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Mapping the Social Landscape

Mapping the Social Landscape
Readings in Sociology

Eighth Edition
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June 2017 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Now with SAGE Publishing, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology is one of the most established and widely-used anthologies for Introductory Sociology. Susan J. Ferguson selects, edits, and introduces 58 readings representing a plurality of voices and views within sociology. The selections include classic statements from great thinkers like C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx, Howard Becker, and Max Weber, as well as the works of contemporary scholars who address current social issues. Many of the readings integrate questions of diversity, helping students see the interrelationships among race-ethnicity, social class, and gender, and understand how these relationships have shaped the experiences of all people in society.


About the Editor
C. Wright Mills
1. The Promise
Donna Gaines
2. Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead-End Kids
Mary Romero
3. An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey
Chris Hunter and Kent McClelland
4. Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
5. Manifesto of the Communist Party
David L. Rosenhan
6. On Being Sane in Insane Places
Social Research
Michael Schwalbe
7. Finding Out How the Social World Works
Craig Haney, W. Curtis Banks, and Philip G. Zimbardo
8. Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison
Meika Loe
9. Working at Bazooms: The Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality
Howard S. Becker
10. Culture: A Sociological View
Amy D. McDowell
11. “This Is for the Brown Kids!”: Racialization and the Formation of “Muslim” Punk Rock
Haunani-Kay Trask
12. Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture
Emily W. Kane
13. “No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!”: Parents’ Responses to Children’s Gender Nonconformity
Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
14. Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children
Robert Granfield
15. Making It by Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment
Gwynne Dyer
16. Anybody’s Son Will Do
Dalton Conley
17. The Birth of the Intravidual
Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler
18. Peer Power: Clique Dynamics Among School Children
Christine L. Williams
19. Shopping as Symbolic Interaction: Race, Class, and Gender in the Toy Store
Penelope A. McLorg and Diane E. Taub
20. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Development of Deviant Identities
A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade
21. Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?
Mark Colvin
22. Descent Into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot
Social Class
Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore, with a response by Melvin Tumin
23. Some Principles of Stratification
G. William Domhoff
24. Who Rules America?: The Corporate Community and the Upper Class
Thomas M. Shapiro
25. Race, Homeownership, and Wealth
H. Luke Shaefer, Kathyrn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert
26. Understanding the Dynamics of $2-a-Day Poverty in the United States
Barbara Risman
27. Gender as Structure
Laurel Westbrook and Kristen Schilt
28. Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System
C. J. Pascoe
29. “Dude, You’re a Fag”: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse
Kevin Bales
30. Because She Looks Like a Child
Race and Ethnicity
Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer
31. What Is Racial Domination?
Charlie LeDuff
32. At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die
Katherin M. Flower Kim
33. Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
34. Yearning for Lightness: Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners
Power and Politics
C. Wright Mills
35. The Power Elite
Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff
36. Diversity in the Power Elite
Chrystia Freeland
37. The Rise of the New Global Elite
Mass Media
Eric Klinenberg
38. Convergence: News Production in a Digital Age
Cheryl Cooky, Michael A. Messner, and Michela Musto
39. “It’s Dude Time!”: A Quarter Century of Excluding Women’s Sports in Televised News and Highlight Shows
Andrew M. Lindner
40. Controlling the Media in Iraq
The Economy and Work
Robin Leidner
41. Over the Counter: McDonald’s
Adia Harvey Wingfield
42. Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences With Women’s Work
Arlie Russell Hochschild
43. The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work
Max Weber
44. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Steven P. Dandaneau
45. Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons
Jen’nan Ghazal Read
46. Muslims in America
Health and Medicine
Barack Obama
47. United States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps
Lillian B. Rubin
48. Sand Castles and Snake Pits
Keith Wailoo
49. A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America
Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
50. Civilize Them With a Stick
Mitchell L. Stevens
51. A School in a Garden
Ann Arnett Ferguson
52. Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
The Family
Andrew J. Cherlin
53. The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage
Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
54. Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
Annette Lareau
55. Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families
Jeff Goodwin and René Rojas
56. Revolutions and Regime Change
Diane C. Bates
57. Superstorm Sandy: Restoring Security at the Shore
Elijah Anderson
58. The Cosmopolitan Canopy


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Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.

“[Mapping the Social Landscape] is the best reader for introductory sociology that I have found. It is an excellent collection of sociological work that is presented in a very abridged, student-friendly format. There are well-written introductions to each work by Ferguson which allows students to see how the reading relates to other sociological concepts and topics.”

Stephanie Chan
Biola University

“I have used Mapping the Social Landscape for a decade, and I am pleased with the chosen articles, both classic and contemporary, and with the short introduction to each article. My students enjoy reading the assigned articles far better than their textbook reading.”

Aimee Zoeller
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

“[Mapping the Social Landscape] is a great resource. It contains a diverse range of articles or book chapters by sociologists (or academics/journalists writing from a sociological perspective). The articles illustrate key concepts and approaches within sociology, but do not define them, allowing the instructor to explain key ideas in class, without repeating the assigned reading, as often happens with traditional textbooks.”

Clare Sears
San Francisco State University
Key features
  • New selections focus on
  • how Superstorm Sandy damaged social as well as physical structures
  • gender panics and bathrooms
  • extreme poverty in the United States
  • transgender challenges to our understanding of gender
  • a Muslim American punk rock subculture that is challenging Islamophobia
  • lessons from the Affordable Care Act
  • revolutionary movements for social change
  • The organization follows that of a typical introductory sociology course and provides coverage of key concepts including culture, socialization, deviance, social structure, social inequality, social institutions, and social change.
  • Classic readings by C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, David Rosenhan, Philip Zimbardo, Howard Becker, Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore, and Max Weber expose students to some of sociology’s foundational statements.
  • The majority of readings come from well-known and award-winnings contemporary sociologists, as well as a handful of journalists and activists working in a sociological tradition.
  • The collection provides many opportunities to discuss individual, interactional and structural levels of society; the roles of race-ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in shaping social life; and the intersection of those statuses and identities.

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