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Discover Sociology - Vantage Digital Option

Fourth Edition


October 2019 | SAGE Publications, Inc

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About Discover Sociology, Fourth Edition 

Discover Sociology presents sociology as a discipline of curious minds. What key social forces construct and transform our lives as individuals and as members of society? How does our social world shape us? How do we shape our world? The authors inspire curiosity about the social world and empower students by providing the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools they need to understand, analyze, and even change the world in which they live.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Chapter 1: Discover Sociology
A Curious Mind

 
The Sociological Imagination

 
Critical Thinking

 
The Development of Sociological Thinking

 
What Is Sociological Theory?

 
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
Popular Culture and the Undead

 
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
My Robot, My Friend

 
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
Groupthink: A Case of Deadly Consequences

 
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
To Solve a Murder

 
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 in the United States
Poverty and Profit

 
Stratification in Traditional and Modern Societies

 
Sociological Building Blocks of Social Class

 
Class and Inequality in the U.S.: Dimensions and Trends

 
Why Has Inequality Grown?

 
The Problem of Neighborhood Poverty

 
Why Do Stratification and Poverty Exist and Persist in Class Societies?

 
Why Study Inequality in the U.S.?

 
 
Chapter 8: Global Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality
Migrants in Limbo

 
Dimensions of Global Inequality and Poverty

 
Armed Conflict and Poverty

 
Technology: The Great Equalizer?

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Global Inequality

 
Who Are the Global Elite?

 
Why Study Global Inequality from a Sociological Perspective?

 
 
Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Violence and U.S. History

 
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 10: Gender and Society
I Am a Woman and I Am Fast

 
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 11: 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 12: Education and Society
Food Insecurity in U.S. Colleges and Universities

 
Education, Industrialization, and the “Credential Society”

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Education

 
Education, Opportunity, and Inequality

 
Issues in U.S. Higher Education

 
Education in a Global Perspective

 
Why Study Education from a Sociological Perspective?

 
 
Chapter 13: Religion and Society
A New Religion Rises: The Jedi Faithful

 
How Do Sociologists Study Religion?

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Religion and Society

 
Types of Religious Organizations

 
The Great World Religions

 
Women and Religion

 
Religion in the United States

 
Religion and Global Societies

 
Why Study the Sociology of Religion?

 
 
Chapter 14: The State, War, and Terror
The Birth and Death of Countries

 
The Modern State

 
Theories of State Power

 
Power and Authority

 
Forms of Governance in the Modern World

 
The U.S. Political System

 
War, State, and Society

 
Terrorists and Terrorism

 
Why Study the State and Warfare through a Sociological Lens?

 
 
Chapter 15: Work, Consumption, and the Economy
Robots and Jobs

 
The Economy in Historical Perspective

 
The Technological Revolution and the Future of Work

 
Types of Economic Systems

 
Working on and off the Books

 
Consumers, Consumption, and the U.S. Economy

 
Globalization and the New Economic Order

 
Why Study Economic Systems and Trends?

 
 
Chapter 16: Health and Medicine
The Scourge of Addiction

 
Cultural Definitions of Health and Illness

 
Health Care and Public Health in the United States

 
Sociology and Issues of Public Health in the United States

 
The Sociology of HIV/AIDS

 
Global Issues in Health and Medicine

 
Why Should Sociologists Study Health?

 
 
Chapter 17: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
Where the Boys Are . . . and the Girls Are Not

 
Global Population Growth

 
Malthus and Marx: How Many People Are Too Many?

 
Urbanization

 
The Local and Global Environment

 
Why Study Population, Urbanization, and the Environment from a Sociological Perspective?

 
 
Chapter 18: Social Movements and Social Change
Activist America?

 
Sociological Perspectives on Social Change

 
Sources of Social Change

 
Social Movements

 
Why Study Social Change?

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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KEY FEATURES OF DISCOVER SOCIOLOGY, FOURTH EDITION

  • 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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