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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Roles Sociologists define a role as the sum total of expectations about the
behavior attached to a particular social status. Consider my sociology class. In
that social structure, my status is professor. My role is to teach — I'm expected to
ing the accompanying roles is fairly straightforward. But sociologists have
identified three major problems that come up — what I call "tricky situations" —
role strain, status inconsistency, and role TRICKY SITUATION 1: ROLE STRAIN
The status of judge in our society requires the incumbent to play a role in which
he or she treats all defendants alike. The role of parent is different. Parents are
supposed to be loyal to and love their children, and when their child gets into ...
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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