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Sociology: The Central Questions [Paperback]

William Kornblum , Carolyn Smith
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January 6, 2002 015508562X 978-0155085626 2
This concise yet thorough treatment of sociology is organized around a set of central questions and integrates classic and current research with analyses of trends affecting society. Written by the best-selling author of SOCIOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD, William Kornblum's brief text incorporates many of his most popular features (such as Mapping Social Change) while new features and the text's unique approach give this book its own distinct voice and perspective.

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1. Sociology, the Science of Society. 2. Culture. 3. Socialization. 4. Social Structure and Group Interaction. 5. Deviance and Social Control. 6. Stratification and Social Class. 7. Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity. 8. Inequalities of Gender and Age. 9. The Family. 10. Religion. 11. Education. 12. Economics and Politics. 13. Population, Urbanization, and Public Health. 14. Collective Behavior, Social Movements and Social Change.

About the Author

William Kornblum is a professor of sociology at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where he helps train future instructors and researchers in the social sciences. He also teaches undergraduates at various campuses of the City University, including Queens College, Hunter College, and City College. A specialist in urban and community studies, Kornblum began his teaching career with the Peace Corps in the early 1960s, where he taught physics and chemistry in French-speaking West Africa. He received his Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1971. He also taught at the University of Washington at Seattle and worked as a research sociologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior. At the CUNY Graduate School, he directs research on environmental issues and on urban policy. With his longtime research partner, Terry Williams, he recently co-authored THE UPTOWN KIDS, a sociological portrait of teenagers and young adults growing up in high-rise public housing projects. He was also the principal investigator of Project TELL, a longitudinal study of the ways in which home computers can improve the life chances of young people at risk of dropping out of school. In 2005, Kornblum was awarded the Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association.

Carolyn Smith, a freelance writer, is the author of THE ABSENTEE AMERICAN and STRANGERS AT HOME, and co-editor of IN THE FIELD: READINGS ON THE FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE. She has also lent her writing expertise to other psychology texts child development.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (January 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015508562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155085626
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Maintained Book October 8, 2012
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As expected from a used book but in best shape. It's not a super crisp paperback textbook but it's actually decently taken care of. There are no damages maybe some highlighted parts on the text ... but only for the first 2 chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory book to sociology April 30, 2009
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This was the textbook I used for my sociology class. It's a great book that gives you a good introduction to sociology, although it's getting a little bit outdated now.
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