The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-06-03
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The Practical Skeptic, a concise introduction to sociology, focuses on core concepts as the central building blocks for understanding sociology. Lisa McIntyre's straightforward, lively style and her emphasis on critical thinking make this an engaging and user-friendly text for students of all levels. Through this conversational narrative, students are able to grasp key sociological concepts and learn the essential lesson that there is much that goes on in the social world that escapes the sociologically untrained eye.

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McIntyre, The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology, 6e


CHAPTER 1: Responding to Chaos: A Brief History of Sociology
CHAPTER 2: The Sociological Eye 
CHAPTER 3: Science and Fuzzy Objects: Specialization in Sociology
CHAPTER 4: Who's Afraid of Sociology?
CHAPTER 5: The Vocabulary of Science
CHAPTER 6: Doing Social Research 
CHAPTER 7: Culture
CHAPTER 8: Social Structure
CHAPTER 9: Society and Social Institutions 
CHAPTER 10: Socialization 
CHAPTER 11: Deviance and Social Control 
CHAPTER 12: Stratification and Inequality 
CHAPTER 13: Inequality and Achievement: Social Class
CHAPTER 14: Inequality and Ascription: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

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