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You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist (Second Edition) Paperback – January 10, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0393935172 ISBN-10: 0393935175 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Second Edition edition (January 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393935175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393935172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I admit I assigned You May Ask Yourself mostly because of the cost to my students. However, after teaching from it, I find it is better than any text I have ever used. The chapters are interesting and thorough. In fact, I believe the chapters on gender and race are the best I have ever used. Dalton Conley also does a great job of integrating race and gender into every chapter. He covers a great deal of material, reflects important and recent research, and presents it in ways that students can understand.” (Joan E. Manley, Florida Gulf Coast University)

“Your students will be captured by Conley’s conversational style and drawn into reading the text before they know what hit them. Conley provides a thorough discussion of theory with relevant past and contemporary examples. Further, he challenges the students to question what they’ve taken for granted most of their lives.” (Cheryl Maes, University of Nevada, Reno)

“Rather than bombarding students with lots of statistics, Dalton Conley seems more concerned with getting the ‘big ideas’ of the discipline across, and to encourage them to ask meaningful questions.” (Michael Nofz, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac)

“Conley's text has filled an important niche for the community college needs. It is affordable, readable, colorful, and yet has fewer pages to read, which is an important consideration for my beginning-level community college students, and has examples that my young students can relate to.” (Sharon Warner Methvin, Mt. Hood Community College)

“Hip, splashy, youthful, concise, emotive, provocative, unpretentious, sharp, with a fresh take on the issues.” (Jennifer Schultz, The University of Arizona)

You May Ask Yourself represents a departure from the typical cookie-cutter approach that characterizes most introductory texts. The best sociology textbooks read like storybooks, and students are actually interested in doing the readings. This book has the potential for approaching that standard.” (Ralph Pyle, Michigan State University)

“Dalton Conley's You May Ask Yourself is a refreshingly different non-textbook book that I'd strongly encourage others to explore.” (Brian Powell, Indiana University)

About the Author

Dalton Conley is University Professor at New York University. He holds faculty appointments in NYU's Sociology Department, School of Medicine, and the Wagner School of Public Service. In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the prestigious National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award, which honors an outstanding young U.S. scientist or engineer. He writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Slate, and Forbes. He is the author of Honky (2001) and The Pecking Order: A Bold New Look at How Family and Society Determine Who We Become (2004). His other books include Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America (1999), The Starting Gate: Birth Weight and Life Chances (2003), and Elsewhere, U.S.A. (2009). You can follow Dalton Conley on Twitter at @daltonconley.

Customer Reviews

It felt like he was talking directly to me.
Nikki
And if your class is requiring this--just know this is a textbook to buy.
Victoria Penney
This book is a very easy read as far as college texts go.
effyouck_ashlea

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophagist on August 16, 2011
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This book is geared towards the average college freshman; the book is filled with examples of various social phenomena, pictures, and written in a vibrant fashion. However, the need to write in an engaging way forces Dalton to adopt a biased stance on a number of social issues. I highly recommend this book to any starting student (especially one enrolled in SOC101), but encourage him/her to read with attention and form an opinion of their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on May 17, 2013
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The author is incredibly personal and humorous. It felt like he was talking directly to me. I would have liked to have kept this book at the end of the semester, but I didn't know I was going to like it so much when I rented it. I read even the chapters we weren't required to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By effyouck_ashlea on August 9, 2012
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This book is a very easy read as far as college texts go. The book is set up in such a way that younger readers can relate to what they are learning. All the material is paired up with recent events and common people so us 20 something year olds actually look forward to class discussion. We know the events that are being paired up with the material so we are able to respond in confidence.
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By savvy on May 7, 2014
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Arrived quickly and just what I needed for class! Yay! :)
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By Victoria Penney on April 10, 2014
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This is such a cool book to learn sociology from. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an intro. And if your class is requiring this--just know this is a textbook to buy. It is very helpful and fun to read.
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By Rossmeri F. on February 11, 2014
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The book I received is in good condition; however the book cover is a bit ripped, some pages were bent, and there is some writing in the book even though they claimed that it is a "clean copy". Other than that, it looks good and it is acceptable; delivery was on time, that is a plus.
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By Kaytlyn on January 19, 2014
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I bought this book for school. It was exactly as the description said and was in very good condition. I am happy with my purchase.
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By shake on January 2, 2014
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Very reasonable price for the book which was needed for school. Served it's purpose without all of the price which is associated with the school bookstore.
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