Global Sociology: Introducing Five Contemporary Societies

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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An effective supplement to any standard sociology text, this broad and comprehensive sociological description of five diverse contemporary societies with wide geographic distribution - Japan, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, and the Bushmen of Namibia - is organized around basic sociological topics: culture, social structure, group life, socialization, deviance, social institutions, social stratification, and social change. Fictional vignettes of individuals in each country help students experience first-person viewpoints on life in five very different societies. By comparing other societies with their own, students read about the range of social variation, learn what makes their own society distinctive, and gain a unique and fascinating vantage point on what sociology offers in a world of rapid social change. The fifth edition has been fully updated to reflect recent economic and political changes. New and updated data is included in each chapter. Current concerns such as crime, drug trafficking, ethnic diversity, gender, income inequality, political Islam and social change in traditional societies are addressed throughout the book. The impact of and response to global economic changes is a continuing theme in every chapter. .

Table of Contents

The Importance of Belonging Introduction Japan's History Japanese Culture Social Structure and Group Life
Group Life in Modern Japan Socialization Deviance in a Demanding Society Gender Roles
A Focus for Rebellion Social Inequality in Japan
Class, Status, and Power Social Change
Conflict and Cooperation Introduction Understanding Mexico
The Conflict Perspective Mexican Culture Social Structure and Group Life Social Networks in Mexican Society Social Institutions Conflict and Deviance Class Inequality in Mexican Society Globalization and Social Change
The San of Namibia
Ancient Culture in a New Nation Introduction Who Are the San? The Fate of Hunter/Gatherers
San Culture
A Design for Living Social Structure and Group Life Social Inequality Gender Inequality Deviance and Social Control Socialization
Social Change and the Future
The Postcolonial Era The San in Modern Nambia
Faith, Gender, and Class Introduction Egypt's History Culture and Gender Roles Social Groups in Egyptian Life Deviance and Social Control Social Inequality in Egypt Social Change
Diversity in a Modern Nation-State Introduction German History Changing Borders
What is Germany German Culture Modern German Values Minority Groups in Germany Deviance and Diversity Inequality and Diversity Social Change and the Future
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