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The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology, 3rd Edition Paperback – December 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0393912173 ISBN-10: 0393912175 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393912175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393912173
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kerry Ferris is Associate Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. She uses ethnographic methods to study fame as a system of social power. Currently, she is researching the lives of professional celebrity impersonators and also analyzing the emotions communicated by celebrities in red-carpet interviews.

Jill Stein is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Santa Barbara City College. In addition to teaching introduction to sociology every semester, she has studied narrative processes in twelve-step programs, the role of popular culture in higher learning, and group culture among professional rock musicians.

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Good quality of information.
Julie E Asta-Ferrero
I would recommend this text book to anyone interested in sociology.
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I bought this book used for 50 bucks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Superstar on March 12, 2014
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Its a textbook thats easy to read and easy to follow. You want to understand others, you open up your mind, the begginers mind, and see others not inferior or better, but rather they do things differently and have a different view of life. I been in other countries and mingled with the people and try my best to understand their views of the world. I've made some very life changing discoveries that have changed me, for the better. This book is read from the typical American views of what life should be like for everybody else and by reading it it is very obvious the writers have never really lived outside of their confort zone or experiance culture shock, or even sorround themselves with other people. I give this book 3 stars because of how bias it is from the start. Im in chapter 6 and I still feel like this is just baby stuff to acknowledge that there are other societies out there besides ours. Thats it. No clear understanding of other cultural norms. I also deduct points for putting Jersey Shore's picture in chapter one. Giving these people any importance is a no no! But it is a freshmen class textbook, so I can see they were trying to hard to please some kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sassy Martian on August 10, 2013
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I am currently enrolled in college and this book was required. I found it very educational for the required class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kinsley on October 15, 2013
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THE BOOK WAS BRAND NEW, VERY SATISFIED WITH THE BOOK AND THE COST. I PAID LESS ONLINE THAN I WOULD HAVE AT THE SCHOOL BOOKSTORE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peejay on July 27, 2013
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Book is highly satisfactory, A totally new persective of viewing the society, very informative and enlightening read . Highly recommended to other students.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Adsit on April 3, 2014
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This is a very enlightening text. It is approachable and is sucesessful at unifying the many areas and ideas of sociology so a beginner can teach themselves about it. I was always interested while doing the readings for class, which surprised me as I thought sociology would be a really dry and obvious topic. It effortlessly ties in research and facts with relatable anecdotes and scenarios, which makes learning enjoyable. You really see how the elements of society vary from group to group due to fundamental differences in worldviews. It is, in summary, an interesting perspective in this broad field. It explores the essence of sociology and what various theories and influential thinkers have to say about contemporary life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie E Asta-Ferrero on April 26, 2013
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Good quality of information. Great for a sociology class. Easy to read and good explanations of various different aspects of the subject.
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By Jeannette Martinez on July 12, 2014
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The condition of the book was exactly as described.
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By andrew rogers on July 2, 2014
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