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Imagining Society
An Introduction to Sociology

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January 2020 | 516 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 
Part I: Understanding Society
 
Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination
Society and Culture  
The Sociological Imagination  
Reading: From the Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills  
Three Core Foci of Sociology  
Reading: Body Ritual Among the Naricema by Horace Miner  
Three Core Aims of Sociology  
Émile Durkheim and Social Facts  
Is Sociology Just Common Sense?  
Research Methods: How Do Sociologists Study Society?  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 2: Socialization and Social Interaction
The Individual and Society  
Reading: “Review of Albert Schaeffle, Bau und Leben des Sozialen Körpers: Erster Band” by Émile Durkheim  
Socialization  
Aging and Socialization  
The Performance of Social Roles  
Reading: “The Presentation of Self” by Erving Goffman  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 3: Crime, Law, and Deviance
Introduction  
What Is Deviance?  
Social Construction of Deviance  
Why Are People Deviant?  
Reading: “On Being Sane in Insane Places” by D.L. Rosenhan  
The Power of the Situation  
Punishment  
Reading: “The Body of the Condemned” by Michel Foucault  
Summary  
Key Terms  
 
Part II: Social Inequality
 
Chapter 4: Social Stratification and Social Class
Karl Marx: The Basics  
Class Struggles  
Reading: “Manifesto of the Communist Party” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  
Class Consciousness  
Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Social Class  
Income and Wealth Inequality in the United States  
Poverty  
Reading: From Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Further Reading  
 
Chapter 5: Race and Ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity  
Reading: “Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?” by Mary C. Waters  
The Consequences of Social Constructions  
How and Why Prejudice Develops in Society  
Immigration  
Reading: “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism” by Benedict Anderson  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 6: Gender and Intersections
Sex and Gender  
Gender and Institutions  
Reading: “Commanding the Room in Short Skirts: Cheering as the Embodiment of Ideal Girlhood” by Natalie Adams and Pamela Bettis  
Feminism and Feminist Theory  
Intersectionality  
Sexuality  
Reading: “The Invention of Heterosexuality” by Johnathan Ned Katz  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Part III: The Role of Institutions
 
Chapter 7: Language, Media, and Culture
Language  
Reading: “Racism in the English Language” by Robert B. Moore  
Media and Culture  
Corporate Concentration and the Media  
Reading: From “The Power Elite” by C. Wright Mills  
New Media and Social Media  
Media Effects  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 8: The Family and Intimate Relationships
What Are Families?  
Larger Social Changes That Impact the Family  
Reading: “Getting Married: The Public Nature of Our Private Relationships” by Carrie Yodanis and Sean Lauer  
Theorizing the Family  
Intimate Relationships  
Reading: “One’s a Crowd” by Erik Klinenberg  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 9: Education
The Schooled Society  
Reading: “A Matter of Degrees” by William Beaver  
The Functions of Education  
Education and Social Inequality  
Reading: “The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower” by Ann Mullen  
Education, Cultural Capital, and Social Capital  
Education Around the World  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 10: Work and Rationalization
The Rationalized World  
Reading: “The ‘McDonaldization’ of Society” by George Ritzer  
Commodification  
The Division of Labor in Society  
Changes in Work in the United States  
Reading: “Feeling Management: From Private to Commercial Uses” by Arlie Russell Hochschild  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 11: Health
The Sociology of Health  
The Social Determinants of Health  
Reading: “The Health Gap” by Michael Marmot  
Health Inequality  
Reading: “Big Business in the School Cafeteria” by Ivy Ken  
Health Care Systems  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Part IV: Globalization and Global Inequality
 
Chapter 12: Globalization and Global Inequality
What Is Globalization?  
Understanding Globalization  
Reading: “The Uses of Global Poverty: How Economic Inequality Benefits the West” by Daina Stukuls Eglitis  
Global Inequality  
Reading: “The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee” by Nicki Lisa Cole and Keith Brown  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 13: Change through Policy and Law
How Does Society Reproduce Itself?  
The Rise of the State  
The Welfare State  
Reading: “Forty Acres and a Mule: What if America Pays Reparations?” By Dalton Conley  
Reparation Programs  
How the State Involves the Public  
Reading: “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital” by Robert D. Putnam  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  
 
Chapter 14: Social Movements
Social Movements  
Reading: Excerpt from Facebook Feminism by Alison Dahl Crossley  
Trends in Social Movement Participation  
The Media and Social Movements  
Success in Social Movements  
Reading: “The Meaning of Success from the Strategy of Social Protest” by William Gamson  
Public Sociology and Using Our Sociological Imagination  
Summary  
Key Terms  
For Further Reading  

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