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Our Social World
Introduction to Sociology

Sixth Edition
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January 2017 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Three award-winning authors and teachers of sociology set out to inspire students to develop their sociological imaginations in Our Social World. Focused on deep learning rather than memorization, this book encourages readers to analyze, evaluate, and apply information about the social world; to see the connection between the world and personal events from a new perspective; and to confront sociological issues on a day-to-day basis. Each chapter is organized around the "Social World Model”, a conceptual framework that demonstrates the relationships among individuals (the micro level); organizations, institutions, and subcultures (the meso level); and societies and global structures (the macro level). Students develop the practice of using three levels of analysis, and to view sociology as an integrated, diversified whole, rather than a set of discrete subjects. 

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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?  
Social World Model  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
Chapter 2 • Examining the Social World: How Do We Know?
Development of Sociology  
Sociology’s Major Theoretical Perspectives  
Ideas Underlying Science  
How Sociologists Study the Social World  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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  
Fit Between Hardware and Software  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
Chapter 4 • Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane
Nature Versus Nurture—or Both Working Together?  
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  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
Chapter 5 • Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work
Networks and Connections in Our Social World  
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  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
PART III: Inequality
 
Chapter 7 • Stratification: Rich and Famous—or Rags and Famine?
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  
National and Global Digital Divide: Macro-Level Stratification  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
Chapter 9 • Gender Stratification: She/He—Who Goes First?
Sex, Gender, and the Stratification System  
Gender Socialization: Micro- to Meso-Level Analyses  
Gender Stratification: Meso- to Macro-Level Processes  
Gender Stratification: Micro- to Macro-Level Theories  
Costs and Consequences of Gender Stratification  
Changing Gender Stratification and Social Policy  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
PART IV: Institutions
Importance of Institutions  
Development of Modern Institutions  
Connections Among 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  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
Chapter 11 • Education: What Are We Learning?
State of the World’s Education: An Overview  
Ins and Outs of Local Schools: Micro-Level Interactions in Educational Organizations  
After the School Bell Rings: Meso-Level Analysis of Educational Organizations  
Education, Society, and the Road to Opportunity: The Macro Level  
Education and Public Policy  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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 and Gay or Lesbian Clergy  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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 Levels: Macro-Level Analysis  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
PART V: Social Dynamics
 
Chapter 15 • Population and Urbanization: Living on Planet Earth
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  
Urban Environment and Social Policy: Macro-Level Perspectives  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
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  
Technology, Environment, and Change  
• What Have We Learned?  
• Discussion Questions  
• Key Terms  
• Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

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NEW TO THIS EDITION:

·         Ten new featured essays and six new Sociologists in Action features, such as a discussion of the place of sociological      training in government policy work.

·         Revised Engaging Sociology features with opportunity for data analysis by students.

·         Scores of new and current examples throughout the text and several new topics have been included, such as a discussion    in the family chapter on the role of social class in parenting.

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·         W.E.B. DuBois has been given a more prominent place in several discussions of theory and urban sociology.  


KEY FEATURES:

·         Authors Jeanne Ballantine and Keith Roberts are both former recipients of the ASA “Distinguished Contributions to      Teaching” award.

·         Every chapter opens 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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