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Introduction to Sociology

Seventh Edition


January 2019 | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Preface: To Our Readers
 
Instructors: How to Make This Book Work for You
 
A Personal Note to the Instructor
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I: Understanding Our Social World: The Scientific Study of Society
 
Chapter 1 • Sociology: A Unique Way to View the World
What Is Sociology?

 
Why Does Sociology Matter?

 
Sociology in Our Social World

 
The Social World Model

 
 
Chapter 2 • Examining The Social World: How Do We Know What We Know?
The Development of Sociology

 
Sociology’s Major Theoretical Perspectives

 
Ideas Underlying Science

 
How Sociologists Study the Social World

 
 
PART II: Social Structure, Processes, and Control
 
Chapter 3 • Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World
Society: The Hardware

 
Culture: The Software

 
Society, Culture, and Our Social World

 
Theories of Culture

 
The Fit Between Hardware and Software

 
 
Chapter 4 • Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane
Nature Versus Nurture—or Both Working Together?

 
The Importance of Socialization

 
Socialization and the Social World

 
Development of the Self: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Agents of Socialization: The Micro-Meso Connection

 
Socialization and Macro-Level Issues

 
Policy and Public Sociology

 
 
Chapter 5 • Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work
Networks and Connections in Our Social World

 
The Process of Interaction: Connections at the Micro Level

 
Groups in Our Social World: The Micro-Meso Connection

 
Organizations and Bureaucracies: The Meso-Macro Connection

 
National and Global Networks: The Macro Level

 
 
Chapter 6 • Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Weirdos, Freaks, and Folks Like Us
What Is Deviance?

 
What Causes Deviant Behavior? Theoretical Perspectives

 
Crime and Individuals: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Crime and Organizations: Meso-Level Analysis

 
National and Global Crime: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Controlling Crime: Social Policy Considerations

 
 
PART III: Inequality
 
Chapter 7 • Stratification: Rich and Famous—or Rags and Famine?
The Importance of Social Stratification

 
Theoretical Explanations of Stratification

 
Individuals’ Social Status: The Micro Level

 
Social Mobility: The Micro-Meso Connection

 
Major Stratification Systems: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Poverty and Social Policy

 
Bridging the National and Global Digital Divide: Macro-Level Stratification

 
 
Chapter 8 • Race and Ethnic Group Stratification: Beyond “Us” and “Them”
What Characterizes Racial and Ethnic Groups?

 
Prejudice: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Discrimination: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Dominant and Minority Group Contact: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Policies Governing Minority and Dominant Group Relations

 
 
Chapter 9 • Gender Stratification: She/He—Who Goes First?
Sex, Gender, and the Stratification System

 
Gender Stratification: Meso- and Macro-Level Processes

 
Gender Stratification: Micro- to Macro-Level Theories

 
Costs and Consequences of Gender Stratification

 
Changing Gender Stratification and Social Policy

 
 
PART IV: Institutions
 
Chapter 10 • Family: Partner Taking, People Making, and Contract Breaking
What Is a Family?

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Family

 
Family Dynamics: Micro-Level Processes

 
Family as an Institution: Meso-Level Analysis

 
National and Global Family Issues: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Marriage, Divorce, and Public Sociology

 
 
Chapter 11 • Education: What Are We Learning?
State of the World’s Education: An Overview

 
The Ins and Outs of Local Schools: Micro-Level Interactions in Educational Organizations

 
After the School Bell Rings: Meso-Level Analysis of Educational Organizations

 
Education and the Social Institution of Family

 
Education, Society, and the Road to Opportunity: The Macro Level

 
Education and Public Policy

 
 
Chapter 12 • Religion: The Social Meaning of Sacred Meaning
What Does Religion Do for Us?

 
Becoming Part of a Faith Community: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Religion and Modern Life: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Religion in Society: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Religion in the Modern World

 
Social Policy: Same Sex Marriage, Gay or Lesbian Clergy, and Transgender People

 
 
Chapter 13 • Politics and Economics: Probing Power, Dissecting Distribution
What Is Power?

 
Power and Privilege in Our Social World

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Power and Privilege

 
Individuals, Power, and Participation: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Power and Resource Distribution: Meso-Level Analysis

 
National and Global Systems: Macro-Level Analysis

 
 
Chapter 14 • Health Care: An Anatomy of Health and Illness
Why Is Health a Social Issue?

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Illness

 
Status and Roles of the Sick Person: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Modern Health Care Systems: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Health Care Issues at the National And Global Level: Macro-Level Analysis

 
 
PART V: Social Dynamics
 
Chapter 15 • Environmental Sociology: Population, Urbanization, and Climate Change
Macro-Level Patterns in World Population Growth

 
Meso-Level Institutional Influences on Population Change

 
Micro-Level Population Patterns

 
Urbanization: Movement From Rural to Urban Areas

 
Cities as Micro-Level Living Environments

 
How Did Cities Evolve? Meso-Level Organizational Structures

 
The Urban Environment and Social Policy: Macro-Level Perspectives

 
 
Chapter 16 • Process of Change: We Can Make a Difference!
Complexity of Change in Our Social World

 
Social Change: Process and Theories

 
Collective Behavior: Micro- to Meso-Level Change

 
Planned Change in Organizations: Meso-Level Change

 
Social Movements: Macro-Level Change

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • SAGE course outcomes help you track and measure student success. Crafted with specific course outcomes in mind and vetted by advisors in the field, SAGE course outcomes clearly define and benchmark the knowledge and skills students are expected to achieve upon completion of your course. See how outcomes tie in with this book’s chapter-level objectives
  • A new chapter on Environmental Sociology adds an important emerging field.
  • Four new Sociology in Action boxes and one new Sociology in Our Social World box on the Sociology of Sports (written by a student). 
  • Added explanation of how Our Social World relates to The Sociology Literacy Framework in the note to the instructor at the beginning of the book.
  • Hundreds of new maps, photos, and figures add new critical topics.
  • Hundreds of new/updated references represent new information and data. 
  • Updated "Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?" features encourages active involvement and social awareness and contributions.

 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Authors Jeanne Ballantine and Keith Roberts are both former recipients of the ASA “Distinguished Contributions to Teaching” award.
  • Chapters open with the “Our Social World” model, a full-page diagram that shows how the key concepts and issues in that chapter fit into the book’s micro-to-macro framework.
  • Boxes throughout highlight careers and volunteer opportunities for those with a background in sociology as well as policy issues that sociologists influence, exposing readers to the practical side of sociology.
  • The text provides various research strategies and illustrates concrete examples of the method being used, encouraging critical thinking and helping students develop a more sophisticated epistemology.
  • Think About It questions, relevant to everyday life and posed at the outset of each chapter, transform students from passive readers who run their eyes across the words into curious active readers who read to answer a question and be reflective.
  • Opening vignettes interest students in the upcoming subject matter by helping them relate to a personalized story.
  • Thinking Sociologically questions ask students to think critically and apply material to some aspect of their lives or the social world and can be the basis for in-class discussions or assigned as questions to start conversations with friends and families to learn how the topics relate to their own lives.
  • Engaging Sociology features keep the material interesting and fun by having students do activities such as applying a population pyramid to the business world or taking a survey to understand why differences in social and cultural capital can make first-generation students feel alienated on a college campus.
  • Sociologists in Action features examine profiles of public sociologists who are working in the field.

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