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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Brief Edition

By: 
Steven E. Barkan
Version: 
1.2
Published: 
March 2013
Page Count: 
398
Online Access Price: 
$29.95
Full Color Book + Online Access Price: 
$49.95
ISBN: 
978-1-4533-5467-4

 

Sociology: Understanding and Changing a Social World, v. 1.2 (Brief)

 

Steve Barkan


WHAT'S NEW IN 1.2:

Version 1.2 of Steve’s Brief book includes the most recent data on the following:

    • crime and victimization
    • income and poverty
    • life expectancy and aging
    • employment
    • marriage and divorce
    • education
    • medical care
    • health disparities
    • fertility and population change

    In writing Sociology: Understanding and Changing a Social World (Brief), Steve Barkan had simple aims:

      • To make sociology relevant for today’s students by balancing traditional coverage with a fresh approach
      • To maintain the structure and contents of the best mainstream sociology texts in the market

      Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World (Brief) presents a sociological understanding of society but also a sociological perspective on how to change society.



      This textbook is suitable for these courses: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology

      This textbook is suitable for 2 and 4 year institutions.


      PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES:

        • SOCIAL ISSUES IN THE NEWS:
        • Almost every chapter starts with recent media coverage recounting chapter-related events and proceeds with thought-provoking discussion about the social issue related to the event. This treatment of the news story helps students appreciate the relevance of sociology for newsworthy issues.

        • SOCIOLOGY MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
        • Discusses a particular social issue and shows how sociological insights and findings can address the issue and achieve social reform.

        • LEARNING FROM OTHER SOCIETIES:
        • Discusses the experience in other nations on a social issue related to the chapter, helping 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 tables providing a quick reference tool for students to understand varying theoretical approaches to sociological topics.

        • USING SOCIOLOGY:
        • Almost every chapter presents a hypothetical scenario concerning an issue from the chapter and asks students to make a decision involving social change. These vignettes help students connect the chapter’s discussion with real-life situations and better appreciate the relevance of sociological knowledge for social reform.

        • CONCLUSION: UNDERSTANDING & CHANGING THE SOCIAL WORLD:
        • A brief and unique final chapter sums up what students have learned about society and themselves and reviews the relevance of sociology for achieving social change.

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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: (1) Discovering Sociology: An Introduction Using MicroCase Explorit, 3e (Wadsworth); (2) Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 5e (Prentice Hall); (3) Law and Society: An Introduction (Prentice Hall); (4) Collective Violence, 2e (with Lynne Snowden; Sloan Publishing); and (5) Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, 2e (with George Bryjak; Jones and Bartlett). He has also authored more than 30 journal articles and book chapters in sources such as the American Sociological Review; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; Justice Quarterly; Mobilization; Review of Religious Research ; Social Forces; Social Problems; Social Science Quarterly; and Sociological Forum. Barkan is past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and was recently elected to the council of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society. He also recently finished his seventeenth and final year (fortunately, not all consecutive) as chair of his department. He has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UMaine. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Barkan has lived in Maine for the past thirty-two years. He received his Ph.D.in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.A. in Sociology from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), where he began to learn how to think like a sociologist and also to appreciate the value of a sociological perspective for understanding and changing society.
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