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Inspiring the Sociological Imagination The Sociology Projectconveys the power of the sociological imagination and engages us to interact with the questions, mysteries, and challenges of our world. Seeking to spark students' sociological imaginations, The Sociology Projectprovides an interactive approach for discovery. The passion and insight of the sociological perspective are revealed through a collaborative authorship. Teaching and Learning Experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience - for you and your students. Here's how: Personalize Learning - Featuring the most immersive media program available, MySocLab delivers dynamic, engaging experiences that personalize, stimulate, and measure learning for every student. Improve Critical Thinking- The Big Questions pedagogical framework is designed to foster intellectual curiosity. Engage Students- The text provides links to a wider world of content, including interactive maps, videos, and activities. Explore Theory- Because each author is a specialist on the chapter's topic, students learn about the most current theory, research and debates in the field. Support Instructors In addition to a robust support program, instructors can join the conversation with the authors and fellow teachers in our Facebook Group. Note: MySocLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocLab, please visitwww.mysoclab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySocLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205949606 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205949601.

Author Biography


Richard Arum. Professor of Sociology and Education; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Education: (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996; M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1988).
Selected Works:  Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, Academically Adift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011).  Richard Arum and Melissa Velez, eds. Improving Learning Environments in Schools: Lessons from Abroad (Stanford University Press, 2012).  Yossi Shavit, Richard Arum and Adam Gamoran, eds. Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007).  Richard Arum and Walter Mueller, eds. The Reemergence of Self-Employment : A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2004). Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press, 2003) with Irenee Beattie, Richard Pitt, Jennifer Thompson and Sandra Way. The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education, 2nd edition (Pine Forge-Sage, 2010), coedited with Irenee Beattie and Karly Ford.
Current Research: Education, legal and institutional environments of schools, social stratification, student achievement and socialization, formal organizations, self employment. 
Teaching: I am teaching methodology, stratification, and the sociology of education in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development) and in the Department of Sociology (Faculty of Arts and Sciences).


Vivek Chibber. Associate Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. 1999 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; M.A. 1991 (Sociology), University of Wisconsin; B.A. 1987 (Political Science), Northwestern University.

Areas of Research/Interest: Economic sociology; sociology of development; Marxian theory; political sociology; comparative-historical sociology; social theory.


Troy Duster is a sociologist with research interests in the sociology of science, public policy, race and ethnicity and deviance. He is a Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley and professor of sociology and director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University. He contributed to White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Color-blind Society.

He is the grandson of civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett. In 1970, he published "The Legislation of Morality," in which he showed how the moral indignation regarding addiction at the time of the Harrison Narcotic Law (1914) pointed fingers not at the middle- and upper-class users of drugs but at the lower classes of Americans.


Paula England is Professor of Sociology at New York University and an affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her research focuses on gender issues in labor markets, and on how changes in family life are affected by gender and class systems. England's work on gender inequality often takes an interdisciplinary approach, successfully fostering dialogue between sociologists, economists, demographers, and feminists. She recently received the Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Associations Section on Sociology of the Family and was elected Francis Perkins Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science.


Thomas Ertman. Associate Professor of Sociology; Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. 1990, M.A. 1985, B.A. 1981, Harvard University.

Areas of Research/Interest: Comparative/historical sociology; political sociology; social theory; sociology of the arts.

For as far back as I can remember, I have struggled to understand why Europe--and especially Germany--left the path of peace and prosperity after 1914 for that of war and genocide. While an undergraduate, I thought philosophy might throw some light on this problem, but I found its answers too abstract. It was the intellectual dynamism of historical sociology in the early 1980's, open as it was to the latest developments in history, social theory and political science, that persuaded me that I could best pursue this question further as a graduate student in sociology. 


Kathleen Gerson is Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. Her work focuses on the connections among gender, work, and family life in post-industrial societies. She conducts research that seeks to combine the deep understandings of qualitative, life history interviews with the rigor of systematically collected samples and carefully situated comparisons. Her theoretical concern aims to explain the interactive links between processes of social and individual change, with special attention to how institutional conflicts and contradictions prompt creative human action. She is currently at work on a new project investigating “new moral dilemmas of work and care.”

