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Sociology : a brief introduction

Sociology : a brief introduction

Author: Alex Thio
Publisher: Boston, MA : Allyn and Bacon, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats

Unique for its blend of style and substance, this introductory text uses a systematic and balanced application of sociological perspectives to help students see the difference between myths and  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Thio
ISBN: 0205350992 9780205350995
OCLC Number: 49558989
Description: xxvii, 499 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The Essence of Sociology --
The Study of Social Life --
The Development of Sociology --
Major Perspectives in Sociology --
Sports: Illustrating the Three Perspectives --
Major Research Methods --
Applied Sociology: How Sociology Can Enrich Our Lives --
Virtual World: Are Online Surveys Reliable? --
2. Society and Culture --
Building Blocks of Society --
Societies in Sociocultural Evolution --
Components of Culture --
U.S. Culture --
A Global Analysis of Culture --
Sociological Perspectives on Culture --
Applied Sociology: How to Enhance Our Cultural Competence --
Virtual World: More Languages on the Internet --
3. Socialization --
The Significance of Heredity --
The Significance of Socialization --
Processes of Socialization --
Sociological Perspectives on Socialization --
Social Diversity in Socialization --
A Global Analysis of Socialization --
Agents of Socialization --
Adult Socialization --
Are We Puppets of Society? --
Applied Sociology: Safe Places for Home-Alone Youth --
Virtual World: The Net Generation --
4. Social Interaction in Everyday Life --
Sociological Perspectives on Social Interactions --
Interaction as Symbolic Communication --
Communication Between Women and Men --
Dramaturgy: Interaction as Drama --
The Art of Managing Impressions --
The Social Construction of Reality --
Applied Sociology: What Humor Can Do for Us --
Virtual World: The Spreading of Online Chat --
5. Croups and Organizations --
Social Groups --
Group Characteristics --
Social Networks --
Formal Organizations --
Functionalist Perspective: Cooperating to Achieve a Common Goal --
Conflict Perspective: Equality as Key to Organizational Success --
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Defining the Situation in Organizations --
The Realities of Bureaucracy --
A Global Analysis of Organizations --
Applied Sociology: Standing in Lines --
Virtual World: The Global Computer Network --
6. Deviance and Control --
What Is Deviance? --
Examples of Deviance --
Functionalist Perspective: Deviance and Social Order --
Conflict Perspective: Deviance and Social Inequality --
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Association, Reaction, and Interpretation --
Social Diversity in Deviance --
A Global Analysis of Deviance --
Controlling Deviance --
Applied Sociology: Controlling Violent Kids --
Virtual World: The Proliferation of Cyberporn --
7. U.S. and Clobal Stratification --
The Bases of Stratification --
Stratification Systems: A Global View --
New Approaches to Stratification --
The U.S. Class Structure --
Poverty in the United States --
Social Mobility in U.S. Society --
Global Stratification --
Sociological Perspectives on Stratification --
Applied Sociology: How to Become a Millionaire --
Virtual World: Stratification in Cyberspace --
8. Race and Ethnicity --
Sociological Definitions --
Race and Ethnicity in the United States --
Racial and Ethnic Relations --
Prejudice and Discrimination --
A Global Analysis of Race and Ethnicity --
Applied Sociology: Affirmative Action without Racial Preference --
9. Cender and Age --
Gender Roles --
Gender Socialization --
Spheres of Gender Inequality --
Consequences of Gender Inequality --
Sociological Perspectives on Gender Inequality --
The Aging Process --
Social Diversity in Aging --
The Future of Aging --
Virtual World: The Gendered Computer Games --
10. Families --
Families: A Global Analysis --
Sociological Perspectives on the Family --
Patterns of U.S. Marriages --
Family Problems --
Changes in the U.S. Family --
Alternative Lifestyles --
Social Diversity of U.S. Families --
The Future of the Family --
Applied Sociology: A New Way to Solve Marital Problems --
Virtual World: Family Relations in Cyberspace --
11. Education and Religion --
Sociological Perspectives on Education --
Education in the United States --
Social Diversity in U.S. Education --
Sociological Perspectives on Religion --
Religion in the United States --
Facing the Secular World: Confrontation or Compromise? --
A Global Analysis of Religion --
Applied Sociology: Preparing Students for Both Worlds --
12. The Economy and Politics --
The Economy in Perspective --
The World's Economic Systems --
The Dominance of Big Corporations --
Work in the United States --
Social Diversity in the U.S. Economy --
Power and Authority --
The World of U.S. Politics --
Who Really Governs in U.S. Society? --
A Global Analysis of Political Violence --
Virtual World: Wooing Voters Online --
13. Health and Population --
Health and Society --
Medical Care --
Sociological Perspectives on Health and Medical Care --
A Global Analysis of Population --
Patterns of Population Change --
Combating Population Growth --
Virtual World: Seeking Medical Care in Cyberspace --
14. Environment and Urbanization --
Environment --
A Global Analysis of Urbanization --
Cities in the United States --
The Urban Environment --
The Nature of City Life --
Causes of Urban Problems --
Sociological Perspectives on Urbanization --
The Future of U.S. Cities --
Applied Sociology: How to Revitalize the City --
15. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change --
The Study of Collective Behavior --
Forms of Collective Behavior --
A Global Analysis of Social Change --
Functionalist Perspective: Gradual Change --
Conflict Perspective: Revolutionary Change --
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective: Changing Interaction --
How U.S. Society Has Changed --
Major Changes in Our Future --
Virtual World: The Evolution of E-mail Etiquette.
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