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21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

November 2006 | 1 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"With this valuable handbook the editors have successfully synthesized a field that has expanded considerably in recent years."

—M.L. Stark, CHOICE

Because the field of sociological inquiry is multi-faceted in perspective, and does subsume a variety of specialty interests, the literature in this discipline has developed and proliferated in a near exponential fashion. Sociology, today, has become so specialty driven in its research and theory agenda that the result is an enormous and complex body of sociological knowledge that is often considered to be unwieldy.    

21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook provides a concise forum through which the vast array of knowledge accumulated, particularly during the past three decades, can be organized into a single definitive resource. The two volumes of this Reference Handbook focus on the corpus of knowledge garnered in traditional areas of sociological inquiry, as well as document the general orientation of the newer and currently emerging areas of sociological inquiry.  

Key Features
  • Provides a timely and comprehensive assessment of the 100+ specialty fields of sociology with contributions by leading authorities in their area of expertise from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Singapore 
  • Examines four distinct phases of development in the history of sociological inquiry—a period of theoretical development, the emphasis on methodological development and refinement, the phase of specialization, and a period that has taken representatives of the discipline into previously unexplored areas
  • Addresses the various traditional subfields of sociology, such as political sociology, educational sociology, rural sociology, criminology, occupational sociology, and minority relations
  • Explores important new, evolving subfields, such as environmental sociology, sociology of sports and leisure, military sociology, medical sociology, the sociology of food and eating, and the sociology of emotions

21st Century Sociology presents the most comprehensive overview of modern sociology making it a must have resource for any academic library.    

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I: The Discipline of Sociology
Dennis L. Peck and Clifton D. Bryant
1. The Sociological Perspective
Gerd Nollmann and Hermann Strasser
2. The History of Sociology: The European Perspective
John P. Drysdale and Susan Hoecker-Drysdale
3. The History of Sociology: The North American Perspective
Jonathan H. Turner
4. Sociological Theory in the 21st Century
Part II: International Perspectives
Chikako Usui
5. Asian Sociology
Neil McLaughlin and Antony J. Puddephatt
6. Sociology in Canada
Gerd Nollmann and Hermann Strasser
7. European Sociology
Bryan S. Turner
8. British Sociology
Part III: The Scientific Approach to the Study of Society
Norman K. Denzin
9. Qualitative Methodology
Kenneth D. Bailey
10. Quantitative Methodology
William R. Wood and John Williamson
11. Comparative Historical Sociology
Part IV: The Fabric of Social Life
Lakshmi Kant Bharadwaj
12. The Sociology of Culture
Lee Garth Vigilant and John Williamson
13. The Sociology of Socialization
J. David Knottnerus
14. Social Psychology
Part V: Social Aggregations
Fabrizio Bernardi, Juan J. González, and Miguel Requena
15. The Sociology of Social Structure
Jane Sell
16. The Sociology of Group Dynamics
Richard A. Colignon
17. The Sociology of Organization
Ronald G. Stover
18. Industrial Sociology
Bart Bonikowski and Miller McPherson
19. The Sociology of Voluntary Associations
Bernice A. Pescosolido
20. The Sociology of Social Networks
Douglas Harper
21. Work and Occupations
Part VI: Social Distinctions and Diversity
Harold R. Kerbo
22. Social Stratification
Frank Harold Wilson
23. The Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations
Rosalind A. Sydie
24. The Sociology of Gender
John DeLamater and Michelle Hasday
25. The Sociology of Sexuality
Part VII: Social Institutions
Erica Owens
26. The Sociology of Love, Courtship, and Dating
Dennis L. Peck
27. Marriage and Divorce in the United States
Felix M. Berardo and Constance L. Shehan
28. Family Sociology in the 21st Century
James William Coleman
29. The Sociology of Religion
W. Lawrence Neuman
30. Political Sociology
Theodore C. Wagenaar
31. The Sociology of Education
Frank Dobbin
32. Economic Sociology
Frederic W. Hafferty and Brian Castellani
33. Medical Sociology
Robin Stryker
34. The Sociology of Law
David R. Segal
35. Military Sociology
Part VIII: Societal Problems and Disaffections
Harold R. Kerbo and James William Coleman
36. Social Problems
Gary F. Jensen
37. The Sociology of Deviance
Valerie Jenness and Gilbert Geis
38. Sexual Deviance
David F. Luckenbill and Kirk Miller
39. Criminology
Bo Jason Bernhard and James H. Frey
40. The Sociology of Gambling
Paul M. Roman
41. Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Erich Goode
42. The Sociology of Drug Use
Clemens Bartollas
43. Juvenile Delinquency
Richard Tewksbury and Linda G. Smith
44. The Sociology of Corrections
Part IX: Locality and Social Life
Stephen J. Appold
45. Human Ecology
W. Richard Goe and Sean Noonan
46. The Sociology of Community
Linda Lobao
47. Rural Sociology
Saskia Sassen
48. Urban Sociology in the 21st Century
Zai Liang
49. The Sociology of Migration
Cornelia Butler Flora and Jan L. Flora
50. The Sociology of Development
Part X: The Quantification of Social Life
Dudley L. Poston Jr., Michael Micklin, and Amanda K. Baumle
51. Demography
Kenneth C. Land and Abbott L. Ferriss
52. The Sociology of Social Indicators
Part XI: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Benigno E. Aguirre
53. The Sociology of Collective Behavior
David S. Meyer and Kelsy Kretschmer
54. Social Movements
Vincent Mosco
55. Mass Communications
Part XII: Society in Motion
Stephen K. Sanderson
56. Social Change
Tom R. Burns with Philippe R. DeVillé
57. Dynamic Systems Theory
Volume One Notes
Volume One References
Specialty Fields

