Seeing Ourselves

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

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This best-selling introductory sociology reader provides classical, contemporary and cross-cultural readings on each key sociological topic. Seeing Ourselves strives to showcase the different perspectives sociology offers and the complexity of the social world. This reader has 72 readings composed of 26 Classic articles, 26 Contemporary articles, and 20 Cross-cultural articles.
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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 175.26 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 589.66g
  • Pearson
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 8th Revised edition
  • 0205733166
  • 9780205733163

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This best-selling introductory sociology reader provides classical, contemporary and cross-cultural readings on each key sociological topic. "Seeing Ourselves "strives to showcase the different perspectives sociology offers and the complexity of the social world. This reader has 72 readings composed of 26 Classic articles, 26 Contemporary articles, and 20 Cross-cultural articles.
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Table of contents

Readingsnew to this edition in bold. THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION Classic 1. "The Sociological Imagination" by C. Wright Mills Classic 2. "Invitation to Sociology" by Peter L. Berger Contemporary 3. "Women and the Birth of Sociology" by Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge-Brantley Cross-Cultural 4. "Body Ritual among the Nacirema" by Horace Miner SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH Classic 5. "The Case for Value-Free Sociology" by Max Weber Contemporary 6. "The Importance of Social Research" by Earl Babbie Cross-Cultural 7. "Cultural Obsession with Thinness: African American, Latina, and White Women" by Becky W. Thompson (was #11 in SO7) CULTURE Classic 8. "Symbol: The Basic Element of Culture" by Leslie A. White Contemporary 9. "Manifest and Latent Functions" by Robert K. Merton Cross-Cultural 10. "India's Sacred Cow" by Marvin Harris SOCIETY Classic 11. "Manifesto and the Communist Party" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels Classic 12. "Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft" by Ferdinand Tonnies Contemporary 13. "Unmarried with Children" by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas Cross-Cultural 14. "The Amish: A Small Society" by John A. Hostetler SOCIALIZATION Classic 15. "The Self" by George Herbert Mead Contemporary 16. "Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities" by Michael A. Messner Contemporary 17. "Socialization and the Power of Advertising" by Jean Kilbourne Cross-Cultural 18. "Parents' Socialization of Children in Global Perspective" by D. Terri Heath SOCIAL INTERACTION IN EVERYDAY LIFE Classic 19. "The Dyad and the Triad," by Georg Simmel Classic 20. "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" by Erving Goffman Contemporary 21. "Invisible Privilege" by Paula S. Rothenberg Contemporary 22. "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation" by Deborah Tannen Cross-Cultural 23. "The DOs and TABOOs of Body Language around the World" by Roger E. Axtell GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS Classic 24. "Primary Groups" by Charles Horton Cooley Classic 25. "The Characteristics of Bureaucracy" by Max Weber Contemporary 26. "McJobs: McDonaldization and the Workplace" by George Ritzer Cross-Cultural 27. "Even If I Don't Know What I'm Doing, I Can Make It Look Like I Do: Becoming a Doctor in Canada" by Brenda L. Beagan DEVIANCE Classic 28. "The Functions of Crime" by Emile Durkheim Contemporary 29. "On Being Sane in Insane Places" by Donald L. Rosenhan Contemporary 30. "The Code of the Streets" by Elijah Anderson Cross-Cultural 31. "Prostitution: A Worldwide Business of Sexual Exploitation" by Melissa Farley SEXUALITY AND SOCIETY Classic 32. "Understanding Sexual Orientation" by Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, and Clyde E. Martin Contemporary 33. "Sex in America: How Many Partners Do We Have?" by Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata Cross-Cultural 34. "Homosexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective" by J. M. Carrier SOCIAL STRATIFICATION Classic 35. "Some Principles of Stratification" by Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore, with a response by Melvin Tumin Contemporary 36. "Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America" by Barbara Ehrenreich [I need to know the permission cost for this one] Cross-Cultural 37. "The Uses of Global Poverty: How Economic Inequality Benefits the West" by Daina Stukuls Eglitis GENDER Classic 38. "Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies" by Margaret Mead Contemporary 39. "'Night to His Day': The Social Construction of Gender" by Judith Lorber Contemporary 40. "How Subtle Sex Discrimination Works" by Nijole V. Benokraitis Cross-Cultural 41. "Domestic Violence: A Cross-Cultural View" by Elaine Leeder RACE AND ETHNICITY Classic 42. "The Souls of Black Folk" by W. E. B. Du Bois Contemporary 43. "Controlling Images and Black Women's Oppression" by Patricia Hill Collins Contemporary 44. "How Did Jews Become White Folks?" by Karen Brodkin Sacks Cross-Cultural 45. "Are Asian Americans Becoming White?" by Min Zhou THE ECONOMY AND WORK Classic 46. "Alienated Labor" by Karl Marx Contemporary 47. "When Work Disappears" by William Julius Wilson Cross-Cultural 48. "Getting a Job in Harlem: Experiences of African American, Puerto Rican, and Dominican Youth" by Katherine S. Newman POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND THE MILITARY Classic 49. "The Power Elite" by C. Wright Mills Contemporary 50. "Can Anyone Become President of the United States?" by G. William Domhoff Cross-Cultural 51. "The Roots of Terrorism" by The 9/11 Commission FAMILIES Classic 52. "'His' and 'Her' Marriage" by Jessie Bernard Contemporary 53. "The Mommy Myth" by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels Cross-Cultural 54. "Mate Selection and Marriage around the World" by Bron B. Ingoldsby RELIGION Classic 55. "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" by Max Weber Contemporary 56. "How Student Life is Different at Religious Colleges" by Naomi Schaefer Riley Cross-Cultural 57. "Women and Islam" by Jane I. Smith EDUCATION Classic 58. "Education and Inequality" by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis Contemporary 59. "Savage Inequalities: Children in U.S. Schools" by Jonathan Kozol Cross-Cultural 60. "The English Only Debate" by Alejandro Portes HEALTH AND MEDICINE Classic 61. "The Social Structure of Medicine" by Talcott Parsons Contemporary 62. "The Slaughterhouse: The Most Dangerous Job" by Eric Schlosser Cross-Cultural 63. "Female Genital Mutilation" by Efua Dorkenoo and Scilla Elworthy POPULATION AND URBANIZATION Classic 64. "The Metropolis and Mental Life" by Georg Simmel Classic 65. "Why Humanity Faces Ultimate Catastrophe" by Thomas Robert Malthus Contemporary 66. "Urbanism as a Way of Life" by Louis Wirth Contemporary 67. "Urban Sprawl: The Formation of Edge Cities" by John J. Macionis and Vincent R. Parrillo Cross-Cultural 68. "Let's Reduce Global Population!" by J. Kenneth Smail SOCIAL CHANGE AND MODERNITY Classic 69. "Anomy and Modern Life" by Emile Durkheim Classic 70. "The Disenchantment of Modern Life" by Max Weber Contemporary 71. "The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty" by David G. Myers Cross-Cultural 72. "Global Media" by Todd Gitlin
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About Nijole V. Benokraitis

