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For freshman/sophomore-level courses in Introduction to Sociology that use a comprehensive text. As the best-selling comprehensive textbook and multi-media learning package in the market, Sociology 9/e offers students a global perspective to help them better understand their own lives. Macionis also provides students with the most current sociological research, including hundreds of new research citations, as well as recent data from Census 2000 to present a cutting-edge picture of life both in the United States and around the more

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  • Hardback | 702 pages
  • 222.5 x 272.8 x 30.5mm | 1,746.35g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9th Revised United States ed
  • col. maps, ports.
  • 0130977632
  • 9780130977632

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary, Key Concepts, Critical-Thinking Questions, Applications and Exercises, Sites to See, and Investigate with ContentSelect.) I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGY. 1. The Sociological Perspective. The Sociological Perspective. The Importance of Global Perspective. Applying the Sociological Perspective. The Origins of Sociology. Sociological Theory. 2. Sociological Investigation. The Basics of Sociological Investigation. Science: Basic Elements and Limitations. The Methods of Sociological Research. Putting It All Together: Ten Steps in Sociological Investigation. II. THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY. 3. Culture. What Is Culture? The Components 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 Evaluation: 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. Status. Role. The Social Construction of Reality. Dramaturgical Analysis: "The Presentation of Self." Interaction in Everyday Life: Gender and Humor. 7. Groups and Organizations. Social Groups. Formal Organizations. The Evolution of Formal Organizations. The Future of Organizations: Opposing Trends. 8. Deviance. What Is Deviance? The Foundations of Deviance: Structural-functional Analysis. Labeling Deviance: Symbolic-interaction Analysis. Deviance and Inequality: Social-Conflict Analysis. Deviance and Social Diversity. Crime. The Criminal Justice System. 9. Sexuality. Understanding Sexuality. Sexual Attitudes in the United States. Sexual Orientation. Sexual Controversies. Theoretical Analysis of Sexuality. III. SOCIAL INEQUALITY. 10. Social Stratification. What Is Social Stratification? Caste and Class Systems. The Functions of Social Stratification. Stratification and Conflict. Stratification and Technology: A Global Perspective. Social Stratification: Facts and Values. 11. Social Class in the United States. Dimensions of Social Inequality. Social Stratification and Birth. 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. Feminism. Looking Ahead: Gender in the Twenty-First Century. 14. Race and Ethnicity. The Social Meaning of Race and Ethnicity. Prejudice. Discrimination. 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. Looking Ahead: Aging in the Twenty-First Century. IV. SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 16. The Economy and Work. The Economy: Historical Overview. Economic Systems: Paths to Justice. Work in the Postindustrial Economy. Corporations. Looking Ahead: The Economy of the Twenty-First Century. 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. Looking Ahead: Politics in the Twenty-First Century. 18. Family. The Family: Basic Concepts. The Family: Global Variations. Theoretical Analysis of the Family. 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. Looking Ahead: The Family in the Twenty-First Century. 19. Religion. Religion: Basic Concepts. Theoretical Analysis of Religion. Religion and Social Change. Types of Religious Organization. Religion in History. World Religions. Religion in the United States. Religion in a Changing Society. Looking Ahead: Religion in the Twenty-First Century. 20. Education. Education: A Global Survey. The Functions of Schooling. Schooling and Social Inequality. Problems in the Schools. Recent Issues in U.S. Education. Looking Ahead: Schooling in the Twenty-First Century. 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. Looking Ahead: Health in the Twenty-First Century. 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 Societies. Environment and Society. Looking Ahead: Toward a Sustainable World. 23. Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Studying Collective Behavior. Localized Collectivities: Crowds. Dispersed Collectivities: Mass Behavior. Social Movements. Looking Ahead: Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century. 24. Social Change: Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Societies. What Is Social Change? Causes of Social Change. Modernity. Theoretical Analysis of Modernity. Postmodernity. Looking Ahead: Modernization and Our Global Future. Glossary. References. Photo Credits. Name Index. Subject more

About John J Macionis

John J. Macionis (pronounced ma-SHOW nis) was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. His 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. He and Nijole V. Benokraitis have edited the companion volume to this text, Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology. Macionis has also authored Society: The Basics, the leading brief text in the field, and he collaborates on international editions of the texts: Sociology: Canadian Edition (with Linda M. Gerber, from Prentice Hall Canada), Society: The Basics, Canadian Edition (with Cecelia Benoit and Mikael Jansson, also from Prentice Hall Canada), and Sociology: A Global Introduction (with Ken Plummer, published by Prentice Hall Europe). Sociology is also available in various international and foreign language editions. In addition, Macionis and Vincent Parrillo have written the urban studies text, Cities and Urban Life (Prentice Hall). Macionis's most recent new text is Social Problems (Prentice Hall), which is the first text to take a social-constructionist approach to the study of social problems and public policy. The latest on all the Macionis textbooks, as well as news, information, and dozens of Internet links of interest to students and faculty in sociology, can be found at the author's personal Web site, or Additional information, as well as online study guides for the texts, is available at the Prentice Hall site, John Macionis is Professor and Prentice Hall Distinguished Scholar of Sociology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. During a career of almost twenty-five years at Kenyon, he has chaired the Anthropology-Sociology Department, directed the college's multidisciplinary program in humane studies, and presided over the campus senate and also the college's faculty. In 1998, the North Central Sociological Association named Macionis recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching, citing his work with textbooks and his pioneering use of new technology in sociology. Professor Macionis has been active in academic programs in other countries, having traveled to some fifty nations. In the fall of 1994, he directed the global education course for the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program, teaching 400 students on a floating campus that visited twelve countries as it circled the globe. Macionis 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 so 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 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 and each term invites 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. Their home serves as a popular bed and breakfast where they enjoy visiting with old friends and making new ones. In his free time, John enjoys bicycling through the Ohio countryside, swimming, sailing, and playing oldies rock and roll on his guitar. He is currently learning to playshow more

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