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Sociological Snapshots 5
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Sociological Snapshots 5
Seeing Social Structure and Change in Everyday Life

Fifth Edition
Edited by:


June 2008 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Fifth Edition of the best-selling Sociological Snapshots continues to provide a solid foundation for students as it introduces them to the world of sociological analysis. Combining abstract sociological concepts with interesting and grounded essays (“snapshots”) on issues of contemporary interest, this book helps students discover relevant connections and encourages them to develop a sociological eye. By linking everyday life experiences to foundational concepts and concerns, it serves as an effective springboard from the student’s familiar and concrete world to the more abstract realm of sociological theory and the sociological perspective.

Student-friendly introductions preceding each section of the text provide rich context and tie the readings to the central concepts of sociological thought, while writing, observation, and data-collecting exercises following each section encourage students to practice what they are learning.


New to the Fifth Edition

  • Features updated topics and research within each essay
  • Includes five new snapshots on current issues: immigrants from Latin American countries; celebratory rioting by college students; hate as a mental illness; sex offenders; and violence on the national mall in Washington, D.C.
  • Provides an updated annotated reading list at the end of each section, connecting the informal essays to the more formal research literature of the discipline

Intended Audience
Using accessible language and an entertaining writing style, this book is a valuable supplementary text for Introductory Sociology, Social Change, or Modernization courses.

Contributor to the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award

Find out more at www.sagepub.com/sociologyaward


 
THE SOCIOLOGICAL EYE
Just How Powerful Is a Role?

 
Better Late Than Never

 
Heartburn and Modern Times

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Social Structure

 
 
PART I. Culture
INTRODUCTION

 
The Immaculate Americans

 
Baby Boomers

 
The Demise of Bystander Apathy

 
Elevator Culture

 
Making Monsters into Celebrities (with James Alan Fox)

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Culture

 
 
PART II. Socialization
INTRODUCTION

 
Can Hate Be Healed? (with Arnold Arluke)

 
Teaching Students They Are Not at the Center

 
Confessions of a Soap Opera Addict

 
Violence in City Schools (with Heather Beth Johnson)

 
Sticks and Stones May Break . . .

 
Adult Socialization Can Be Murder

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Socialization

 
 
PART III. The Group Experience
INTRODUCTION

 
College Fraternities: A Counteracting Force on Campus

 
The Appeal of Cults

 
Reunion, American Style

 
The Consequences of Coalitions

 
Children of the Organization Men

 
Thwarting the Bullies

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About the Group Experience

 
 
PART IV. Institutions
INTRODUCTION

 
Who’s Minding the Kids?

 
Let the System Do It!

 
Americans Are Moving to the Margins of Society

 
Dirty Work

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Institutions

 
 
PART V. Deviance
INTRODUCTION

 
Fat Chance in a Slim World

 
You Must Get Ill First; Then You Recover

 
Is the Death Penalty Only a Vehicle for Revenge?

 
Animal Cruelty and Human Violence (with Arnold Arluke)

 
America’s Youngsters Are Responsible for Church Burnings

 
Keeping Children Safe from Sex Crimes

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Deviance

 
 
PART VI. Social Inequality
INTRODUCTION

 
The Economic Escalator

 
An Apple Pie and an Open Mind

 
Profiling Terrorists (with Deborah Ramirez)

 
Gender Inequality Across Cultures

 
Give Us Still Your Masses

 
The Stigma of Aging

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Social Inequality

 
 
PART VII. Social Change
INTRODUCTION

 
The Boomerang Effect in Planning Social Change

 
Fads

 
Keeping an Eye and a Camera on College Students

 
Riding the Rumor Mill

 
Highway to Hell?

 
Enquiring Times

 
Terror American Style

 
FOCUS: Suggestions for Further Reading

 
DEVELOPING IDEAS: About Social Change

 
 
INTO THE FUTURE
 
References
 
Index

useful contexts but a heavy USA bias, which might be misleading to UK students

Mr Mark Burns
Uniform Public Services, Loughborough College
December 4, 2013
Key features
Contemporary - Short, informal essays covering topics such as hate crimes, job stress, and Americans' hygiene habits, start students on the road to thinking sociologically.

Student Friendly - Introductions preceding each section link these informal essays to the central ideas in sociology.

An annotated reading list concludes each section, tying the informal essays to the more formal research literature of the discipline.

Writing, observation, and data-collecting exercises at the end of each section encourage students to use and develop their sociological eye still further.  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Part 1 - Culture

Part 3 - The Group Experience

Part 5 - Deviance


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