Mapping the Social Landscape

Mapping the Social Landscape
Readings in Sociology

Eighth Edition
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May 2017 | 712 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Now with SAGE Publishing, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology is one of the most established and widely-used anthologies for Introductory Sociology. Susan J. Ferguson selects, edits, and introduces 58 readings representing a plurality of voices and views within sociology. The selections include classic statements from great thinkers like C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx, Howard Becker, and Max Weber, as well as the works of contemporary scholars who address current social issues. Many of the readings integrate questions of diversity, helping students see the interrelationships among race-ethnicity, social class, and gender, and understand how these relationships have shaped the experiences of all people in society.


C. Wright Mills
Reading 1--The Promise
Donna Gaines
Reading 2--Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead-End Kids
Mary Romero
Reading 3--An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey
Chris Hunter and Kent McClellan
Reading 4--Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Reading 5--The Manifesto of the Communist Party
David L. Rosenhan
Reading 6--On Being Sane in Insane Places
Michael Schwalbe
Reading 7--Finding Out How the Social World Works
Craig Haney, W. Curtis Banks, and Philip G. Zimbardo
Reading 8--Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison
Meika Loe
Reading 9--Working at Bazooms: The Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality
Howard S. Becker
Reading 10--Culture: A Sociological View
Amy D. McDowell
Reading 11--"This is for the Brown Kids!" Racialization and the Formation of "Muslim" Punk Rock
Haunani-Kay Trask
Reading 12--Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture
Emily W. Kane
Reading 13--"No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!": Parents' Responses to Children's Gender Nonconformity
Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
Reading 14--Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children
Robert Granfield
Reading 15--Making It By Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment
Gwynne Dyer
Reading 16--Anybody's Son Will Do
Dalton Conley
Reading 17--The Birth of the Intravidual
Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler
Reading 18--Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children
Christine L. Williams
Reading 19--Shopping as Symbolic Interaction: Race, Class, and Gender in the Toy Store
Penelope E. McLorg and Diane E. Taub
Reading 20--Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Development of Deviant Identities
A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade
Reading 21--Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?
Mark Colvin
Reading 22--Descent into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot
Kingsley Davis, Wilbert E. Moore, and Melvin Tumin
Reading 23--Some Principles of Stratification
G. William Domhoff
Reading 24--Who Rules America: The Corporate Community and the Upper Class
Thomas M. Shapiro
Reading 25--Race, Homeownership, and Wealth
H. Luke Shaefer, Kathryn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert
Reading 26--Understanding the Dynamics of $2-a-Day Poverty in the United States
Barbara Risman
Reading 27--Gender as Structure
Laurel Westbrook and Kristen Schilt
Reading 28--Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System
C. J. Pascoe
Reading 29--'Dude, You're a Fag': Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse
Kevin Bales
Reading 30--Because She Looks Like a Child
Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer
Reading 31--What is Racial Domination?
Charlie LeDuff
Reading 32--At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die
Katherin M. Flower Kim
Reading 33--Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Reading 34--Yearning for Lightness: Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners
C. Wright Mills
Reading 35--The Power Elite
Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. Wiliam Domhoff
Reading 36--Diversity in the Power Elite
Chrystia Freeland
Reading 37--The New Global Elite
Eric Klinenberg
Reading 38--Convergence: News Production in a Digital Age
Cheryl Cooky, Michael Messner, and Michela Musto
Reading 39--"It's Dude Time!": A Quarter Century of Excluding Women's Sports in Televised News and Highlight Shows
Andrew M. Linder
Reading 40--Controlling the Media in Iraq
Robin Leidner
Reading 41--Over the Counter: McDonald's
Adia Harvey Wingfield
Reading 42--Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men's Experiences with Women's Work
Arlie Russel Hochschild
Reading 43--The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work
Max Weber
Reading 44--The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Steven P. Dandaneau
Reading 45--Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons
Jen'nan Ghazal Read
Reading 46--Muslims in America
Barack Obama
Reading 47--United States Health Care Reform: Profress to Date and Next Steps
Lillian B. Rubin
Reading 48--Sand Castles and Snake Pits
Keith Wailoo
Reading 49--A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America
Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
Reading 50--Civilize Them With A Stick
Mitchell L. Stevens
Reading 51--A School in the Garden
Ann Arnett Ferguson
Reading 52--Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
Andrew J. Cherlin
Reading 53--The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage
Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
Reading 54--Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
Annette Lareau
Reading 55--Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
Jeff Goodwin and Rene Rojas
Reading 56--Revolutions and Regime Change
Diane C. Bates
Reading 57--Superstorm Sandy: Restoring Security at the Shore
Elijah Anderson
Reading 58--The Cosmopolitan Canopy


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Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content and features.
Key features
  • New selections focus on
  • how Superstorm Sandy damaged social as well as physical structures
  • gender panics and bathrooms
  • extreme poverty in the United States
  • transgender challenges to our understanding of gender
  • a Muslim American punk rock subculture that is challenging Islamophobia
  • lessons from the Affordable Care Act
  • revolutionary movements for social change
  • The organization follows that of a typical introductory sociology course and provides coverage of key concepts including culture, socialization, deviance, social structure, social inequality, social institutions, and social change.
  • Classic readings by C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, David Rosenhan, Philip Zimbardo, Howard Becker, Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore, and Max Weber expose students to some of sociology’s foundational statements.
  • The majority of readings come from well-known and award-winnings contemporary sociologists, as well as a handful of journalists and activists working in a sociological tradition.
  • The collection provides many opportunities to discuss individual, interactional and structural levels of society; the roles of race-ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in shaping social life; and the intersection of those statuses and identities.

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ISBN: 9781506368283