Sociology: Concepts and Applications in a Diverse World (5th Edition)

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An economical paperback text that is theoretically balanced, offers global perspectives, shows how sociology is applied to real problems, and contains a built-in study guide. This introduction to sociology uses the three major theoretical perspectives - functionalist, conflict, and interactionist - as tools for examining the social world. The author shows how society works and how human behavior is shaped by cultural, structural, and institutional forces, using illuminating examples. As in previous editions, the Fifth Edition also integrates two other themes that reflect some contemporary trends in sociology. The first is a reemergence of interest in how sociological knowledge can be applied to social problems or to helping people improve their lives. The second is the recognition that societies and cultures are becoming increasingly diverse and interdependent.

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This introduction to sociology uses the three major theoretical perspectives - functionalist, conflict, and interactionist - as tools for examining the social world. The author shows how society works and how human behavior is shaped by cultural, structural, and institutional forces, using illuminating examples.

As in previous editions, the Fifth Edition also integrates two other themes that reflect some contemporary trends in sociology. The first is a reemergence of interest in how sociological knowledge can be applied to social problems or to helping people improve their lives. The second is the recognition that societies and cultures are becoming increasingly diverse and interdependent.

For anyone interested in sociology.

Review:

OVERALL

 

This is an excellent mainstream comprehensive text which contains some very attractive features, such as numerous international examples, and brief built-in study guides and practice exams.

Richard Ball

Ferris State University

 

Well written and comprehensive.

Richard Ball

Ferris State University

 

The top strengths of this text are its readability, cross cultural and other good examples and its thorough coverage of most topics.

Peggy Prebble

Thomas Nelson Community College

 

One strength of the text is its ability to structure a vast amount of information into an understandable, user-friendly presentation.

Melba Breen

The Community College of Baltimore County

 

The greatest strength of this text lies in its organization.

Melba Breen

The Community College of Baltimore County

 

WRITING STYLE

 

The writing style of this text is very good. It flows well and is "reader friendly" to the student. The use of myths, cross cultural examples and visual aids is well incorporated to help the flow of each chapter.

Peggy Prebble

Thomas Nelson Community College

 

 

DIVERSITY

 

There are a number of readings about other cultures.

Richard Ball

Ferris State University

 

The top strengths of this text are its readability, cross cultural and other good examples and its thorough coverage of most topics.

Peggy Prebble

Thomas Nelson Community College

 

Another strength of this text is the incorporation of diversity into the subject matter.

Melba Breen

The Community College of Baltimore County

 

PEDAGOGY

The inclusion of learning objectives and practice tests in each chapter are good pedagogical devices. The use of key terms and concepts and critical thinking questions will also enhance the students' ability to grasp the material. The case examples, illustrations and graphics, myths and facts presented in each chapter were interesting and informative. This text has an organizational structure or style that keeps the readers interest in the material.

Peggy Prebble

Thomas Nelson Community College

 

 

STUDY & REVIEW

 

I am impressed with study and review sections. They should be very helpful to those students who will use them, and having them integral to the text itself should encourage use.

Richard Ball

Ferris State University

 

 

FOR ONLINE COURSES

 

I do use Sullivan's Sociology along with supplementary materials. My course is online, and my students find it easy to follow.

Melba Green

The Community College of Baltimore County

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