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- Publisher: Pearson; 10 edition (January 2, 2014)
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This entire textbook is online for free though. If you want a cheaper option just use the online book.
If you want a physical copy buy the used one.
Finally, I found Henslin's chapter on Race and Ethnicity completely unusable. While he does acknowledge the social construction of race, he ignores structural racism in favor of sections on "Prejudice and Discrimination" and "Theories of Prejudice". A central theme of contemporary critical race theory is to point out that viewing racism as merely a problem of the personal prejudices of individuals is part of a popular MISunderstanding that leads us away from exploring how social structures are designed in ways that privilege white people (see Jane Hill's classic, The Everyday Language of White Racism). I mean, seriously? How can you talk about race and racism in the US without even mentioning White privilege? Or structural/institutional racism (different, I would point out, then 'institutional discrimination' which is mentioned on p. 263)? Or the ideology of colorblindness?
And what is up with the "Down to Earth Sociology" and "Cultural Diversity" information boxes? On p. 262, Henslin has a box entitled "The Racist Mind" which explores how people are attracted to White supremest ideologies. As someone who has taught about race in sociology and anthropology before, we are often teaching AGAINST the idea that our society's enormous inequalities based on race (such as the fact that the average net worth of White households is more than 10 times as large as that of black households) are entirely the product of White supremacists and overt racists. Instead, the challenge of teaching about contemporary racism is one of locating the origin of such inequalities in the everyday behaviors of people who do not identify as racists or bigoted. Having a box on "The Racist Mind" actively undermines that approach and enables students to continue to understand racism as the product of overt racists (i.e., 'somebody else') rather than social systems that they participate in.
My biggest frustration, however, is the "Cultural Diversity" box on p. 275, entitled "The Illegal Travel Guide". In this box, Henslin makes undocumented migration sound fun and jovial, rather than a disastrous and deadly consequence of US border policies. He writes, "it was then that I realized that the thousands of Manuels SCURRYING about Mexico and the millions of Juans they are transporting can never be stopped, since only the United States can fulfill their dreams for a better life" (p. 227). So, Henslin is not only making the journey of undocumented migrants sound fun, he is not only referring to those who undertake this journey as "illegal," but he actually using ANIMAL metaphors to describe them. Scurrying. It reads like something out of pre-WWII Germany. As someone who may very well have undocumented students in my courses, the thought of asking them to read such a weird, bigoted description of their experience or those of their family members is sickening.
Anyway, not a great book. Next semester I am switching to Introduction to Sociology (Seagull Eleventh Edition) by Anthony Giddens, Deborah Carr, Mitchell Duneier, and Richard Appelbaum.