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Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, Brief Edition

Sixth Edition
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August 2018 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This new Brief Sixth Edition of David Newman’s text is the streamlined version of Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life with the same goal: to be a textbook that, in the author’s words, "reads like a real book." 

Newman shows how to see the “unfamiliar in the familiar”—to step back and see organization and predictability in our taken-for-granted personal experiences. He uses the metaphors of “architecture” and “construction” to help us understand that society is not something that exists “out there,” independently of ourselves; rather, it is a human creation that is planned, maintained, or altered by individuals. Instead of surveying every subfield in sociology, this text focuses on the structural features of society, the social construction of the self and identity, and social inequality in the context of social institutions.

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Preface to the Sixth Edition
About the Author
1. Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
Sociology and the Individual  
The Insights of Sociology  
The Sociological Imagination  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
2. Seeing and Thinking Sociologically
How Individuals Structure Society  
Social Influence: The Impact of Other People in Our Everyday Lives  
Societal Influence: The Effect of Social Structure on Our Everyday Lives  
Three Perspectives on Social Order  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
3. Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge
Understanding the Social Construction of Reality  
Laying the Foundation: The Bases of Reality  
Building the Walls: Conflict, Power, and Social Institutions  
Appreciating the Contributions of Sociological Research  
The Trustworthiness of Social Research  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
4. Building Order: Culture and History
Dimensions of Culture  
Cultural Expectations and Social Order  
Cultural Variation and Everyday Experience  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
5. Building Identity: Socialization
Genes, Social Structure, and the Construction of Human Beings  
Socialization: Becoming You  
Socialization and Stratification: Growing Up With Inequality  
Institutions and Socialization  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
6. Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self
Forming Impressions of Others  
Managing Impressions  
Mismanaging Impressions: Spoiled Identities  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
7. Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Families
Life With Others  
Social Diversity and Intimate Choices  
Family Life  
Family and Social Structure  
Family Challenges  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
8. Constructing Difference: Social Deviance
Defining Deviance  
Explaining Deviant Behavior  
Linking Power, Deviance, and Social Control  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
9. The Structure of Society: Organizations, Social Institutions, and Globalization
Social Structure and Everyday Life  
Social Dilemmas: Individual Interests and Structural Needs  
The Structure of Formal Organizations  
Organizations and Institutions  
Globalization and Social Institutions  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
10. The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class and Inequality
Stratification Systems  
Sociological Perspectives on Stratification  
Class Inequality in the United States  
Global Development and Inequality  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
11. The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity: More Than Just Biology  
Histories of Oppression and Inequality  
Racial and Ethnic Relations  
Global Perspectives on Racism  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
12. The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender
Sexism at the Personal Level  
The Ideology of Sexism: Biology as Destiny  
Institutions and Gender Inequality  
The Global Devaluation of Women  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  
13. Demographic Dynamics: Population Trends
The Influence of Birth Cohorts  
Demographic Dynamics  
Population Trends in the United States  
Key Terms  
14. Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society
Social Change  
Social Movements  
The Sociological Imagination Revisited  
Conclusion and Farewell  
Chapter Highlights  
Key Terms  


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  • Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, 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.
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Key features


  • Thoroughly updated statistical information and empirical research throughout.
  • Examples and analysis of contemporary events and trends, including:
    • The changes in our national politics brought about by the 2016 presidential election
    • Increasing societal attention paid to fatal encounters between police and unarmed people of color or incidents of sexual harassment and assault
    • School shootings and the debates over gun ownership
    • The continued dramatic growth of communication technology, particularly social networking sites



  • Carefully condensed from his full version, Newman’s Brief Edition gives students all the continuity and crucial content, in a 1/3 shorter and less-expensive format.
  • Extended examples on health, illness, and medicine explore subjects that touch all of our lives, and prepare pre-med students to answer sociology questions on the MCAT.
  • The “Social Construction of Reality” is a perspective used throughout, offering a counter to the widely-held perception that society is something “fixed” and largely outside of our control.
  • Examples from American subcultures draw students in by making the concepts relevant to their lives.
  • Cross-cultural examples and discussions of globalization show students how their lives are affected by our increasingly global society.
  • Touching personal vignettes throughout engage students and keep them reading.
  • Links to exceptional teaching resources from ASA’s TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology) in the SAGE edge resources.

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