Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology

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Drawing from a wide selection of classic and contemporary works, Ferguson has chosen 56 readings that represent a plurality of voices and views within sociology.

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Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for almost 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is used in introductory classes around the country. Ferguson also teaches courses on the family, medical sociology, the Sociology of the Body, and a new seminar on social inequality and identity. Ferguson has published in all of these areas, including the research collection, Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic (with co-editor Anne Kasper, Palgrave, 2000), and Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families (McGraw-Hill, 2011). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for “Contemporary Family Perspectives,” which is a series of research monographs and short texts on the family (Sage Publications).

Ferguson, who grew up in a working class family in Colorado, still considers the Rocky Mountains to be her spiritual home. A first-generation college student, Ferguson was able to attend college with the help of scholarships, work study, and financial loans. She majored in Political Science and Spanish and also completed certificates of study in Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies. After working a couple of years for a large research grant sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, Ferguson entered graduate school and completed her master’s degree in sociology at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of study are gender, family, women’s health, and pedagogy, but her primary enthusiasm is for teaching.

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"[Mapping the Social Landscape] is the best reader for introductory sociology that I have found. It is an excellent collection of sociological work that is presented in a very abridged, student-friendly format. There are well-written introductions to each work by Ferguson which allows students to see how the reading relates to other sociological concepts and topics." (Stephanie Chan 2016-06-02)

"I have used Mapping the Social Landscape for a decade, and I am pleased with the chosen articles, both classic and contemporary, and with the short introduction to each article. My students enjoy reading the assigned articles far better than their textbook reading."

(Aimee Zoeller 2016-05-23)

"[Mapping the Social Landscape] is a great resource. It contains a diverse range of articles or book chapters by sociologists (or academics/journalists writing from a sociological perspective). The articles illustrate key concepts and approaches within sociology, but do not define them, allowing the instructor to explain key ideas in class, without repeating the assigned reading, as often happens with traditional textbooks."

(Clare Sears 2016-05-12)

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