This book attempts to combine intellectual integrity with a lively writing style and aims to acquaint students with the entire range of sociological inquiry from classical to contemporary. This edition has been completely updated and now includes two new features: "Communist Societies in Transition", and "Sociology and the Media". Special features include extensive use of cross-cultural materials, making students more aware of social patterns and providing them with a sociological perspective in today's changing world and coverage of social changes in communist societies.
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Richard J Gelles is Professor of Sociology and Psychology and Director of the Family Violence Research Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His book, The Violent Home, was the first systematic empirical investigation of family violence and continues to be highly influential. He is the author or co-author of 21 books and more than 100 articles and chapters on family violence. Dr. Gelles received his A.B degree from Bates College (1968), an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Rochester (1971), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire (1973). From 1973 to 1981, Dr. Gelles edited the journal Teaching Sociology and earned the "Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award" in 1979 from the American Sociological Association, Section on Undergraduate Education. He frequently serves as a consultant to policy-making and media groups.
Ann Levine is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She received her B.A. with Highest Honors in English from New York University in 1966. In 1992, Ms. Levine went to Borneo as a volunteer for the Orangutan Research and Rehabilitation Program, founded by Birute Galdikas. She is currently working with Dr. Galdikas, whose book on the great red apes, Reflections of Eden, was recently published
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