Kathleen’’s most recent book, The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family (Oxford University Press, paperback, 2011, hardback, 2010) examines how new generations have experienced growing up amid changing families and blurring gender boundaries. The Unfinished Revolutionshows how irreversible but incomplete change has created a growing clash between new egalitarian ideals and resistant social institutions. Although young women and men hope to fashion flexible, egalitarian gender strategies, they are falling back on less desirable options that foster a new gender divide between “self-reliant” women and “neo-traditional” men. The solution to these 21st century conundrums is to finish the gender revolution by creating more flexible, egalitarian workplaces and child-supportive communities.

Professor Gerson is also the author or co-author of four additional books and over fifty articles, essays, and opinion pieces. Her first major work, Hard Choices: How Women Decide About Work, Career, and Motherhood(University of California, 1985; paperback, 1986), provided an early framework for understanding women’’s paths and strategies amid revolutionary shifts in work, marriage, and parenthood. A finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award and the William J. Goode Distinguished Book Award, Hard Choices continues to inform ongoing debates about women’’s work and family commitments. Her next book, No Man’’s Land: Men’’s Changing Commitments to Family and Work (Basic Books, 1993; paperback, 1994), analyzed the pervasive but often ignored changes in men’’s lives and charted men’’s responses to institutional shifts that have given them both expanded freedom to avoid family responsibilities and rising incentives to become more involved in family life.No Man’s Land was chosen as an ASA "Author Meets the Critics" featured book and selected as a “new and noteworthy” paperback by The New York Times Book Review.

More recently, Gerson teamed with Jerry A. Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania) on The Time Divide: Family, Work, and Gender Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2004, paperback, 2005), which draws on census, survey, and cross-national data to explain how and why growing inequality in working time is dividing Americans in new ways. The Time Divide was named a ““best business book”” by Strategy Business magazine, received honorable mention for the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, and was featured at ““Author Meets the Critics”” sessions for the ASA, the ESS, and the Southern Sociological Society. Work from this project also received the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.

Kathleen has held visiting positions at the Russell Sage Foundation (New York City) and the Center for the Study of Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course (Bremen, Germany) and has served as President of the Eastern Sociological Society, NYU Sociology Department Chair, Chair of the ASA Family Section, and an editorial board member of the American Sociological Review and Work and Occupations. She has participated in a wide range of research and policy initiatives, including the Ford Foundation Project on Integrating Work, Family, and Community; the Sloan Foundation Research Network on Work-Family Issues; the Gender Module of the General Social Survey; the Council of Research Advisors for Purdue’s Center for Families; and Catalyst’s Advisory Board for “The Next Generation of Women Leaders.” She has served as a board member of the Council on Contemporary Families and was named Distinguished Feminist Lecturer on Women and Social Change by the Sociologists for Women in Society and the Charles Phelps Taft Lecturer (at the University of Cincinnati) and the Kingsley Birge Endowed Lecture (at Colby College).

Kathleen grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and San Francisco, California. After receiving her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, she joined the NYU faculty and has resided in New York City ever since.


Jeff Goodwin. Professor of Sociology, NYU. His research interests include social movements, revolutions, and terrorism. He has conducted research in Central America, the Philippines, South Africa, and Ireland as well as in the United States. He earned his BA (1980, Social Studies), MA (1983, Sociology), and PhD (1988, Sociology) at Harvard University.


Guillermina Jasso. Professor of Sociology; Silver Professor. Ph.D. 1974 (Sociology), Johns Hopkins University.

Areas of Research/Interest: Sociobehavioral theory; distributive justice; status; international migration; inequality; probability distributions; mathematical methods for theory building; factorial survey methods for empirical analysis.

External Affiliations: Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate, National Science Foundation; Scientific Advisory Board, DIW Berlin (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung -- German Institute for Economic Research); Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations; Board of Directors, DIW DC (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung -- German Institute for Economic Research).

