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Sociology in Action

Sociology in Action

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January 2018 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Wake up your introductory sociology classes! Sociology in Action helps your students learn sociology by doing sociology.

Sociology in Action will inspire your students to do sociology through real-world activities designed to
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Chapter 1: Training Your Sociological Eye - Kathleen Odell Korgen
What Is Sociology?  
Doing Sociology 1.1 How Can Sociology Boost Your Career?  
Changing How You View the World  
Sociology as a Social Science  
Doing Sociology 1.2 Channeling C. Wright Mills  
Differentiating Between Good Generalizations and Stereotypes  
Doing Sociology 1.3 Stereotypes and Generalizations about College Students  
The Obligations of Sociology  
The Benefits of Sociology  
Doing Sociology 1.4 The Value of Sociology for All  
Chapter 2: Understanding Theory - Kathleen Lowney
What is Theory?  
Understanding the Structural Functionalist Perspective  
Doing Sociology 2.1 Manifest and Latent Functions of Institutions  
Doing Sociology 2.2 Structural Functionalism in Newspapers  
Understanding the Conflict Theoretical Perspective  
Understanding the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective  
Doing Sociology 2.3 Using Dramaturgy Theory to Analyze a Social Event  
Doing Sociology 2.4 Language and Social Construction  
Full Theoretical Circle  
Chapter 3: Using Research Methods - Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
What is Research?  
Doing Sociology 3.1 Reflecting on Sociology in Your Career  
What is Data and Where Do We Get It?  
What Do We Do with Data?  
Doing Sociology 3.2 Understanding Basic Quantitative Analysis  
Getting Started Doing Research  
Sampling and Measurement  
Doing Sociology 3.3 Turning Research Questions into Hypotheses  
Doing Sociology 3.4 Distinguishing Concepts from Variables  
What Makes Research Good?  
Doing Sociology 3.5 Evaluating Reliability and Validity in Research  
Chapter 4: Recognizing Culture - David Rohall
Defining Culture  
Doing Sociology 4.1 Rings and the Social Construction of Reality  
Identifying Elements of Culture  
Doing Sociology 4.2 Exploring Norms and Symbols in Sports  
Typology of Societies  
Considering Cultural Variations  
The Power of Culture  
Doing Sociology 4.3 The Differing Power of Imagery Across Cultures  
Doing Sociology 4.4 Assessing Cultural Capital and Social Intelligence  
Chapter 5: Understanding Socialization - Amy Sodaro
What is Socialization?  
Doing Sociology 5.1 Feral Children and Socialization  
Understanding Theories of Socialization  
Agents of Socialization  
Gender Socialization  
Doing Sociology 5.2 From Another Planet  
Status, Social Roles, and Identity  
Social Interaction  
Doing Sociology 5.3 Stop and Hear the Music  
Doing Sociology 5.4 Impression Management on Social Media  
Chapter 6: Identifying Deviant Behavior - Rena C. Zito
Defining Deviance  
Doing Sociology 6.1 Deviance in the Ashley Madison Hack  
Doing Sociology 6.2 Applying Statistical, Legalistic, and Normative Approaches  
Understanding Theories of Deviance and Crime  
Creating Deviance  
Doing Sociology 6.3 What's Wrong with Fat?  
Doing Sociology 6.4 Applying Labeling Theory to a Village of Registered Sex Offenders  
Managing Deviant Identities  
Chapter 7: Confronting Economic Inequality - Sandra Enos
What is Economic Inequality?  
Doing Sociology 7.1 The Impact on Income and Wealth of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender  
Why Is There Economic Inequality?  
Doing Sociology 7.2 Grade Distributions and Inequality in Educational Motivation  
Understanding Social Stratification  
Examining the Class System  
Doing Sociology 7.3 The Wealth Gap and the One-Percent  
Mobility Within and Across Generations  
Consequences of Inequality  
Doing Sociology 7.4 Surviving in the Economy  
Addressing Inequality  
Chapter 8: Constructing Gender, Sex, and Sexuality - Maxine P. Atkinson
Defining Sex, Gender, Intersex, and Transgender  
Major Perspectives Used to Understand Gender  
Learning and Creating Gender  
Doing Sociology 8.1 Gender Lessons Learned in Childhood  
Doing Sociology 8.2 Creating Gender by Designing Candles  
Doing Sociology 8.3 Influential Characters in the Media  
Doing Sociology 8.4 Changing Attitudes Toward Same Sex Marriage  
Gender, Sexuality, and Work  
Doing Sociology 8.5 Women in Leadership Positions  
Intimate Relationships  
Chapter 9: Recognizing the Importance of Race - Kathleen Odell Korgen
Defining Race and Ethnicity  
Doing Sociology 9.1 Sorting People by Race  
Repercussions of Race  
Discrimination by the U.S. Government  
Racial and Ethnic Inequality Today  
Doing Sociology 9.2 How Diverse is Your State Legislature?  
Racism and Ethnocentrism Globally  
Responding (Or Not) to Racism and Ethnocentrism Today  
Doing Sociology 9.3 Race Relations as Seen on Television  
Doing Sociology 9.4 A Refugee Integration Plan for Your Campus  
Chapter 10: Understanding Institutions: Family - Carissa Froyum
What Shapes Families?  
Doing Sociology 10.1 What Is a Family?  
Doing Sociology 10.2 Putting Inclusive Definitions of Family into Actions  
The Changing Family Across History  
Understanding Families Through Theory  
Families Caring for Each Other  
Family Problems  
How Work and Policy Shape Families  
Doing Sociology 10.3 Comparing Paid and Unpaid Leave in 21 Countries  
Chapter 11: Understanding Institutions: Education - Melissa S. Fry
What is Education as an Institution?  
Doing Sociology 11.1 How the Intersection of Biography and History Shapes Educational Experiences  
Doing Sociology 11.2 Examining the Local School Board as an Institution  
Education and Modes of Production  
Theorizing Education  
Doing Sociology 11.3 Applying Sociological Theory to Educational Issues  
Education and Social Inequality in the U.S.  
Global Education and Global Inequality  
Leveling the Playing Field: Public Policy and Education  
Chapter 12: Understanding Institutions: Religion - Andrea Hunt
Defining Religion Sociologically  
Doing Sociology 12.1 Thinking Critically About Religion  
Religious Pluralism and Secularization  
Religious Fundamentalism  
Changing Religious Life in the United States  
Doing Sociology 12.2 Personal Conceptions of God  
Doing Sociology 12.3 Participant Observation of a Religious Service  
Global Diffusion of Religion  
Applying Sociological Theory to Religion  
Religion, social Issues, and Social Change  
Chapter 13: Saving the Environment - John Liu
Facing Our Environmental Challenges  
Doing Sociology 13.1 Calculate Your Own Ecological Footprint  
How Do Sociologists Study Environmental Issues?  
Doing Sociology 13.2 Climate Change Campaigner for a Day  
How Did We Mess Up? - Theories of Environmental Change  
Doing Sociology 13.3 "The Story of Stuff"  
Consumption and the Environment  
Who Suffers Most From Environmental Problems  
Social Solutions to Environmental Problems  
Chapter 14: Changing Society Through Social Movements - Wendy Christensen
What is a Social Movement?  
Participating in Social Movements  
Doing Sociology 14.1 The Use and effectiveness of "Slacktivism"  
Types of Social Movements  
Doing Sociology 14.2 Locavores as a Social Movement  
Social Movement Theory  
Doing Sociology 14.3 Framing the Gay Rights Movement  
The Six Steps of Social Movement Sucess  
Success Can Bring Backlash: The Marriage Equality Movement  
How Can We Create Social Change?  


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