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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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
Table 11.2 Adaptations to Anomie Source: Adapted from Robert K. Merton, "
Social Structure and Anomie," American Sociological Review ( 1 938): 672-682.
means of hard work even when it isn't getting them anywhere. Merton calls this ...
11.2 a. For Merton, the structural strain that led to anomie was the contradiction
between socially approved goals and socially approved means. In our society,
earning lots of money is a socially approved goal. But there are not enough
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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