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Essentials of Sociology Interactive eBook

Essentials of Sociology Interactive eBook

Second Edition

December 2015 | SAGE Publications, Inc

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This dynamic Interactive eBook version of the Second Edition of George Ritzer’s best-selling text, Essentials of Sociology goes way beyond highlighting and note-taking! Read your mobile-friendly eBook anywhere, anytime with easy access across desktop, smartphone, and tablet devices. Using the VitalSource Bookshelf® platform, download your book to a personal computer and read it offline, share notes and highlights with instructors and classmates who are using the same eBook, and “follow” friends and instructors as they make their own notes and highlights.

 Simply click on icons in the eBook to experience a broad array of multimedia resources as well as get access to academic and professional articles.

  • VIDEO: Relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, animated graphics, and other clips bring deeper learning and understanding as you explore key topics. 
  • AUDIO: Engaging podcasts and audio resources supplement and enrich key points within the text.
  • JOURNAL ARTICLES: Access to articles from SAGE’s influential journals, handbooks, and encyclopedias offer important background and exposure to seminal work in your field of study.

Key features


  • The Gender and Sexuality chapter (Ch. 9) has undergone a major revision with the help of gender and sexuality expert Rebecca Plante. This edition also gives more attention to the inclusion of gender and sexuality throughout.
  • The chapter on Social Stratification (Ch. 7) has expanded coverage of the causes and consequences of stratification on a global scale.
  • New and revised chapter openers and opening vignettes are drawn from events of contemporary interest such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks and medical marijuana. 
  • New coverage of timely issues such as the Ebola crisis in Africa, ISIL, conflicts between citizens and police in Ferguson and throughout the country, the new sharing economy, medical tourism, and the ever-growing divide between rich and poor.
  • Updated statistics in every chapter reflect the most current data available from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Center for Disease Control, and Pew Research, among others.
  • Maps, graphs, and tables have been almost entirely revised to reflect the most current data and trends.
  • Selected U.S. and World Maps in the text are also available online as SAGE data maps—fully interactive GIS maps for closer data analysis.


  •  The text focuses on the same themes as Introduction to Sociology 3E, reflecting the author’s longtime interests and theoretical insights:
  • Globalization
  • Consumer Culture
  • The Internet
  • The “McDonaldization” of Society
  • McDonaldization is introduced in the opening chapters as a key aspect of contemporary social life, and connected to ideas about globalization and consumption in other chapters; but Essentials does not include extended examples of “McDonaldized” social life in every chapter.
  • Uses the same approach to sociological theory as Introduction to Sociology 3E, presenting the three major paradigms and important offshoots throughout. Some coverage of theory has been streamlined to make the text more accessible.
  • The chapters on Sociological Theory and Research Methods have been combined into a single chapter (Ch. 2).
  • The chapters on Religion and Education have been combined into a single chapter (Ch. 11).
  • “Public Sociology” boxes highlight the efforts of sociologists, activists, and journalists who have committed themselves to social reforms and representing sociology to a wider audience.
  • The main narrative and boxed features have been edited for brevity and focus on the most important theories, concepts, and examples.
  • In Chapter 1, “An Introduction to Sociology in A Global Age,” students get a conceptual foundation for understanding sociology (Globalization, The Sociological Imagination, The Social Construction of Reality, Social Structure and Processes) before they encounter sociological theory and methods in Chapter 2.
  • Global Maps throughout the text provide geographical context to the discussion of globalization.
  • Active Sociology exercises, which can serve as chapter assignments or class discussion starters, use popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Trip Advisor, WebMd, and YouTube to demonstrate concepts like prosumption and the social construction of reality.
  • An Interactive eBook version of the text is available for students in online and traditional courses who prefer a more contemporary, multimedia-integrated presentation for learning. In addition to a full electronic textbook, they can link directly from the "page" to video, audio, additional enrichment readings, glossary terms, and other relevant resources, bringing sociology to life in a way that a traditional print text can't.

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