Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society (with InfoTrac) (Available Titles CengageNOW)

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9780534617165: Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society (with InfoTrac) (Available Titles CengageNOW)

Andersen & Taylor is a theoretically balanced, mainstream, comprehensive text characterized by its emphasis on diversity. 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. This text provides a solid research orientation to the basic principles of sociology while maintaining an accessible style, appealing to the ever-changing student population, and inviting students to view the world through a sociological lens. This highly integrated, research-oriented, contemporary example approach combined with its comprehensive coverage accounts for its wide appeal to professors and students alike.

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Margaret L. Andersen (B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware, where she has also served in several senior administrative positions, including most recently as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity. She holds secondary appointments in Black American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She is the author of several books, including (among others) THINKING ABOUT WOMEN, recently published in its tenth edition; the best-selling anthology, RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER (co-edited with Patricia Hill Collins, now in its ninth edition); LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR; and ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Past Vice President of the American Sociological Association, and Past President of the Eastern Sociological Society, from which she received the ESS Merit Award. She has also received two teaching awards from the University of Delaware and the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award.

Howard F. Taylor has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Princeton University, where he is presently Professor of Sociology and former director of the African American Studies Center. He has published over fifty articles in sociology, education, social psychology, and race relations. His books include THE IQ GAME (Rutgers University Press), a critique of hereditarian accounts of intelligence; BALANCE IN SMALL GROUPS (Van Nostrand Reinhold), translated into Japanese; and the forthcoming RACE AND CLASS AND THE BELL CURVE IN AMERICA. He has appeared widely before college, radio, and TV audiences, including ABC's Nightline. Past president of the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society for distinguished research. He is a winner of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award, given by the American Sociological Association for distinguished research in race and ethnic relations, and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.

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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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