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This introductory text, written from a conflict perspective, emphasizes four themes: diversity, the struggle by the powerless to achieve social justice, the changing economy, and globalization. "In Conflict and Order" studies the forces that lead to both stability and change in society. Who benefits from the existing social arrangements, and who does not? How are human beings shaped by society? What are the forces that maintain social stability, produce social inequality, and resist social change? Eitzen and Baca Zinn challenge you to question your own taken-for-granted assumptions about society, look for the structural causes of social conditions, and ask how society can be restructured along more humane lines.
Thomas Oatley is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Table of Contents
|The Sociological Approach|
|The Sociological Perspective|
|Assumptions of the Sociological Perspective|
|Problems with the Sociological Perspective|
|The Historical Development of Sociology|
|Sociological Methods: The Craft of Sociology|
|A Closer Look: Sociological Questions|
|Research Methods: Minimizing Bias|
|The Structure of Social Groups|
|The Micro Level|
|A Closer Look: The Effects of the New Technology on Social Interaction|
|The Societal or Macro Level|
|Diversity: The Societal Reaction to Gay Marriages|
|The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict|
|Social Systems: Order and Conflict|
|Research Methods: Social Scientists and Values|
|Synthesis of the Order and Conflict Models|
|A Closer Look: The Fragmentation of U S Society|
|A Closer Look: Division and Violence in India|
|The Use of the Order and Conflict Models in This Book|
|The Individual In Society: Society In The Individual|
|Culture: The Knowledge That People Share|
|A Closer Look: Is the United States Culturally Superior?|
|A Closer Look: Cultural Time|
|The Globalization of Culture|
|Globalization: The Increasing Domination of the English Language|
|A Closer Look: The Negative Consequences of Overemphasizing Competition in Sport|
|Research Methods: Participant Observation|
|Values from the Order and Conflict Perspectives|
|The Personality as a Social Product|
|A Closer Look: Learning to Hate|
|A Closer Look: What Is the Impact of Violence in the Media on Youth?|
|Similarities and Differences Among the Members of Society|
|Agents of Ideological Social Control|
|Diversity: The Amish and Social Control|
|Agents of Direct Social Control|
|A Closer Look: Government Control in Singapore|
|Social Control in the Private Sector: Implications for Contemporary Social Life|
|A Closer Look: The Internet and the Shrinking Zone of Privacy|
|Social Control from the Order and Conflict Perspectives|
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