A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Society in Transition

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The influential authors significantly update their popular introductory text that invites students to reflect on their lives in the context of the combustible leap from modern to postmodern life. The authors show how culture is central to understanding many world problems as they challenge readers to confront the problems and possibilities of an era in which the futures of the physical and social environments seem uncertain. As culture rapidly changes in the 21st century, the authors have successfully incorporated these nuances with many important updates on race and racism, Black Lives Matter, the rise of populist politics, ISIS, new social media, feminist perspectives on sex work, trans and non-gender conforming identities, and more.

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New data, text box examples, photos, exercises, study questions, and glossary terms appear throughout.

New discussions added of arts-based and participatory approaches to research, historical changes in the perception of deviance, legalization of marijuana; Islam vs. secularism in France, new forms of socialization, heteronormative and essentialist language related to sex and gender, intersections of social class and other identities, the prison industrial complex, informal sharing economies, atheism, and more.

New text boxes include:

Young Saudis Find Freedom in their Phones

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

School-to-Prison Pipeline

India’s Reproductive Assembly Line

Workers Feel Pain of Layoffs

Like Prohibition, the fight over guns is about something else

Micro-aggression and Changing Moral Cultures

Praise for A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology

"Treats sociology as a living, vibrant discipline. The book is a masterful synthesis written in a style that is at once sophisticated, engaging, and accessible."
―Peter Kivisto, Augustana College

"Alexander and Thompson have produced the modern textbook we have all been waiting for―comprehensive and coherent, but above all intelligent. Designed to make teaching sociology unproblematic, the book is the ideal combination of theory, evidence, and accessibility."
―Bryan S. Turner, editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology

"Sets new standards in speaking directly to students of the most significant recent developments in sociology and social changes they are living. It shows how inspiring the sociological imagination can be in areas like media, sexuality, gender relations, inequality, and globalization.
―Lyn Spillman, University of Notre Dame

"A truly contemporary sociology, one that mines the classics of sociology for insights into a profoundly changed, postmodern world. Most important, the book reminds us of sociology’s capacity to surprise."
―Francesca Polletta, University of California–Irvine

"An extraordinary textbook that synthesizes a wealth of sociological studies. The book is engaging and readable, key concepts are clearly defined, and important theories are succinctly explicated. I highly recommend it to students and faculty alike."
―William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

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About the Author:

Jeffrey C. Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, where he is co-director of the Center for Cultural Sociology. Among his many influential books are The Civic Sphere (Oxford University Press, 2006) and The Drama of Social Life (Polity Press, 2017).

Kenneth Thompson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Open University, has held positions at Yale, UCLA, Rutgers, and Smith. He is the author of Moral Panics (Routledge, 1998) and co-authored influential sociology textbooks with Stuart Hall and other OU colleagues..

Laura Desfor Edles is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Northridge. Among her many publications are a best-selling series of sociological theory textbooks (co-authored with Scott Appelrouth).

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University Northridge. Her arts-based research is featured in her latest co-authored anthology, Creating Social Change Through Creativity: Anti-Oppressive Arts-Based Research Methodologies (2017).

Review:

“Alexander and Thompson’s new book is the best I have ever seen in blending sophistication and accessibility. In the spirit of Peter Berger’s now-classic Invitation to Sociology, this new text brings the wonderful world of sociology to life for the beginning student without diluting its central concepts and ideas. Chock full of scintillating examples and provocative media stories that capture and hold the reader’s attention while at the same time exemplifying central points, the book is a pleasure for both professor and student to read.”Laura Desfor Edles, CSU Northridge “Treats sociology as a living, vibrant discipline that changes just as the societies and cultures it seeks to comprehend also change. The authors offer a masterful synthesis that beautifully captures the best and most vital developments in contemporary sociology, while remaining faithful to and deeply rooted in the sociological tradition. The book is written in a style that is at once sophisticated, engaging, and accessible to its intended undergraduate audience. I can think of no better way to introduce my students to the discipline.”Peter Kivisto, Augustana College

“Alexander and Thompson have produced the modern textbook we have all been waiting for—comprehensive and coherent, but above all intelligent. Designed to make teaching sociology unproblematic, difficult concepts and issues are addressed with consummate ease and confidence. As one might expect from Alexander and Thompson, the theoretical underpinnings are subtle and sophisticated. The result is the ideal combination of theory, evidence, and accessibility.”Bryan S. Turner, editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology

“This book draws on cutting edge advances in sociological research and theory to produce a truly contemporary sociology, one that mines the classics of sociology for insights into a profoundly changed, postmodern world. It captures both the range of sociological interests and the questions that recur in all substantive areas—questions about free will and determinism; culture and structure; and the limits of generalization. Most important, the book reminds us of sociology’s capacity to surprise—to think about what we took for granted in new ways.”Francesca Polletta, UC Irvine

“An extraordinary textbook that synthesizes a wealth of sociological studies. The range and scope of the material boggles the mind. The book is engaging and highly readable, key concepts are clearly defined, and important theories are succinctly explicated. I highly recommend A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology to students and faculty alike.”William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

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