Essentials of Sociology : A Down-to-Earth Approach

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This best selling comprehensive text shares the excitement of sociology with the acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach that highlights the sociology of everyday life. The 8th Edition of this highly regarded text retains all the features that have made previous editions so successful. The author has a unique ability to engage students without sacrificing content or talking down to them. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares his passion for sociology with his readers like no other author of an introductory text can.

Table of Contents

The Sociological Perspective
The Sociological Perspective Seeing the Broader Social Context
The Growing Global Context Sociology and the Other Sciences
The Natural Sciences
The Social Sciences
Down-to-Earth Sociology: An Updated Version of the Old Elephant Story
The Goals of Science
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Enjoying
A Sociology Quiz
Sociological Findings Versus
Common Sense Origins of Sociology
Tradition Versus Science
Auguste Comte and Positivism
Herbert Spencer and Social
Darwinism Karl Marx and Class
Conflict Emile Durkheim and Social Integration
Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic Values in Sociological
Research Verstehen and Social Facts
Weber and Verstehen Durkheim and Social Facts
How Social Facts and Verstehen Fit Together Sexism in Early
Sociology Attitudes of the Time Harriet Martineau and Early
Social Research
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Listening to an Early Feminist
Sociology in North America
Early History: The Tension Between Social Reform and Sociological
Analysis Jane Addams and Social Reform W.E.B. Du Bois and Race Relations
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Early Sociology in North America: Du Bois and Race Relations
Talcott Parsons and C. Wright Mills: Theory Versus Reform
The Continuing Tension and the Rise of Applied Sociology
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Careers in Sociology: What Applied Sociologists Do
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Capturing Saddam Hussein: A Surprising Example of Applied Sociology
Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology Symbolic Interactionism Functional Analysis Conflict
Theory Levels of Analysis: Macro and Micro
Putting the Theoretical
Perspectives Together
Trends Shaping the Future of Sociology
Sociology Full Circle: Reform Versus Research
Cultural Diversity in the United States:Studying Job
Discrimination: Another Surprising Example of Applied Sociology
Globalization Summary and Review
Culture What Is Culture?
Culture and Taken-for-Granted Orientations to Life Practicing
Cultural Relativism
Cultural Diversity Around the World: You Are What You Eat?
An Exploration in Cultural Relativity Components of Symbolic
Culture Gestures Language
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Emoticons: Written Gestures for Expressing Yourself Online
Cultural Diversity in the United States: Miami Language in a Changing City
Cultural Diversity in the United States: Race and Language: Searching for Self-Labels
Values, Norms, and Sanctions Folkways and Mores Many Cultural Worlds
Subcultures Countercultures Values in U.S. Society
An Overview of U.S. Values
Down-to-Earth Sociology:Why Do Native Americans Like Westerns?
Value Clusters
Value Contradictions and Social
Change Emerging Values Culture Wars: When Values
Clash Values as Blinders Ideal Versus
Real Culture Cultural Universals Technology in the Global Village
The New Technology Cultural Lag and Cultural Change Technology and Cultural
Leveling Summary and Review
What Is Human Nature?
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Heredity or Environment?
The Case of Oskar and Jack, Identical
Twins Feral Children Isolated Children Institutionalized
Children Deprived Animals
Socialization into the Self and Mind Cooley and the Looking-Glass Self M
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