Sociology Social Life and Social Issues

9780130576064: 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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For undergraduate Introduction to Sociology courses. Fully addressing today's most relevant issues without losing track of the classical theoretical work which defines the core of the discipline, this exceptionally comprehensive and well-written introduction to the dynamic field of sociology helps students understand its significance to their everyday lives. Emphasizing diversity issues-particularly gender-and globalization, the text makes real-world connections throughout-concluding each chapter with a Life Connections section (covering aspects of everyday life which will be meaningful to students), and with a Society Connections section (highlighting relevant policy issues related to the topic of that specific chapter), and broadens the learning experience with enriching supplemental media support.

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

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

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