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Alex Thio is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, he grew up in a multicultural environment. He acquired fluency in Mandarin (modern standard Chinese), Malay, and Indonesian. He also picked up a smattering of English and Dutch. He took French and German in high school and college.
Professor Thio attended primary school in Malaysia and high school in Indonesia. He then came to the United States and worked his way through Central Methodist College in Missouri, where he majored in social sciences. Later, he studied sociology as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he completed his doctorate while working as a research and teaching assistant.
Professor Thio regularly teaches courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing. He is the author of the Sociology: A Brief Introduction , Society: Myths and Realities (Penguin Academic), and Deviant Behavior .
Table of Contents
|The Essence of Sociology.The Study of Social Life|
|The Development of Sociology|
|Major Perspectives in Sociology|
|Sports: Illustrating the Three Perspectives|
|Major Research Methods|
|Sociological Frontiers: Deconstructing Society|
|Using Sociology: How to Change Our World|
|Society and Culture|
|Building Blocks of Society|
|Societies in Sociocultural Evolution|
|Components of Culture|
|A Global Analysis of Culture|
|Sociological Perspectives on Culture|
|Sociological Frontiers: The New U.S. Society and Culture|
|Using Sociology: How to Enhance Your Cultural Competence|
|The Significance of Heredity|
|The Significance of Socialization|
|Processes of Socialization|
|Sociological Perspective on Socialization|
|Social Diversity in Socialization|
|A Global Analysis of Socialization|
|Agents of Socialization|
|Are We Puppets of Society?|
|Sociological Frontiers: Peer Parenting|
|Using Sociology: How to Make Latchkey Kids Safe and Smart|
|Social Interaction in Everyday Life|
|Sociological Perspectives on Social Interactions|
|Interaction as Symbolic Communication|
|Communication between Women and Men|
|Dramaturgy: Interaction as Drama|
|The Art of Managing Impressions|
|The Social Construction of Reality|
|Sociological Frontiers: The World of Online Chat|
|Using Sociology: How to Use Humor to Improve Your Life|
|Groups and Organizations|
|Functionalist Perspective: Cooperating to Achieve a Common Goal|
|Conflict Perspective: Equality as Key to Organizational Success|
|Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Defining the Situation in Organizations|
|The Threat of Organizations to Privacy|
|The Realities of Bureaucracy|
|A Global Analysis of Organizations|
|Sociological Frontiers: Is Cyberspace Lonely?|
|Using Sociology: How to Reduce Wait Time in Lines|
|Deviance and Control|
|What Is Deviance?|
|Examples of Deviance|
|Functionalist Perspective: Functions and Dysfunctions|
|Conflict Perspective: Social Conflict or Inequality|
|Symbolic Interactionist Theory: Association, Reaction, and Interpretation|
|Social Diversity in Deviance|
|A Global Analysis of Deviance|
|Sociological Frontiers: Shyness as a New Disease|
|Using Sociology: How to Manage Your Drinking|
|U.S. and Global Stratification|
|The Bases of Stratification|
|Stratification Systems: A Global View|
|New Approaches to Stratification|
|The U.S. Class Structure|
|Poverty in the United States|
|Social Mobility in U.S. Society|
|Sociological Perspectives on Stratification|
|Sociological Frontiers: Stratification in Cyberspace|
|Using Sociology: How to Become a Millionaire|
|Race and Ethnicity|
|Racial and Ethnic Diversity|
|Racial and Ethnic Relations|
|Prejudice and Discrimination|
|A Global Analysis of Race and Ethnicity|
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