Sociology A Brief Introduction

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-02
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Unique for its blend of style and substance, this introductory text uses a balanced and systematic application of sociological theory throughout to help readers see the difference between myths and realities about society.A "Theoretical Thumbnail" grid in each chapter concisely summarizes the various insights of the three major theoretical perspectives. Additionally, the text provides integrated coverage offeminist viewson various social issues and the contributions of feminist theorists.Anyone interested in a comprehensive yet manageable introduction to sociology.

Author Biography

Alex Thio is Professor of Sociology at Ohio University. Born of Chinese parentage in Penang, Malaysia, he grew up in a multicultural environment. He acquired fluency in Mandarin (modern standard Chinese), Malay, and Indonesian. He also picked up a smattering of English and Dutch. He took French and German in high school and college.


Professor Thio attended primary school in Malaysia and high school in Indonesia. He then came to the United States and worked his way through Central Methodist College in Missouri, where he majored in social sciences. Later, he studied sociology as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and he completed his doctorate while working as a research and teaching assistant.


Professor Thio regularly teaches courses in deviance, introductory sociology, social problems, and criminology. In addition to teaching, he enjoys writing. He is the author of the Sociology: A Brief Introduction , Society: Myths and Realities (Penguin Academic), and Deviant Behavior .

Table of Contents

The Essence of Sociology.The Study of Social Life
The Development of Sociology
Major Perspectives in Sociology
Sports: Illustrating the Three Perspectives
Major Research Methods
Sociological Frontiers: Deconstructing Society
Using Sociology: How to Change Our World
Society and Culture
Building Blocks of Society
Societies in Sociocultural Evolution
Components of Culture
U.S. Culture
A Global Analysis of Culture
Sociological Perspectives on Culture
Sociological Frontiers: The New U.S. Society and Culture
Using Sociology: How to Enhance Your Cultural Competence
The Significance of Heredity
The Significance of Socialization
Processes of Socialization
Sociological Perspective on Socialization
Social Diversity in Socialization
A Global Analysis of Socialization
Agents of Socialization
Adult Socialization
Are We Puppets of Society?
Sociological Frontiers: Peer Parenting
Using Sociology: How to Make Latchkey Kids Safe and Smart
Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Sociological Perspectives on Social Interactions
Interaction as Symbolic Communication
Communication between Women and Men
Dramaturgy: Interaction as Drama
The Art of Managing Impressions
The Social Construction of Reality
Sociological Frontiers: The World of Online Chat
Using Sociology: How to Use Humor to Improve Your Life
Groups and Organizations
Social Groups
Group Characteristics
Social Networks
Formal Organizations
Functionalist Perspective: Cooperating to Achieve a Common Goal
Conflict Perspective: Equality as Key to Organizational Success
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Defining the Situation in Organizations
The Threat of Organizations to Privacy
The Realities of Bureaucracy
A Global Analysis of Organizations
Sociological Frontiers: Is Cyberspace Lonely?
Using Sociology: How to Reduce Wait Time in Lines
Deviance and Control
What Is Deviance?
Examples of Deviance
Functionalist Perspective: Functions and Dysfunctions
Conflict Perspective: Social Conflict or Inequality
Symbolic Interactionist Theory: Association, Reaction, and Interpretation
Social Diversity in Deviance
A Global Analysis of Deviance
Controlling Deviance
Sociological Frontiers: Shyness as a New Disease
Using Sociology: How to Manage Your Drinking
U.S. and Global Stratification
The Bases of Stratification
Stratification Systems: A Global View
New Approaches to Stratification
The U.S. Class Structure
Poverty in the United States
Social Mobility in U.S. Society
Global Stratification
Sociological Perspectives on Stratification
Sociological Frontiers: Stratification in Cyberspace
Using Sociology: How to Become a Millionaire
Race and Ethnicity
Sociological Definitions
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Prejudice and Discrimination
A Global Analysis of Race and Ethnicity
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