John J. Macionis was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. John Macionis' publications are wide-ranging, focusing on community life in the United States, interpersonal intimacy in families, effective teaching, humor, new information technology, and the importance of global education. In addition, John Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis have edited the best-selling anthology Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology. Macionis and Vincent Parrillo have written the leading urban studies text, Cities and Urban Life (Pearson). Macionis' most recent textbook is Social Problems (Pearson). John Macionis is Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he has taught for almost thirty years. During that time, he has chaired the Sociology Department, directed the college's multidisciplinary program in humane studies, presided over the campus senate and the college's faculty, and taught sociology to thousands of students. In 2002, the American Sociological Association presented Macionis with the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, citing his innovative use of global material as well as the introduction of new teaching technology in his textbooks. Professor Macionis has been active in academic programs in other countries, having traveled to some fifty nations. He writes, "I am an ambitious traveler, eager to learn and, through the texts, to share much of what I discover with students, many of whom know little about the rest of the world. For me, traveling and writing are all dimensions of teaching. First, and foremost, I am a teacher-a passion for teaching animates everything I do." At Kenyon, Macionis teaches a number of courses, but his favorite class is Introduction to Sociology, which he offers every semester. He enjoys extensive contact with students and invites everyone enrolled in each of his classes 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 tennis, swimming, hiking, and playing oldies rock-and-roll (he recently released his first CD). Macionis is as an environmental activist in the Lake George region of New York's Adirondack Mountains, working with a number of organizations, including the Lake George Land Conservancy, where he serves as president of the board of trustees. Nijole V. Benokraitis, professor of sociology at the University of Baltimore, has taught the marriage and family course for almost 25 years. It's her favorite class, but her courses in racial and ethnic relations and gender roles run a close second. Professor Benokraitis received a B.A. 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. She is a strong proponent of applied sociology and requires her students to enhance their study through interviews, direct observation, and other hands-on learning methods. She also enlists her students in community service activities such as tutoring and mentoring inner-city high school students, writing to government officials and other decision makers about specific social problems, and volunteering research services to nonprofit organizations. Professor Benokraitis, who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania with her family when she was 6 years old, is bilingual and bi-cultural and is very empathetic of students who try to balance several cultural worlds. She has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited eight books, including Contemporary Ethnic Families in the United States: Characteristics, Variations, and Dynamics; Feuds about Families: Conservative, Centrist, Liberal, and Feminist Perspectives; Modern Sexism: Blatant, Subtle, and Covert Discrimination; and Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology. Dr. Benokraitis has published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as institutional racism, discrimination against women in government and higher education, fathers in two-earner families, displaced homemakers, and family policy. She has served as both chair and graduate program director of the University of Baltimore's Department of Sociology and has chaired numerous university committees. She has received grants and fellowships from many institutions, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ford Foundation, the American Educational Research Association, the Administration on Aging, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has for some time served as a consultant in the areas of sex and race discrimination to women's commissions, business groups, colleges and universities, and federal government programs. She has also made several appearances on radio and television on gender communication differences and single-sex educational institutions. She currently serves on the editorial board of Women & Criminal Justice and reviews manuscripts for several academic journals. Professor Benokraitis lives in Maryland with her husband, Dr. Vitalius Benokraitis, associate chair and director of graduate studies in computer science, Loyola College in Maryland. They have two adult children, Gema and Andrius.
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