Front cover image for Sociology


Print Book, English, ©2007
Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., ©2007
xxxv, 716 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
9780132184748, 9780132039079, 0132184745, 0132039079
pt. I. The foundations of sociology
1. The sociological perspective
The importance of a global perspective
Applying the sociological perspective
The origins of sociology
Sociological theory
Applying the approaches : the sociology of sports
2. Sociological investigation
Basics of sociological investigation
Three ways to do sociology
Methods of sociological research
Putting it all together : ten steps in sociological investigation. pt. II. The foundations of society
3. Culture
What is culture?
The elements of culture
Cultural diversity : many ways of life in one world
Theoretical analysis of culture
Culture and human freedom
4. Society
Gerhard Lenski : society and technology
Karl Marx : society and conflict
Max Weber : the rationalization of society
Emile Durkheim : society and function
Critical review : four visions of society
5. Socialization
Social experience : the key to our humanity
Understanding socialization
Agents of socialization
Socialization and the life course
Resocialization : total institutions
6. Social interaction in everyday life
Social structure : a guide to everyday living
The social construction of reality
Dramaturgical analysis : "the presentation of self"
Interaction in everyday life : three applications
7. Groups and organizations
Social groups
Formal organizations
The evolution of formal organizations
The future of organizations : opposing trends
8. Sexuality and society
Understanding sexuality
Sexual attitudes in the United States
Sexual orientation
Sexual issues and controversies
Theoretical analysis of sexuality
9. Deviance
What is deviance?
The functions of deviance : structural-functional analysis
Labeling deviance : symbolic-interaction analysis
Deviance and inequality : social-conflict analysis
Deviance, race, and gender
The U.S. criminal justice system. pt. III. Social inequality
10. Social stratification
What is social stratification?
Caste and class systems
The functions of social stratification
Stratification and conflict
Stratification and interaction
Stratification and technology : a global perspective
Social stratification : facts and values
11. Social class in the United States
Dimensions of social inequality
U.S. stratification : merit and caste
Social classes in the United States
The difference class makes
Social mobility
Poverty in the United States
12. Global stratification
Global stratification : an overview
Global wealth and poverty
Global stratification : theoretical analysis
Global stratification : looking ahead
13. Gender stratification
Gender and inequality
Gender and socialization
Gender and social stratification
Theoretical analysis of gender
Gender : looking ahead
14. Race and ethnicity
The social meaning of race and ethnicity
Majority and minority : patterns of interaction
Race and ethnicity in the United States
Race and ethnicity : looking ahead
15. Aging and the elderly
The graying of the United States
Growing old : biology and culture
Transitions and challenges of aging
Theoretical analysis of aging
Death and dying
Aging : looking ahead. pt. IV. Social institutions
16. The economy and work
The economy : historical overview
Economic systems : paths to justice
Work in the postindustrial economy
The economy : looking ahead
17. Politics and government
Power and authority
Politics in global perspective
Politics in the United States
Theoretical analysis of power in society
Power beyond the rules
War and peace
Politics : looking ahead
18. Families
Families : basic concepts
Families : global variations
Theoretical analysis of families
Stages of family life
U.S. families : class, race, and gender
Transitions and problems in family life
Alternative family forms
New reproductive technology and the family
Families : looking ahead
19. Religion
Religion : basic concepts
Theoretical analysis of religion
Religion and social change
Types of religious organizations
Religion in history
World religions
Religion in the United States
Religion in a changing society
Religion : looking ahead
20. Education
Education : a global survey
The functions of schooling
Schooling and social interaction
Schooling and social inequality
Problems in the schools
Recent issues in U.S. education
Schooling : looking ahead
21. Health and medicine
What is health?
Health : a global survey
Health in the United States
The medical establishment
Theoretical analysis of health and medicine
Health and medicine : looking ahead. pt. V. Social change
22. Population, urbanization, and environment
Demography : the study of population
History and theory of population growth
Urbanization : the growth of cities
Urbanism as a way of life
Urbanization in poor nations
Environment and society
Looking ahead : toward a sustainable society and world
23. Collective behavior and social movements
Studying collective behavior
Localized collectivities : crowds
Dispersed collectivities : mass behavior
Social movements
Social movements : looking ahead
24. Social change : traditional, modern, and postmodern societies
What is social change?
Causes of social change
Theoretical analysis of modernity
Looking ahead : modernization and our global future