Social Science: An Introduction to the Study of Society

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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A classic text in the field, thoroughly revised and updated, this survey of the social sciences is written in an unbiased manner with a multidisciplinary, common sense approach. The eleventh edition highlights the dramatic political and economic changes that have swept the world in recent years, providing students and instructors with a starting point for lively classroom discussions and debate.

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with "Key Points," "List of Important Terms," "Questions for Review and Discussion," "For Further Study" and "Internet Resources."

1. Social Science and Its Methods.
Social Science.
The Methods of Social Science.
Social Science and Society.
Appendix 1-A, Historical Roots of Social Science.

2. Human Origins.
The Origin of the Human Species.
The Evolution of Human Beings.

3. Origins of Western Society.
From the Stone Age to the Agricultural Age.
Early Civilizations.
The Middle Ages (A.D. 500-1453).
The Renaissance.
The Development of Modern Economic and Political Institutions.

4. Society, Culture, and Cultural Change.
Culture and the Nature of Society.
Cultural Integration.
Culture, Society, and Social Change.
Social Change and Social Problems.
Contrasts among Cultures.

5. Geography, Demography, Ecology, and Society.
Ecology: The Interaction of Geography, Demography, and Environment.

6. Technology and Society.
The Industrial Revolution.
Technology and Social Change.
Technology of the Past.
Technology of the Future.

7. The Individual, Society, and Culture.
Socialization of the Individual.
Personality and Its Development.
Intelligence, Personal Adjustment, and Normality.

8. The Family.
Variations in the Family Pattern.
Functions of the Family in Society.
The Family in the United States Today.
The Family in Transition.

9. Religion.
The Nature of Religion.
The Great Religions of Today.
The Role of Religion in Society.
The Future of Religion.

10. Education.
Schools as Agencies of Social Control.
The Development of U.S. Education.
Examining the School System.
Interaction of Economics, Politics, and Social Institutions.

11. Social and Economic Stratification.
Types of Social Stratification.
Social Mobility.
Economic and Social Inequality.
Reducing Social and Economic Inequality.

12. Stratification, Minorities and Discrimination
Race and Ethnicity.
Native Americans.
African Americans.
Immigrants and Minorities.
Religious Minorities.
Sexual Minorities.
Senior Citizens.

13. The Functions and Forms of Government.
The Primary Functions of Government.
Debates about the Nature of Government.
Forms of Government.
Governments are Far from Simple.

14. Democratic Government in the United States.
Historical Development of U.S. Government.
The Structure of U.S. Government.
The Political Process.
Evaluation of the Democratic Political Process.

15. Governments of the World.
French Government.
Mexican Government.
Japanese Government.
Russian Government.
Saudi Arabian Government.
Some Lessons about Governments.
Future Changes in Governments.

16. The Organization of Economic Activities.
The Nature of an Economy.
The Evolution of Economic Systems.
Market Economies.
The Changing Nature of the U.S. Economy.
The Upheaval in the Formerly Socialist Countries.
The Continuing Evolution of Economies.

17. Government and the Economy.
Government's Direct Role in the Economy.
Government's Macroeconomic Role
Government's Indirect Role in the Economy.

18. International Political Relations.
The State in International Relations.
Power in the World Community.
Foreign Policies.
The United States in the World Community.

19. International Economic Relations.
The Terminology of Trade.
Advantages and Disadvantages of International Trade.
Restrictions on International Trade.
Foreign Exchange.

20. The Political Economies of Developing Countries.
Problems of Developing Countries.
Options of Developing Countries.
Case Studies.

21. International Institutions and the Search for Peace.
The Problem of War.
The United Nations.
The Outlook for Peace.

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