This brief anthology for introductory sociology is a collection of 24 classic statements and contemporary favorites that illustrate key concepts in sociology, relate to the everyday lives of students, and spark good classroom discussions. The selections are also chosen to represent four theoretical traditions in sociology (functionalism, symbolic interaction, conflict theory, feminism). It is designed for instructors who want to expose students to some original scholarship in their first sociology course, but do not require a comprehensive reader.
The Second Edition places more emphasis on a diverse range of social experiences, and several of the new selections are from sociologists whose work has attracted widespread media attention.
New to this Edition
- There are more readings in this edition on the experiences of minorities, including LGBTQ Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.
- The book now reflects a more diverse authorship as well, with an even split between male and female scholars and almost one-third of the readings written by nonwhite authors.
- The introduction has been updated to incorporate the results of 2016 election and to make the case for sociology as a discipline ideally suited for navigating the social and political changes in contemporary American society, as well as individual students’ day-to-day challenges.
- Several new readings are from sociologists who have been in the national spotlight for their contributions to major public debates: Tressie McMillian Cottom; Lisa Wade; Matthew Desmond (Pulitzer Prize winner); Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton.
|1. The Sociological Imagination||C. Wright Mills|
|2. Lower Ed||Tressie McMillan Cottom|
|3. The Restroom and Equal Opportunity||Harvey Molotch|
|4. Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers From the Media, Politicians, and Activists||Joel Best|
|5. Islands of Meaning||Eviatar Zerubavel|
|6. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life||Erving Goffman|
|7. American Hook Up||Lisa Wade|
|8. Disciplined Preferences: Explaining the (Re)Production of Latino Endogamy||Jessica Vasquez|
|9. The Rise of Viagra||Meika Loe|
|10. Situational Ethics and College Student Cheating||Emily E. LaBeff, Robert E. Clark, Valerie J. Haines, and George M. Diekhoff|
|11. The New Jim Crow||Michelle Alexander|
|12. Moral Panics: Culture, Politics, and Social Construction||Nachman Ben-Yehuda|
|13. Doing Gender||Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman|
|14. Marked: Women in the Workplace||Deborah Tannen|
|15. "Out" in the Club: The Down Low, Hip-Hop, and the Architexture of Black Masculinity||Jay McCune|
|16. Doing, Undoing, or Redoing Gender?: Learning From the Workplace Experiences of Transpeople||Catherine Connell|
|17. The Code of the Streets||Elijah Anderson|
|18. Racial Formation Theory and Systemic Racism in Hip-Hop Fans’ Perceptions||Ginger Jacobson|
|19. Being Middle Eastern in the Context of the War on Terror||A. Marvasti|
|20. "She’s Not a Low-Class Dirty Girl!": Sex Work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Kimberly Kay Hoang|
|21. The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All||Herbert Gans|
|22. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life||Annette Lareau|
|23. The (Mis)education of Monica and Karen||Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton|
|24. How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality||Matthew Desmond|
Password-protected Instructor Resources include:A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, 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.