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Core Concepts


October 2019 | SAGE Publications, Inc

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About Discover Sociology: Core Concepts

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.

 
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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