Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

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September 2017 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Sociology in the Global Age
The Changing Nature of the Social World — and Sociology  
Central Concerns for a Twenty-First-Century Sociology  
Sociology: Continuity and Change  
The Social Construction of Reality  
Sociology's Purpose: Science or Social Reform?  
Sociology, The Other Social Sciences, and Common Sense  
Chapter 2. Thinking Sociologically
The Giants of Classical Sociological Theory  
Other Important Early Theorists  
Contemporary Sociological Theory  
Chapter 3. Researching the Social World
The Scientific Method  
The Development of Scientific Knowledge  
Sociological Research  
Secondary Data Analysis  
Issues in Social Research  
Chapter 4. Culture
A Definition of Culture  
The Basic Elements of Culture  
Cultural Differences  
Global Culture  
Consumer Culture  
Chapter 5. Socialization and Interaction
The Individual and the Self  
The Individual as Performer  
Micro-Level Social Structures  
Chapter 6. Organizations, Societies, and Global Relationships
Contemporary Organizational Realities  
Global Relationships  
Chapter 7. Deviance and Crime
Theories of Deviance  
Globalization and Crime  
Chapter 8. Social Stratification in the United States
Dimensions of Social Stratification  
Economic Inequality  
Social Mobility  
Theories of Social Stratification  
Consumption and Social Stratification  
Chapter 9. Global Stratification
Positions in Global Stratification  
Global Economic Inequalities  
Changing Positions in Global Stratification  
Theories of Global Stratification  
Consumption and Global Stratification  
Chapter 10. Race and Ethnicity
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity  
Majority-Minority Relations  
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Context  
Chapter 11. Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Sex  
The Sociology of Sexuality  
Sexuality, Gender, and Globalization  
Global Flows Related to Gender  
Chapter 12. Families
Family, Marriage, and Intimate Relationships  
Broad Changes in Marriage and the Family  
Theorizing the Family  
Problems in the Family  
Global Families  
Chapter 13. Education
Thinking about Education  
Education and Consumption  
Inequality in Education  
Globalization and Education  
Chapter 14. Religion
Early Sociologists and Religion  
What is Religion?  
Components of Religion  
Types of Religious Institutions  
Theorizing Religion  
Religion and Globalization  
Chapter 15. Politics and the Economy
Politics: Democracy or Dictatorship  
Who Rules the United States?  
Global Politics  
The U.S. Economy: From Industrialization to Deindustrialization  
Work, Consumption, and Leisure  
Globalization and the Economy  
Chapter 16. The Body, Medicine, Health, and Health Care
The Body  
The Sociology of Health and Medicine  
Globalization and Health  
Chapter 17. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
Cities and Globalization  
The Environment  
Chapter 18. Social Change, Social Movements, and Collective Action
Social Movements  
Emergence, Mobilization, and Impact of Social Movements  
Collective Action  
Social Change: Globalization, Consumption, and the Internet  


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Key features


  • The text focuses on four themes that help define social life today, and reflect the author’s longtime interests and theoretical insights:
    • Globalization—the flow of people, goods, institutions, and ideas across national borders.
    • Consumer Culture—the meaning attached to getting and using material goods.
    • The McDonaldization of Society—how the principles of the fast food industry have spread to other sectors of society throughout the world.
    • The Internet—which has become one of the primary agents of globalization, consumerism, and McDonaldization. In

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  • 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 in Chapter 2.

    Sociological theory is presented in an enhanced three-category system that is similar to the approach of most introductory sociology texts, but richer—encompassing classical theories as well as the most important offshoots of those theories developed in recent years.  

    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.

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