Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials

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Cengage Learning, Dec 2, 2008 - Science - 624 pages
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Accessible and up-to-date, the Seventh Edition of SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, Seventh Edition, builds on the best of previous editions while offering new insights, learning tools, and opportunities to apply the content of each chapter to relevant sociological issues of the twenty-first century. Acclaimed in the field for being first to integrate race, class, and gender issues, Kendall continues her focus on diversity and inequality, emphasizing social consciousness and active participation in bettering the world around us. Compelling examples, a vivid writing style, and chapter themes grounded in timely social issues already familiar to students get students involved in sociology by showing them how they can make a difference in their own communities. Among its other changes, the Seventh Edition includes a new Sociology Works! feature; new assignable Reflect & Analyze questions that conclude selected features; two new photo essays, each with new assignable video activities; a vibrant new interior design; improved concept review tables; and more photos and illustrations, making this text the most up-to-date, applications-oriented introduction to sociology available.
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Contents

Part1 Studying Society and Social Life 1 The Sociological Perspective and Research Process
2
Features
38
Culture
42
Culture and Society in a Changing World
44
Socialization
76
Agents of Socialization
77
Its Right for You
79
Part 2
80
Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnic
290
How Much Do You Know About Body Image Why Place Matters in Global Poverty 274
291
Features
293
Sex and Gender
316
The Cultural Dimension
322
Women in a LockerRoom
326
Contemporary Gender Inequality
338
Part 4
342

Social Psychological Theories of Human
83
How Much Do You Know About Homeless Persons? 115 Durkheims Sociology of Suicide and TwentyFirst Century India 13
90
Photo Essay
94
Socialization Through the Life Course
103
Social Groups and Social Control 4 Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life
112
Roles
119
Social Institutions
125
Changing Social Structure and Interaction
140
Groups and Organizations
144
The Macrolevel Perspective 114
146
Deviance and Crime
172
and Deviance?
175
Functionalist Perspectives on Deviance
179
Postmodernist Perspectives on Deviance
190
Part 3
194
The Criminal Justice System
201
The Global Criminal Economy
207
Social Inequality 7 Class and Stratification in the United States
212
What Is Social Stratification?
214
and the American Dream?
215
Contemporary Sociological Models of the U S Class
223
Inequality in the United States
230
Poverty in the United States
239
Have You Seen Bigfoot or
244
Sociological Explanations of Social Inequality
245
Global Stratification
252
Classification of Economies by Income
259
Global Inequality in the Future
275
Race and Ethnicity
280
Race and Ethnicity
282
and Sports?
283
Part5 Social Institutions 11 Families and Intimate Relationships
354
Families in Global Perspective
356
From the Housing Market
371
Education and Religion
388
Character Building and Social Norms
394
Problems Within Elementary and Secondary
401
Religion in Historical Perspective
408
Education and Religion in the Future
420
Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective
426
Political Systems in Global Perspective
432
The U S Political System
440
How Much Do You Know About U S Immigration? 503 Sociology Sheds Light on the PhysicianPatient
450
on the Internet 149
461
Health Health Care and Disability
464
Health Care in the United States
477
Disability
489
Health Care in the Future
495
Do Multiracial Scenes in Televi Joining the Fight Against Illness and Disease
496
Social Dynamics and Social Change 15 Population and Urbanization
500
Photo Essay
508
sion Ads Reflect Reality? 294 Creating a Vital Link Between College Students and Immigrant
511
A Brief Glimpse at International Migration
516
Problems in Global Cities
529
Collective Behavior Social Movements and Social Change
538
Features
541
Sociology Works FineTuning Theories and Data
567
References
577
Photo Credits
588
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596
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Diana Kendall received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Her areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory, race/class/gender studies, and the sociology of medicine. Kendall is currently a sociology professor at Baylor University, where she teaches introduction to sociology as well as an undergraduate course in social theory and a graduate seminar in advanced sociological theory. She is a member of the council of the undergraduate education section of the American Sociological Association and a member of the Sociologists for Women in Society for the Study of Social Problems.

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