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
and sentiments common to the average members of the same society." The
collective conscience, in other words, was made up of the values, beliefs, norms,
and goals shared by people in a particular society. The collective conscience
was a ...
Durkheim had implicitly assumed that once society completed its transition from
preindustrial to industrial, then anomie would go away. From his twentieth-
century perspective, however, Merton realized that anomie was not about to go
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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