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The Big Picture: A Sociology Primer Paperback – July 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0072990539 ISBN-10: 0072990538 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (July 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072990538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072990539
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Witt was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and raised in a predominantly working-class community. His father, Richard Witt, was a printer and his mother, Mary Carpenter, was a stay-at-home mom. After his parents divorced, his mom returned to school to get a college degree and became a high school English teacher. Both his parents remarried. He has a brother and two sisters. In 1984, he married his high school sweet heart, Lori Opgenorth, who continues to be his life partner. They both headed to graduate school, and Lori earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History. Together they have the world’s two most wonderful daughters, Emily, born in 1994, and Eleanor, born in 1996. They recently added Jessie, a Pembroke Welsh corgi, to their family.

Jon graduated from Sheboygan’s South High School in 1980. He attended Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois, from which he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1984. While at Trinity, he completed a semester-long program at the Oregon Extension in Ashland, Oregon. After college, he continued his education in sociology, joined the faculty of Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he is currently an associate professor. He regularly offers courses in introductory sociology, social problems, social stratification, sociology of religion, sociology of science and technology, and sociological theory.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan VINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
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This was one of two texts used in my Introduction to Sociology class (the other being George Ritzer's The McDonaldization of Society, which I was not too thrilled with). As someone who only had a passing knowledge of Marx and who had never heard of Weber, I was going into this book totally blind.

This book was the best possible introduction to the subject I could have asked for. Witt leads you through the topics in such a way that you feel like you are being talked to instead of talked at. After a very well-written introductory chapter, subsequent chapters deal with one issue at a time, building the foundation so that by the end of the book you know enough sociology that Witt can discuss very complex racial and gender issues without losing the reader.

That last phrase, "without losing the reader," is probably a good phrase to apply to the book itself. Witt never lost my interest, even when discussing a (rare) dry subject. He only uses technical terms when necessary, he provides real-life examples (often from his own experience; his daughters frequently appear in the book) and always eplains what he is talking about when he talks about it (none of that "We'll see why this is true in the next chapter").

All in all, if you are looking at this book, you probably need it for a class and do not have a choice, but fear not - it is one of the better textbook reads out there. If you *are* just browsing for an introductory text to sociology, you search ends here.
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By SusanD on July 30, 2014
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Great resource. I am going to see if I can adopt it for my Intro class..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Hun on November 19, 2008
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He promises not to change his book for eight years so students can keep using the book
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Kalatucka on March 5, 2009
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the book arrived within the scheduled time and was labeled as acceptable condition, which is was, with some slight water damage. id like to of known there was a some form of liquid damage since it makes the pages difficult to separate
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