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Meaning of Sociology, The (7th Edition) 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130336750
ISBN-10: 0130336750
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This concise text offers an interesting and challenging introduction to sociology. It gives students a sound understanding of complex sociological concepts, as well as an understanding of how sociologists view society and human beings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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/*3367E-0, 0-13-033675-0, Charon, Joel M., The Meaning of Sociology, 7/E*/

This classic introduction to sociology as a perspective gives readers a sound understanding of key sociological concepts as well as insight into how sociologists view society and human beings. Clearly written and organized, it shows readers how the various aspects of sociology fit together — and are relevant to their own lives. The volume addresses the discipline of sociology, sociology as a perspective, how sociologists think, social structure, inequality in society, culture, social institutions, the interrelationships among organizations, social order, control, deviance and power, social change, the family in society and the meaning and uses of sociology. For those interested in the sociology of humans.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130336750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130336750
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,880,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
I used this as a supplement to the John J. Macionis 9th edition Introduction to Sociology text. To be completely honest I'm not sure that given similar circumstances I would use them both again. The reason being that I taught a very condensed course (17 days of class, 13 actual lectures/discussion). Because the class was so condensed I didn't feel that I could assign the students any more reading than a chapter from the Macionis text and a reading from this reader everyday. Given a more drawn out course, say the traditional 10-week quarter, I can see where this reader would be more useful because you could assign multiple readings to each corresponding chapter in the introductory text and actually cover more than 13 of the 65 readings in the book. Because I only covered about 13 of them I don't think I'll use this text in this format again (too expensive for 13 readings), opting instead to create a small packet of 10 articles or something along those lines.
As for the reader itself, I would say that about half of the included readings were superb and the other half ranged between mediocre and pretty poor. For instance, most of the readings by Peter Berger (not Berger and Luckmann) were very clear, articulate, and downright humorous for a sociologist to read; I'm not sure my class found them as humorous, but they did seem to enjoy them.
I also found in discussing the articles with my class that the articles that were most well-received, despite some students not agreeing with the methods or conclusions of the articles, were the articles that applied sociological understanding to real-world problems, for example the reading 'Fraternities and Rape on Campus' by Martin and Hummer resulted in a very lively and heated discussion.
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By AnotherStudent on October 10, 2010
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The book is very dry, I was required to purchase it for a sociology course. If you have a choice, I recommend a different book.
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By Connie Trinh on October 11, 2014
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Best deal ever! I literally paid under $5 (including shipping) for a NEW BOOK!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
I used this as a supplement to the John J. Macionis 9th edition Introduction to Sociology text. To be completely honest I'm not sure that given similar circumstances I would use them both again. The reason being that I taught a very condensed course (17 days of class, 13 actual lectures/discussion). Because the class was so condensed I didn't feel that I could assign the students any more reading than a chapter from the Macionis text and a reading from this reader everyday. Given a more drawn out course, say the traditional 10-week quarter, I can see where this reader would be more useful because you could assign multiple readings to each corresponding chapter in the introductory text and actually cover more than 13 of the 65 readings in the book. Because I only covered about 13 of them I don't think I'll use this text in this format again (too expensive for 13 readings), opting instead to create a small packet of 10 articles or something along those lines.
As for the reader itself, I would say that about half of the included readings were superb and the other half ranged between mediocre and pretty poor. For instance, most of the readings by Peter Berger (not Berger and Luckmann) were very clear, articulate, and downright humorous for a sociologist to read; I'm not sure my class found them as humorous, but they did seem to enjoy them.
I also found in discussing the articles with my class that the articles that were most well-received, despite some students not agreeing with the methods or conclusions of the articles, were the articles that applied sociological understanding to real-world problems, for example the reading 'Fraternities and Rape on Campus' by Martin and Hummer resulted in a very lively and heated discussion.
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