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Mapping the Social Landscape

Mapping the Social Landscape
Readings in Sociology

Ninth Edition
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Sociology (General)

September 2020 | 656 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Mapping The Social Landscape is one of the most established and widely-used readers for Introductory Sociology. The organization follows that of a typical introductory sociology course and provides coverage of key concepts including culture, socialization, deviance, social structure, social inequality, social institutions, and social change. Susan J. Ferguson selects, edits, and introduces 58 readings representing a plurality of voices and views within sociology. The selections include classic statements from great thinkers like C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx, and Max Weber, as well of the works of contemporary scholars who address current social issues. Throughout this collection, there are many opportunities to discuss individual, interactional, and structural levels of society; the roles of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality in shaping social life; and the intersection of statuses and identities.

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About the Editor
Part I: The Sociological Perspective
C. Wright Mills
Chapter 1: The Promise
Donna Gaines
Chapter 2: Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia’s Dead-End Kids
Mary Romero
Chapter 3: An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey
Chris Hunter and Kent McClelland
Chapter 4: Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Chapter 5: The Manifesto of the Communist Party
David L. Rosenhan
Chapter 6: On Being Sane in Insane Places
Social Research
Michael Schwalbe
Chapter 7: Finding Out How the Social World Works
Craig Haney, W. Curtis Banks, and Philip G. Zimbardo
Chapter 8: Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison
Meika Loe
Chapter 9: Working at Bazooms: The Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality
Part II. Culture
Howard S. Becker
Chapter 10: Culture: A Sociological View
Pei-Chia Lan
Chapter 11: Raising Global Children Across the Pacific
Haunani-Kay Trask
Chapter 12: Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture
Part III. Socialization
Emily W. Kane
Chapter 13: “No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!”: Parents’ Responses to Children’s Gender Nonconformity
Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
Chapter 14: Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children
Robert Granfield
Chapter 15: Making It By Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment
Gwynne Dyer
Chapter 16: Anybody's Son Will Do
Part IV. Groups and Social Structure
Dalton Conley
Chapter 17: The Birth of the Intravidual
Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler
Chapter 18: Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children
Christine L. Williams
Chapter 19: Shopping as Symbolic Interaction: Race, Class, and Gender in the Toy Store
Part V. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Randol Contreras
Chapter 20: From Nowhere: Space, Race, and Time in How Young Minority Men Understand Encounters with Gangs
A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade
Chapter 21: Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?
Mark Colvin
Chapter 22: Descent into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot
Part VI. Social Inequality
Social Class
Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore
Chapter 23: Some Principles of Stratification
G. William Domhoff
Chapter 24: Who Rules America?: The Corporate Community and the Upper Class
Thomas M. Shapiro
Chapter 25: Race, Homeownership, and Wealth
H. Luke Shaefer, Kathyrn Edin, and Elizabeth Talbert
Chapter 26: Understanding the Dynamics of $2-a-Day Poverty in the United States
Barbara Risman
Chapter 27: Gender as Structure
Laurel Westbrook and Kristen Schilt
Chapter 28: Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System
C. J. Pascoe
Chapter 29: “Dude, You’re a Fag”: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse
Kevin Bales
Chapter 30: Because She Looks Like a Child
Race and Ethnicity
Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer
Chapter 31: What Is Racial Domination?
Charlie LeDuff
Chapter 32: At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die
Katherin M. Flower Kim
Chapter 33: Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Chapter 34: Yearning for Lightness: Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners
Part VII. Social Institutions
Power and Politics
C. Wright Mills
Chapter 35: The Power Elite
Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass
Chapter 36: Bully Nation: How the American Establishment Creates a Bullying Society
Chrystia Freeland
Chapter 37: The New Global Elite
Mass Media
Bhoomi K. Thakore
Chapter 38: Must-See TV: South Asian Characterizations in American Popular Media
Cheryl Cooky, Michael A. Messner, and Michela Musto
Chapter 39: “It’s Dude Time!”: A Quarter Century of Excluding Women’s Sports in Televised News and Highlight Shows
J. M. Bacon
Chapter 40: Dangerous Pipelines, Dangerous People: Colonial Ecological Violence and Media Framing of Threat in the Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict
The Economy and Work
Robin Leidner
Chapter 41: Over the Counter: McDonald's
Adia Harvey Wingfield
Chapter 42: Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men’s Experiences with Women’s Work
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Chapter 43: The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work
Max Weber
Chapter 44: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Steven P. Dandaneau
Chapter 45: Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons
Saher Selod and David G. Embrick
Chapter 46: Racialization of Muslims
Health and Medicine
David R. Williams and Selina A. Mohammed
Chapter 47: Racism and Health: Pathways and Scientific Evidence
Lillian B. Rubin
Chapter 48: Sand Castles and Snake Pits
Keith Wailoo
Chapter 49: A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America
Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
Chapter 50: Civilize Them with a Stick
Mitchell L. Stevens
Chapter 51: A School in the Garden
Ann Arnett Ferguson
Chapter 52: Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
The Family
Andrew J. Cherlin
Chapter 53: The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage
Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas
Chapter 54: Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage
Annette Lareau
Chapter 55: Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
Part VIII. Social Change
Jeff Goodwin and René Rojas
Chapter 56: Revolutions and Regime Change
Diane C. Bates
Chapter 57: Superstorm Sandy: Restoring Security at the Shore
Ruth Milkman
Chapter 58: A New Political Generation: Millennials and the Post-2008 Wave of Protest


