Spirit of Sociology (3rd Edition) (Penguin Academics)

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9780205762880: Spirit of Sociology (3rd Edition) (Penguin Academics)

This eclectic reader introduces students to sociology's diversity as a science and profession.

 

The book includes 3 readings for each of the 15 major topic areas

- A quantitative or theoretical reading

- A qualitative or interpretative reading

- A reading that shows how sociology is applied and practical in the real world

 

The author, an award-winning teacher, introduces each reading and provides thought-provoking questions for each topic.

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This eclectic reader, edited by an award-winning teacher, introduces students to sociology’s diversity as a science and profession. There are three selections for each of the fifteen major topic areas: a quantitative or theoretical reading, a qualitative or interpretative reading, and a reading that shows how sociology is applied and practiced in the real world. Sixteen articles are new to this edition. New topics include: ethical dilemmas for social research brought up by the Internet; the implications of hooking up in college culture; the human genome and the relationship between culture and genetics; the slowing pace of adulthood creating a new stage in socialization; the Zimbardo Prison Experiment; public schools and their impact on the outcome on the lives of black males; surviving as both an American and a Muslim; and the impact of virtual communities on reality.

About the Author:

Ron Matson was born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BA in sociology, attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and received his MA and Ph.D. in sociology.  He joined the sociology faculty at Wichita State University in 1970 and has taught there continuously for the past 40 years.  He has served as chair of the department for a total of 13 years, taught many courses, won eleven teaching awards, and researched diverse topics.

 

Ron's teaching interests include gender, men and masculinity, intimate relationships, parenting, and introduction to sociology.   His research interests center around gender and violence and he is currently working on two externally funded grants designed to 1) decrease violence among sixth graders, and 2) create healthy relationships for eleven to fourteen year olds. Throughout his career he has published articles and chapters examining adjustment to chronic disease, pedagogy, and the impact of student engagement on achievement. His works include The Spirit of Sociology; Hell on Earth: Working and the American Dream; and The Inmate Experience.

 

Ron is married to Linda Matson and has four married children and eight grandchildren.  Their enthusiasm for learning, and for life, has fueled his career and will for years to come.

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