Fellowships/Honors: Research grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation; Keynotes and distinguished lectures at the National Science Foundation, EQUALSOC, University of Notre Dame, Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, Research Data Centres Network of Canada, Oldendorff Institute at Tilburg University, Swedish Sociological Society, Canadian Population Society, International Society for Justice Research, and Immigration and Ethnic History Society; Research Associate, Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston; Research Fellow, IZA Bonn; Fellow, Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Elected member/fellow of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, the Sociological Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Jennifer Jennings is an Assistant Professor at NYU. She received her B.A. at Princeton University (2000), her M.Phil. in Education at the University of Cambridge (2003), and her Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia University (2009).
Her recent publications include: "How Does Test Exemption Affect Schools' and Students' Academic Performance?" in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, "A Multiplex Theory of Urban Service Distribution: The Case of School Expenditures" in Urban Affairs Review, and "Learning to Label: Gender, Socialization, and High-Stakes Testing in Elementary School" in theBritish Journal of Sociology of Education. Dr. Jennings has served as a reviewer for theAmerican Sociological Review, Social Science Quarterly and many other journals. She has presented her work at the International Sociological Association, the American Sociological Association and the American Education Research Association. Before joining the NYU faculty, she will spend two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Postdoctoral Scholar at Harvard University.


Colin Jerolmack. Assistant Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies

Ph.D. 2009, M.A. 2005 (Sociology), City University of New York; B.S. 2000 (Psychology), Drexel University.

Areas of Research/Interest: Ethnography; urban communities; environmental sociology; animals and society; culture; health; social theory.

Fellowships/Honors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy, Harvard University [2008-2010]

Select Publications:

Jerolmack, Colin.  2010.  “Humans, Animals, and Play: Theorizing Interaction When Intersubjectivity is Problematic.”  Sociological Theory, Forthcoming.  

Jerolmack, Colin.  2009.  “Primary Groups and Cosmopolitan Ties: The Rooftop Pigeon Flyers of New York.”  Ethnography, 10(2/3): 211-233.

Jerolmack, Colin.  2008.  “How Pigeons Became Rats:  The Cultural-Spatial Logic of Problem Animals.”  Social Problems, 55(2): 72-94.

Jerolmack, Colin.  2007.  “Animal Practices, Ethnicity and Community: The Turkish Pigeon Handlers of Berlin.”  American Sociological Review, 72(6): 874-894.


Lynne Haney, Professor of Sociology Ph.D. 1997 (sociology), California (Berkeley); M.A. 1992 (sociology); B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) 1990 (sociology), California (San Diego).

Areas of Research/Interest: Gender studies/feminist theory; political sociology; European studies; the welfare state; ethnographic methods.

External Affiliations: American Sociological Association; Sociologists for Women in Society; Social Science History Association; European Social Science History Association; Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Fellowships/Honors: American Sociological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Sex and Gender, 1999; American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999-2000; Faculty Fellow, The Remarque Institute, NYU, 1999-2000; Phi Beta Kappa Dissertation Award, 1996; Chancellor’s Dissertation Fellowship, 1996.

Select Publications:

Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire.  (University of California Press, 2010.)

“Working through Mass Incarceration: Gender and the Politics of Prison Labor from East to West.” Signs, Autumn 2010 (in press).

Inventing the Needy: Gender and the Politics of Welfare in Hungary (University of California Press, 2002.)

"Feminist State Theory: Applications to Jurisprudence, Criminology, and the Welfare State." Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 26. 2000


Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University, and editor of the journal Public Culture. His latest book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, was published in February 2012 by the Penguin Press.


Steven Lukes. Professor of Sociology. D.Phil. 1968 (Sociology), M.A. 1967, B.A. 1962, Oxford University.

Areas of Research/Interest: Political and social theory; the sociology of Durkheim and his followers; individualism; power; rationality; the category of the person; Marxism and ethics; sociology of morality; new forms of liberalism.


