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Sociology (General)

March 2019 | 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What key social forces construct and transform our lives as individuals and as members of society? How does our social world shape us? How do we shape our world?

Discover Sociology presents sociology as a discipline of curious minds. The authors inspire curiosity about the social world and empower students by providing the theoretical, conceptual, and empirical tools they need to understand, analyze, and even change the world in which they live. 

Organized around four main themes—The Sociological Imagination, Power and Inequality, Technological Transformations of Society, and Globalization—the book illuminates the social roots of diverse phenomena and institutions, ranging from poverty and deviance to capitalism and the nuclear family. "Behind the Numbers" features illustrate the practical side of sociology and shows students how to be critical consumers of social science data reported in the media. And every chapter addresses the question, “What can I do with a sociology degree?” by linking the knowledge and skills acquired through studying sociology with specific jobs and career paths.  

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1: Discover Sociology
A Curious Mind  
The Sociological Imagination  
Critical Thinking  
The Development of Sociological Thinking  
What Is Sociological Theory?  
Principal Themes in This Book  
Why Study Sociology?  
 
Chapter 2: Discover Sociological Research
No Roof Overhead: Researching Eviction in America  
Sociology and Common Sense  
Research and the Scientific Method  
Doing Sociological Research  
Doing Sociology: A Student’s Guide to Research  
Why Learn to Do Sociological Research?  
 
Chapter 3: Culture and Mass Media
Popular Culture and the Undead  
Culture: Concepts and Applications  
Culture and Language  
Culture and Mass Media  
Culture, Class, and Inequality  
Culture and Globalization  
Why Study Culture and Media through a Sociological Lens?  
 
Chapter 4: Socialization and Social Interaction
My Robot, My Friend  
The Birth of the Social Self  
Agents of Socialization  
Socialization and Aging  
Total Institutions and Resocialization  
Social Interaction  
Why Study Socialization and Social Interaction?  
 
Chapter 5: Groups, Organizations, and Bureaucracies
Groupthink: A Case of Deadly Consequences  
The Nature of Groups  
The Power of Groups  
Economic, Cultural, and Social Capital  
Organizations  
Bureaucracies  
Why Study Groups and Organizations?  
 
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control
To Solve a Murder  
What Is Deviant Behavior?  
How Do Sociologists Explain Deviance?  
Types of Deviance  
Social Control of Deviance  
Why Study Deviance?  
 
Chapter 7: Social Class and Inequality in the United States
Poverty and Profit  
Stratification in Traditional and Modern Societies  
Sociological Building Blocks of Social Class  
Class and Inequality in the U.S.: Dimensions and Trends  
Why Has Inequality Grown?  
The Problem of Neighborhood Poverty  
Why Do Stratification and Poverty Exist and Persist in Class Societies?  
Why Study Inequality in the U.S.?  
 
Chapter 8: Global Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality
Migrants in Limbo  
Dimensions of Global Inequality and Poverty  
Armed Conflict and Poverty  
Technology: The Great Equalizer?  
Theoretical Perspectives on Global Inequality  
Who Are the Global Elite?  
Why Study Global Inequality from a Sociological Perspective?  
 
Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Violence and U.S. History  
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity  
Minority and Dominant Group Relations  
Theoretical Approaches to Ethnicity, Racism, and Minority Status  
Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination  
Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States  
Race and Ethnicity from a Global Perspective  
Why Study Race and Ethnicity from a Sociological Perspective?  
 
Chapter 10: Gender and Society
I Am a Woman and I Am Fast  
Concepts of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality  
Constructing Gendered Selves  
Gender and Society  
Gender and Economics: Men, Women, and the Gender Wage Gap  
Classical Theories, Feminist Thought, and the Sociology of Masculinities  
Women’s Lives in a Global Perspective  
Why Study Gender from a Sociological Perspective?  
 
Chapter 11: Families and Society
Millennials and Marriage  
How Do Sociologists Study the Family?  
Theoretical Perspectives on Families  
U.S. Families Yesterday and Today  
Socioeconomic Class and Family in the United States  
Globalization and Families  
Why Study Family through a Sociological Lens?  
 
Chapter 12: Education and Society
Food Insecurity in U.S. Colleges and Universities  
Education, Industrialization, and the “Credential Society”  
Theoretical Perspectives on Education  
Education, Opportunity, and Inequality  
Issues in U.S. Higher Education  
Education in a Global Perspective  
Why Study Education from a Sociological Perspective?  
 
Chapter 13: Religion and Society
A New Religion Rises: The Jedi Faithful  
How Do Sociologists Study Religion?  
Theoretical Perspectives on Religion and Society  
Types of Religious Organizations  
The Great World Religions  
Women and Religion  
Religion in the United States  
Religion and Global Societies  
Why Study the Sociology of Religion?  
 
Chapter 14: The State, War, and Terror
The Birth and Death of Countries  
The Modern State  
Theories of State Power  
Power and Authority  
Forms of Governance in the Modern World  
The U.S. Political System  
War, State, and Society  
Terrorists and Terrorism  
Why Study the State and Warfare through a Sociological Lens?  
 
Chapter 15: Work, Consumption, and the Economy
Robots and Jobs  
The Economy in Historical Perspective  
The Technological Revolution and the Future of Work  
Types of Economic Systems  
Working on and off the Books  
Consumers, Consumption, and the U.S. Economy  
Globalization and the New Economic Order  
Why Study Economic Systems and Trends?  
 
Chapter 16: Health and Medicine
The Scourge of Addiction  
Cultural Definitions of Health and Illness  
Health Care and Public Health in the United States  
Sociology and Issues of Public Health in the United States  
The Sociology of HIV/AIDS  
Global Issues in Health and Medicine  
Why Should Sociologists Study Health?  
 
Chapter 17: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
Where the Boys Are . . . and the Girls Are Not  
Global Population Growth  
Malthus and Marx: How Many People Are Too Many?  
Urbanization  
The Local and Global Environment  
Why Study Population, Urbanization, and the Environment from a Sociological Perspective?  
 
Chapter 18: Social Movements and Social Change
Activist America?  
Sociological Perspectives on Social Change  
Sources of Social Change  
Social Movements  
Why Study Social Change?  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

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