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Sociology
Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life: Brief Edition

Seventh Edition


August 2020 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this brief edition of Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, David Newman shows students how to see the “unfamiliar in the familiar”—to step back and see predictability in their personal experiences. Through his approachable writing style and lively personal anecdotes, the author stays true to his goal of writing a textbook that “reads like a real book.” Newman uses the metaphors of “architecture” and “construction,” to illustrate that society is a human creation that is planned, maintained, and altered by individuals. In the Seventh Edition of this bestseller, students can use the most updated statistical information combined with contemporary examples to explore the individual and society, the construction of self and society, and social inequality in the context of social structures.


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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART I. THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY
 
Chapter 1. Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
Sociology and the Individual

 
The Insights of Sociology

 
The Sociological Imagination

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
PART II. THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELF AND SOCIETY
 
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

 
The Trustworthiness of Social Research

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 4. Building Order: Culture and History
Dimensions of Culture

 
Cultural Expectations and Social Order

 
Cultural Variation and Everyday Experience

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 5. Building Identity: Socialization
Genes, Social Structure, and the Construction of Human Beings

 
Socialization: Becoming You

 
Growing Up With Inequality

 
Institutions and Socialization

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 6. Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self
Forming Impressions of Others

 
Managing Impressions

 
Mismanaging Impressions: Spoiled Identities

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 7. Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Families
Life With Others

 
Social Diversity and Intimate Choices

 
Family Life

 
Family and Social Structure

 
Family Challenges

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 8. Constructing Difference: Social Deviance
Defining Deviance

 
Explaining Deviant Behavior

 
Linking Power, Deviance, and Social Control

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
PART III. SOCIAL STRUCTURE, INSTITUTIONS, AND EVERYDAY LIFE
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
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

 
Global Perspectives on Racism

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 12. The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender
Sexism at the Personal Level

 
The Ideology of Sexism: Biology as Destiny

 
Institutions and Gender Inequality

 
The Global Devaluation of Women

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 13. Demographic Dynamics: Population Trends
The Influence of Birth Cohor

 
Demographic Dynamics

 
Population Trends in the United States

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Chapter 14. Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society
Social Change

 
Social Movements

 
The Sociological Imagination Revisited

 
Conclusion and Farewell

 
Chapter Highlights

 
Key Terms

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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I've used this in a number of editions over the years and have found it quite useful.

Dr Beverly Bennett
Social Science Dept, Wilbur Wright College
August 7, 2020
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Updated statistical information from government/organizational sources (e.g., Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, State Department, Population Reference Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, United Nations, and various other agencies) keeps the book as timely and useful as possible.

  • Several specific recent developments have had—and will continue to have—a dramatic impact on sociological thought and on people’s everyday lives and have led to substantive changes in the new edition:
    • the political fallout brought about by the 2016 election;
    • trends in the global economy;
    • the unsettled nature of race relations and immigration;
    • global climate change; and
    • the continued dramatic growth of wireless communication technology, particularly ever-present social media.

  • New examples and analysis of contemporary events and trends, include:
    • Suicide
    • The vocabulary of war
    • Smartphone usage
    • Cultural influence on emotions
    • Children’s toys
    • Social media
    • Dual-earner households
    • Clergy sexual abuse
    • The cultural impact of antidepressants
    • Same-sex marriage
    • The global health divide
    • Multiracial identity
    • Residential segregation
    • Racial mistrust of medical research
    • The cultural appropriation of race
    • Sexual harassment and assault in the military
    • Dangerous media images of eating disorders
    • Intergenerational conflict
    • The shifting politics of immigration

KEY FEATURES:

  • Carefully condensed from his full version, Newman’s Brief Edition gives students all the continuity and crucial content, in a 1/3 shorter and less-expensive format.

  • The “Social Construction of Reality” is a perspective used throughout, offering a counter to the widely-held perception that society is something “fixed” and largely outside of our control.

  • 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.

  • Examples from American subcultures draw students in by making the concepts relevant to their lives.

  • Cross-cultural examples and discussions of globalization show students how their lives are affected by our increasingly global society.

  • Touching personal vignettes throughout engage students and keep them reading.

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