Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This best selling comprehensive text shares the excitement of sociology with the acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach that highlights the sociology of everyday life. The 8th Edition of this highly regarded text retains all the features that have made previous editions so successful. The author has a unique ability to engage students without sacrificing content or talking down to them. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares his passion for sociology with his readers like no other author of an introductory text can.

Table of Contents

The Sociological Perspective
The Sociological Perspective
Seeing the Broader Social Context
The Growing Global Context Sociology and the Other Sciences
The Natural Sciences
The Social Sciences
Down-to-Earth Sociology: An Updated Version of the Old
Elephant Story
The Goals of Science
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Enjoying A Sociology
QuizSociological Findings Versus
Common Sense Origins of Sociology
Tradition Versus Science Auguste Comte and Positivism
Herbert Spencer and Social Darwinism
Karl Marx and Class Conflict Emile
Durkheim and Social Integration Max
Weber and the Protestant
Ethic Values in Sociological
Research Verstehen and Social
Facts Weber and Verstehen
Durkheim and Social Facts
How Social Facts and Verstehen
Fit Together Sexism in Early Sociology
Attitudes of the Time
Harriet Martineau and Early Social Research
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Listening to an Early Feminist
Sociology in North America Early History
The Tension Between Social Reform and Sociological
Analysis Jane Addams and Social
Reform W.E.B. Du Bois and Race Relations
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Early Sociology in North America: Du Bois and Race Relations
Talcott Parsons and C. Wright Mills: Theory Versus Reform
The Continuing Tension and the Rise of Applied
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Careers in Sociology: What Applied Sociologists Do
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Capturing Saddam
Hussein: A Surprising Example of Applied
Sociology Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
Symbolic Interactionism Functional Analysis Conflict
Theory Levels of Analysis: Macro and Micro Putting the Theoretical
Perspectives Together
Trends Shaping the Future of Sociology Sociology
Full Circle: Reform Versus Research
Cultural Diversity in the United States:Studying Job Discrimination: Another Surprising
Example of Applied Sociology
Summary and Review
Culture What Is Culture?
Culture and Taken-for-Granted
Orientations to Life Practicing
Cultural Relativism
Cultural Diversity Around the World: You Are
What You Eat?: An Exploration in Cultural
Relativity Components of Symbolic
Culture Gestures Language
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Emoticons: Written Gestures for Expressing
Yourself Online
Cultural Diversity in the United States: MiamiLanguage in a Changing City
Cultural Diversity in the United States: Race and Language: Searching for Self-Labels Values
Norms, and Sanctions Folkways and Mores Many
Cultural Worlds Subcultures Countercultures
Values in U.S. Society An Overview of U.S. Values
Down-to-Earth Sociology:Why Do Native Americans Like Westerns?
Value Clusters Value Contradictions and Social
Change Emerging Values Culture
Wars: When Values Clash
Values as Blinders Ideal
Versus Real Culture
Cultural Universals Technology in the Global Village
The New Technology Cultural
Lag and Cultural Change
Technology and Cultural Leveling
Summary and Review
Socialization What Is Human Nature?
Down-to-Earth Sociology: Heredity or Environment?
The Case of Oskar and Jack, Identical Twins Feral
Children Isolated Children Institutionalized
Children Deprived Animals Socialization into the Self and Mind
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