Society in Focus An Introduction to Sociology, Census Update

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 7/6/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Examining the role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society   This specially priced comprehensive introductory text emphasizes the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society.   What is the Pearson Census Update Program?   The Census Update edition incorporates 2010 Census data into a course ;simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program are as follows: Census Update Edition -Features fully updated data throughout the text ;including all charts and graphs ;to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. This edition also includes a reproduction of the 2010 Census Questionnaire for your students to explore in detail. 2010 Census Update Primer -A brief seven-chapter overview of the Census, including important information about the Constitutional mandate, research methods, who is affected by the Census, and how data is used. Additionally, the primer explores key contemporary topics such as race and ethnicity, the family, and poverty. The primer can be packaged with any Pearson text at no additional cost, and is available via MySocLab, MySocKit, and MySearchLab. The primer can also be purchased standalone. 2010 Census Update Primer Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  -Includes explanations of what has been updated, in-class activities, homework activities associated with the MyLabs and MyKits, discussion questions for the primer, and test questions related to the primer. MySocLab- Gives students the opportunity to explore the methods and data and apply the results in a dynamic interactive online environment. It includes: primary source readings relevant to the Census an online version of the 2010 Census Update Primer a series of activities using 2010 Census results video clips explaining and exploring the Census

Author Biography

William E. Thompson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was the first member of his family to receive a high school diploma.  He received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern State University, a master's degree from Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.  Professor Thompson has authored and coauthored more than 30 articles in professional journals, including several reprinted in sociology textbooks and readers.  He has coauthored a textbook on juvenile delinquency.  Thompson also is the author of The Glass House, a nonfiction account of his mother's two year battle with cancer and the lessons about life and living learned from her death and dying.


Professor Thompson began his college teaching career at the University of Tulsa.  He spent the next ten years at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.  He is currently a professor of sociology and criminal justice and Director of Mayo College, a residential learning community for first-year students, at Texas A&M University - Commerce.  He has also taught in the British Studies Program at Kings College, University of London.  In 1993 Thompson received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Texas Association of College Teachers, and in 1994 he won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Teaching at Texas A&M University - Commerce.  For fun and relaxation Thompson plays the drums.

Table of Contents






Part 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1:  Discovering Sociology

Chapter 2:  Doing Sociology


Part 2: The Social Framework

Chapter 3:  Culture and Society

Chapter 4:  Socialization

Chapter 5:  Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Part 3: Social Differentiation and Inequality

Chapter 6:   Social Groups and Organizations

Chapter 7:   Deviance and Conformity

Chapter 8:   Social Stratification and the U.S. Class System

Chapter 9:   Global Stratification

Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 11: Sex and Gender

Chapter 12: Age and the Elderly


Part 4: Social Institutions

Chapter 13: Families

Chapter 14: Education
Chapter 15: Religion
Chapter 16: Politics and War
Chapter 17: The Economy and Work
Chapter 18: Health and Medicine

Part 5: Social Change

Chapter 19: Population, Urbanization, and Ecology

Chapter 20: Social Change, Collective Behavior, and the Future


Part 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1: Discovering Sociology

What Is Sociology?

Sociology and Critical Thinking

Technomedia in Focus

The Development of Sociology

Contemporary Sociology

Looking to the Future: Sociology Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 2: Doing Sociology

Globalization, Diversity, and Types of Knowledge

Sociology and Scientific Knowledge

Types of Research and Research Designs

The Relationship between Theory and Methods

Social Research and the Media

The Technomedia and Research

Looking to the Future: Social Research Today and Tomorrow


Part 2: The Social Framework

Chapter 3: Culture and Society

What Is Society?

Types of Societies

Technomedia and Postindustrial Societies

What Is Culture?

