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Discover Sociology: Core Concepts

Discover Sociology: Core Concepts

January 2018 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Discover Sociology: Core Concepts explores sociology as a discipline of curious minds, with the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools needed to understand, analyze, and even change the world—all in a more streamlined format. It is adapted from Discover Sociology, Third Edition and offers in-depth coverage of 12 high-priority topics that are at the core of almost all introductory sociology courses. 

Core Concepts maintains its reader-friendly narrative and the hallmark themes of the parent book, including the unequal distribution of power in society (“Inequality Matters”), the sociological imagination (“Private Lives, Public Issues”), and career skills (“What Can I Do With a Sociology Degree?”).  A new feature, “Discover and Debate,” shows students how to take effective, evidence-based positions on important social issues, and how to argue in a respectful manner that recognizes the value of different perspectives.

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1. Discover Sociology
A Curious Mind  
The Sociological Imagination  
Critical Thinking  
The Development of Sociological Thinking  
Sociology: One Way of Looking at the World—or Many?  
Why Study Sociology?  
2. Discover Sociological Research
No Roof Overhead: Researching Eviction in America  
Sociology and Common Sense  
Research and the Scientific Method  
Doing Sociological Research  
Doing Sociology: A Student’s Guide to Research  
3. Culture and Mass Media
Zombie Apocalypse  
Culture: Concepts and Applications  
Culture and Language  
Culture and Mass Media  
Culture, Class, and Inequality  
Culture and Globalization  
Why Study Culture and Media through a Sociological Lens?  
4. Socialization and Social Interaction
Selfie and Society  
The Birth of the Social Self  
Agents of Socialization  
Socialization and Aging  
Total Institutions and Resocialization  
Social Interaction  
Why Study Socialization and Social Interaction?  
5. Groups, Organizations, and Bureaucracies
Marooned: Group Dynamics on a Deserted Island  
The Nature of Groups  
The Power of Groups  
Economic, Cultural, and Social Capital  
Why Study Groups and Organizations?  
6. Deviance and Social Control
The Death of Len Bias  
What Is Deviant Behavior?  
How Do Sociologists Explain Deviance?  
Types of Deviance  
Social Control of Deviance  
Why Study Deviance?  
7. Social Class and Inequality
Poverty and Prosperity in the United States Today  
Stratification in Traditional and Modern Societies  
Sociological Building Blocks of Social Class  
Class and Inequality in the United States: Dimensions and Trends  
The Problem of Neighborhood Poverty  
Why Do Stratification and Poverty Exist and Persist in Class Societies?  
Dimensions of Global Inequality and Poverty  
Theoretical Perspectives on Global Inequality  
Why Study Inequality in the U.S. and around the World?  
8. Race and Ethnicity
Athletes Stand for Racial Equality  
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity  
Minority and Dominant Group Relations  
Theoretical Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism, and Minority Status  
Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination  
Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States  
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Perspective  
Why Study Race and Ethnicity from a Sociological Perspective?  
9. Gender and Society
The College Gap: Women and Men on Campus  
Concepts of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality  
Constructing Gendered Selves  
Gender and Society  
Gender and Economics: Men, Women, and the Gender Wage Gap  
Classical Theories, Feminist Thought, and the Sociology of Masculinities  
Women’s Lives in a Global Perspective  
Why Study Gender From a Sociological Perspective?  
10. Families and Society
Millennials and Marriage  
How Do Sociologists Study the Family?  
Theoretical Perspectives on Families  
U.S. Families Yesterday and Today  
Socioeconomic Class and Family in the United States  
Globalization and Families  
Why Study Family Through a Sociological Lens?  
11. Education and the Economy
Robots and the Future of Work  
Education, Industrialization, and the “Credential Society”  
Theoretical Perspectives on Education  
Education, Opportunity, and Inequality  
The Economy in Historical Perspective  
The Technological Revolution and the Future of Work  
Why Study Education and the Economy?  
12. Social Movements and Social Change
Students and Social Movements  
Sociological Perspectives on Social Change  
Sources of Social Change  
Social Movements  
Why Study Social Change?  
Key features


  • Provides comprehensive coverage of 12 key topics that are most often assigned in introductory courses.
  • A unique new chapter, “Education and the Economy”, explores the connections among our educational system, occupational opportunity, the economy, and the types of work we do.
  • The new “Discover and Debate” feature offers students both interesting issues and points for debate, and models evidence-based arguments and a respectful exchange of ideas.
  • “What Can I Do with a Sociology Degree?” demonstrates how studying sociology develops specific and marketable career skills.
  • Social Life/Social Media essay boxes provide a sociological perspective on pervasive social media.
  • “Behind the Numbers” help guide students to become critical consumers of information on topics such as how stats on poverty and unemployment figures are calculated.
  • Assignable SAGE Premium Video (available via the interactive eBook version, linked through SAGE coursepacks) is curated and produced exclusively for this text to bring concepts to life and appeal to diverse learners, featuring animated concept videos, as well as licensed AP news clips.


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