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Sociology, Ninth Edition Hardcover – January 8, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0072952995 ISBN-10: 0072952997 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 9 edition (January 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072952997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072952995
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,979,019 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Moore on October 2, 2007
This text does a pretty good job of introducing someone to the basics of the study of sociology. However, I felt like in some instances there were too many examples in the text, which made the chapters longer than necessary. That is not to say that these asides were not interesting (and in many cases relevant and useful), but there were so many that it was sometimes hard to study from the book because there were always sidebars with real examples distracting me from buckling down and reading the dryer definitions and explanations of theories.
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This book was alot nicer than I expected. The copy write is the wrong year I thought all I need to look for was the Author, name of the book, and the edition. WRONG its hard to follow along in class because the pages are different it takes a minute to find and catch up with the class if the teacher says page 79 it may be on page 139. All of the maps and charts are different and I don't have any of the short stories in my book that the proffessor likes to go over. I have to put in a some extra work if you don't mind I say get it's alot cheaper!
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By roxanne on October 11, 2014
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By helpfulshopper on November 29, 2014
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I dropped the class and didn't even need the book
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