Jeff Manza (Ph.D University of California — Berkeley, 1995) is Professor of Sociology, and the former Chair (2009-12) of the Department of Sociology at New York University. Before coming to NYU, he taught at Penn State (1996-98) and Northwestern (1998-2006). His teaching and research interests lay at the intersection of inequality, political sociology, and public policy. His research has examined how different types of social identities and inequalities influence political processes such as voting behavior, partisanship, and public opinion (at both the macro and micro level). In collaboration with Christopher Uggen, he has been involved in a long-term project that has examined the causes and consequences of felon disenfranchisement in the United States; their book Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy (Oxford University Press 2006) is the standard work on the topic, and Manza and Uggen have provided advice and expert testimony to a variety of policy organizations, courts and legislative bodies dealing with the right to vote for convicted and former felons. Manza is the co-author of three books with Clem Brooks (of Indiana University): Social Cleavages and Political Change (Oxford University Press, 1999), a study of the changing social demography of the American electorate and its partisan consequences; an analysis of the comparative impact of public opinion on welfare state effort in the OECD democracies entitled Why Welfare States Persist (University of Chicago Press, 2007); and most recently the forthcoming Whose Rights?: Counterterrorism and the Dark Side of American Public Opinion (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2013), an examination of the sources and persistence of public support for harsh counterterrorism policies that highlights the role of American national identity in shaping individual attitudes. He is also the co-editor of Navigating Public Opinion (Oxford University Press, 2002), a collaborative examination of the conditions under which public opinion influences policymaking processes. In addition to his books, Manza’s work has appeared in numerous scientific journals in several disciplines, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Public Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics, as well as newspapers and general interest magazines. He is currently completing a book (with Clem Brooks) on the surprising right-turn of the American pubic in the face of the Great Recession, the most severe economic downturn since the 1930s. Having taught courses on the sociology of inequality for many years, Manza also recently edited a new inequality reader highlighting the intersection of politics and social inequality, entitled Inequality and Society (W.W. Norton, 2009). In addition to scholarship and teaching, Manza has served in a variety of administrative posts. At NYU, he chaired the Department of Sociology from 2009 to 2012. During this time, he helped to make a number of major faculty appointments, created a new MA program in Applied Quantitative Research (which will begin in the fall of 2013), and led the Department through an extensive curricular reform of the graduate program after an extensive review of the best practices elsewhere. His most ambitious administrative project, however, was to launch The Sociology Project: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination (Pearson 2012), a unique joint venture of the Department which seeks to develop a new model for the introductory textbook, with individual chapters authored by a faculty member who teaches and writes on that topic. The philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn once famously noted that introductory textbooks are notoriously conservative and backward relative to the research mainstream of any scientific field; The Sociology Project is an attempt to overcome the standard problems of the textbook by building it around the research mainstream, drawing on the rich intellectual resources of the NYU Department to achieve it. The book is also unique in that profits will be reinvested in the graduate and undergraduate sociology programs at NYU, and to support minority graduate student fellowships. Before coming to NYU, Manza served as the Associate Director and Acting Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, a major social science and policy research center at that institution. He has served on a variety of professional panels and boards, including a 6-year term as a member of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, and he founded and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Sociology Module for Oxford Bibliograpahies Online, an ambitious attempt to provide a comprehensive source of the central literatures in each of the subfields in sociology.  


Gerald Marwell is an American sociologist, social psychologist and behavioral economist. He is currently Professor of Sociology at New York University. He is best known for his innovative work on problems of collective action, cooperation, social movements, compliance-gaining behavior, adolescence and religion.


Harvey Molotch is Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University where he conducts research on issues of city growth and urban security as well as on product design and development. His books include Urban Fortunes (with John Logan) and Where Stuff Comes From.


Ann Morning, a native New Yorker, she is an associate professor of sociology at New York University and the author of The Nature of Race (University of California Press, 2011). 

Ann earned her Ph.D. in 2004 from Princeton University and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale, as well as a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.  Prior to becoming an academic, she worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer based in the American Embassy in Honduras.  In 1997, however, she left behind her career in international relations to pursue graduate studies on race, demography, and the sociology of science.  Since then she has published many scholarly articles on the topics of census racial classification as well as individuals’ concepts of racial difference, and at NYU she teaches highly-rated courses on the sociology of race, the sociology of science, and sociological research methods.

Morning’s work has been recognized by prizes including the prestigious Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association (in 2005), and a Fulbright scholarship to spend the 2008-09 academic year at the University of Milan-Bicocca.  A graduate of the United Nations International School, Morning speaks French and Italian, and counts travel among her favorite activities.


Patrick Sharkey is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at New York University, with an affiliation at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research focuses on stratification and mobility, with a specialized interest in the role that neighborhoods and cities play in generating and maintaining inequality across multiple dimensions. One strand of his research seeks to describe and explain the persistence of neighborhood inequality in America's cities, and the mechanisms by which this inequality persists over time and across generations of family members. A second strand of his work focuses on the consequences of neighborhood inequality for the life chances of individuals from different racial and ethnic groups in America.


