The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology
Using a conceptual organizing framework, THE PRACTICAL SKEPTIC: CORE CONCEPTS IN SOCIOLOGY, 2nd Edition, is a concise introduction to sociology that focuses on core concepts as the central building blocks for understanding sociology. Written in a lively, conversational style, McIntyre uses numerous pedagogical features to help students grasp key sociological concepts.
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Merton (1938) began his analysis by noticing that all social systems have two
characteristics. First, they have commonly accepted goals for their members.
These goals are simply socially valued things worth striving for. As we discovered
and people will be able to reach those goals by following socially acceptable
means. In modern Western society, however, there tends to be a significant gap,
or disjunction, between goals and legitimate means. Or, as Merton put it, anomie
Innovators accept and pursue the accepted goals of society but, when confronted
with a lack of legitimate means, devise new ones. For example, if in the pursuit of
the accepted goal of wealth, Mary finds she has no legitimate access to wealth, ...
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I've always wanted to use this book to teach Introductroy Sociology. It is more clever, more interesting than the typical introductory textbook. The Teacher's guide is a set of out-of-the-ordinary exercises, rather than the usual lecture outlines and sample exam questions. Read full review