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Key features
  • Now available for the first time in print and e-book formats.
  • Notable new readings in this edition that help enhance sociological understanding include:
    • a new reading in the culture section on global parenting by Pei-Chia Lan,
    • a new reading on negotiating space in gang neighborhoods by Randol Contreras, and  
    • a new reading in the power and politics section by Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass on their timely research on employers using bullying in the workplace.

  • Several new selections to this edition illustrate timely analyses of social issues and the intersections between race, social class, and gender. As a whole, the readings examine critical sociological issues including:
    • gender socialization in children,
    • the new global elites,
    • poor women and motherhood,
    • indigenous protests of the Dakota Oil Pipeline,
    • black male nurses and the glass escalator,
    • the failure of health care during Katrina,
    • the racialization of Muslims in the United States,
    • transgender people and gender panics,
    • the admission policies of elite colleges,
    • racism and health,
    • gender and televised sports, and
    • race, wealth, and home ownership.

  • An important work by Ruth Milkman on post-2008 millennial involvement in social movements has been added.

  • Based on the reviewers’ comments, this edition includes eight readings that have a global emphasis, and at least seven readings in the anthology address sexuality.
  • The piece by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas from Promises I Could Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage has returned for faculty who wish to use this anthology’s research.



  • The organization follows that of a typical introductory sociology course and provides coverage of key concepts including culture, socialization, deviance, social structure, social inequality, social institutions, and social change.

  • Classic readings by C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, David Rosenhan, Philip Zimbardo, Howard Becker, Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore, and Max Weber expose students to some of sociology’s foundational statements.

  • The majority of readings come from well-known and award-winnings contemporary sociologists, as well as a handful of journalists and activists working in a sociological tradition.
  • The collection provides many opportunities to discuss individual, interactional and structural levels of society; the roles of race-ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in shaping social life; and the intersection of those statuses and identities.

New to this edition:

Pei-Chia Lan on how Taiwanese and Taiwanese American parents are raising global children
Randol Contreras on encounters between gangs and young Black and Latino men
Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass on bullying in the corporate workplace
Bhoomi K. Thakore on movie and TV characterizations of South Asians
J.M Bacon on how the media covered Indigenous protesters in the Dakota Access Pipeline conflict
Saher Selod and David G. Embrick on the racialization of Muslims
David R. Williams and Selina A. Mohammed on the health impacts of racism and discrimination
Ruth Milkman on four millennial social movements