Seeing Ourselves

Seeing Ourselves : Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology

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For courses in introductory sociology.

This best-selling collection of 77 classic, contemporary, and cross-cultural articles conveys sociology's diversity of viewpoints and methodologies. Important issues and debates are presented by scholars from many positions on the political spectrum, and capture the fascinating complexity of the social world.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 734.83g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 6th edition
  • 013111557X
  • 9780131115576

Table of contents

(NOTE: Readings in bold are new to this edition.)THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE.

1. Classic: The Promise of Sociology, C. Wright Mills.
2. Classic: Invitation to Sociology, Peter L. Berger.
3. Contemporary: How Would a Sociologist Look at Sport? Jay J. Coakley.
4. Cross-Cultural: Body Ritual among the Nacirema, Horace Miner.

5. Classic: The Case for Value-Free Sociology, Max Weber.
6. Contemporary: The Importance of Social Research, Earl Babbie.
7. Cross-Cultural: Arab Women in the Field, Soraya Altorki.

8. Classic: Symbol: The Basic Element of Culture, Leslie A. White.
9. Classic: Manifest and Latent Functions, Robert K. Merton.
10. Contemporary: Cultural Obsessions with Thinness: African American, Latina, and White Women, Becky W. Thompson.
11. Cross-Cultural: India's Sacred Cow, Marvin Harris.

12. Classic: Manifesto of the Communist Party, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
13. Classic: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaf, Ferdinand Toennies.
14. Contemporary: How the Internet Nurtures Long-Distance Relationships and Local Ties, John B. Horrigan.
15. Cross-Cultural: The Amish: A Small Society, John A. Hostetler.

16. Classic: The Self, George Herbert Mead.
17. Contemporary: Socialization and the Power of Advertising, Jean Kilbourne.
18. Cross-Cultural: Parents' Socialization of Children in Global Perspective, D. Terri Heath.

19. Classic: The Dyad and the Triad, Georg Simmel.
20. Classic: The Presentation of Self, Erving Goffman.
21. Contemporary: You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, Deborah Tannen.
22. Cross-Cultural: The DOs and TABOOs of Body Language around the World, Roger E. Axtell.

23. Classic: Primary Groups, Charles Horton Cooley.
24. Classic: The Characteristics of Bureaucracy, Max Weber.
25. Contemporary: McJobs: McDonaldization and the Workplace, George Ritzer.
26. Cross-Cultural: Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business, Boye De Mente.

27. Classic: The Functions of Crime, Emile Durkheim.
28. Contemporary: On Being Sane in Insane Places, David L. Rosenhan.
29. Cross-Cultural: The Code of the Streets, Elijah Anderson.

30. Classic: Understanding Sexual Orientation, Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, and Clyde E. Martin.
31. Contemporary: Sex in America: How Many Partners Do We Have? Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata.
32. Cross-Cultural: Homosexual Behavior in Cross-Cultural Perspective, J.M. Carrier.

33. Classic: Some Principles of Stratification, Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore with a response by Melvin Tumin.
34. Contemporary: Who Has How Much and Why, Andrew Hacker.
35. Cross-Cultural: The Uses of Global Poverty: How Economic Inequality Benefits the West, Daina Stukuls Eglitis.

36. Classic: Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies, Margaret Mead.
37. Contemporary: How Subtle Sex Discrimination Works, Nijole V. Benokraitis.
38. Cross-Cultural: Save the Children, Mothers and Children in the World Today.

39. Classic: The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois.
40. Contemporary: Controlling Images and Black Women's Oppression, Patricia Hill Collins.
41. Contemporary: How Did Jews Became White Folks? Karen Brodkin Sacks.
42. Cross-Cultural: Out of Harmony: Health Problems and Young Native American Men, Jennie R. Joe.

43. Classic: The Tragedy of Old Age in America, Robert N. Butler.
44. Contemporary: How the Grandparent Role Is Changing, Roseann Giarrusso, Merril Silverstein, and Vern L. Bengston.
45. Cross-Cultural: Our Aging World, Frank B. Hobbs and Bonnie L. Damon.

46. Classic: Alienated Labor, Karl Marx.
47. Contemporary: When Work Disappears, William Julius Wilson.
48. Cross-Cultural: Getting a Job in Harlem: Experiences of African American, Puerto Rican, and Dominican Youth, Katherine S. Newman.

