Sociology: A Brief Introduction (NAI)

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  • Copyright: 2003-03-07
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Three basic premises guide this highly successful introductory text - first that theory and research must be both comprehensive and clear, second that the text must show how sociology is relevant both to the study of society and to students' lives, and third that sociology can play a valuable role in teaching critical thinking skills. To that end, this solid, well-respected text combines a balanced three-perspective approach with excellent student-oriented examples, and distinctive social policy sections in a concise presentation that offers an alternative to full-length books.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes
List of Social Policy Sections
List of Maps
The Sociological Perspective
Understanding Sociology
What Is Sociology?
The Sociological Imagination Sociology and the Social Sciences Sociology and Common Sense
What Is Sociological Theory?
The Development of Sociology Early Thinkers Émile
Durkheim Max Weber Karl Marx
Modern Developments
Major Theoretical Perspectives
Functionalist Perspective Conflict
Perspective Interactionist
Perspective Feminist Perspective
The Sociological Approach Developing the Sociological Imagination Theory in Practice Research in Action
The Significance of Social Inequality Speaking across Race, Gender, and National Boundaries Social Policy throughout the World
Sociology In The Global Community
Women in Public Places Worldwide
Research In Action
Looking at Sports from Four Theoretical Perspectives
Appendix: Careers in Sociology
Sociological Research
What Is the Scientific Method?
Defining the Problem Reviewing the Literature Formulating the Hypothesis Collecting and Analyzing Data Developing the Conclusion
In Summary
The Scientific Method Major Research Designs Surveys Observation Experiments Use of Existing Sources Ethics of Research
The Right to Know versus the Right to Privacy Preserving Confidentiality Neutrality and Politics in Research Technology and Sociological Research Social Policy and Sociological Research: Studying Human Sexuality
Sociology in the Global Community
'Sent-down' in China
Research in Action: Framing Survey Questions about Interracial Friendships
Taking Sociology to Work
Paul Donato, Chief Research Officer, NielsenMedia Research
Culture Culture and Society Development of Culture around the World Cultural Universals Innovation Globalization, Diffusion, and Technology Elements of Culture Language Norms Sanctions Values
Culture and the Dominant Ideology
Cultural Variation Aspects of Cultural Variation Attitudes toward Cultural Variation Social Policy and Culture: Bilingualism
Sociology in the Global Community
Life in the Global Village
Social Inequality
Cultural Sensitivity on the Beat
The Role of Socialization Environment
The Impact of Isolation
The Influence of Heredity Sociobiology
The Self and Socialization Sociological Approaches to the Self Psychological Approaches to the Self Socialization and the Life Course
The Life Course Anticipatory Socialization and Resocialization Agents of Socialization Family School Peer Group Mass Media and Technology Workplace
The State Social Policy and Socialization: Child Care around the World
Sociology in the Global Community: Raising Amish Children
Research in Action
Impression Management by Students after Exams
Social Interaction and Social Structure
Social Interaction and Reality Defining and Reconstructing Reality Negotiated Order Elements of Social Structure Statuses
Social Roles Groups Social Networks and Technology Social Institutions
Social Structure in Global Perspective Tönnies's Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft Lenski's Sociocultural Evolution Approach
Social Policy and Social Structure: The AIDS Crisis
Research in Action
Women's Social Networks
Social Inequality
Disability as a Master Status
Groups and Organizations
Understanding Groups
Types of Groups Studying Small Groups
Understanding Organizations Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies Characteristics of a Bureaucracy Bureaucracy and Organizational
Culture Voluntary Associations Technology Impact on the Workplace Telecommuting Electronic Communication Social Policy and Or
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