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Discover Sociology: Core Concepts
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Discover Sociology: Core Concepts

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January 2018 | 496 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. See the full list of topics here.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 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?  
Principal Themes in This Book  
Why Study Sociology?  
 
Chapter 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  
Why Learn to Do Sociological Research?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Chapter 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  
Organizations  
Bureaucracies  
Why Study Groups and Organizations?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Chapter 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 United States and Around the World?  
 
Chapter 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 From a Global Perspective  
Why Study Race and Ethnicity From a Sociological Perspective?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Chapter 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?  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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  • 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. Topics include:
    • Discover Sociological Research – Motion: Polling is an accurate way of gauging public attitudes about politics and society
    • Culture and Mass Media – Motion: Exposure to violence in films, television programs, music, and video games is harmful to children. It has negative individual and societal effects
    • Socialization and Social Interaction – Motion: Students in grades K-12 have too much homework. Homework should be banned.
    • Groups, Organizations and Bureaucracies – Motion: Schools should regulate and punch cyberbullying committed by their students against other students
    • Deviance and Social Control – Motion: Mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes are good policy for deterring and punishing drug use and trafficking
    • Class and Inequality – Motion: Gentrification is reviving urban neighborhoods in the United States that have suffered from poverty and crime
    • Race and Ethnicity – Motion: Developed, democratic states like the United States have an obligation to accept refugees fleeing conflict and danger
    • Equal Gender Representation – Motion: Equal gender representation should be a priority in the U.S. president’s cabinet appointments. One way to ensure fair gender representation is through a quota system
    • Sociology of the Family – Motion: Marriage is a fundamental part of a healthy society and a healthy family. The state should adopt policies that encourage and support marriage
    • Education and the Economy – Motion: Politicians and the public should support a $15 federal minimum wage
    • Social Movements and Social Change – Motion: Online social activism is an effective way to foster social change
  • “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.
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