 165
Organizations in the Futurep. 167
Resources on the Internetp. 170
Deviance and Crimep. 172
What Is Deviance?p. 174
Functionalist Perspectives on Deviancep. 178
Symbolic Internationist Perspectives on Deviancep. 181
Conflict Perspectives on Deviancep. 185
Postmodernist Perspectives on Deviancep. 188
Crime Classifications and Statisticsp. 188
The Criminal Justice Systemp. 198
Deviance and Crime in the United States in the Futurep. 202
The Global Criminal Economyp. 205
Resources on the Internetp. 208
Global Stratificationp. 209
What Is Social Stratification?p. 210
Global Systems of Stratificationp. 213
Wealth and Poverty in Global Perspectivep. 218
Problems in Studying Global Inequalityp. 220
Classification of Economies by Incomep. 222
Measuring Global Wealth and Povertyp. 225
Global Poverty and Human Development Issuesp. 227
Theories of Global Inequalityp. 230
Global Inequality in the Futurep. 238
Resources on the Internetp. 242
Social Class in the United Statesp. 243
Income and Wealth Differences in the United Statesp. 244
Classical Perspectives on Social Classp. 250
Contemporary Sociological Models of the U.S. Class Structurep. 254
Consequences of Inequalityp. 261
Poverty in the United Statesp. 264
U.S. Stratification in the Futurep. 271
Resources on the Internetp. 273
Race and Ethnicityp. 274
Race and Ethnicityp. 275
Prejudicep. 280
Discriminationp. 282
Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnic Relationsp. 284
Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United Statesp. 289
Global Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the Futurep. 304
Resources on the Internetp. 307
Sex and Genderp. 309
Sex: The Biological Dimensionp. 311
Gender: The Cultural Dimensionp. 314
Gender Stratification in Historical and Contemporary Perspectivep. 317
Gender and Socializationp. 323
Contemporary Gender Inequalityp. 330
Perspectives on Gender Stratificationp. 335
Gender Issues in the Futurep. 340
Resources on the Internetp. 341
Families and Intimate Relationshipsp. 343
Families in Global Perspectivep. 346
Theoretical Perspectives on Familiesp. 351
Developing Intimate Relationships and Establishing Familiesp. 355
Child-Related Family Issues and Parentingp. 359
Transitions and Problems in Familiesp. 365
Family Issues in the Futurep. 371
Resources on the Internetp. 373
Education and Religionp. 375
An Overview of Education and Religionp. 377
Sociological Perspectives on Educationp. 378
Problems in Educationp. 386
Religion in Historical Perspectivep. 391
Sociological Perspectives on Religionp. 394
Types of Religious Organizationp. 398
Trends in Religion in the United Statesp. 401
Education and Religion in the Futurep. 403
Resources on the Internetp. 405
Politics and the Economy in Global Perspectivep. 407
Politics, Power, and Authorityp. 409
Political Systems in Global Perspectivep. 412
Perspectives on Power and Political Systemsp. 416
The U.S. Political Systemp. 420
Economic Systems in Global Perspectivep. 425
Work in the Contemporary United Statesp. 432
Politics and the Economy in the Futurep. 439
Resources on the Internetp. 442
Health, Health Care, and Disabilityp. 443
Health in Global Perspectivep. 445
Health in the United Statesp. 448
Health Care in the United Statesp. 453
Sociological Perspectives on Health and Medicinep. 463
Disabilityp. 467
Health Care in the Futurep. 473
Resources on the Internetp. 475
Population and Urbanizationp. 477
Demography: The Study of Populationp. 479
Population Growth in Global Contextp. 485
A Brief Glimpse at International Migration Theoriesp. 489
Urbanization in Global Perspectivep. 490
Perspectives on Urbanization and the Growth of Citiesp. 493
Problems in Global Citiesp. 501
Urban Problems in the United Statesp. 502
Population and Urbanization in the Futurep. 506
Resources on the Internetp. 509
Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Changep. 511
Collective Behaviorp. 512
Social Movementsp. 525
Social Movement Theoriesp. 528
Social Change in the Futurep. 534
Resources on the Internetp. 539
Glossaryp. 541
Referencesp. 549
Photo Creditsp. 569
Name Indexp. 571
Subject Indexp. 579
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