Mapping the Social Landscape : Readings in Sociology

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-04
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Drawing from a wide selection of classic and contemporary works, the 58 selections in this best-selling reader represent a plurality of voices and views within sociology. In addition to classic works by authors such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, C. Wright Mills, David Rosenhan, Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore, this anthology presents a wide range of contemporary scholarship, some of which provides new treatments of traditional concepts. By integrating issues of diversity throughout the book, Ferguson helps students see the inter-relationships of race, social class, and gender, and the ways in which they have shaped the experiences of all people in society.

Table of Contents

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I. The Sociological Perspective

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 famous experiment

6. Mitchell Duneier, Sidewalk--an ethnographic study of street vendors in New York City

II. Culture

7. Barry Glassner, The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Things--one perspective of American culture

*8. Paula England and Ruben J. Thomas, The Decline of the Date and the Rise of the College Hook Up--an investigation into the dating culture on one college campus

*9. Sabeen Sandhu, Instant Karma: The Commercialization of Asian Indian Culture--how culture and identity are transformed when commercialized

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

III. Socialization

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

*12. Betsy Lucal, What It Means to Be Gendered Me: Life on the Boundaries of a Dichotomous Gender System--one woman's narrative of gender identity and performance

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

IV. Groups and Social Structure

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

16. Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Gang Business--a functional analysis of a primary group

17. Christine L. Williams, Shopping as Symbolic Interaction: Race, Class, and Gender in the Toy Store--a study of secondary group relationships and social interaction

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

V. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control

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. Paul Draus and Robert G. Carlson, Down on Main Street: Drugs and the Small-Town Vortex--an ethnographic study of the social networks of illicit drug use in rural small towns

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

VI. Social Inequality

Social Class

23. Kingsley Davis, Wilbert E. Moore, and Melvin Tumin, Some Principles of Stratification --classic piece 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. Thomas M. Shapiro, The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality--an examination of social class and racial differences in wealth

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. C.J. Pascoe, 'Dude, You're a Fag': Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse--an examination of masculinity and homophobia in high schools

*29. Amy Young et al., Drinking Like a Guy: Frequent Binge Drinking Among Undergraduate Women--research on drinking and gender identity among college women

30. Meika Loe, Working at Bazooms: The Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality--an investigation of gender and sexuality in the workplace

Race and Ethnicity

31. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, "New Racism," Color-Blind Racism, and the Future of Whiteness in America--the persistence of whiteness and racial inequality in America

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

33. Katherin M. Flower Kim, Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children--how race and racism influence adoption decisions

*34. Elijah Anderson, The Cosmopolitan Canopy--an enthnographic account of how urban spaces can transform race relations

VII. Social Institutions

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. Charles Derber, One World Under Business--the financial dynamics and politics of globalization

Mass Media

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

*39. Brigitte L. Nacos and Oscar Torres-Reyna, Muslim Americans in the News before and after 9/11--the U.S. media's treatment of Muslim Americans

40. Karen Sternheimer, It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence On Children--an examination of media violence and its effects on children

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

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


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

*45. Steven P. Dandaneau, Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons--a sociological overview of the institution of religion

46. Russell Shorto, Faith at Work--how some Christians are bringing faith into the workplace

Health and Medicine

*47. Lillian B. Rubin, Sand Castles and Snake Pits--an examination of how deinstitutionalization increased the numbers of mentally ill among the homeless

48. Eric Klinenberg, Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation--the health consequences of the 1995 Chicago heat wave

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. Jonathan Kozol, Still Separate, Still Unequal: America's Educational Apartheid--racial segregation in American schools

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

The Family

53. Andrew J. Cherlin, The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage--an examination of the weakening of social norms in the institution of marriage

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

55. Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life--a study of social class differences in parenting and child rearing in African American and white families

VIII. Social Change

*56. Charles L. Harper and Kevin T. Leicht, American Social Trends--an overview of social change in America

57. D. Stanley Eitzen, The Atrophy of Social Life--how social isolation is affecting society

58. 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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