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Ten Questions : A Sociological Perspective

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780534570514

ISBN10:
0534570518
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/21/2000
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 6/21/2000.
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Summary

This book employs a unique approach to introducing and examining sociological principles by posing and answering in each chapter a question such as What does it mean to be human?; Are human beings free?; and Why is there misery in the world? The book examines the philosophies of classical sociologists such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, and Berger and looks at how the field of sociology has approached these questions over the past 150 years.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1(6)
How Do Sociologists Study Society?
7(22)
Researching the Social World
The Beginnings of Rational Proof
7(2)
Proof, Science, and Sociology
9(10)
Two Assumptions of Science
19(3)
Sociology: Understanding the Puzzle of Society
22(1)
Summary and Conclusion
23(2)
How Do Sociologists Study Society?
25(1)
References
25(4)
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
29(18)
Human Nature, Society, and Culture
Human Beings Are Social Beings
31(9)
Human Beings Are Cultural Beings
40(2)
The Importance of It All
42(1)
Summary and Conclusion
43(1)
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
44(1)
References
44(3)
How Is Society Possible?
47(56)
The Basis for Social Order
Societies and Nations: Social Organization vs. Political Organization
48(3)
Society Is Possible Through Social Interaction
51(4)
Society Depends on Social Patterns
55(8)
Society Is Made Possible Through Feelings of Loyalty
63(3)
Conflict and Change Help Preserve Society
66(1)
Summary and Conclusion
67(1)
How Is Society Possible?
68(1)
References
69(4)
Why Are People Unequal in Society?
The Origin and Perpetuation of Social Inequality
73(30)
Introduction
73(2)
Why Does Inequality Emerge in the First Place?
75(12)
Why Does Inequality Continue?
87(9)
Summary and Conclusion
96(1)
Why Are People Unequal in Society?
97(1)
References
97(6)
Why Do We Believe What We Do?
103(22)
The Creation of Social Reality
The Utility of Knowledge
104(1)
The Social Construction of Reality
105(6)
Social Structure and Reality
111(5)
The Changing Nature of the Individual's Reality
116(2)
The Importance of Our Past
118(1)
Do Individuals Form Their Own Ideas?
119(1)
Summary and Conclusion
120(1)
Why Do We Believe What We Do?
121(1)
References
121(4)
Are Human Beings Free?
125(28)
The Possibility for Freedom in Society
The Meaning of Freedom and Responsibility
126(1)
Freedom as a Value in American Culture
127(1)
The Sociological View: The Power of Society
128(4)
Freedom: Thought and Action
132(1)
Society and the Control of Thought
133(3)
Summary: Freedom and Thinking
136(1)
Society and the Control of Action
137(8)
Social Forces and the Individual: A Summary
145(1)
Is There Any Freedom?
145(4)
Summary and Conclusion
149(1)
Are Human Beings Free?
149(1)
References
149(4)
Why Can't Everyone Be Just Like Us?
153(22)
The Dilemma of Ethnocentrism
The Meaning of Values
154(1)
Values and Making Value Judgments
155(3)
Meaning of Ethnocentrism
158(1)
The Reasons for Ethnocentrism
159(7)
Human Differences
166(4)
Summary and Conclusion
170(2)
Why Can't Everyone Be Just Like Us?
172(1)
References
172(3)
Why Is There Misery in the World?
175(34)
Society as an Important Source of Human Problems
The First Cause of Misery: Social Inequality
180(9)
The Second Cause of Misery: Destructive Social Conflict
189(4)
The Third Cause of Misery: Socialization
193(3)
The Fourth Cause of Misery: Alienation
196(4)
Summary and Conclusion
200(2)
Why Is There Misery in the World?
202(1)
References
203(6)
Does the Individual Really Make a Difference?
209(26)
An Introduction to Social Change
The Individual's Influence on His or Her Own Life
210(1)
The Individual's Influence on Other Individuals
211(4)
The Individual Versus Social Organization
215(6)
Social Change: A Sociological View
221(8)
Some Implications for Living
229(1)
Summary and Conclusion
230(1)
Does the Individual Really Make a Difference?
231(1)
References
231(4)
Is Sociology Important?
235(12)
The Necessity for a Critical Understanding of Society
Sociology and a Liberal Arts Education
235(1)
Sociology and Democracy
236(7)
Summary and Conclusion
243(1)
Is Sociology Important?
244(1)
References
245(2)
Afterword 247(20)
Should We Generalize About People?
Categories and Generalizations
248(5)
The Stereotype
253(3)
Social Science: A Reaction to Stereotypes
256(6)
Summary and Conclusion
262(2)
Should We Generalize About People?
264(1)
References
265(2)
Glossary 267(16)
Index 283


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