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Exploring Social Issues

Exploring Social Issues
Using SPSS for Windows

Third Edition
Edited by:

April 2009 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This workbook is a "hands-on" introduction to the craft of social research. Students are involved in the process of social research throughout, taking an active role and testing their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence, among other current issues.

Data sets available online!

These data sets (see 'Sample Materials and Chapters') provide historical depth and analyse trends over time by comparing 2006 results and patterns with data from the 1972 General Social Survey.

1. Getting Started: Social Research, Data Sets, and Frequency Distributions
2. Theory and Research: The Scientific Method
3. Describing the Sample, Types of Variables, and Data Sets
4. Culture: What Do Americans Value?
5. A Controversy in Values: Attitudes About Abortion
6. Socialization: What Kinds of Children Do Americans Want?
7. Crime: Fear, Law Enforcement, and Punishment
8. Inequality and Social Class in the United States
9. Inequality and Gender
10. Inequality and Race
11. The Family Institution: Forms and Functions
12. The Political Institution in the United States: Support for Civil Liberties, Presidential Choice, and the Gender Gap
Appendix A: Variable Names, Item Wordings, and Codes for All Data Sets
Appendix B: SPSS Commands Used in This Book
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary of Key Concepts

The SPSS software was too expensive to install in our college, otherwise the book is excellent

SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS, Livingstone College
August 11, 2010

My students (SOC 201) are in a learning community and linked to MTH 104 (Survey of Statistics). This text will demonstrate the link between math and sociology most effectively. I plan to present the conceptual material myself and will use Exploring Social Issues to allow students to use the concepts while actively engaged in the work of sociology.

George Siefert
Sociology Dept, Daemen College
October 28, 2009

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