Essentials of Sociology: A Down-To-Earth Approach

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9780205316908: Essentials of Sociology: A Down-To-Earth Approach

Henslin's best-selling brief paperback text shares the excitement of sociology-Its acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. This text is a brief version of the highly regarded hardcover introductory text, Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, 6/e. The essential 15 chapters cover all of the topics in the 22-chapter text, and retain the dual emphases on micro and macro (individual and structural) sociology. The author has a unique ability to engage students without talking down to them or sacrificing content. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares with readers a passion for sociology unmatched by any other introductory text.

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Essentials of Sociology, through its acclaimed “down-to-earth” approach and personal writing style, highlights the sociology of everyday life and the relevance of sociology to your own life. Share the author's passion for sociology, as these students have done:

“I found your book to be incredibly interesting - so much that I am now reading the chapters we skipped over in class. ” -Anna Maria Huertas Kormoski, Stony Brook University

“Thank you for bringing the excitement back into the sociology class and thank you for making me think and wonder again.” -Brandi Altheide, Mott Community College

“I haven't been able to stop reading it. ” -Jessica King,University of Cincinnati

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About the Author:

James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master¿s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his more than a dozen books is Down to Earth Sociology (Free Press), now in its eleventh edition, a book of readings that reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology. While a graduate student, James Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, "I've always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students' faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world." Henslin enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that "make sociological principles come alive."

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