Sociology for the Twenty-First Century (3rd Edition)

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9780130413758: Sociology for the Twenty-First Century (3rd Edition)

This volume introduces readers to sociology using an eclectic approach that is tied together by systematically highlighting two aspects of social change—1) the change or contrast between social life organized around personal, communal relations and social life organized around impersonal, associational relations; and 2) the ongoing social processes and the implications they have for life in the twenty-first century. While focusing on critical thinking, this reference encourages readers to think about tomorrow and the next century from a sociological viewpoint. The authors present culture, society and social change; social inequality; social institutions population, ecology, and urbanization; and collective social action. Anyone interested in a sociological viewpoint of society, culture, and change.

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This text introduces sociology using the overall theme "The Great Social Transformation" to systematically highlight two aspects of social change. The first involves the change from social life organized around personal, communal relations (as in more traditional societies) to social life organized around impersonal, associational relations (as in industrial and postindustrial societies). The second aspect concerns ongoing social change and its implications for life in the twenty-first century.

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Tim Curry is Associate Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University. He has taught introductory sociology for more than 20 years at Ohio State, from large classes of 300 students to honors classes of 25 students. He currently serves as the department's chair of Instructional Development. In addition to teaching Introductory Sociology, Dr. Curry, who earned his doctorate from the University of Washington, also teaches Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender in Mass Communications; Social Theory; American Society; and Sociology of Sport classes. Dr. Curry is a member of the American Sociological Association, among other association memberships. He has published more than 25 professional articles on the subjects of social psychology, sport and society, and visual sociology, as well as two books: Sports: A Social Perspective and Introducing Visual Sociology.

Robert Jiobu has more than 20 years of teaching experience at several universities including California State University at Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He currently is Associate Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University. He has taught introductory sociology to classes of 600 students and to honors classes of 25 students. In addition to teaching Introductory Sociology, he also teaches Racial and Ethnic Relations and Statistical Analysis, both at undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Jiobu, who earned a doctorate from the University of Southern California, is a member of the American Sociological Association as well as the Association for Asian American Studies. He has published more than 25 professional articles, mostly on racial and ethnic relations, as well as three books: Sports: A Social Perspective; Ethnicity and Assimilation; and Ethnicity and Inequality. Dr. Jiobu is currently writing a monograph on immigration and work.

Kent Schwirian is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and a faculty member of the College of Medicine and Public Health's Primary Care Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Dr. Schwirian's broad experience as a teacher and researcher at Ohio State imbue this textbook with both scholarly expertise and a deep commitment to creating student appreciation for sociology. Dr. Schwirian, who earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology at the University of Iowa, is author and coauthor of numerous articles and research monographs on social statistics, population studies, and other topics. He has taught large classes on Introductory Sociology and smaller classes on Urban Sociology, Human Ecology, and the Community. He has published three books: Beyond Edge Cities, Comparative Urban Structure: Studies in the Ecology of Cities and Contemporary Topics in Urban Sociology. Dr. Schwirian is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, and the American Association of University Professors, in addition to numerous other professional memberships.

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