Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Social Science (12th Edition)

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This best-selling text offers an integrated social science view of the world, emphasizing that social and cultural change are the pervasive realities of our era.

One of the main themes of Contemporary Society is that the transition from an industrial to a post-industrial order in the modern world is fraught with difficulties, as was the transition from an agricultural to an industrial order in an earlier era. Within this framework, we can observe the increasing fragmentation of the social order, which tends to lead people away from community and a common purpose and often invites conflict and disunity. At the same time, countervailing social forces are also at work, providing some stability, some shelter in the storm. Finally, societies are faced with the rapid and transformative power of information technology, a fact that propels separate groups of people into a global entity.

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This best-selling text, which draws upon sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, geography, history, and psychology, emphasizes that social and cultural change are the pervasive realities of our era.

 

One of the main themes of Contemporary Society is that the transition from an industrial to a postindustrial order in the modern world is fraught with difficulties, as was the transition from an agricultural to an industrial order in an earlier era. Within this framework, we can observe the increasing fragmentation of the social order, which tends to lead people away from community and a common purpose and often invites conflict and disunity. The text also focuses on the rapid and transformative power of information technology, a fact that propels separate groups of people into a global entity.

 

The twelfth edition of this text includes new scholarship, statistics, and examples from current events as it presents an integrated social science view of the world.

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"Most students from diverse disciplines have never taken a course that provided them with an integrated approach to the social sciences. I use this book to provide that experience."

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Virginia Commonwealth University

 

"This course is taught in the psychology, politics, economics and sociology departments. We need a book that fits the needs of each department. I believe this book is the most appropriate for this course. It is a very comprehensive book because it addresses the commonalities found in each discipline and it dedicates one to two chapters to each field."

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Marymount University

 

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