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Sociology: A Brief Introduction Paperback – September 22, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0073404264 ISBN-10: 0073404268 Edition: 8th

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  • Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 8 edition (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073404268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073404264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Growing up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition, Richard T. Schaefer found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people’s jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Sociology. "Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised." This fascination led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer’s continuing interest in race relations led him to write his masters’ thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain. Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught introductory sociology for 30 years to students in colleges, adult education programs, nursing programs, and even a maximum-security prison. Dr. Schaefer’s love of teaching is apparent in his interaction with his students. "I find myself constantly learning from the students who are in my classes and from reading what they write. Their insights into the material we read or current events that we discuss often become part of future course material and sometimes even find their way into my writing." Dr. Schaefer is author of the third edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2000). Dr. Schaefer is also the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups now in its eighth edition, and Race and Ethnicity in the United States, second edition. His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1994-1995. Dr. Schaefer’s advice to students is to "look at the material and make connections to your own life and experiences. Sociology will make you a more attentive observer of how people in groups interact and function. It will also make you more aware of peoples’ different needs and interests — and perhaps more ready to work for the common good, while still recognizing the individuality of each person."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gluten-free Mom on July 4, 2010
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As far as textbooks go, this one is pretty good. The chapter divisions break the material down into manageable sections. Each chapter reinforces the ideas of the different sociological concepts studied, so that it's hard not to begin to pick up the concepts of each.
My only complaint is that the author seems to have the idea that all students using this textbook are going to be young people just out of high school. Many of his comments leave out non-traditional students. The median age of students at my college is 35. When the author does a revision of this textbook (And you know he will!) he should make sure he considers his audience closely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Visa on April 6, 2010
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I truly enjoyed the class. The book is broken down to simple details. It explain fully what sociology is and what it is all about. The exams after every chapter is a great tool and the information sticks to you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Masiha Noori on March 10, 2010
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This book offers a variety of way to learn sociology; through pictures, text, captions and stories. Its very easily structured for reading. It accompanies many pictures along with the text. At the end of every section there is a perfect review of the chapter and the definitions to the key terms. Every chapter has a main focus to help the reader understand sociology better. Also has an easy to read font.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By winterfell on January 15, 2013
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Had this book for an intro to sociology course for a college gen ed requirement. Barely read it, but the parts I did read were very interesting. This textbook is not an average boring textbook, it grabbed my attention, and was well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Livelaughlovebreathe on August 26, 2012
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helped me get a A in sociology! explained very well. highly recommend for people who are taking sociology! this book was required in my sociology class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Aquino on February 2, 2010
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It is very up to date. I like how it breaks up information, and shows examples and/or case studies. I like the images and how it relates the topics being discussed to what's going on in the world. Text books should all be like this. It makes learning easy and fun!!! Love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann on December 28, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. This is coming from a student who took this as a requirement and was not looking forward to taking the class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jasmani on September 29, 2010
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Overall this sociology book was one of my best purchase. I don't regret buying it at all.
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