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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Preface It wasn't until I was about halfway through my first decade of teaching that
I finally had the opportunity to teach Introduction to Sociology. Did I want to teach
Intro? You bet! I was ecstatic. I had been teaching various upper-division classes
— research methods, social theory, criminology, law and society — but I wanted
to be the one who introduced sociology to students. I wanted to share with
students the enthusiasm that I felt for the entire sociological enterprise and to
Core Concepts in Sociology Lisa J. McIntyre. if we do not like survival of the fittest
, we have only one possible alternative, and that is the survival of the unfittest.
The former is the law of civilization; the latter is the law of anticivilization. We have
our choice between the two, or we can go on, as in the past, vacillating between
the two, but a third plan [offering help to the poor and helpless] for nourishing the
unfittest and yet advancing civilization, no man will ever find. (Sumner 1934, II) ...
Once, on about the third day of the semester, a student in my introductory
sociology class walked up to me and said, "Sociology is the work of the devil."
Then he left. I never saw that student again. But had he given me the chance, I
would have told him that I disagreed with his assessment. In fact, I am sure that
the devil hates sociology more than most things. It is true that sociology emerged
at a time in history when many individuals (including some sociologists) were
questioning the ...
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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