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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Imagine, for example, a premodern society in which people's livelihoods
depended on their herds of sheep and their crops of vegetables. In such a society
, most people would spend their time raising sheep and tending crops. Thus, the
Similarly, the Aztec peoples called their own language nahuatl, meaning "
pleasant sounding," but called other people's languages nonotl, meaning "
stammering." Modern languages reflect a similarly near-universal disdain for
foreign peoples: ...
Using survey techniques allows researchers to tap into people's attitudes on a
large variety of issues (for example, "Do you think the president is doing a good
job?" or "Do you approve or disapprove of same-sex marriage?"). The weakness
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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