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Author Biography

James M. Henslin, who 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. Among his numerous books are Sociology: A-Down-to-Earth Approach (Allyn & Bacon, available in three versions); Social Problems (Allyn & Bacon); and Down-to-Earth   Sociology: Introductory Readings (Free Press). He has also 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. 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


1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Comprehensive Table of Contents





Part I:  The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1:     The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 2:     Research and Theory in Sociology

Chapter 3:     Culture

Chapter 4:     Socialization

Chapter 5:     Social Structure and Social Interaction

Chapter 6:     Deviance and Social Control


Part II:  Social Inequality

Chapter 7:     Social Stratification

Chapter 8:     Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 9:     Sex and Gender


Part III:  Social Institutions

Chapter 10:   Politics and the Economy

Chapter 11:   Marriage and Family

Chapter 12:   Education and Religion


Part IV:  Social Change

Chapter 13:   Population and Urbanization

Chapter 14:   Social Change and the Environment





Part I:  The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1:    The Sociological Perspective

Seeing the Social Context

Origins of Sociology

Sociology in North America: Social Reform

Versus Social Analysis


Chapter 2:    Research and Theory in Sociology

Doing Research: The Need

Doing Research: The Model

Doing Research: The Methods

Why Research Needs Theory: A Very Brief Introduction

Theoretical Perspectives: Symbolic Interactionism

Theoretical Perspectives: Functional Analysis

Theoretical Perspectives: Conflict Theory

Putting the Perspectives Together: Macro and Micro


Chapter 3:    Culture

What Is Culture?

Culture and Orientations to Life

Symbolic Culture: Language

Symbolic Culture: Gestures

Symbolic Culture: Values, Norms, Sanctions, Folkways, and Mores

Many Cultural Worlds

Values in U.S. Society

Changing Values

Cultural Universals

Technology in the Global Village


Chapter 4:    Socialization

Extremes in Socialization

Socialization into the Self and Mind

Socialization into Emotions

Getting the Message: Learning Gender

Agents of Socialization


Socialization through the Life Course


Chapter 5:    Social Structure and Social Interaction

Levels of Sociological Analysis:

Macrosociology and Microsociology


The Macrosociological Perspective:Social Structure

The Components of Social Structure: Culture, Social Class, Groups, Social Status,

and Roles

Another Component of Social Structure: Social Institutions

Comparing Functionalist and Conflict Perspectives

What Holds Society Together?

The Microsociological Perspective: Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Dramaturgy: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Ethnomethodology: Uncovering Background Assumptions

The Social Construction of Reality


Chapter 6:    Deviance and Social Control

What Is Deviance?

Comparing Sociobiology, Psychology, and Sociology

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

Reactions to Deviance: Prisons

Reactions to Deviance: The Death Penalty

On Laws and Crime Statistics

The Medicalization of Deviance

The Need for a More Humane Approach


Part II:  Social Inequality

Chapter 7:    Social Stratification

Global Stratification: From Slavery to Social Class

Three Worlds of Stratification

How Did the World’s Nations

Become Stratified?

Why Is Social Stratification Universal?

What Determines Social Class?

Social Class in the United States

A Social Class Model

Consequences of Social Class

Social Mobility



Chapter 8:    Race and Ethnicity

Race: Myth and Reality

Minority Groups and Dominant Groups

Prejudice and Discrimination

Theories of Prejudice

Racial—Ethnic Relations: European Americans

Racial—Ethnic Relations: Latinos (Hispanics)

Racial—Ethnic Relations: African Americans

Racial—Ethnic Relations: Asian Americans

Racial—Ethnic Relations: Native Americans

Looking Toward the Future


Chapter 9:    Sex and Gender

Differences between Sex and Gender

Human Behavior: Biological or Social Factors?

How Females Became a Minority Group

Fighting Back: The Rise of Feminism

Global Inequality in the World of Work

Gender Inequality in the

American Workplace

Sexual Harassment

Gender Inequality in Everyday Life and Health Care

Violence against Women

The Changing Face of Politics


Part III:  Social Institutions

Chapter 10:  Politics and the Economy

Politics: Esta blishing Leadership

Power, Authority, and Violence

Types of Government

The U.S. Political System

Who Rules the United States?

War and Terrorism: Implementing

Political Objectives

The Economy : Work in the Global Village

The Transformation of Economic Systems

Principles and Criticisms of Capitalism and Socialism

Belief Systems and the Convergence of Capitalism and Socialism

The Globalization of Capitalism

A New World Order?


Chapter 11:  Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family in Global Perspective

Marriage and Family in Theoretical Perspective

Love and Marriage

Family Transitions

Racial—Ethnic Diversity

More Diversity

Current Trends

Divorce and Remarriage

Two Sides of Family Life

The Future of Marriage and Family


Chapter 12:  Education and Religion

Education in Global Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective: Providing Social Benefits

The Conflict Perspective: Perpetuating Social Inequality

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective:

Teacher Expectations

Problems in U.S. Education–And Their Solutions

Religion: Establishing Meaning

Religion in Global Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective

The Conflict Perspective

The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

Religion in the United States


Part IV:  Social Change

Chapter 13:  Population and Urbanization

Population in Global Perspective     

A Planet with No Space for Enjoying Life?

Why Are People Starving?

How Populations Grow

The Three Demographic Variables


The Development of Cities

U.S. Urban Patterns

Models of Urban Growth

City Life: From Alienation to Community

The Diffusion of Responsibility

Urban Problems and Social Policy


Chapter 14:  Social Change and the Environment

How Social Change Transforms Social Life

Global Politics: Power and Conflict

Theories and Processes of Social Change

Ogburn’s Theory

Networking, Facebook, and Technology

The Growth Machine Versus the Earth

The Environmental Movement

Environmental Sociology


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