The Riddles of Human Society

The Riddles of Human Society

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By (author) Conrad L. Kanagy, By (author) Donald B. Kraybill

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  • Publisher: Pine Forge
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 23mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 2 March 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 076198562X
  • ISBN 13: 9780761985624
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,623,201

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This textbook uses the 'riddles' metaphor to introduce social analysis and to communicate the critical, questioning aspects of sociology which are at the heart of its tradition. The book teaches the student how to be aware of the social 'riddles' around them and how to solve those riddles using sociological analysis. Case studies, in-depth social analysis, illustrations and discussion questions make it the perfect book for active learning.

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Conrad L. Kanagy received his Ph.D. from Penn State and is now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. His research interests include race and ethnicity, religion, and the environment, and he teaches Discovering Society, Sociology of Religion, Population and Global Issues, Research Methods and Statistics. Donald B. Kraybill received his Ph.D. from Temple University and is currently Provost of Messiah College in Grantham, PA. He holds numerous teaching and research awards and is the author of over a dozen books, including The Riddle of Amish Culture, an international best seller

Table of contents

Introduction PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL RIDDLES The Exploration of Social Riddles PART TWO: SOCIOLOGICAL THINKING The Perspectives of Sociology The Concepts of Sociology The Methods of Sociology PART THREE: FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS IN SOCIOLOGY Culture The Software of Social Life Structure The Architecture of Social Life Ritual The Drama of Social Life PART FOUR: CASE STUDIES OF SOCIAL RIDDLES Micro Riddles Macro Riddles PART FIVE: THE GRAND RIDDLE The Riddle of Human Freedom A Guide for Exploring Social Riddles Guidelines for a Socioautobiography Socioautobiography Samples