49. Classic: The Power Elite, C. Wright Mills.
50. Contemporary: Understanding the September 11th Attacks: A Human Rights Approach, Kathryn Sikkink.
51. Cross-Cultural: Freedom in the World: A Global Survey, Adrian Karatnycky.

52. Classic: "His" and "Her" Marriage, Jessie Bernard.
53. Contemporary: The Decline of Marriage and Fatherhood, David Popenoe.
54. Cross-Cultural: Mate Selection and Marriage around the World, Bron B. Ingoldsby.

55. Classic: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber.
56. Contemporary: Seeker Churches: Promoting Traditional Religion in a Nontraditional Way, Kimon Howland Sargeant.
57. Cross-Cultural: Women and Islam, Jane I. Smith.

58. Classic: Education and Inequality, Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis.
59. Contemporary: Savage Inequalities: Children in U.S. Schools, Jonathan Kozol.
60. Cross-Cultural: Academic Achievement in Southeast Asian Refugee Families, Nathan Caplan, Marcella H. Choy, and John K. Whitmore.

61. Classic: The Social Structure of Medicine, Talcott Parsons.
62. Contemporary: The Health of Latino Families, Ruth E. Zambrana, Claudia Dorrington, and David Hayes-Bautista.
63. Cross-Cultural: Female Genital Mutilation, Efua Dorkenoo and Scilla Elworthy.

64. Classic: The Metropolis and Mental Life, Georg Simmel.
65. Classic: Urbanism as a Way of Life, Louis Wirth.
66. Contemporary: Urban Sprawl: The Formation of Edge Cities, John J. Macionis and Vincent R. Parrillo.
67. Cross-Cultural: Let's Reduce Global Population, J. Kenneth Smail.

68. Classic: Why Humanity Faces Ultimate Catastrophe, Thomas Robert Malthus.
69. Contemporary: Rich Planet, Poor Planet: Global Environment and Poverty in 2001, Christopher Flavin.
70. Cross-Cultural: Supporting Indigenous Peoples, Alan Thein Durning.

71. Classic: On the Origin of Social Movements, Jo Freeman.
72. Contemporary: The Animal Rights Movement as a Moral Crusade, James M. Jasper and Dorothy Nelkin.
73. Cross-Cultural: Abortion Movements in Poland, Great Britain, and the United States, Janet Hadley.

74. Classic: Anomy and Modern Life, Emile Durkheim.
75. Classic: The Disenchantment of Modern Life, Max Weber.
76. Contemporary: The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty, David G. Myers.
77. Cross-Cultural: The Price of Modernization: The Case of Brazil's Kaiapo Indians, Marlise Simons.
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About Nijole V. Benokraitis

John J. Macionis, professor of sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Macionis has also authored the two leading introductory sociology textbooks-Sociology, the leading comprehensive textbook, and Society: The Basics, the leading brief textbook. In addition, Macionis and Vincent Parrillo have written the urban studies text, Cities and Urban Life. Professor Macionis has been active in academic programs in other countries, having traveled to some fifty nations. In 2002, the American Sociological Association honored Macionis for his work with textbooks and for pioneering the use of new technology in sociology by bestowing on him their prestigious Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. At Kenyon, Macionis offers a wide range of upper-level courses, but his favorite course is Introduction to Sociology, which he schedules every semester. He enjoys extensive contact with students, making an occasional appearance on campus with his guitar and each term inviting his students to enjoy a home-cooked meal. The Macionis family-John, Amy, and children McLean and Whitney-live on a farm in rural Ohio. In his free time, Macionis enjoys bicycling through the Ohio countryside, or a warm afternoon might find him sharing an adventure with his two children.

Nijole V. Benokraitis, professor of sociology at the University of Baltimore, received a bachelor's degree in Sociology and English from Emmanuel College, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Benokraitis, who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania with her family when she was six years old, is bilingual and bicultural. She has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited Marriages and Familes: Changes, Choices, and Constraints; Contemporary Ethnic Families in the United States: Characteristics, Variations, and Dynamics; Feuds about Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives; Subtle Sexism: Current Practices and Prospects for Change; Modern Sexism: Blatant, Subtle, and Covert Discrimination; and Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity: Action, Inaction, and Reaction. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from many institutions, including the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Ford Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Administration on Aging, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Benokraitis lives in Maryland with her husband, Dr. Vitalius Benokraitis, who teaches in the Computer Science Departmexit at Loyola College in Maryland. They have two children, Gema and Andrius.
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