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Returning to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, he became passionate about the study of Criminology and Stratification completing his Ph.D. while teaching full time at Rose State College. John says, “I found that every part of my life to this point, fit perfectly with the study of sociology. It is a diverse and exciting field that helps a person understand their world.”
Today, teaching remains his primary focus. John Carl has excelled in the classroom, winning awards for his teaching and working to build and improve the sociology program at Rose State. “I teach the introductory class every semester because I believe it is the most important course in any department. It is where students get the foundation they need for their continued study of sociology. In these classes, my goal is simple. To teach students to think sociologically so that they can consider any new event in the light of that thought.”
When asked why he wrote Think Sociology, the answer was simple: “This book is truly a labor of love for me. I wanted to write a book that is filled with examples used in the classroom and written in a language that students can understand without compromising the core concepts of sociology."
John lives in Oklahoma with his family, wife Keven, and daughters Sara and Caroline. In his free time, John plays golf, gardens, throws pottery, and plays his guitar. He continues to move from the classroom to community by being active in non-profit leadership in his home community and providing training to non-profit boards so they may better achieve their goals. John suggests, “It is all part of sociology, not only to understand the world in which we live, but to take that understanding from the classroom and use it to improve the community.”
IN THIS SECTION:
BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1. Sociology: An Introduction to the Foundations of Sociology
Chapter 2. Sociological Research: How Do We Learn about Society?
Chapter 3. Culture: A Framework for the Individual
Chapter 4. Social Structure and Interaction: Micro and Macro Orientations
Chapter 5. Socialization: The Process of Fitting into Society
Chapter 6. Groups and Societies: Understanding our Environment
Chapter 7. Social Class in the United States: Stratification in a Modern Society
Chapter 8. Global Stratification: Wealth and Poverty in the World
Chapter 9. Population and Environmental Impact: How Do Societies Deal with Growing Numbers?
Chapter 10. Race and Ethnic Stratification: Is it a Question of Color?
Chapter 11. Gender Stratification: The Social Side of Sex
Chapter 12. Aging and Health: The Graying of Society
Chapter 13. Crime and the Legal System: How Do Societies Respond to Crime and Deviance?
Chapter 14. Marriage and Family: How Do Societies Perpetuate Themselves?
Chapter 15. Education and Religion: How Do Societies Pass on Information?
Chapter 16. Economy and Politics: How Do Societies Support and Govern Themselves?
Chapter 17. Social Movements, Collective Behavior, and Social Change: How Do Societies Change?
COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
(Each chapter has 3 sections: Get the Topic, Think Sociologically, and Discover Sociology in Action)
Chapter 1: Sociology: An Introduction to the Foundations of Sociology
Developing a Sociological Imagination
Emile Durkheim's Theory on Suicide
The Functionalist's Worldview
Functionalism in the United States
The Conflict Theorist's Worldview
The Symbolic Interactionist's Worldview
The Three Paradigms: How are They Interrelated?
Getting Involved in Sociology-- Community Learning
Chapter 2: Sociological Research: How Do We Learn About Society?
Cause and Correlation
Scientific Method: What Are the Six Stephs of Social Research?
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Research Methods and the Three Paradigms
Social Policy and Statistics
Community Learning-- Needs Assessments
Chapter 3: Culture: A Framework for the Individual
Norms and Sanctions
The Study of Culture
Symbolic Interactionism-- A Crisis of Values
Conflict Theory-- The McDonaldization of the United States
Social Policy: Multiculturalism and Assimilation
Chapter 4: Social Structure and Interaction: Micro and Macro Orientations
Macrosociology and Microsociology
Micro Orientations: Social Interactions
An Example of Symbolic Interactionism: The Thomas Theorem and the Social Creation of Reality
An Example of Functionalism: Study Essential Features of Functional Social Structures
An Example of Conflict Theory: Deliberate Efforts to Weaken the Structure and Culture of Native Americans
Social Policy -- The Perry Preschool Project
Chapter 5: Socialization: The Process of Fitting into Society
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate -- What Makes Us Who We Are?
Theorists on Socialization
Agents of Socialization
Can We Be "Resocialized"? Experiencing the Total Institution
Symbolic Interactionism and Resocialization
Conflict Theory -- What Forces Socialize Us?
Applying Sociological Thinking in the World, Social Policy, and Title IX
Chapter 6: Groups and Societies: Understanding Our Environment
Functionalism and Leadership
Conflict Theory -- Marx, Bureaucracy, and Democratic Organizations
Symbolic Interactionism -- Creating a Just and Democratic Workplace
Adult Civic Engagement and Childhood Activities
Chapter 7: Social Class in the United States: Stratification in a Modern Society
How Does the United States Define Poverty?
Social Policy: Welfare for the Poor
Social Policy: Minimum Wage
Chapter 8: Global Stratification: Wealth and Poverty in the World
Global Stratification: No Longer a Third World
Social Policy: Foreign Aid
Chapter 9: Population and Environmental Impact: How Do Societies Deal with Growing Numbers?
Population by the Numbers
Demographic Transition Theory
Issues Associated with Population Growth
Population Control Programs
Chapter 10: Race and Ethnic Stratification: Is It a Question of Color?
Racial Stratification in the United States
Symbolic Interactionism: Color-Blind Racism
Chapter 11: Gender Stratification: The Social Side of Sex
Gender vs. Sex
Patriarchy and Sexism
Gender and Inequality
Chapter 12: Aging and Health: The Graying of Society
Health in the United States: Living off the Fat of the Land
Aging: The Graying of the United States
Functionism -- Disengaging from Society
Symbolic Interactionism -- Living an Active Lifestyle
Conflict Theory -- Aging and Inequality
Social Security and Medicare
Chapter 13: Crime and the Legal System: How Do Societies Respond to Crime and Deviance?
Deviance vs. Crime
Historical Roots of Deviance and Crime Theories
Functional Explanations of Crime and Deviance
Social Interaction Theories
Symbolic Interaction Theories
Symbolic Interactionist Theory
Social Conflict Theory
General Theories of Crime Causation
Crime Control: The Criminal Justice System
Chapter 14: Marriage and Family: How Do Societies Perpetuate Themselves?
Marriage and Family
Gay Marriage vs. Civil Unions vs. Nothing
Chapter 15: Education and Religion: How Do Societies Pass on Information?
Education in Society
Improving Education with School Vouchers
Chapter 16: Economy and Politics: How Do Societies Support and Govern Themselves?
Types of Government
Politics in the United States
The Nature of Power
Lack of ASsistance for Veterans
Chapter 17: Social Movements, Collective Behavior, and Social Change: How Do Societies Change?
Shifts in Society
Shifts in Society
Resistance to Change
About the Author