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In the new Fourth Edition of Our Social World: Condensed, three award-winning authors and teachers of sociology set out to inspire students to see how larger structures and global trends affect their personal lives, to develop their sociological imaginations, and to view both world events and their personal experiences from a sociological perspective. In each chapter of this innovative and engaging text, authors Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts, and new co-author Kathleen Odell Korgen, reveal the relationships between various levels of the social system and provide students with hands-on opportunities to engage with the material covered and to hear from "sociologists in action."
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 20.32mm | 1,070g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 1483368610
  • 9781483368610

Table of contents

Part I: Understanding Our Social World: The Scientific Study of Society
Chapter 1: Sociology: A Unique Way to View the World
What is Sociology?
Why Does Sociology Matter?
The Social World Model
Chapter 2: Examining the Social World: How Do We Know?
The Development of Sociology
Sociology's Major Theoretical Perspectives
Ideas Underlying Science
How Sociologists Study the Social World
Part II: Social Structure, Processes, and Control
Chapter 3: Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World
Society: The Hardware
Culture: The Software
Society, Culture, and Our Social World
Theories of Culture
The Fit Between Hardware and Software
Chapter 4: Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane
Nature Versus Nurture - Or Both Working Together?
The Importance of Socialization
Socialization and the Social World
Development of the Self: Micro-Level Analysis
Agents of Socialization: The Micro-Meso Connection
Socialization and Macro-Level Issues
Policy and Public Sociology
Chapter 5: Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work
Networks and Connections in Our Social World
The Process of Interaction: Connections at the Micro Level
Groups in Our Social World: The Micro-Meso Connection
Organizations and Bureaucracies: The Meso-Macro Connection
National and Global Networks: The Macro Level
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Weirdos, Freaks, and Folks Like Us
What Is Deviance?
What Causes Deviant Behavior? Theoretical Perspectives
Crime and Individuals: Micro-Level Analysis
Crime and Organizations: Meso-Level Analysis
National and Global Crime: Macro-Level Analysis
Controlling Crime: Social Policy Considerations
Part III: Inequality
Chapter 7: Stratification: Rich and Famous - or Rags and Famine?
The Importance of Social Stratification
Theoretical Explanations of Stratification
Individuals' Social Status: The Micro Level
Social Mobility: The Micro-Meso Connection
Major Stratification Systems: Macro-Level Analysis
Poverty and Social Policy
National and Global Digital Divide: Macro-Level Stratification
Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Group Stratification: Beyond "Us" and "Them"
What Characterizes Racial and Ethnic Groups?
Prejudice: Micro-Level Analysis
Discrimination: Meso-Level Analysis
Dominant and Minority Group Contact: Macro-Level Analysis
Policies Governing Minority and Dominant Group Relations
Chapter 9: Gender Stratification: She/He - Who Goes First?
Sex, Gender, and the Stratification System
Gender Socialization: Micro- to Meso-Level Analyses
Gender Stratification: Meso- and Macro-Level Processes
Gender Stratification: Micro- to Macro-Level Theories
Costs and Consequences of Gender Stratification
Changing Gender Stratification and Social Policy
Part IV: Institutions
The Importance of Institutions
The Development of Modern Institutions
The Interconnections Between Institutions
Chapter 10: Family and Education: Institutionalizing Socialization
Family: How Do We Make People?
Education: What Are We Learning?
Chapter 11: Religion
What Does Religion Do for Us?
Becoming Part of a Faith Community: Micro-Level Analysis
Religion and Modern Life: Meso-Level Analysis
Religion in Society: Macro-Level Analysis
Religion in the Modern World
Chapter 12: Politics and Economics: Probing Power; Dissecting Distribution
What Is Power?
Power and Privilege in Our Social World
Theoretical Perspectives on Power and Privilege
Individuals, Power, and Participation: Micro-Level Analysis
Power and Resource Distributions: Meso-Level Analysis
National and Global Systems: Macro-Level Analysis
Part V: Social Dynamics
Chapter 13: Population and Urbanization: Living on Planet Earth
Macro-Level Patterns in World Population Growth
Meso-Level Institutional Influences on Population Change
Micro-Level Population Patterns
Urbanization: Movement From Rural to Urban Areas
The Urban Environment and Social Policy: Macro-Level Perspectives
Chapter 14: The Process of Change: We Can Make a Difference!
The Complexity of Change in Our Social World
Social Change: Process and Theories
Collective Behavior: Micro- to Meso-Level Behavior and Change
Planned Change in Organizations: Meso-Level Change
Social Movements: Macro-Level Change
Technology, Environment, and Change
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About Jeanne H. Ballantine

Jeanne H. Ballantine is Emerita Professor of Sociology at Wright State University, a state university of about 17,000 students in Ohio. She has also taught at several 4-year colleges, including an "alternative" college and a traditionally Black college, and at international programs in universities abroad. She has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a mission to introduce the uninitiated to the field and to help students see the usefulness and value in sociology. She has been active in the teaching movement, shaping curriculum, writing and presenting research on teaching, and offering workshops and consulting in regional, national, and international forums. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and serves as a Departmental Resources Group consultant and evaluator.



Jeanne has written several textbooks, all with the goal of reaching the student audience. As the original director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright State University, she scoured the literature on student learning and served as a mentor to teachers in a wide variety of disciplines. Local, regional, and national organizations have honored her for her teaching and for her contributions to helping others become effective teachers. In 1986, the American Sociological Association's Section on Undergraduate Education (now called the Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology) recognized her with the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology. In 2004, she was honored by the American Sociological Association with its Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. In 2010, the North Central Sociological Association awarded her the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology.

Keith A. Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, a private liberal arts college of about 1,100 students in Indiana. He has taught introductory sociology for 35 years with a passion for active learning strategies and a focus on "deep learning" by students that transforms the way they see the world. Prior to teaching at Hanover, he taught at a 2-year regional campus of a large university.



He has been active in the teaching movement, writing on teaching and serving as a consultant to sociology departments across the country in his capacity as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group. He has written a very popular textbook in the sociology of religion, has coauthored a book on writing in the undergraduate curriculum, has published and led many workshops on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and for 22 years ran an annual workshop for high school sociology teachers. He has chaired the Selection Committee for the SAGE Innovations and Professional Development Awards since the program's inception. He has been honored for his teaching and teaching-related work at local, state, regional, and national levels. The American Sociological Association's Section on Teaching and Learning awarded him the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology in 2000. He was honored with the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 2010. In 2012, the North Central Sociological Association awarded Keith the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology.

Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how "Sociologists in Action" make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include From Black to Biracial, Crossing the Racial Divide, Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Her teaching texts, in addition to Sociology in Action, include Our Social World, The Engaged Sociologist, Sociologists in Action, , and Social Problems in Action. Kathleen is also the editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology.



Kathleen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group and received William Paterson University's award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression in 2006 and the university's award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
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