Exploring Social Life Readings to Accompany Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-31
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This brief and economical reader, edited by Jim Henslin, is specifically designed to be used as a companion toEssentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Eighth Edition.There is one reading per text chapter, including a selection to accompany the online chapter, "The Sociology of Human Sexuality."

Author Biography

James M. Henslin was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. He has published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology. While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.” Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”

Table of Contents

The Sociological Perspective
The Sociological Perspective
"Invitation to Sociology"
"The Fierce People"
"Anybody's Son Will" Do
Social Structure and Social Interaction
"Hooking Up on the Internet"
Social Groups and Social Control
Social Groups and Formal Organizations
"Just Another Routine Emergency"
Deviance and Social Control
"Becoming a Hit Man"
Social Inequality
Social Stratification in Global Perspective
"Job on the Line"
Social Class in the United States
"The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All"
Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity
"Invisible Man"
Inequalities of Gender and Age
"Sick Societies"
Social Institutions
Politics and the Economy
"The Power Elite"
Marriage and Family
"Social Class and Childrearing"
Education and Religion
"Still Separate, Still Unequal"
Social Change
Population and Urbanization
"Border Blues: The Dilemma of Illegal Immigration"
Social Change: Technology, Social Movements, and the Environment
"The McDonaldization of Society"
Human Sexuality
"How Many Sexual Partners Do Americans Have?"
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