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James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology : Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology.
While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.”
Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”
Table of Contents
Part I The Sociological Perspective
1 The Sociological Perspective
Invitation to Sociology, by Peter L. Berger
The Fierce People, by Napoleon Chagnon
Anybody's Son Will Do, by Gwynne Dyer
4 Social Structure and Social Interaction
Hooking Up on the Internet, by Helene M. Lawson and Kira Leck*
5 How Sociologists do Research
Inside Organized Racism, by Kathleen M. Blee
Part II Social Groups and Social Control
6 Societies to Social Networks
Working in a Chicken Factory, by Steve Striffler*
7 Bureaucracies and Formal Organizations
Handling the Stigma of Handling the Dead, by William Thompson
8 Deviance and Social Control
Becoming a Hit Man, by Ken Levi*
Part III Social Inequality
9 Global Stratification
Job on the Line, by William M. Adler
10 Social Class in the United States
The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All, by Herbert J. Gans
11 Inequalities of Gender
Because She Looks Like a Child, by Kevin Bales*
12 Inequalities of Race-Ethnicity
My Secret Life as a Black Man, by Anthony Walton*
13 Inequalities of Age
But This Is My Mother!" Elders in Nursing Homes, by Cynthia Loucks
Part IV Social Institutions
14 The Economy
McDonald's in Hong Kong, by James L. Watson*
The Power Elite, by C Wright Mills
16 Marriage and Family
Family in Transition, by Arlene S. Skolnick and Jerome H. Skolnick*
College Athletes and Role Conflict, by Peter Adler and Patricia A. Adler
India's Sacred Cow, by Marvin Harris
Just Another Routine Emergency, by Daniel F. Chambliss
Part V Social Change
20 Population and Urbanization
Border Blues: The Dilemma ofIllegal Immigration, by Farai Chideya
21 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
The Animal Rights Crusade, by James M. Jasper and Dorothy Nelkin
22 Social Change and the Environment
Caught Between the Ages, by William van Dusen Wishard