From the Publisher
In a fresh "student-friendly" format, this highly- successful volume introduces the major methods, theories, and findings of sociology and relates them to today's sociological institutions, movements, and issues. The goal of this book is to show students how to analyze everyday events through the sociological perspective, increase social knowledge, and develop critical thinking skills. With treatments of sociological paradigms, insightful boxes addressing current issues and social policy, and a broad range of effective supplements encompassing many medias, Sociology is one of the most comprehensive and powerful teaching and learning packages available.
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From the Back Cover
This comprehensive paperback introduction to sociology provides a balanced presentation of the field--e.g., social organization and the individual, social inequality, social institutions, and social environments and social change. Current studies, research, references, and data are woven throughoutas are special boxes highlighting topics of special interest: Sociology of Media, Internet/Technology, Applying Sociology, Window on Sociology, and Global Society. Internet exercises direct readers to a companion website. The Process of Sociological Research. Culture. Society and Social Structure. Social Interaction and Social Networks. Socialization. Groups and Organizations. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control. Social Stratification. Social Class and Poverty in the United States. Ethnic and Racial Minorities. Age and Health in Society. Gender. The Family. Education. Religion. Power, Politics, and Government. The Economy and Work. Population and Ecology. Cities, Urbanization, and Community Change. Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Social and Cultural Change. For anyone who needs an introduction to, or refresher of, basic concepts of sociology, or a broad overview of sociological current research and data.