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Contemporary Readings in Sociology

Contemporary Readings in Sociology

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February 2008 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Contemporary Readings in Sociology selects some of the most contemporary, engaging, and esteemed journal articles in the field and presents them in a well-edited format, making them perfect for undergraduate students. Giving students access to the important topics in sociology through the words of original authors, this comprehensive reader provides an opportunity for students to explore important topics in depth.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Focuses on teaching the "sociological eye," or sociological perspective, to undergraduate students so they can learn more about the activities of actual sociologists
  • Features rigorous research in an edited format, making important articles more accessible for—and still challenging to—undergraduate students
  • Offers an emphasis on contemporary readings to introduce students to cutting-edge sociology research
  • Includes more than 30 readings, including articles on social interaction, social institutions, the media, deviance, social stratification, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, global issues, and social movements, providing a well-rounded collection of original material on core topics
  • Combines an array of unique pedagogy to make the reader even more valuable and user-friendly, including a topics guide to help instructors choose the best readings for specific course subjects, a detailed list of Internet resources, and discussion questions for each article

Intended Audience
With a large number of readings, this affordable, supplemental reader is flexible and appropriate for Introduction to Sociology, Principles of Sociology, Social Problems, or Special Topics courses in sociology. 

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Section 1: Culture and Social Interaction
1. When Fiends become Friends: The Need to Belong and Perceptions of Personal and Group Discrimination

Mauricio Carvallo and Brett W. Pelham
2. Authentic Identities: Straightedge Subcultures, Music and the Internet

Patrick Williams
3. Differences between Actual and Perceived Student Norms: An Examination of Alcohol Use, Drug Use, and Sexual Behavior

Matthew P. Martens, Jennifer C. Page, Emily S. Mowry, Krista M. Damann, Kari K. Taylor, M. Dolores Cimini
4. The Influence of Friendship Groups on Intellectual Self-Confidence and Educational Aspirations in College

Anthony Lising Antonio
Section 2: Social Structure, Social Institutions, and the Media
5. Unmarried with Children

Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
6. Student Disengagement and the Socialization Styles of High Schools

Lisa A. Pellerin
7. “Regarding the Pain of Others”: Media, Bias and the Coverage of International Disasters

Susan D. Moeller
Section 3: Deviance and Crime
8. Political Culture and the Penalty

Patrick Fisher and Travis Pratt
9. Social Capital, Too Much of a Good Thing? American Religious Traditions and Community Crime

Kraig Beyerlein and John R. Hipp
10. Reconsidering Peers and Delinquency: How do Peers Matter?

Dana L. Haynie and D. Wayne Osgood
11. Exposure to Community Violence and Childhood Delinquency

Justin W. Patchin, Beth M. Huebner, John D. McCluskey, Sean P. Varano, and Timothy S. Bynum
12. Bullies Move Beyond the Schoolyard: A Preliminary Look at Cyberbullying

Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja
Section 4: Social Stratification and Power
13. Mass Imprisonment and the Life Course: Race and Class Inequality in U.S. Incarceration

Becky Pettit and Bruce Western
14. Talk of Class: The Discursive Repertoires of White Working- and Upper-Middle-Class College Students

Jenny M. Stuber
15. A Place in Town: Doing Class in a Coffee Shop

Carrie Yodanis
16. Professional Capital: Blue-Collar Reflections on Class, Culture and the Academy

Mary Kosut
Section 5: Race and Ethnicity
17. Race as Class

Herbert J. Gans
18. A Distorted Nation: Perceptions of Racial/Ethnic Group Sizes and Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Other Minorities

Richard Alba, Rubén G. Rumbaut, and Karen Marotz
19. The Opportunity Costs of Admissions Preferences at Elite Universities

Thomas J. Espenshade and Chang Y. Chung
20. Circles of Influence and Chains of Command: The Social Processes Whereby Ethnic Communities Influence Host Societies

Anthony M. Orum
Section 6: Sex and Gender
21. Divorce Culture and Marital Gender Equality: A Cross-National Study

Carrie Yodanis
22. I Just Want to Play: Women, Sexism, and Persistence in Golf

Lee McGinnis, Julia McQuillan, and Constance L. Chapple
23. I’m Not Thinking of It as Sexual Harrassment: Understanding Harassment across Race and Citizenship

Sandy Welsh, Jacquie Carr, Barbara MacQuarrie, and Audrey Huntley
24. Multiple Masculinities? Teenage Boys Talk about Jocks and Gender

C.J. Pascoe
25. William Wants a Doll. Can He Have One? Feminists, Child Care Advisors, and Gender-Neutral Child Rearing

Karin A. Martin
Section 7: Global Issues
26. Sociology of Terrorism

Austin Turk
27. Free-Market Ideology and Environmental Degradation: The Case of Belief in Global Climate Change

Yuko Heath and Robert Gifford
28. Glocommodification: How the Global Consumes the Local – McDonald’s in Israel

Uri Ram
29. ‘In the Court of Public Opinion:’ Transnational Problem Construction in the HIV/AIDS Medicine Access Campaign, 1998-2001

Thomas Olesen
Section 8: Social Movements and Social Change
30. Making Theological Sense of the Migration Journey from Latin America: Catholic, Protestant and Interfaith Perspectives

Jacqueline Hagan
31. Hate Crime Reporting as a Successful Social Movement Outcome

Rory McVeigh, Michael R. Welch, Thorodurr Bjarnason
32. Culture Jamming: A Sociological Perspective

Vince Carducci
33. Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility in a Globalized World

Juan José Palacios
Key features

Feature #1: The focus on teaching the "sociological eye" or sociological perspective to undergraduate students.

Value of this feature to reader and/or instructor: Students learn what it is like to be a sociologist and find out what active sociologists actually do for a living when they read these articles.

Where this feature can be found: Throughout

Feature #2: Articles are edited to make them accessible to undergraduate students.

Value of this feature to reader and/or instructor: The articles found within this reader have been edited to make them accessible to undergraduate students. Many readers have not been edited in this way, making them too rigorous for undergraduate students.

Where this feature can be found: Throughout

Feature #3: Unique pedagogy

Value of this feature to reader and/or instructor: This reader, and the others in the series, has been standardized with unique pedagogy. Each reader includes the following features: preface, section openers, editor bio, article abstracts, topic guide and end-of-article discussion questions.

Where this feature can be found: Throughout

Feature #4: Value priced

Value of this feature to reader and/or instructor: This new reader offers 33 selections for the price of ?. The instructor can select 10 or 12 articles for a semester and still feel the purchase was a good value for the student.

Where this feature can be found: Throughout

Feature #5: Can be used across the curriculum

Value of this feature to reader and/or instructor: This reader can be used in better introduction to sociology courses as well as in social problems and special topics courses. Because the articles are not quantitative, and they have been edited, this reader can be used at various levels across the curriculum.

Where this feature can be found: Throughout

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Chapter 5

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