Sociology Now

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-17
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Sociology Nowreflects the discipline today and emphasizes the big questions about multiculturalism and globalization that sociologists ask. Sociology has always offered a way to make sense of the complex and sometimes contradictory forces that shape our social lives in any era. AsSociology Now explains sociology as both a body of knowledge and a "way of seeing", it shows how two such forces in particular have come to preoccupy sociologists and influence the way they look at the events and experiences of the early twenty first century: The first isglobalization--the economic, political, cultural, and social interconnections among people and institutions all over the world. The second ismulticulturalism--the recognition that race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and other statuses are sources of social inequality, but also, the foundations of our identities. Michael Kimmel, a leading sociologist and gender researcher, and co-author Amy Aronson, a journalist and media scholar, address these questions head-on as they make a compelling case for the importance of sociology in the contemporary world.

Table of Contents

What is Sociology?
Culture and Society
Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations
How Do We Know What We Know? The Methods of the Sociologist
Deviance and Crime
Stratification and Social Class
Race and Ethnicity
Sex and Gender
Age: From Young to Old
The Family
Economy and Work
Politics and Government
Religion and Science
The Body and Society: Health and Illness
Mass Media
Sociology of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds
Chapter One: What is Sociology?
Sociology: A Way of Seeing
Beyond Either/Or: Seeing Sociologically
Making Connections: Sociological Dynamics
Sociological Understanding
Doing Sociology
Sociology and Science
Sociology and the Other Social Sciences
Getting Beyond "Common Sense"
Where Did Sociology Come From?
Before "Sociology"
The Invention of Sociology
Classical Sociological Thinkers
American Sociological Thinkers
The "Other" Canon
Contemporary Sociology
Symbolic Interactionism and the Sociology of the Self
Structural Functionalism and Social Order
Conflict Theories: An Alternative Paradigm
New Issues, New Lenses
Globalization and Multiculturalism: Interrelated Forces
Modernism, Post-Modernism, and "Pre-Modernism"Sociology and The Future, Sociology and You
Chapter Two: Culture and Society
Cultural Diversity
Subcultures and Countercultures
Elements of Culture
Material Culture
Dimensions of Culture
Universal and Local
High Culture and Popular Culture
The Globalization of Popular Culture
Culture as a Tool Kit
Core Elements of Culture: Norms and Values
Folkways, Mores, and Laws
Changing and Contradictory Values
What Are American Values?
Cultural Change
The Future of Culture
Chapter Three: Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations
The Social Construction of Reality
Cooley and the Looking-Glass Self
Goffman and the "Dramaturgical" Self
Nonverbal Communication
Verbal Communication
Patterns of Social Interaction
Elements of Social Structure
Groups and Identity
Types of Groups
Social Networks
Globalization and Networks: Connection and Isolation
Dynamics of Groups
Types of Organizations
The "Gender" of Organizations
Problems with Bureaucracy
The "Iron Cage" of Bureaucracy
Chapter Four: How Do We Know What we Know?
The Methods of the Sociologist
Sociology as a Social Science
Why Sociological Methods Matter
Sociology and the Scientific Method
The Qualitative/Quantitative Divide
Doing Sociological Research
Types of Sociological Research Methods
Observational Methods
Analysis of Quantitative Data
Content Analysis
Making the Right Comparisons
Social Science and the Problem of "Truth"Predictability
Issues in Conducting Research
Remain Objective and Avoid Bias
Avoid Overstating Results
Maintain Professional Ethics
Emergent Methodologies
Chapter Five: Socialization
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