Part I: Nontraditional Perspectives, Theory, and Methodology
Clinton R. Sanders
1. The Sociology of Nonhuman Animals and Society
Ilkka Arminen
2. Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
David Fasenfest
3. Critical Sociology
Joseph A. Scimecca
4. Humanist Sociology
Andrea Doucet and Natasha S. Mauthner
5. Feminist Methodologies and Epistemology
Roberta Hamilton
6. Feminist Theories
Ruut Veenhoven
7. Quality-of-Life Research
John Grady
8. Visual Sociology
Kenneth C. Land and Thomas J. Fararo
9. Mathematical Sociology
R. Scott Frey, Sabrina McCormick, and Eugene A. Rosa
10. The Sociology of Risk
Part II: The Sociology of the Self
Bryan S. Turner
11. The Sociology of the Body
Nancy G. Kutner
12. The Sociology of Disability
Allison K. Wisecup, Dawn T. Robinson, and Lynn Smith-Lovin
13. The Sociology of Emotions
Linda Kalof and Lori Baralt
14. The Sociology of Femininity
Graham Allan and Rebecca G. Adams
15. The Sociology of Friendship
Jeff Hearn and Michael S. Kimmel
16. The Sociology of Men and Masculinity
Part III: The Sociology of the Life Course
Loretta E. Bass
17. The Sociology of Children and Youth
Andrea E. Willson
18. The Sociology of Aging
Clifton D. Bryant
19. The Sociology of Death and Dying
Part IV: The Sociology of Normative Behavior
Joel I. Nelson
20. The Sociology of Consumer Behavior
Robert A. Stebbins
21. The Sociology of Entertainment
Elise S. Lake and Minjoo Oh
22. The Sociology of Food and Eating
Robert A. Stebbins
23. The Sociology of Leisure and Recreation
Peter Donnelly
24. The Sociology of Sport
Joanne Finkelstein and Beryl Langer
25. Popular Culture
John Ryan
26. The Production of Culture Perspective
Part V: Creative Behavior
Vera L. Zolberg
27. The Sociology of Art
Antony J. Puddephatt and Neil McLaughlin
28. The Sociology of Knowledge
Timothy J. Dowd
29. The Sociology of Music
Jean Van Delinder
30. The Sociology of the Performing Arts
Trevor Pinch
31. The Sociology of Science and Technology
Part VI: Macrolevel Issues
Gary R. Webb
32. The Sociology of Disaster
Elaine Wethington
33. The Sociology of Mental Health
Christopher R. Badcock
34. Sociobiology
Thomas J. Burns and Andrew K. Jorgenson
35. Technology and the Environment
Emilio C. Viano
36. Terrorism
Jack Levin and Gordana Rabrenovic
37. The Sociology of Violence
Riley E. Dunlap and Brent K. Marshall
38. Environmental Sociology
Part VII: The Uses of Sociology
Harry Perlstadt
39. Applied Sociology
Jan Marie Fritz
40. Clinical Sociology
Michael Quinn Patton
41. Evaluation Research
Jerry Krause
42. Sociological Practice
Kathleen McKinney and Carla B. Howery
43. Teaching and Learning in Sociology: Past, Present, and Future
Derivative Fields

Dwight B. Billings
44. Appalachian Studies and the Sociology of Appalachia
Carl L. Bankston III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo
45. Asian and Asian American Studies
Clemens Bartollas
46. Criminal Justice Studies
Barry D. Adam
47. Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Studies
Gerry R. Cox and Jac D. Bulk
48. Native American Studies
Emilio C. Viano
49. Victimology
Volume Two Notes
Volume Two References

"With this valuable handbook the editors have successfully synthesized a field that has expanded considerably in recent years."

M. L. Stark
Harvard Business School
Key features
  1. Vol.I will contain the traditionally recognized core topics that have informed the field.
  2. Vol. II will address specialty and somewhat peripheral.
  3. The result is a comprehensive overview int modern sociology.

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