Sociology : The Central Questions

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Sociology: The Central Questions is a concise yet thorough treatment of sociology. Organized around a set of central questions, the text integrates classic and current research in sociology with analyses of trends affecting society. Written by the best-selling author of Sociology in a Changing World, Fourth Edition, William Kornblum's new text incorporates many of his most popular features (such as Mapping Social Change and Then and Now), while new features and the text's unique approach give Sociology: The Central Questions its decidedly own voice and perspective. Features: * Each chapter opens with a question about the subsequent material, serving as an organizational theme while stimulating the critical thinking process. * CD-ROM Multimedia Icons within the text indicate where more information about a particular topic is available on the Core-Concepts in Sociology CD-ROM. * Related Internet coverage is included at the end of each chapter, encouraging students to pursue additional sociological applications.
* Chapter outlines and summaries, along with boldfaced terms and suggested readings, serve as quick reference points and guidance for additional sources of information on key topics.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 234.95 x 247.65 x 6.35mm | 929.86g
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0155008366
  • 9780155008366

Table of contents

Sociology: The Science of Society--Can It Make a Difference in People's Lives? Culture: Does It Account for the Immense Differences in the Way People All Over the World Feel and Behave? Social Structure and Interaction: Do They Explain Why Human Affairs Do Not Dissolve Into a "War of All Against All"? Socialization: Does Society Shape What a Person Can and Will Become, Or Are People Prisoners of Their Genetic Endownment? Deviance and Social Control: Are Types of Crime "Normal" in Any Society, And What Do Societies Do to Enforce Their Norms? Stratification and Social Class: Are They Inevitable or Can There Be a Classless Society? Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity: Must We Have Laws to Protect the Rights of Racially or Ethnically Distinct Groups? Inequalities of Gender and Age: Will They Diminish as Nations Become More Industrialized and Urbanized? The Family: Is It Breaking Down or Simply Adapting to New Social Conditions? Religion: Why Is It Difficult for People of Different Religions to Realize Their Shared Quest for Peace and Understanding? Education: Can It Reduce Poverty and Inequality? Economics and Politics: Can Institutions Like the Market and Legislatures Bring About Positive Social Change? Population and Health: Can We Control Population Growth, And Achieve Higher Levels of Health Worldwide? Social Movements and Social Change: How Do Social Movements Bring About Social Change?
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