Florencia Torche is Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU, Faculty Affiliate at the Steinhardt School of Education, and Research Affiliate at INSPIRES, NYU School of Medicine.

Professor Torche's scholarship examines inequality dynamics -- how inequality persists over the life course and across generations. She has studied inequality of educational opportunity, intergenerational mobility, wealth disparities, assortative mating, and the early emergence of disadvantage -- starting as early as in the prenatal period.

Much of Torche's research uses an international comparative perspective. She has conducted several surveys, including the first national surveys of social mobility in Chile and in Mexico. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Spencer foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), among others.


David Wachsmuth was trained as an urban planner in Toronto and is now a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University. He is an organizer with GSOC-UAW, the union for graduate employees at NYU.


Lawrence Wu. A noted authority on nonmarital fertility, Sociology Professor Lawrence Wu conducts research on family structure and single motherhood, nonmarital childbearing and the life course, and statistical methods for studying social change. He holds academic leadership roles at NYU as Director of the Center for Advanced Social Science Research and as Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Development and Social Change.


Table of Contents


1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Comprehensive Table of Contents





Chapter 1:    The Sociological Imagination (Richard Arum, Lynne Haney, and Jeff Manza)


Chapter 2:    Studying the Social World (Richard Arum, Lynne Haney, and Jeff Manza)


Chapter 3:    Social Interaction (Harvey Molotch)


Chapter 4:    Social Structure (Thomas Ertman)


Chapter 5:    Culture, Media, and Communication (Eric Klinenberg and David Wachsmuth)


Chapter 6:    Power and Politics (Steven Lukes and Jeff Manza)


Chapter 7:    The Sociology of Economic Life (Richard Arum and Jeff Manza, with Abby Larson, Michael Macarthy, and Elizabeth Baker Smith)


Chapter 8:    Cities and Communities (Patrick Sharkey)


Chapter 9:     Class Stratification (Florencia Torche)


Chapter 10:    Race and Ethnicity (Ann Morning)


Chapter 11:    Gender and Sexuality (Paula England)


Chapter 12:    Immigration (Guillermina Jasso)


Chapter 13:    Families (Kathleen Gerson)


Chapter 14:    Religion (Gerald Marwell)


Chapter 15:    Education (Caroline Persell)


Chapter 16:    Crime, Deviance and Social Control (Troy Duster)


Chapter 17:    Collective Behavior and Social Movements (Jeff Goodwin)


Chapter 18:    Environment and Society (Colin Jerolmack)


Chapter 19:    Health, Medicine, and Population Change (Jennifer Jennings and Lawrence Wu)


Chapter 20:    Globalization and Development (Vivek Chibber)





Chapter 1:  The Sociological Imagination

by Jeff Manza, Lynne Haney, and Richard Arum

The Big Questions

How Can a Sociological Imagination Help You Better Understand Your World?

Why Do Social Contexts Matter?

Where Did Sociology Come From, and How Is It Different from the Other Social Sciences?

How Can This Book Help You Develop a Sociological Imagination?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 2:  Studying the Social World

by Lynne Haney

The Big Questions

Where Do Sociological Questions Come From?

What Is the Best Method to Research a Sociological Question?

How Is Data Collected?

How Do Sociologists Make Sense of Their Findings?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 3:  Social Interaction

by Harvey Molotch

The Big Questions

How Do We Develop a Sense of Self?

How Do We Make Sense of Our Worlds?

Who Matters to Us?

What Challenges Do We Face as We Move from One

Social Context to Another?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 4:  Social Structure

by Jeff Manza with Harel Shapira

The Big Questions

What Is Social Structure?

How Do Social Hierarchies Shape Our Life Choices and Relationships?

Why Do Institutions Influence Social Life?

How is Social Structure Linked to Social Interaction?

Why Are Social Structures Slow to Change?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 5:  Culture, Media, and Communication

by Eric Klinenberg with David Wachsmuth

The Big Questions

What Is Culture?

How Does Culture Shape Our Collective Identity?

How Do Our Cultural Practices Relate to Class and Status?

Who Produces Culture, and Why?

What Is the Relationship between Media and Democracy?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 6:  Power and Politics

by Steven Lukes and Jeff Manza

The Big Questions

What Are the Distinct Forms of Power?

How Does the State Distribute Power in a Society?

