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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Comte suggested that the history of people's understanding of things (including
the social world) followed what he called the Law of Three Stages. In the first
stage, which Comte called the theological stage, religious leaders were the major
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: ...
When a variable influences another thing, it is called a cause; when a variable is
influenced by another thing, it is called an effect . So, Variables that influence or
affect other things = causes Variables that are influenced or affected by other ...
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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