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Mapping the Social Landscape

Mapping the Social Landscape
Readings in Sociology

Ninth Edition
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September 2020 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Mapping The Social Landscape is one of the most established and widely-used readers for Introductory Sociology. 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. 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, and Max Weber, as well of the works of contemporary scholars who address current social issues. Throughout this collection, there are many opportunities to discuss individual, interactional, and structural levels of society; the roles of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality in shaping social life; and the intersection of statuses and identities.

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C. Wright Mills
The Promise
Donna Gaines
Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead-End Kids
Mary Romero
An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey
Chris Hunter and Kent McClelland
Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Manifesto of the Communist Party
David L. Rosenhan
On Being Sane in Insane Places
Social Research
Michael Schwalbe
Finding Out How the Social World Works
Craig Haney
Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison
Meika Loe
Working at Bazooms: The Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality
Howard S. Becker
Culture: A Sociological View
Pei-Chia Lan
Raising Global Children Across the Pacific
Haunani-Kay Trask
Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture
Emily W. Kane
“No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!”: Parents’ Responses to Children’s Gender Nonconformity
Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children
Robert Granfield
Making It By Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment
Gwynne Dyer
Anybody's Son Will Do
Dalton Conley
The Birth of the Intravidual
Patricia A. Adler
Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children
Christine L. Williams
Shopping as Symbolic Interaction: Race, Class, and Gender in the Toy Store
Randol Contreras
Space, Race, and Time: How Young Minority Men Understand Encounters with Gangs
A. Ayres Boswell
Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?
Mark Colvin
Descent into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot
Social Class
Kingsley Davis and Melvin Tumin
Some Principles of Stratification
G. William Domhoff
Who Rules America?: The Corporate Community and the Upper Class
Thomas M. Shapiro
Race, Homeownership, and Wealth
H. Luke Shaefer, Kathyrn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert
Understanding the Dynamics of $2-a-Day Poverty in the United States
Barbara Risman
Gender as Structure
Laurel Westbrook and Kristen Schilt
Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System
C. J. Pascoe
'Dude, You’re a Fag’: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse
Kevin Bales
Because She Looks Like a Child
Race and Ethnicity
Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer
What is Racial Domination?
Charlie LeDuff
At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die
Katherin M. Flower Kim
Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Yearning for Lightness: Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners
Power and Politics
C. Wright Mills
The Power Elite
Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass
Bully Nation: How the American Establishment Creates a Bullying Society
Chrystia Freeland
The New Global Elite
Mass Media
Bhoomi K. Thakore
Must-See TV: South Asian Characterizations in American Popular Media
Cheryl Cooky and Michael Messner
“It’s Dude Time!” A Quarter Century of Excluding Women’s Sports in Televised News and Highlight Shows
J. M. Bacon
Dangerous Pipelines, Dangerous People: Colonial Ecological Violence and the Media Framing of Threat in the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict
The Economy and Work
Robin Leidner
Over the Counter: McDonald's
Adia Harvey Wingfield
Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences with Women’s Work
Arlie Russell
The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work
Max Weber
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Steven P. Dandaneau
Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons
Saher Selod and David G. Embrick
Racialization of Muslims
Health and Medicine
David R. Williams
Racism and Health
Lillian B. Rubin
Sand Castles and Snake Pits
Keith Wailoo
A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America
Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
Civilize Them With A Stick
Mitchell L. Stevens
A School in the Garden
Ann Arnett Ferguson
Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
The Family
Andrew J. Cherlin
The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage
Kathyrn Edin
Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
Annette Lareau
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
Jeff Goodwin and Rene Rojas
Revolutions and Regime Change
Diane C. Bates
Superstorm Sandy: Restoring Security at the Shore
Ruth Milkman
A New Political Generation: Millennials and the Post-2008 Wave of Protest


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Key features
  • Now available for the first time in print and e-book formats.
  • Notable new readings in this edition that help enhance sociological understanding include:
    • a new reading in the culture section on global parenting by Pei-Chia Lan,
    • a new reading on negotiating space in gang neighborhoods by Randol Contreras, and  
    • a new reading in the power and politics section by Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass on their timely research on employers using bullying in the workplace.

  • Several new selections to this edition illustrate timely analyses of social issues and the intersections between race, social class, and gender. As a whole, the readings examine critical sociological issues including:
    • gender socialization in children,
    • the new global elites,
    • poor women and motherhood,
    • indigenous protests of the Dakota Oil Pipeline,
    • black male nurses and the glass escalator,
    • the failure of health care during Katrina,
    • the racialization of Muslims in the United States,
    • transgender people and gender panics,
    • the admission policies of elite colleges,
    • racism and health,
    • gender and televised sports, and
    • race, wealth, and home ownership.

  • An important work by Ruth Milkman on post-2008 millennial involvement in social movements has been added.

  • Based on the reviewers’ comments, this edition includes eight readings that have a global emphasis, and at least seven readings in the anthology address sexuality.
  • The piece by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas from Promises I Could Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage has returned for faculty who wish to use this anthology’s research.



  • 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.

New to this edition:

Pei-Chia Lan on how Taiwanese and Taiwanese American parents are raising global children
Randol Contreras on encounters between gangs and young Black and Latino men
Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass on bullying in the corporate workplace
Bhoomi K. Thakore on movie and TV characterizations of South Asians
J.M Bacon on how the media covered Indigenous protesters in the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict
Saher Selod and David G. Embrick on the racialization of Muslims
David R. Williams and Selina A. Mohammed on the health impacts of racism and discrimination
Ruth Milkman on four millennial social movements

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