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Ten Questions: A Sociological Perspective,9780534525699

Ten Questions: A Sociological Perspective

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9780534525699

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Pub. Date:
8/4/1997
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Wadsworth Publishing
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1(6)
1 How Do Sociologists Study Society? Researching the Social World
7(20)
The Beginnings of Rational Proof
7(2)
Proof, Science, and Sociology
9(9)
Two Assumptions of Science
18(4)
Sociology: Understanding the Puzzle of Society
22(1)
Summary and Conclusion
23(1)
References
24(3)
2 What Does It Mean to Be Human? Human Nature, Society, and Culture
27(18)
Human Beings Are Social Beings
29(9)
Human Beings Are Cultural Beings
38(2)
The Importance of It All
40(1)
Summary and Conclusion
41(1)
References
42(3)
3 How Is Society Possible? The Basis for Social Order
45(24)
Society Is Possible Through Social Interaction
49(3)
Society Depends on Social Patterns
52(9)
Society Is Made Possible Through Feelings of Loyalty
61(2)
Conflict and Change Help Preserve Society
63(1)
Summary and Conclusion
64(1)
References
65(4)
4 Why Are People Unequal in Society? The Origin and Perpetuation of Social Inequality
69(30)
Introduction
69(2)
Why Does Inequality Emerge in the First Place?
71(12)
Why Does Inequality Continue?
83(9)
Summary and Conclusion
92(1)
References
93(6)
5 Why Do We Believe What We Do? The Creation of Social Reality
99(21)
The Utility of Knowledge
100(1)
The Social Construction of Reality
101(6)
Social Structure and Reality
107(5)
The Changing Nature of the Individual's Reality
112(2)
The Importance of Our Past
114(1)
Do Individuals Form Their Own Ideas?
115(1)
Summary and Conclusion
116(1)
References
116(4)
6 Are Human Beings Free? The Possibility for Freedom in Society
120(27)
The Meaning of Freedom and Responsibility
121(1)
Freedom as a Value in American Culture
122(1)
The Sociological View: The Power of Society
123(4)
Freedom: Thought and Action
127(1)
Society and the Control of Thought
128(3)
Society and the Control of Action
131(8)
Social Forces and the Individual: A Summary
139(1)
Is There Any Freedom?
140(3)
Summary and Conclusion
143(1)
References
143(4)
7 Why Can't Everyone Be Just Like Us? The Dilemma of Ethnocentrism
147(22)
The Meaning of Values
148(2)
Values and Making Value Judgments
150(2)
Meaning of Ethnocentrism
152(2)
The Reasons for Ethnocentrism
154(6)
Human Differences
160(5)
Summary and Conclusion
165(1)
References
166(3)
8 Why Is There Misery in the World? Society as an Important Source of Human Problems
169(32)
The First Cause of Misery: Social Inequality
174(8)
The Second Cause of Misery: Destructive Social Conflict
182(4)
The Third Cause of Misery: Socialization
186(3)
The Fourth Cause of Misery: Alienation
189(3)
Summary and Conclusion
192(3)
References
195(6)
9 Does the Individual Really Make a Difference? An Introduction to Social Change
201(26)
The Individual's Influence on His or Her Own Life
202(1)
The Individual's Influence on Other Individuals
203(4)
The Individual Versus Social Organization
207(7)
Social Change: A Sociological View
214(7)
Some Implications for Living
221(2)
Summary and Conclusion
223(1)
References
223(4)
10 Is Sociology Important? The Necessity for a Critical Understanding of Society
227(12)
Sociology and a Liberal Arts Education
227(1)
Sociology and Democracy
228(7)
Summary and Conclusion
235(1)
References
236(3)
Afterword Should We Generalize About People?
239(20)
Categories and Generalizations
240(6)
The Stereotype
246(2)
Social Science: A Reaction to Stereotypes
248(5)
Summary and Conclusion
253(3)
References
256(3)
Index 259


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