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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Comprehensive Edition, v. 2.0
- By: Steve Barkan
- Version: 2.0
- Pub Date: December 2016
- eISBN: 978-1-4533-7899-1
- Pages: 508
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Table of Contents:
- About the Author
- Chapter 1: Sociology and the Sociological Perspective
- Chapter 2: Eye on Society: Doing Sociological Research
- Chapter 3: Culture
- Chapter 4: Socialization
- Chapter 5: Social Structure and Social Interaction
- Chapter 6: Groups and Organizations
- Chapter 7: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
- Chapter 8: Social Stratification
- Chapter 9: Global Stratification
- Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity
- Chapter 11: Gender and Gender Inequality
- Chapter 12: Aging and the Elderly
- Chapter 13: Work and the Economy
- Chapter 14: Politics and Government
- Chapter 15: The Family
- Chapter 16: Education
- Chapter 17: Religion
- Chapter 18: Health and Medicine
- Chapter 19: Population and Urbanization
- Chapter 20: Social Change and the Environment
- Chapter 21: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
- Chapter 22: Conclusion: Understanding and Changing the Social World
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Pedagogical features related to the theme
- Social Issues in the News: Almost every chapter starts with a story from recent media coverage that recounts an event related to the chapter’s topic and proceeds with thought-provoking discussion about the social issue related to the event. Additional discussion elsewhere in the chapter helps students understand the basis for this issue and related issues. This dual treatment of the news story will help students appreciate the relevance of sociology for newsworthy issues.
- Sociology Making a Difference: Discusses a social issue related to the chapter’s topic and shows how sociological insights and findings have been used, or could be used, to address the issue and achieve social reform.
- Learning from Other Societies: Discusses the experience in another nation(s) on a social issue related to the chapter; this box helps students appreciate what has worked and not worked in other nations and thus better understand how social reform might be achieved in the United States.
- What Sociology Suggests: Summarizes social policies grounded in sociological theory and research that hold strong potential for addressing issues discussed in the chapter.
- Theory Snapshots: Many chapters contain these tables that provide a quick reference tool for students to understand the varying theoretical approaches to the sociological topic in the chapter.
- Using Sociology: Almost every chapter ends with a vignette that presents a hypothetical scenario concerning an issue or topic from the chapter and asks students to use the chapter’s material in a decision-making role involving social change. These vignettes help students connect the chapter’s discussion with real-life situations and, in turn, to better appreciate the relevance of sociological knowledge for social reform.
- A brief and unique final chapter, Conclusion: Understanding and Changing the Social World sums up what students have learned about society and themselves and reviews the relevance of sociology for achieving social change.
- Changes in Version 2.0: Some of the changes include nearly 300 new and updated references used to update data throughout book on such topics as suicide and death rates, health and illness statistics, unemployment, and wage and salary differentials by gender and race; new Social Issues in the News vignettes at the beginning of twenty chapters; and new discussion of various current events topics throughout the book.
Steve Barkan’s Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World makes sociology relevant for today’s students by balancing traditional coverage with a fresh approach that ironically takes them back to sociology’s American roots in the use of sociological knowledge for social reform.
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