Who Has Power in the United States Today?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 7:  Markets, Organizations, and Work

by Richard Arum and Jeff Manza, with Abby Larson, Michael Macarthy, and Christine Baker-Smith

The Big Questions

How Do Social Factors Impact Markets?

Why Are Organizations Important for Social and Economic Life?

What Is the Relationship between Organizations and Their Environment?

How Are Jobs Structured?

What Makes a Good Job?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 8:  Cities and Communities

by Patrick Sharkey with Max Besbris

The Big Questions

What Draws People to Cities?

How Do Neighborhoods Form and Change?

Does Living in Cities Influence Who We Are, Who Our Friends

Are, and How We Live?

Why Are So Many Social Problems Found in Cities?

How Will Cities Change in an Increasingly Connected World?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 9:  Social Stratification, Inequality, and Poverty

by Florencia Torche, Richard Arum, and Jeff Manza

The Big Questions

What Is Inequality?

Why Is America So Unequal?

Do We All Have an Equal Opportunity to Succeed in Life?

How Much Poverty Exists in the United States and Around the World?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 10:  Race and Ethnicity

by Ann Morning, with Nandi E. Dill, Rachel Garver, and John Halushka

The Big Questions

What Is the Difference between Race and Ethnicity?

Is Race Real?

What Is Racist and What Isn't?

Do Race and Ethnicity Matter Anymore?

How Are Race and Ethnicity Changing in the Twenty-First Century?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 11:  Gender and Sexuality

by Paula England

The Big Questions

Where Do the Differences between Men and Women Come From?

How Have the Lives of Women and Men Changed in the Last 50 Years?

How Are Our Sex Lives Shaped by Biology and Society?

How Has Sexual Behavior Changed in the Last 50 Years?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 12:  Immigration

by Guillermina Jasso, with Leslie-Ann Bolden, Carse Ramos, and Harel Shapira

The Big Questions

What Is Immigration, and How Has It Changed Over Time?

Why Do People Move?

How Do Immigrants Fare in Their New Environments?

What Are the Consequences of Immigration?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 13:  Families and Family Life

by Kathleen Gerson with Stacy Torres

The Big Questions

What Is a Family?

Why Has Family Life Become the Topic of Such

Heated Debate?

What Challenges Do We Face as We Develop Relationships and Balance Family and Work?

What Is It Like to Grow Up in a Twenty-First-Century Family?

What Causes Inequality among Families?

What Social Policies around the World Best Support Changing Families?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 14:  Sociology of Religion

by Gerald Marwell with Adam Murphree

The Big Questions 381

What Is Religion, and How Is It Organized?

How Do People Choose Their Religions?

Why Are Women and Older People More Religious than Men and the Young?

Why Do People Kill Each Other in the Name of Religion?

What Is the Future of Religion?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 15:  Education

by Caroline H.Persell

The Big Questions

What are the Major Functions of Schooling?

How Is Education Related to Important Life Outcomes?

Is Education Equally Available to All?

How Do Educational Systems Differ?

How Do Digital Technologies Affect Education?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 16:  Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

by Troy Duster and Jeff Manza

The Big Questions

What Is Deviance?

How Is Morality Defined and Regulated?

Who Defines Deviance?

How Is Social Control Maintained?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 17:  Social Movements and Revolutions

by Jeff Goodwin

The Big Questions

What Are Social Movements?

Why Do Movements Emerge, and Who Joins Them?

What Do Movements Accomplish?

What Are Revolutions, and Why Do They Occur?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 18:  Environmental Sociology

by Colin Jerolmack

The Big Questions

How Does Social Life Relate to the Natural Environment?

How Has Human Activity Harmed the Environment?

How Do Environmental Factors Impact Inequality?

How Can We Create More Sustainable Societies?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 19:  Population, Aging, and Health

by Lawrence L. Wu and Jennifer L. Jennings

The Big Questions

How Do Populations Change over Time?

What Happens In Aging Societies?

How Do Social Contexts Affect Health?

Who Gets Sick and Why?

The Big Questions Revisited


Chapter 20:  Globalization

by Vivek Chibber

The Big Questions

What Are the Origins of Globalization?

How Far-Reaching Is Globalization?

What Drives Globalization?

What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Globalization?

The Big Questions Revisited





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