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Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life

12th Edition

February 2018 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, David M. Newman shows students how to see the "unfamiliar in the familiar"—to step back and see organization and predictability in their take-for-granted personal experiences.

With his approachable writing style and lively personal anecdotes, the author's goal from the first edition has always been the same: to write a textbook that, in his words, "reads like a real book." To write a book that draws on the readers’ interests with a relaxed tone and consistent theme. Newman uses the metaphors of "architecture" and "construction," to help students understand that society is not something that just exists "out there," independently of themselves; it is a human creation that is planned, maintained, or altered by individuals.

Using vivid prose, current examples—including those from the Trump administration—and fresh data, this fully updated Twelfth Edition presents a unique and thought-provoking overview of how society is constructed and experienced. Instead of surveying every subfield in sociology, the more streamlined coverage focuses on the individual and society, the construction of self and society, and social inequality in the context of social structures.
Chapter 1: Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
Sociology and the Individual  
The Insights of Sociology  
The Sociological Imagination  
Chapter 2: Seeing and Thinking Sociologically
How Individuals Structure Society  
Social Influence: The Impact of Other People in Our Everyday Lives  
Societal Influence: The Effect of Social Structure on Our Everyday Lives  
Three Perspectives on Social Order  
Chapter 3: Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge
Understanding the Social Construction of Reality  
Laying the Foundation: The Bases of Reality  
Building the Walls: Conflict, Power, and Social Institutions  
Appreciating the Contributions of Sociological Research  
Chapter 4: Building Order: Culture and History
Dimensions of Culture  
Cultural Expectations and Social Order  
Cultural Variation and Everyday Experience  
Chapter 5: Building Identity: Socialization
Genes, Social Structure, and the Construction of Human Beings  
Socialization: Becoming You  
Socialization and Stratification: Growing Up With Inequality  
Institutions and Socialization  
Chapter 6: Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self
Forming Impressions of Others  
Managing Impressions  
Mismanaging Impressions: Spoiled Identities  
Chapter 7: Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Families
Life with Others  
Social Diversity and Intimate Choices  
Family Life  
Family and Social Structure  
How Social Diversity Influences Family  
Family Challenges  
Chapter 8: Constructing Difference: Social Deviance
Defining Deviance  
Explaining Deviant Behavior  
Linking Power, Deviance, and Social Control  
Chapter 9: The Structure of Society: Organizations, Social Institutions, and Globalization
Social Structure and Everyday Life  
Social Dilemmas: Individual Interests and Structural Needs  
The Structure of Formal Organizations  
Organizations and Institutions  
Globalization and Social Institutions  
Chapter 10: The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class and Inequality
Stratification Systems  
Sociological Perspectives on Stratification  
Class Inequality in the United States  
Global Development and Inequality  
Chapter 11: The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity: More Than Just Biology  
Histories of Oppression and Inequality  
Racial and Ethnic Relations  
Chapter 12: The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender
Sexism at the Personal Level  
Thomas Linneman: What Can “Uptalking” Tell Us About Gender?  
Institutions and Gender Inequality  
The Ideology of Sexism: Biology as Destiny  
The Global Devaluation of Women  
Chapter 13: Demographic Dynamics: Population Trends
The Influence of Birth Cohorts  
Demographic Dynamics  
Population Trends in the United States  
Chapter 14: Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society
Social Change  
Social Movements  
The Sociological Imagination Revisited  
Key features


  • Fully updated to address recent developments that have had an impact on sociological thought and on people’s everyday lives such as
    • the 2016 election;
    • trends in the global economy;
    • the fatal encounters between police and unarmed people of color; and
    • the continued dramatic growth of communication technology, such as social networking sites.
  • Revised text that accompanies the Visual Essays incorporate a series of discussion-like questions to make these sections more thought-provoking and useful in the classroom.
  • Updated “Sociologists at Work” and “Micro-Macro Connections” offer the most current examples that connect to broader cultural, institutional, and structural phenomena on topics such as
    • suicide;
    • family privacy;
    • smartphone usage;
    • clergy sexual abuse;
    • the impact of antidepressants;
    • same-sex marriage;
    • the global health divide;
    • interracial identity;
    • sexual harassment in the military;
    • the shifting politics of immigration; and
    • more!
  • New features on how clothing effects the way we think, the mismatch between the perceptions and reality of wealth inequality, cultural appropriation of race and ethnicity, and online privacy.
  • New titles for exhibits and research features move away from dry-sounding language that students might gloss over to more provocative titles that will grab their attention.


  • Personal vignettes engage students and show them how sociology affects everyday life.
  • Research features expose students to the importance and application of social science research.
  • Micro-macro features demonstrate how individual experiences connect to broader cultural, institutional, and structural phenomena.
  • Chapter-ending learning aids, including summaries, “Your Turn” exercises, highlights, and key terms, help readers master important concepts.
  • For students considering medical careers and planning for the MCAT exam, the book contains many substantive examples from medicine and health care, including: jargon used by medical professionals, the medicalization of deviance, impression management by hospital physicians, “back stage” conversation among doctors and nurses, the medical and social penalties for obesity, gender inequality in health care, U.S. health care reform, and global public health issues. 


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ISBN: 9781506388205