Connecting Sociology to Our Lives : An Introduction to Sociology

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Many introductory texts claim to make sociology relevant to student interests. Perhaps no other text has done this so completely-and engagingly-as Connecting Sociology to Our Lives. Tim Delaney not only portrays popular and contemporary culture examples, he explains sociology thoroughly within the frame of the contemporary culture of students-a culture that reigns from political, economic, environmental, and other trends just as much as it involves today's pop stars. Engage your students in sociology through the prism of their own culture. Involve them in critical thinking and classroom discussion through the book's many What Do You Think? inserts. Inspire them to careers with this book's unique chapter, Sociology's Place in Society: Completing the Connection. Enjoy the fruits of an engaged classroom by assigning this remarkably vivid and concise new text. Features of this text: Emphasizes contemporary examples of the relevance of sociological concepts-from song, film, television, sports, web media, and more. Covers all the standard sociological topics in a concise, fourteen-chapter book that allows time for classroom interaction and further readings. Chapter theme boxes include Taking a Closer Look, Connecting Sociology to Popular Culture, and What Do You Think? Focus on American culture along with coverage of sociology in the global community Unique concluding chapter helps students consider the lines of work they can consider with a sociology degree. Encourages an engaged sociology and engaged students. Pedagogy includes: Discussion questions designed to stimulate student thinking at the end of each chapter Chapter opening stories designed to stimulate student thought Chapter reviews of key sociological concepts, terms, and issues, including critical issues relevant to each chapter (e.g., an examination of the obesity epidemic in the United States in Chapter 14) Taking a Closer Look boxes and/or narratives on special topics Clearly written and to the point

Author Biography

Tim Delaney is Associate Professor and Department Chair at the State University of New York at Oswego. He is the author of numerous scholarly books, including Classical and Contemporary Social Theory: Investigation and Application (2nd edition 2012), as well as more popular books including Seinology: The Sociology of Seinfeld and Simpsonology: There's a Little Bit of Springfield in All of Us.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes and Tablesp. x
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorp. xv
Sociology: An Introductionp. 1
Introductory Storyp. 2
The Sociological Perspectivep. 5
The Limitations of "Common Sense"p. 10
The Sociological Imaginationp. 15
The Origins and Development of Sociologyp. 18
Applying the Sociological Perspectivep. 27
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 28
Social Theory: Explaining How We View the Worldp. 31
Introductory Storyp. 32
Social Theoryp. 33
Early Sociologists: European Originsp. 35
Early Sociologists in the United Statesp. 46
The Major Theoretical Perspectives of Sociologyp. 52
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 63
Research Methods: Testing Our View of the Worldp. 68
Introductory Storyp. 69
Using the Scientific Methodp. 70
The Research Modelp. 75
Research Methodsp. 77
Quantitative and Qualitative Approachesp. 92
Ethics and Ideal Researchp. 98
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 103
Culture and Social Structurep. 106
Introductory Storyp. 107
Defining Culturep. 108
Material Culturep. 116
The Allure of Popular Culturep. 120
The Diversity of Culturep. 125
Social Structure: Groups, Organizations, and Social Institutionsp. 132
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 139
Socializationp. 143
Introductory Storyp. 144
The Socialization Processp. 145
Theories of Socialization and Human Developmentp. 150
Agents-of Socializationp. 156
Virtual Socializationp. 167
Adult Socializationp. 174
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 177
Deviance, Crime, and Social Controlp. 180
Introductory Storyp. 181
Social Deviancep. 182
Sociological Explanations of Deviancep. 186
Crimep. 195
Social Control and the Criminal Justice Systemp. 207
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 214
Social Stratificationp. 218
Introductory Storyp. 219
Stratification and Social Classp. 221
Theories of Social Stratificationp. 227
Social Stratification Systems and Social Mobilityp. 231
Social Stratification Systemsp. 232
Poverty and Homelessnessp. 236
Global Stratification and Inequahtyp. 244
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 248
Race and Ethnicityp. 251
Introductory Storyp. 252
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicityp. 253
Racial and Ethnic Stratification in the United Statesp. 260
The We-They Character of Race and Ethnicityp. 271
The Causes and Effects of Prejudice and Discriminationp. 278
Patterns of Interracial and Interethnic Contactp. 283
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 289
Gender Inequalityp. 294
Introductory Storyp. 295
The Social Construction of Genderp. 296
Learning Gender Roles and Gender Appropriatenessp. 297
Understanding Gender Stratificationp. 305
Feminismp. 311
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Personsp. 314
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 321
Marriage and Familyp. 323
Introductory Storyp. 324
Romantic Love, Marriage, and Divorcep. 325
The Familyp. 336
Dimensions and Functions of the Familyp. 339
The Changing Familyp. 342
Family Abuse and Violencep. 349
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 350
Education and Religionp. 353
Introductory Storyp. 354
Education: A Right for Allp. 355
Sociological Perspectives on Educationp. 359
Problems in Educationp. 362
Other Issues in Educationp. 369
The Institution of Religionp. 372
Sociological Perspectives on Religionp. 375
Organizing Religionp. 379
The Major World Religions and Estimated Membershipp. 380
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 387
Economics and Politicsp. 391
Introductory Storyp. 392
Economics: Development, Sectors, and Modern Systemsp. 393
Consumerismp. 402
Globalization and Multinationalsp. 406
Sociological Perspectives on Economicsp. 409
Politics: Systems and Partiesp. 411
The Possession of Political Power, Authority, and Influencep. 418
Sociological Perspectives on Politicsp. 421
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 429
Health Care and the Environmentp. 432
Introductory Storyp. 433
The Sociological Perspective on Health and Medicinep. 434
Health Care in the United Statesp. 436
Mental Healthp. 448
The Environmentp. 453
Threats to the Environmentp. 454
Saving the Ecosystemp. 459
Sociological Perspectives on the Environmentp. 461
Summary, Glossary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 463
Sociology's Place in Society: Completing the Connectionp. 466
Introductory Storyp. 467
The Importance of Introductory Sociology Coursesp. 468
The Value of Sociologyp. 469
Careers and the Liberal Arts Degreep. 472
Careers and the Undergraduate Sociology Degreep. 477
Careers and the Graduate Sociology Degreep. 482
The Future of Sociology: Not a Conclusion, but a Continuation…p. 483
Summary, Discussion Questions, Web Linksp. 484
Referencesp. R1
Indexp. I1
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