Thinking About Sociology A Critical Introduction

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Promoting the development of critical thinking skills throughout, this lively survey of core sociological concepts is a comprehensive introduction to the discipline. By exploring classic and current theories students will form an appreciation of the field's foundation while up-to-dateexamples, many of them Canadian, will help them understand the application of sociological principles in today's world. Compelling and timely, Thinking About Sociology will challenge students to rethink their own assumptions and their place within society.

Table of Contents

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Part One: The Sociological Perspective and Its Core Knowledge Base
Part One Introduction
1. The Sociological Perspective
Part Two: Core Skills: Critical Complex Thinking and Research
Part Two Introduction
2. Critical Sociological Thinking
3. Research
4. The Factors Influencing Sociological Research
Part Three: Early Sociological Theorists
Part Three Introduction
5. The Beginnings of Sociology
6. Karl Marx and Max Weber
7. The Social Interactionist Perspective
Part Four: Core Concepts
Part Four Introduction
8. The Socialization of the Young Child
9. Adolescents and Adult Socialization, Social Performance, and Ritual
10. Culture
11. Social Structure and Social Agency
12. Social Stratification, Inequality, and Class
Part Five: Core Topics of Difference and Inequality
Part Five Introduction
13. Social Class: Recent Thinking and Research
14. Sex and Gender: Nature vs. Nurture
15. Gender Stratification, Inequalities, and Differences
16. Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Orientation
17. Race and Racism
Part Six: New Topics, New Directions
Part Six Introduction
18. Popular Culture and Mass Media
19. The Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Communications
20. Sociologists and Social Activism: History and Future Directions

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