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Our Social World
Introduction to Sociology

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January 2019 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology inspires students to develop their sociological imaginations, to see the world and personal events from a new perspective, and to confront sociological issues on a day-to-day basis. 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), the authors use this framework to help students develop the practice of using three levels of analysis, and to view sociology as an integrated whole, rather than a set of discrete subjects.

The Seventh Edition includes new coverage of climate change, the influence of robots and artificial intelligence on workers, race relations in the Trump era, transgender identity and gender fluidity, sexual harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo movement, declining marriage rates, the impact of tracking for students at all academic achievement levels, smoking as an example of health and inequality in the U.S., gun violence and the student movement to control access to guns, social media, and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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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

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“A very well organized text that is appropriate for a range of students. The use of the Social World Model is unique and introduces the students to the various levels of analysis. These are ideas and concepts that they can take into other classes and use in their own lives as well. The deconstruction of the high level concepts and the way in which they are matched with real world events is wonderful and does not seem dated even though events change rapidly.”

Natasha Vannoy, Ph.D.
Logan University

“This book introduces sociology to students in an exciting, relevant way that makes it come alive for them. [It] helps them to relate the field of sociology to their lives in an understandable manner.”

Kristina Jensen
Boise State University

“An excellent resource for anyone teaching an Introduction to Sociology course.”

Leslie Lamb
State University of New York, Empire State College Center for Distance Learning

“This text resonates with students who are new or returning students and those who are continuing their education.”

Natasha Vannoy, Ph.D.
Logan University
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  • Urban Sociology and Population (Ch. 15) has been recast under the heading of Environmental Sociology, with a major new section on climate change.
  • Four new Sociology in Action boxes and one new Sociology in Our Social World box on the Sociology of Sports (written by a student) is included.
  • 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 encourage social awareness and involvement.

?KEY FEATURES:

  • All three members of this distinguished author team have been recognized for their contributions to undergraduate teaching.
  • 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.
  • Sociologists in Action boxes profile “public” sociologists who are making a difference, illustrating the practical side of sociology.
  • “Contributing to Our Social World” at the end of each chapter highlights volunteer opportunities for sociology students at the local, institutional, and national/global level.
  • The text describes a range of 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, encourage students to be curious, active, and reflective readers.
  • Opening vignettes help students connect to the chapters’ content through personalized stories.
  • Thinking Sociologically questions ask students to apply material to some aspect of their lives or the social world, and can be the basis for productive discussions with classmates, friends, and family.
  • Engaging Sociology features provide opportunities for students to analyze research data, apply what they’ve learned to new situations, or reflect on their personal experiences and those of others.




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