Sociology: Social Life and Social Issues

 
9780130223739: Sociology: Social Life and Social Issues

Understanding the relevance of sociology to our everyday lives is critical today as never before. This book demonstrates that relevance, encouraging readers to consider their perspectives -- and those of others -- in daily life and in dealing with the broader issues. A compelling writing style, unique chapter organization, and incorporation of leading technology work together to convey the excitement of this dynamic field.

Examines what has changed over the past, primarily in the U.S., and discusses what those changes say about us as a society. Features Media and Technology boxes that raise issues of how media and advanced technology affect what we do, and how we make judgments and decisions based on what we see on TV. Includes Internet Exercises that reference issues or topics covered, sending readers to Web sites where they can explore opposing views of the same topic. Devotes a full chapter to crime, exploring it in depth as an outcome of deviance and as an institution.

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About the Author:

Professor Linda L. Lindsey received her B.A. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in sociology and education, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Case Western Reserve University. She also holds an M.A. in education from St. Louis University. She is the author of Gender Roles: Sociological Perspectives, Third Edition (Prentice Hall) and has also written various articles and conference papers on women in development, health and healthcare issues, refugees, internationalizing the sociology curriculum, and minority women in Asia, especially in China. (This picture is taken from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong.) Her major interest, both personally and professionally, is the developing world. She has traveled extensively in pursuing her research and teaching interests, especially in conjunction with the Asian Studies Development Program, a joint program of the East-West Center and University of Hawaii. While home in St. Louis she enjoys swimming and hiking and is active in community service groups focusing on advocacy concerning women and children. Dr. Lindsey is currently Professor of Sociology at Maryville University of St. Louis. Dr. Lindsey encourages students and faculty to communicate their experiences with the text to her at lindsey@maryville.edu.

Professor Stephen Beach grew up in southern Wisconsin and suburban Chicago and earned an A.B. in history from Stanford University with minors in sociology and the humanities. He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University after spending a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, researching social movement dynamics. Dr. Beach's primary sociological specialities include the sociology of religion, popular culture, and collective behavior/social movements. He has taught at Duke University, Simmons College, the University of Wyoming, and Avila College; he is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. His personal interests include film, rock and alt-country music, college basketball, and progressive politics. He shares his home with a large gray and white Republican cat named Murgatroyd. Dr. Beach would be delighted to hear comments or answer questions from readers of this text; he can be reached at SteveBe@kwc.edu.

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Sociology is all about connections. The social groups in which we live our lives—families, friends, communities, and whole societies—connect us to one another in numerous and profound ways. We are also connected to others by the new information technologies, especially the Internet, currently transforming the globe, as well as by events such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that held our world together in our collective grief. At the same time, our membership in these groups creates diversity. Sociology helps us explore and celebrate the many ways we are different from one another as well as our similarities and connections. We are diverse because we are female or male, African American or Native American, rich or poor, young or old, gay or straight. We are also diverse because we are Catholic or Muslim, urban or rural, and born in the developed or the developing world. Diversity is what's happening globally as well as in the United States. Both groups and individuals are more diverse yet more strongly connected to one another than at any other time in human history.

The third edition of Sociology emphasizes this blend of diversity and interconnectedness by stressing the intersections of critical social variables, especially race, class, and gender. To understand group life we must understand how people occupy these and other statuses simultaneously and how they intersect to form our social identities.

It also emphasizes the intersection of sociological theory and application as it reinforces that all application is informed by theory. Whether you will be using sociology throughout your life or only through this semester, this book will show how the key theoretical points will inform your life travel. Another point being drawn by the book is the intersection of the student and the discipline as you will always find examples and writing that are timely and relevant.

Thus the major goal of our text is to take students on a sociological journey through the United States and across the globe that demonstrates the threads of diversity and connectedness as intersections in their own lives. The authors hope that you find the trip both enjoyable and thought-provoking.

TEXT FEATURES

Students become excited about sociology through the introductory course. We have developed a text that forges a partnership between professors who teach the course and their students, who are its ultimate beneficiaries. Through its distinctive approach to the field, its readability and its relevance to student's lives, the third edition of Sociology assists professors in developing the sociological imagination in their students by encouraging them to see all dimensions of sociology. Material is presented in ways that allow students to become active learners and help professors translate the sociological perspective to the classroom.

In telling sociology's story to students, each author brings over 20 years of teaching the introductory sociology course to a variety of students, in large and small classes, and at a variety of institutions. The text, therefore, is grounded in teaching. The following text features demonstrate this foundation.

NEW FEATURES. Sociology, Third Edition, updates data in all content areas and reflects the most important trends currently affecting society.

