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Three basic premises guide this highly successful introductory text - first that theory and research must be both comprehensive and clear, second that the text must show how sociology is relevant both to the study of society and to students' lives, and third that sociology can play a valuable role in teaching critical thinking skills. To that end, this solid, well-respected text combines a balanced three-perspective approach with excellent student-oriented examples, and distinctive social policy sections in a concise presentation that offers an alternative to full-length books.
Table of Contents
|List of Boxes|
|List of Social Policy Sections|
|List of Maps|
|The Sociological Perspective|
|What Is Sociology?|
|The Sociological Imagination Sociology and the Social Sciences Sociology and Common Sense|
|What Is Sociological Theory?|
|The Development of Sociology Early Thinkers Émile|
|Durkheim Max Weber Karl Marx|
|Major Theoretical Perspectives|
|Functionalist Perspective Conflict|
|Perspective Feminist Perspective|
|The Sociological Approach Developing the Sociological Imagination Theory in Practice Research in Action|
|The Significance of Social Inequality Speaking across Race, Gender, and National Boundaries Social Policy throughout the World|
|Sociology In The Global Community|
|Women in Public Places Worldwide|
|Research In Action|
|Looking at Sports from Four Theoretical Perspectives|
|Appendix: Careers in Sociology|
|What Is the Scientific Method?|
|Defining the Problem Reviewing the Literature Formulating the Hypothesis Collecting and Analyzing Data Developing the Conclusion|
|The Scientific Method Major Research Designs Surveys Observation Experiments Use of Existing Sources Ethics of Research|
|The Right to Know versus the Right to Privacy Preserving Confidentiality Neutrality and Politics in Research Technology and Sociological Research Social Policy and Sociological Research: Studying Human Sexuality|
|Sociology in the Global Community|
|'Sent-down' in China|
|Research in Action: Framing Survey Questions about Interracial Friendships|
|Taking Sociology to Work|
|Paul Donato, Chief Research Officer, NielsenMedia Research|
|Culture Culture and Society Development of Culture around the World Cultural Universals Innovation Globalization, Diffusion, and Technology Elements of Culture Language Norms Sanctions Values|
|Culture and the Dominant Ideology|
|Cultural Variation Aspects of Cultural Variation Attitudes toward Cultural Variation Social Policy and Culture: Bilingualism|
|Sociology in the Global Community|
|Life in the Global Village|
|Cultural Sensitivity on the Beat|
|The Role of Socialization Environment|
|The Impact of Isolation|
|The Influence of Heredity Sociobiology|
|The Self and Socialization Sociological Approaches to the Self Psychological Approaches to the Self Socialization and the Life Course|
|The Life Course Anticipatory Socialization and Resocialization Agents of Socialization Family School Peer Group Mass Media and Technology Workplace|
|The State Social Policy and Socialization: Child Care around the World|
|Sociology in the Global Community: Raising Amish Children|
|Research in Action|
|Impression Management by Students after Exams|
|Social Interaction and Social Structure|
|Social Interaction and Reality Defining and Reconstructing Reality Negotiated Order Elements of Social Structure Statuses|
|Social Roles Groups Social Networks and Technology Social Institutions|
|Social Structure in Global Perspective Tönnies's Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft Lenski's Sociocultural Evolution Approach|
|Social Policy and Social Structure: The AIDS Crisis|
|Research in Action|
|Women's Social Networks|
|Disability as a Master Status|
|Groups and Organizations|
|Types of Groups Studying Small Groups|
|Understanding Organizations Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies Characteristics of a Bureaucracy Bureaucracy and Organizational|
|Culture Voluntary Associations Technology Impact on the Workplace Telecommuting Electronic Communication Social Policy and Or|
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