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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Comprehensive Edition

Homework system included
By: 
Steven E. Barkan
Version: 
2.0
Published: 
December 2016
Page Count: 
594
Online Access Price: 
$29.95
Full Color Book + Online Access Price: 
$54.95
ISBN: 
978-1-4533-7898-4

This textbook is suitable for the following courses: Introduction to Sociology and Sociology.

Steve Barkan’s Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World presents a sociological understanding of society but also a sociological perspective on how to change society, while maintaining the structure and contents of the best mainstream texts.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Sociology Suggests: Summarizes social policies grounded in sociological theory and research that hold strong potential for addressing issues discussed in the chapter.

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Steve barkan

Steven E. Barkan University of Maine _ Orono

Steven E. Barkan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine. He is the author of several other textbooks, including: (1) Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 7e (Pearson); (2) Race, Crime, and Justice: The Continuing American Dilemma (Oxford University Press); and (3) Law and Society: An Introduction, 2e (Routledge). He has also authored more than 35 journal articles and book chapters in sources such as the American Sociological Review; Criminology & Public Policy; Journal of Crime and Justice; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; Social Forces; and Social Problems.
Professor Barkan is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and of the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). He has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UMaine and two Textbook Excellence Awards from TAA. He sincerely hopes that instructors and students enjoy reading this book in the format of their choice and welcomes their comments at barkan@maine.edu.
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