Components of Culture

Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism

Globalization and Cultural Diversity      

Sociological Approaches to Society and Culture

Looking to the Future: Society and Culture Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 4: Socialization

The Socialization Process

Major Agents of Socialization: A Global View

The Mass Media and Technomedia

Socialization and the Life Course

Desocialization and Resocialization

Understanding Socialization: A Comparative Analysis

Looking to the Future: Socialization Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 5: Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Social Structure

Social Interaction

Social Interaction, Mass Media, and the Technomedia

Sociological Approaches to Interaction in Everyday Life

Looking to the Future: Social Interaction Today and Tomorrow


Part 3: Social Differentiation and Inequality

Chapter 6: Social Groups and Organizations

Social Groups

Formal Organizations


Media Organizations and Change

Technomedia, Globalization, and Social Diversity

Looking to the Future: Groups and Organizations Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 7: Deviance and Conformity

Defining Deviance and Conformity: A Global View

Popular Explanations for Deviance

Sociological Analysis of Deviance and Conformity

Deviance, Conformity, and Social Control

Technomedia: Social Control or Out of Control?

Looking to the Future: Deviance and Conformity Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 8: Social Stratification and the U.S. Class System

Understanding Social Stratification

Systems of Stratification

Determining Social Class Ranking

Social Classes in the United States

Poverty: Media Images and Reality

Social Class in the United States: Myth and Reality

Perspectives on Social Stratification

Looking to the Future: The U.S. Class System Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 9: Global Stratification

Globalization and Economic Development

Global Stratification and Quality of Life

Explaining Global Stratification

Transnational Corporations: The Making of New “Haves” and “Have-Nots”

Looking to the Future: Global Stratification Today and Tomorrow 


Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity

Understanding Race and Ethnicity in a Global Society



Race and Ethnicity, Mass Media, and Technomedia

Dominant-Minority Group Relations

Race and Ethnic Diversity in the United States

Looking to the Future: Race and Ethnic Relations Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 11: Sex and Gender

Sex and Gender in a Global Society

Explaining Gender Differences

Sexism: Inequality Based on Sex and Gender

Feminism: The Struggle for Gender Equality

Looking to the Future: Sex and Gender Today and Tomorrow  


Chapter 12: Age and the Elderly

Gerontology: The Study of Aging

Aging and Diversity: A Global Perspective

Growing Old in American Society

Sociological Explanations of the Aging Process

Looking to the Future: Age and the Elderly Today and Tomorrow


Part 4: Social Institutions

Chapter 13: Families

What Is a Family?

Family Diversity: A Global Portrait

Sociological Approaches to the Family

U.S. Families: In the Life Course

U.S. Families: A Portrait of Social Diversity

Family Transitions and Family Problems

Looking to the Future: Families Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 14: Education

Education In a Global Society

The Role of Education: A Functionalist Perspective

Education and Social Stratification: A Conflict Perspective

Education and Everyday Life: An Interactionist View

Contemporary Trends in American Education        

Mass Media, Computers, and the Technomedia

Looking to the Future: Education Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 15: Religion

Defining Religion

Global Religious Diversity

The Social Organization of Religion

Religion and Society: Three Perspectives

Religious Movements in Focus

Religion and the Media

Technomedia and Religion

Religious Diversity in the United States

Looking to the Future: Religion Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 16: Politics and War

Power and Politics

Types of Authority

Politics and Influence

Technomedia, Influence, and Contemporary Politics

Globalization and Political Systems

Democracy: American Style

War, Nuclear War, and Society

Peace Organizations and Peace Movements

Looking to the Future: Global Politics Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 17: The Economy and Work

Sociology and the Study of the Economy

The Global Economy

The American Economy and Work

Work as a Social Phenomenon

Taking a Closer Look at the Economy and Work

Looking to the Future: The Economy and Work Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 18: Health and Medicine

Health and Sickness: A Global View

Health and Sickness in the United States

Medicine and Health Care: A Cross-Cultural View

Medicine and Health Care in the United States

Media, Technomedia and the Medicalization of American Society

Looking to the Future: Health and Medicine Today and Tomorrow


Part 5: Social Change

Chapter 19: Population, Urbanization, and Ecology

Demography and Global Population

Population Growth

The Growth of Cities and Urbanization

Urban Sociology and Human Ecology 

Human Ecology and the Environment

Looking to the Future: Population, Urbanization, and Ecology Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 20: Social Change, Collective Behavior, and the Future

What Is Social Change?

Sociological Approaches to Social Change

Collective Behavior

Social Movements

Looking to the Future: The Media, Social Change, and Life Today and Tomorrow

Technomedia and the Future




Name Index

Subject Index


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