Mapping the Social Landscape : Readings in Sociology

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2004-07-14
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Drawing from a wide selection of classic and contemporary works, the 60 selections in this best-selling reader represent a plurality of voices and views within sociology.

Table of Contents

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1. C. Wright Mills, The Promise ---classic piece on the sociological imagination

2. Donna Gaines, Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead-End Kids ---applying the sociological imagination to teen suicide

3. Mary Romero, An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey ---applying the sociological imagination to domestic service

Social Research

*4. Michael Schwalbe, Finding Out How the Social World Works ---a summary of what it means to be sociologically mindful

5. Craig Haney, W. Curtis Banks, and Philip G. Zimbardo, Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison ---classic piece on the research design of Zimbardo’s famousexperiment

6. Elaine Bell Kaplan, Not Our Kind of Girl ---participant observation research among African American teenmothers


7. Anne M. Velliquette and Jeff B. Murray, The New Tattoo Subculture ---the tattoo subculture and meanings of body adornment

8. Elijah Anderson, The Code of the Streets ---an exploration of street culture

*9. Eugenia Kaw, “Opening” Faces: The Politics of Cosmetic Surgery and Asian American Women ---the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on the beauty culture

10. Haunani-Kay Trask, Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture ---an examination of cultural exploitation


11. Judith Lorber, "Night to His Day": The Social Construction of Gender ---the socialization of gender identity

12. Michael Messner, Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities ---the social construction of masculinity

13. Robert Granfield, Making It By Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment ---working class identity and law school socialization

14. Gwynne Dyer, Anybody's Son Will Do ---resocialization into the total institution of the military


15. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children ---a study of the structure and interactional dynamics among schoolchildren’s groups

16. Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Gang Business: Making Ends Meet --—a functional analysis of a primary group

*17. Kathleen M. Blee, Becoming a Racist: Women in Contemporary Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazi Groups ---an illustration of secondary group membership

*18. Mark Colvin, Descent Into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot ---an example of social structure breaking down


19. David L. Rosenhan, On Being Sane in Insane Places---classic piece on labeling and social deviance

20. Penelope E. McLorg and Diane E. Taub, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Development of Deviant Identities---the social construction of deviant identities

21. Philippe Bourgois, In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio ---an ethnographic study of drug dealing in the inner-city

*22. A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade, Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women? ---the social organization of crime


Social Class

*23. Kingsley Davis, Wilbert E. Moore, and Melvin Tumin, Some Principles of Stratification ---classic pieces on the functions of social stratification

24. G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America?: The Corporate Community and the Upper Class ---the lifestyles and social institutions of the upper class

25. Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality---a sociology of wealth and racial inequality

*26. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America ---an exploration of the lives of the working poor


27. Barbara Risman, Gender as Structure ---a review of four theories that explain sex and gender

28. Christine L. Williams, The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the "Female" Professions ---an examination of sex typing and job segregation

29. Yen Le Espiritu, The Racial Construction of Asian American Women and Men ---an examination of racist and sexist images in U.S. culture

30. Myra Sadker and David Sadker, Failing at Fairness: Hidden Lessons ---gender inequality in the institution of education

Race and Ethnicity

*31. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formations in the United States ---the social construction of race

*32. Jennifer Lee and Frank D. Bean, Beyond Black and White: Remaking Race in America ---how race is measured by the U.S. government

33. Lillian B. Rubin, Is This A White Country, Or What?---working class families talk about race and ethnicity

*34. Charlie LeDuff, At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die ---an examination of the racial dynamics at one workplace site


Power and Politics

35. C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite ---classic piece on the power elite

36. Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl and Mark Weller, Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy ---an application of Mills' power elite

*37. Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, Playing the Political Slots: American Indians and Casinos ---the politics of and profiteering from gambling on reservations

Mass Media

38. Martin N. Marger, The Mass Media as a Power Institution ---an examination of power and the mass media

*39. Gregory Mantsios, Media Magic: Making Class Invisible ---how the mass media distorts social class

*40. Todd Gitlin, Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives ---the globalization of American media

The Economy and Work

41. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Manifesto of the Communist Party ---classic piece on the relationship between the capitalists and the workers

42. William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor ---current analysis of inner-city joblessness

43. Robin Leidner, Over the Counter: McDonald's ---an ethnographic study of routinization in work


44. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism ---classic piece on the influence of religion on other social institutions

*45. Mark Chaves, Abiding Faith ---the current status of religion among Americans

46. Kathleen S. Lowney, Baring Our Souls: TV Talk Shows and the Religion of Recovery ---an analysis of religious revivalism and morality on TV talk shows

Health and Medicine

*47. Talcott Parsons, The Social Structure of Medicine---classic piece on the functions of health and illness in society

*48. Johanna McGeary, Death Stalks a Continent---an examination of the AIDS epidemic in Africa

49. David A. Karp, Illness and Identity---an interview study of people with depression


50. Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes, Civilize Them With A Stick ---education as an institution of social control

51. Peter W. Cookson, Jr. and Caroline Hodges Persell, Preparing for Power: Cultural Capital and Curricula in America's Elite Boarding Schools ---an examination of elite education

*52. Ann Arnett Ferguson, Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity ---racial and gender stereotyping in American Schools

The Family

53. Judith Stacey, Gay and Lesbian Families Are Here---changing definitions of family

*54. Ann Crittendon, The Mommy Tax ---the income discrimination faced by working mothers

55. Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work ---how individuals combine their work and home lives


56. George Ritzer, The McDonaldization of Society ---a contemporary theory of social change

57. Conrad L. Kanagy and Donald B. Kraybill, How Will the Internet Change Society? ---an examination of the social change being caused by computers

*58. Charles Derber, The Wilding of America: Iraq and the War Against Terrorism ---war as an extreme example of social change

*59. Amitai Etzioni, Community Building: Steps Toward a Good Society ---one sociologist’s vision of needed social change

60. Allan G. Johnson, What Can We Do? Becoming a Part of the Solution ---social change strategies to deal with privilege and oppression

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