  • NEW—Intersections features delve into the impact of diversity on a wide range of issues by offering students CHIP data exercises at 5 points throughout the textbook. Easily tied to the Website, this innovative feature illustrates the impact of race, class, gender, and age on various GSS questions.
  • NEW—September 11th coverage is integrated throughout the textbook to demonstrate its profound impact on virtually all social institutions. Sociological analysis of this extraordinary event is found in a re-organized chapter on the Political Economy as well as an expansion of the chapters on Culture, Religion, and Social Change with discussions related to global terrorism, social coping, religious fundamentalism and countermodernization.
  • NEW—Sociology of Everyday Life features demonstrate how the topics and events of everyday life come alive with new meaning when viewed from a sociological perspective, and offer students another bridge between sociological theory and its application to the lives they live.
  • NEW—Diversity in Focus features highlight the already strong emphasis on diversity found throughout the book.
  • NEW—ContentSelectfeature ends each chapter with search terms provided to students to make easier use of the new Research Navigator™ site.
  • NEW—Census 2000 Updates—text is completely updated with the data and analysis from the last full Census as well as the Census Briefs through 2002.
  • NEW—United Nations and World Bank Updates—Data sets from 2001-2002 provide the most current material on global health, economic, and demographic issues provided from 2001.

THEORETICAL APPLICATIONS. Theory is the core of sociology. The major sociological perspectives are introduced in Chapter 1 and are applied throughout the text. This edition reflects an expanded discussion of the feminist theoretical perspective and includes it throughout the text to extend coverage and explanations of diversity. Most chapters feature separate theory sections integrated with many research examples. Theoretical perspectives are applied repeatedly throughout the text. This approach helps students make connections between theory and their own lives, as reflected in the text's discussion of human sexuality (Chapter 7) and deviant behavior (Chapter 8). This text is thus both student friendly and sociologically rigorous.

LIFE CONNECTIONS. Focusing on diversity, all chapters have a "Life Connections" section highlighting the relevance of the sociological material to a student's life. This material was carefully chosen to reflect the latest trends in the various social institutions that will help college students see their place in our society. Topics include American socialization through family, peers, and media; how gender, race, and class affect socialization (Chapters 5, 11, and 12); college life as an exploration of sexuality (Chapter 7); the identity of the offenders and the victims of crime in our society (Chapter 9); considering who goes to college (Chapter 16); and the training of social movement activists (Chapter 23).

SOCIETY CONNECTIONS. Students are shown the relevance of the sociological perspective by seeing sociological theory connect with real, everyday social issues, as found in the "Society Connections" sections in all chapters. Issues such as sexual harassment (Chapter 6), welfare reform (Chapter 10), the continuing crisis in health care (Chapter 19), and smart growth and development in cities (Chapter 22) are discussed. These sections remind students that they are connected to one another through social groupswhether members of the groups or not-and that groups often clash when they have different visions of diversity and social change.

EMERGING INSTITUTIONS. Social change is transforming the globe. Sociology, Third Edition, highlights important trends that are engines for change through the creation of new social institutions. Chapter 18 shows government and the economy converging into a new and powerful social institution, the political economy. In Chapter 20, we witness the evolution of new institutions based on sports and media that serve leisure needs. Social change is also occurring on a social psychological level; examples include how girls and boys are socialized differently (Chapter 5) and how children interact with peers from the other gender (Chapter 6).

FOCUS ON THE DEVELOPING WORLD. The spotlight of global interdependence is now on the developing world. This text offers current information on social change and development derived from a variety of sources, including the World Bank, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations throughout the world. This material provides insights into a host of issues, such as why crime rates vary cross-culturally (Chapter 9), how women are affected by economic development programs (Chapter 13), how population growth and urbanization affect the environment (Chapter 22), and why some nations choose to actively resist modernization (Chapter 24).

TEACHING TOOLS

Sociology, Third Edition, offers a variety of innovative teaching tools located throughout the text to help students see the relevance of course material to their own lives.

BOXED FEATURES. Every chapter includes features that provide in-depth views of relevant topics based on recent research. These features end with critical thinking questions that serve as springboards for class discussion. There are five types of features in this edition.

  • Diversity in Focus features provide data and issues relevant to diversity issues in the United States. Examples include: "A Generation Behind Bars," "Modern Slavery," "The Debate over Reparations," "Getting Off Welfare."
  • Sociology of Everyday Life features show how sociological knowledge can be applied to a variety of settings, including the workplace. Examples include: "What Can I Do with a Degree in Sociology?," "Men's Images in the Media," and "Magic and Religion in America."
  • Then and Now features highlight historical facts to show students connections between social change and modern life. For example, the effect of time on our living patterns is discussed in "African Americans Move Back South," and class issues are brought up in "Lifestyles of the Robber Barons." Other features that college students will find especially interesting are "Changing Views on Capital Punishment" and "Wo...

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