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  • Meaning of Sociology, The: A Reader
    Meaning of Sociology, The: A Reader
  • Meaning of Sociology, The: A Reader
    Meaning of Sociology, The: A Reader
  • The Meaning of Sociology: A Reader
    The Meaning of Sociology: A Reader


This classic reader captures the excitement inherent in the field of sociology with 56 classic and contemporary selections from a wide variety of authors and sources. The reader is organized around basic sociological concepts and connects these concepts to the study of Sociology or our world.

Author Biography

Joel M. Charon, Professor Emeritus, Minnesota State University Moorhead Lee Garth Vigilant, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Discipline of Sociologyp. 1
Sociology as a Passion to Understandp. 2
The Sociological Imaginationp. 8
Critical Thinking About Statisticsp. 13
Generalizing, Stereotyping, and Social Sciencep. 17
Religious Fundamentalism: A Sociological Studyp. 24
The Perspective of Sociology: Humans as Social Beingsp. 29
Social Identityp. 30
The Importance of Primary Groupsp. 33
Presentation of Self in Everyday Lifep. 38
Jim Jones and the Peoples Templep. 43
Collective Trauma at Buffalo Creekp. 49
The Meaning and the Importance of the Cityp. 56
Society, Social Control, and the Individualp. 61
Social Structurep. 67
Pathology of Imprisonmentp. 68
If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probablyp. 71
The Mai Lai Massacre: A Military Crime of Obediencep. 76
Gender as Structurep. 88
Four Modes of Inequalityp. 94
Social Structure: Classp. 107
The New American Class Structurep. 108
The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay Allp. 117
Class in Everyday Lifep. 121
Inequality in Europe and the United Statesp. 126
The Polarization of Class in the Worldp. 134
Social Structure: Race and Ethnicityp. 139
Race, Wealth, and Equalityp. 140
Occupational Opportunities and Racep. 148
Punishment and Inequality in Americap. 156
Yellow Face: Asian Americans in Popular Culturep. 160
Children of Immigrants: Adaptation and Identityp. 168
Social Structure: Genderp. 179
The Meaning of Genderp. 180
The Working Wife as an Urbanized Peasantp. 190
What Marriage Meansp. 200
The Betrayal of the American Manp. 210
Culturep. 219
Culture: A Sociological Viewp. 220
The Code of the Streetp. 225
American Culture: Individualism and Communityp. 227
The American Dreamp. 236
Social Institutions: Economic and Politicalp. 247
The Meaning and Origin of Social Institutionsp. 248
The Institution of Capitalismp. 251
The Rise of Big Business in the United Statesp. 258
The Dominance of the Corporationp. 262
Government Programs and Social Cohesionp. 269
Liberal Democracy and Democratic Culturep. 277
Social Institutions: Familial, Religious, Educationalp. 285
Family in Transition, 2007p. 286
Family Life and Economic Successp. 294
Unequal Childhoodsp. 301
The Meaning of Religionp. 311
Religious Diversity in Americap. 313
The Shame of the Nationp. 321
The Culture of the Schoolp. 329
Social Changep. 339
Class, Social Conflict, and Social Changep. 340
Society and Changep. 345
Social Movements and Social Changep. 347
American Social Trendsp. 353
Globalizationp. 364
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