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Introduction to Sociology

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September 2017 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Join the conversation with one of sociology’s best-known thinkers.

 

This Fourth Edition of George Ritzer’s Introduction to Sociology shows students the relevance of sociology to their lives. While providing a rock-solid foundation, Ritzer illuminates traditional sociological concepts and theories, as well as some of the most compelling contemporary social phenomena: globalization, consumer culture, the digital world, and the “McDonaldization” of society. With examples on every page from current events and contemporary research to stories about “public” sociologists who are engaging with the critical issues of today, the text demonstrates the power of sociology to explain the world and address the diversity of questions that sociologists seek to answer.

 

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Letter from the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
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  
Sociology’s Purpose: Science or Social Reform?  
Sociology, The Other Social Sciences, and Common Sense  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
2 THINKING SOCIOLOGICALLY
The Giants of Classical Sociological Theory  
Other Important Early Theorists  
Contemporary Sociological Theory  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
3 RESEARCHING THE SOCIAL WORLD
The Scientific Method  
The Development of Scientific Knowledge  
Sociological Research  
Secondary Data Analysis  
Issues in Social Research  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
4 CULTURE
A Definition of Culture  
The Basic Elements of Culture  
Cultural Differences  
Global Culture  
Emerging Issues in Culture  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
5 SOCIALIZATION AND INTERACTION
The Individual and the Self  
The Individual as Performer  
Socialization  
Interaction  
Micro-Level Social Structures  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
6 ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES, AND GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS
Organizations  
Contemporary Organizational Realities  
Societies  
Global Relationships  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
7 DEVIANCE AND CRIME
Deviance  
Theories of Deviance  
Crime  
Globalization and Crime  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
8 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Dimensions of Social Stratification  
Economic Inequality  
Social Mobility  
Theories of Social Stratification  
Consumption and Social Stratification  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
9 GLOBAL STRATIFICATION
Positions in Global Stratification  
Global Economic Inequalities  
Changing Positions in Global Stratification  
Theories of Global Stratification  
Consumption and Global Stratification  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
10 RACE AND ETHNICITY
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity  
Majority–Minority Relations  
Racism  
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Context  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
11 GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Gender and Sex  
The Sociology of Sexuality  
Sexuality, Gender, and Globalization  
Global Flows Related to Gender  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
12 FAMILIES
Family, Marriage, and Intimate Relationships  
Broad Changes in Marriage and the Family  
Theorizing the Family  
Problems in the Family  
Global Families  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
13 EDUCATION
Thinking about Education  
Education and Consumption  
Inequality in Education  
Globalization and Education  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
14 RELIGION
Early Sociologists and Religion  
What Is Religion?  
Components of Religion  
Types of Religious Institutions  
Theorizing Religion  
Religion and Globalization  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
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  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
16 THE BODY, MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND HEALTH CARE
The Body  
The Sociology of Health and Medicine  
Globalization and Health  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
17 POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Population  
Urbanization  
Cities and Globalization  
The Environment  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
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  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
Glossary
 
References: Chapter-Opening Vignettes
 
References: Comprehensive List
 
Index

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Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New “Trending” boxes focus on influential books by sociologists that have become part of the public conversation about important issues.
    • Replacing “Public Sociology” boxes, these boxes demonstrate the diversity of sociology's practitioners, methods, and subject matter, featuring such authors as:
      • Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow)
      • Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton (Paying for the Party)
      • Randol Contreras (The Stick-Up Kids)
      • Matthew Desmond (Evicted)
      • Kimberly Hoang (Dealing in Desire)
      • Arlie Hochschild (Strangers in Their Own Land)
      • Eric Klinenberg (Going Solo)
      • C.J. Pascoe (Dude, You're a Fag)
      • Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill (Children of Katrina)
      • Allison Pugh (The Tumbleweed Society)
  • Updated examples in the text and "Digital Living" boxes keep pace with changes in digital technology and online practices, including Uber, bitcoin, net neutrality, digital privacy, WikiLeaks, and cyberactivism.
  • New or updated subjects apply sociological thinking to the latest issues including:
    • the 2016 U.S. election
    • Brexit
    • the global growth of ISIS
    • climate change
    • President Trump's proposed Mexican border wall
    • further segmentation of wealthy Americans as the "super rich"
    • transgender people in the U.S. armed forces
    • charter schools
    • the legalization of marijuana
    • the Flint water crisis
    • fourth-wave feminism
  • Key information on the most important theorists and their contributions—as well as selected examples of McDonaldizationare now integrated into the main narrative with other discussions of theories and theoretical perspectives.
  • Checkpoint sections incorporate more core concepts and definitions for convenient study and review.
  • New ancillaries include links to exceptional teaching resources from A.S.A.’s TRAILS (Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology) selected specifically for this text; and an MCAT Guide for students that maps chapter content to sociology standards on the MCAT test and connects students with free online MCAT study-and-review websites.

KEY FEATURES:

  • The text focuses on four themes that help define social life today and reflect the author’s longtime interests and theoretical insights:

o   Globalization—the flow of people, goods, institutions, and ideas across national borders.

o   Consumer culture—the meaning attached to getting and using material goods.

o   The McDonaldization of Society—how the principles of the fast food industry have spread to other sectors of society throughout the world.

o   The internet—which has become one of the primary agents of globalization, consumerism, and McDonaldization.

  • Intuitive organization helps students develop a conceptual foundation for understanding sociology (Globalization, The Sociological Imagination, The Social Construction of Reality, Social Structure and Processes) in Chapter 1 before they encounter sociological theory in Chapter 2.
  • Strong coverage of sociological theory is presented in an enhanced three-category system similar to the approach of most introductory sociology texts but richer—encompassing classical theories as well as the most important offshoots of those theories.
  • Global maps illustrate the global “flows” of people, goods, and ideas in the contemporary world.




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