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Analyzing Inequalities
An Introduction to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Using the General Social Survey

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February 2017 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Analyzing Inequalities: An Introduction to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Using the General Social Survey is a practical resource for helping students connect sociological issues with real-world data in the context of their first undergraduate sociology courses.  This worktext introduces readers  to the GSS, one of the most widely analyzed surveys in the U.S.; examines a range of GSS questions related to social inequalities; and demonstrates basic techniques for analyzing this data online.  No special software is required–the exercises can be completed using the Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website at the University of California-Berkeley which is easy to navigate and master.  Students will come away with a better understanding of social science research, and will be better positioned to ask and answer the sociological questions that most interest them.

 


 
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Analyzing Inequalities
Introduction: An Introduction to Analyzing inequalities

 
Social Justice Statistics

 
Social Justice Statistics: Critiques and Limitations

 
 
Chapter 2: Understanding Data – Critical Concepts
Overview of the GSS

 
Finding data in the GSS

 
Producing and Interpreting a Frequency Table

 
Describing Variables: levels of measurement

 
Describing Variables: Measures of Central Tendency

 
Producing the Mean, Median and Mode in SDA

 
 
Chapter 3: Analyzing Gender with the GSS
Introduction: Key concepts in gender

 
Identifying variables related to gender

 
Produce and Interpret a Bivariate Table or “Crosstab”

 
 
Chapter 4: Analyzing Race and Ethnicity with the GSS
Introduction: Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity

 
Identifying variables related to race and ethnicity

 
Produce and Interpret a Bivariate Table or “Crosstab”

 
Applying a Filter

 
Applying Control variables

 
 
Chapter 5: Analyzing Class with the GSS
Introduction: Key Concepts in Social Class.

 
Identifying variables related to socio-economic class

 
Re-coding Variables

 
Comparing the Mean Response for Different Groups

 
 
Chapter 6: Analyzing Sexuality with the GSS
Introduction: Key concepts in Sexuality

 
Identifying Variables related to Sexuality

 
Applying a Filter

 
Re-coding Variables

 
 
Chapter 7: Analyzing Inequalities in Families
Introduction: Family change and family diversity

 
Identifying variables related to Families

 
 
Chapter 8: Analyzing Inequalities in Education
Introduction: Inequalities in Education

 
Identifying variables related to Education

 
Analyzing Inequalities related to Education

 
 
Chapter 9: Analyzing Inequalities in the Economy and Work
Introduction: Inequalities in the Economy and at Work

 
Identifying variables related to Work and the Economy

 

Supplements

Instructor Resources

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Answers to end of chapter multiple choice questions;
  • Guided answers for in-text essay questions; and 
  • Bonus multiple choice test bank questions for each chapter.

 

“This is an engaging, clear and well-organized introduction to the use of large data sets to analyze stratification and gender.”

Thomas Piñeros Shields
University of Massachusetts Lowell

“[It] include[s] basic research analysis principles and very good examples and applications [and] also manages to provide critical and progressive conceptual perspectives.”

Julia Nevarez
Kean University

“Grounding sociological theory in real-world examples using real sociological data is an absolutely important aspect of undergraduate exposure to the scientific method and sociological analysis.”

Lorien Lake-Corral
University of Maine at Augusta
Key features

 KEY FEATURES: 

  • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality.
  • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means.
  • No software purchase required—all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website.
  • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience.
  • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work.
  • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

Chapter 4


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