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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(Bryson 1990, 17) This process of judging other peoples and their customs and
norms as inferior to one's own people, customs, and norms is called
ethnocentrism. Table 4.1 lists common ethnocentric attitudes toward one's own
group and ...
Table 4.1 Ethnocentric Attitudes— Toward One's Own Group and Toward
Outsiders Toward Own Group Toward Outsiders See members as virtuous and
superior See own values as universal and intrinsically true See own customs as
Quite possibly, you experienced a bit of culture shock when you first arrived at
college! When one encounters cultural strangers, one's first reaction is likely to be
the same as Chagnon's when he met the Yanomamo. Ethnocentrism is normal.
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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