Sociology: Study Guide Plus: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Core Concepts

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A Down-to-Earth Approach


James Henslin shares the excitement of sociology, with his acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, he shares with readers his passion for sociology.


In addition to this trademark down-to-earth approach, other distinctive features include: comparative perspectives, the globalization of capitalism, and visual presentations of sociology.


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  • Engage Students - Personal narrative from the perspective of an international field researcher invites students on a sociological journey.
  • Explore Theory - Offers a balanced approach; relevant theories are discussed in each chapter.
  • Understand Diversity - Global, national, and personal material combine to present a complete view of the world.
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Have you ever wondered...

What is culture?

How does social structure influence our behavior?

How do groups encourage conformity?

How do societies react to deviance?

Is there gender inequality in everyday life?

Sociology is the study of society and human behavior; it examines and attempts to understand our social worlds. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Core Concepts provides an in-depth look at the ten major topics that are the foundation of many introductory sociology courses. Come learn more about the world around us.

Table of Contents

  1. The Sociological Perspective.
  2. Culture.
  3. Socialization.
  4. Social Structure and Social Interaction.
  5. Social Groups.
  6. Deviance and Social Control.
  7. Social Stratification.
  8. Sex and Gender.
  9. Race and Ethnicity.
  10. Marriage and Family.

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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 numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology : Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings 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, Jim 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 reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and 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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