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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There will be many practical rewards. The practical value of taking a sociology
course is that what you learn, by definition, never will be irrelevant to your life —
present and future. Each of us lives in the social world; each of us is influenced
by others and, to some extent, hopes to influence others. Studying sociology will
strengthen your ability to understand how the social world operates and what
your place is in it. Moreover, studying sociology will enhance your ability to act
But reality is only one factor that we must take into account to understand how
people act and interact. Sociology, then, is the discipline that studies the
interactions and relationships among people — the realities and the perceived
realities. Even given the seemingly countless variations in people's possible
behaviors, sociologists are remarkably successful in shedding light on questions
about why people do what they do and how they are influenced by one another.
My goal in this ...
For sociologists, cultural relativity means being objective enough to understand
people's behaviors in terms of their culture and social situation. Sociology does
not agree or disagree with, or approve or disapprove of, behavior; sociology
seeks to understand and explain behavior. And understanding and explaining is
difficult to do unless one is willing to look at things in their own context. Chapter
Review 1. Make a list of the sociological concepts that you learned in this chapter
. Define ...
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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
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