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Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life: Brief Edition

Seventh Edition
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August 2020 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this brief edition of Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, David Newman shows students how to see the “unfamiliar in the familiar”—to step back and see predictability in their personal experiences. Through his approachable writing style and lively personal anecdotes, the author stays true to his goal of writing a textbook that “reads like a real book.” Newman uses the metaphors of “architecture” and “construction,” to illustrate that society is a human creation that is planned, maintained, and altered by individuals. In the Seventh Edition of this bestseller, students can use the most updated statistical information combined with contemporary examples to explore the individual and society, the construction of self and society, and social inequality in the context of social structures.

Chapter 1 • Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
Chapter 2 • Seeing and Thinking Sociologically
Chapter 3 • Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge
Chapter 4 • Building Order: Culture and History
Chapter 5 • Building Identity: Socialization
Chapter 6 • Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self
Chapter 7 • Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Families
Chapter 8 • Constructing Difference: Social Deviance
Chapter 9 • The Structure of Society: Organizations, Social Institutions, and Globalization
Chapter 10 • The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class and Inequality
Chapter 11 • The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 12 • The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender
Chapter 13 • Demographic Dynamics: Population Trends
Chapter 14 • Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society


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  • a password-protected site for complete and protected access to all text-specific instructor resources;  
  • test banks that you can also easily edit and/or insert your own personalized questions;
  • editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course;
  • table and figure files for use in your course;
  • ASA Trails Activities that use innovative, peer-reviewed teaching resources; and
  • lively and stimulating chapter activities for use in and out of class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • To assist students preparing to take the MCAT exam, this text has been “mapped” to the MCAT’s foundational concepts and content areas on a website maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
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  • an open-access site that makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime;
  • eFlashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts; and
  • learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.

Key features
  • Updated statistical information from government/organizational sources (e.g., Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, State Department, Population Reference Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, United Nations, and various other agencies) keeps the book as timely and useful as possible.

  • Several specific recent developments have had—and will continue to have—a dramatic impact on sociological thought and on people’s everyday lives and have led to substantive changes in the new edition:

    • the political fallout brought about by the 2016 election;
    • trends in the global economy;
    • the unsettled nature of race relations and immigration;
    • global climate change; and
    • the continued dramatic growth of wireless communication technology, particularly ever-present social media.

  • New examples and analysis of contemporary events and trends, include:

    • Suicide
    • The vocabulary of war
    • Smartphone usage
    • Cultural influence on emotions
    • Children’s toys
    • Social media
    • Dual-earner households
    • Clergy sexual abuse
    • The cultural impact of antidepressants
    • Same-sex marriage
    • The global health divide
    • Multiracial identity
    • Residential segregation
    • Racial mistrust of medical research
    • The cultural appropriation of race
    • Sexual harassment and assault in the military
    • Dangerous media images of eating disorders
    • Intergenerational conflict
    • The shifting politics of immigration


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Instead of surveying every subfield in sociology, the more streamlined coverage focuses on the individual and society, the construction of self and society, and social inequality in the context of social structures.

  • 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.

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ISBN: 9781071815212