Sociology: Understanding A Diverse Society (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)

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9780534609122: Sociology: Understanding A Diverse Society (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)

This mainstream text by respected and authoritative authors Margaret Andersen and Howard Taylor is characterized by its focus on a broadly defined diversity, its remarkable integrated map program, its policy coverage, and its contemporary focus. This comprehensive text uses a rich research base as a foundation for a streamlined, highly accessible presentation of the basic principles of sociology. In every chapter, students explore research and data that illustrate how class, race-ethnicity, gender, age, geographic residence, and sexual orientation relate to the topics covered. Using policy and programs to illustrate research and theory, students are able to make sociological connections to their world. In addition, the book's extensive technology package has been expanded to include a FREE accompanying VIRTUAL EXPLORATIONS AND INTERACTIVE MAPS CD-ROM (featuring video clips and interactive map exercises), exciting new ways to expand the book's renowned social policy program emphasis (through Web links and new CNN video clips), video teaching tips on the Companion Web Site, and more.

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Margaret L. Andersen--raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston--is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of THINKING ABOUT WOMEN: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SEX AND GENDER (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth Cengage Learning text RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION and LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University's Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.

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"This text is a joy to read. I recommend it without hesitation as an outstanding introductory text for freshman and sophomores. It is visually beautiful with meaningful, relevant, eye-catching pictures and graphics. I love the accompaniments at the end of each chapter, which serve to enrich the text script and offer, student and teacher alike, further avenues for exploration."

"The significance of diversity- as a central theme and an organizing principle of the text- is the text’s greatest strength. This is NOT another effort to "add" and "stir" in diversity; it comes across as a new synthesis and a model for other textbook authors to follow."

"This text presents a balanced view of a wide range of topics using the three major theoretical perspectives. The breadth of the material presented in the text helps students understand sociology as the study of both social structure (institutions) and daily, lived experience. My students reported that the tables summarizing and comparing the major theories of each topic were very helpful in understanding the material."

"The Sociology in Practice boxes are one of the best features of this text. More and more students are expressing concern with what they could do with a sociology major, and this feature really helps get the message across to them that they CAN do many different things, and that the field contributes a great deal more than they thought."

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