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Essentials of sociology : a down-to-earth approach

Author: James M Henslin
Publisher: Boston : Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, [2007]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 7th edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James M Henslin
ISBN: 9780205504404 020550440X
OCLC Number: 122291956
Description: 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: The Sociological perspective --
Origins of sociology --
Sexism in early sociology --
Sociology in North America --
Theoretical perspectives in sociology --
Doing sociological research --
Research methods --
Ethics in sociological research --
Culture --
What is culture? --
Components of symbolic culture --
Many cultural worlds --
Values in U.S. society --
Technology in the global village --
Socialization --
What is human nature? --
Socialization into the self and mind --
Learning personality and emotions --
Socialization into gender --
Agents of socialization --
Resocialization --
Socialization through the life course --
Are we prisoners of socialization? --
Social structure and social interaction --
Levels of sociological analysis --
The Macrosociological perspective: social structure --
The microsociological perspective: social interaction in everyday life --
The Need for both macrosociology and microsociology --
Social groups and social control --
Social groups and formal organizations --
Social groups --
Bureaucracies --
Working for the corporation --
Group dynamics --
Deviance and social control --
What is deviance? --
The Symbolic interactionist perspective --
Differential association theory --
The Functionalist perspective --
The Conflict perspective --
Reactions to deviance --
Global stratification --
Systems of global stratification --
What determines social class? --
Why is social stratification universal? --
How do elites maintain stratification? --
Comparative social stratification --
Global stratification: three worlds --
How did the world's nations become stratified? --
Maintaining global stratification --
Summary and review. Social class in the United States --
What is social class? --
Sociological models of social class --
Consequences of social class --
Social mobility --
Poverty --
Inequalities of race and ethnicity --
Laying the sociological foundation --
Theories of prejudice --
Global patterns of intergroup relations --
Race and ethnic relations in the United States --
Looking toward the future --
Inequalities of gender and age --
Inequalities of gender --
Issues of sex and gender --
How females became a minority group --
Gender equality in the United States --
Gender equality in health care --
The Changing face of politics --
Inequalities of aging --
Aging in global perspective --
The Symbolic interactionist perspective --
The Functionalist perspective --
The Conflict perspective --
Looking toward the future --
Social institutions --
Politics and the economy --
Politics: establishing leadership --
Power, authority, and violence --
Types of government --
The U.S. political system --
Who rules the United States? --
War and terrorism: ways of implementing political objectives --
The Transformation of economic systems. Marriage and family --
Marriage and family in global perspective --
The Family life cycle --
Diversity in U.S. families --
Trends in U.S. families --
Divorce and remarriage --
Two sides of family life --
The Future of marriage and family --
Education and religion --
Education: transferring knowledge and skills --
The Functionalist perspective: providing social benefits --
The Conflict perspective: perpetuating social inequality --
The Symbolic interactionist perspective: fulfilling teacher expectations --
religion: establishing meaning --
What is religion? --
The Functionalist perspective --
The Symbolic interactionist perspective --
The Conflict perspective --
Religion and the spirit of Capitalism --
Types of religious groups --
Religion in the United States --
Social change --
Population and urbanization --
Population in global perspective --
A Planet with no space to enjoy life? --
Population growth --
Urbanization --
The Development of cities --
City life --
Urban problems and social policy --
Social change: technology, the social movements, and the environment --
How social change transforms social life --
Theories and processes of social change --
How technology changes society --
Social movements as a source of scoial change --
The Growth machine versus the Earth --
Epilogue: why major in sociology?
Responsibility: James M. Henslin.

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