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Like its predecessors, the seventh edition of this text reflects Rick Schaefer's mission to bring readers a comprehensive, up-to-date presentation that teaches them how to think critically about society and their own lives from a wide range of classical and contemporary perspectives. Combining balanced coverage of theory with current research findings, distinctive social policy sections, examples of interest to students, and abundant learning aids and exercises, this text will help students develop a sociological imagination. An optional package combines Schaefer, Sociology, Seventh Edition and Reel Society Interactive Movie 2.0 CD-ROM at nominal extra cost.

"The introductory sociology class provides the ideal laboratory in which to study our own society and those of our global neighbors. The distinctive emphasis on social policy found in this text shows students how to use the sociological imagination in examining such public policy issues as sexual harassment, the AIDS crisis, welfare reform, the death penalty, and the offshoring of service jobs." Richard T. Schaefer

About the Author

Growing up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition, Richard T. Schaefer found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and peoples jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Sociology. "Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised." This fascination led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefers continuing interest in race relations led him to write his masters thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain.Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught introductory sociology for 30 years to students in colleges, adult education programs, nursing programs, and even a maximum-security prison. Dr. Schaefers love of teaching is apparent in his interaction with his students. "I find myself constantly learning from the students who are in my classes and from reading what they write. Their insights into the material we read or current events that we discuss often become part of future course material and sometimes even find their way into my writing."Dr. Schaefer is author of the third edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2000). Dr. Schaefer is also the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups now in its eighth edition, and Race and Ethnicity in the United States, second edition. His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1994-1995.Dr. Schaefers advice to students is to "look at the material and make connections to your own life and experiences. Sociology will make you a more attentive observer of how people in groups interact and function. It will also make you more aware of peoples different needs and interests and perhaps more ready to work for the common good, while still recognizing the individuality of each person."

Table of Contents

Brief Table Of Contents

Chapter 1. Understanding Sociology

Chapter 2. Sociological Research

Chapter 3. Culture

Chapter 4. Socialization

Chapter 5. Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure

Chapter 6. The Mass Media

Chapter 7. Deviance and Social Control

Chapter 8. Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States

Chapter 9. Global Inequality

Chapter 10. Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Chapter 11. Stratification by Gender and Age

Chapter 12. The Family and Intimate Relationships

Chapter 13. Religion and Education

Chapter 14. Government and the Economy

Chapter 15. Population, Communities, and Health

Chapter 16. Globalization, the Environment, and Social Change

Detailed Table of Contents

1. Understanding Sociology

What Is Sociology?

The Sociological Imagination

Photo Essay: Are You What You Own?

Sociology and the Social Sciences
Sociology and Common Sense

What Is Sociological Theory?

The Development of Sociology

Early Thinkers
Émile Durkheim
Max Weber
Karl Marx
Modern Developments

Major Theoretical Perspectives

Functionalist Perspective
Conflict Perspective
Interactionist Perspective
The Sociological Approach

Research in Action: Looking at Sports from Three Theoretical Perspectives

Applied and Clinical Sociology

Developing a Sociological Imagination

Theory in Practice
Research in Action
Thinking Globally
The Significance of Social Inequality

Sociology in the Global Community: The Global Response to the 2004 Tsunami

Speaking across Race, Gender, and Religious Boundaries
Social Policy throughout the World

Appendix: Careers in Sociology

2. Sociological Research

What Is the Scientific Method?

Defining the Problem
Reviewing the Literature
Formulating the Hypothesis
Collecting and Analyzing Data
Developing the Conclusion
In Summary: The Scientific Method

Major Research Designs


Research in Action: Polling in Baghdad


Social Inequality: Researching Privilege and Discrimination in Employment

Use of Existing Sources

Research in Action: Whats in a Name?

Ethics of Research

Research Funding
Value Neutrality

Technology and Sociological Research

Taking Sociology to Work: Dave Eberbach, Research

Coordinator, United Way of Central Iowa

Social Policy and Sociological Research: Studying Human Sexuality

Appendix I Using Statistics, Tables, and Graphs

Appendix II Writing a Research Report

3. Culture

Culture and Society

Photo Essay: Are You What You Eat?

Development of Culture around the World

Cultural Universals
Globalization, Diffusion, and Technology

Sociology in the Global Community: Life in the Global Village

Biological Bases of Culture

Sociology in the Global Community: Cultural Survival in Brazil

Elements of Culture


Sociology on Campus: A Culture of Cheating?

Culture and the Dominant Ideology

Cultural Variation

Aspects of Cultural Variation
Attitudes toward Cultural Variation

Social Policy and Culture: Bilingualism

4. Socialization

The Role of Socialization

Social Environment: The Impact of Isolation
The Influence of Heredity

The Self and Socialization

Sociological Approaches to the Self

Sociology on Campus: Impression Management by Students

Psychological Approaches to the Self

Socialization and the Life Course

The Life Course
Anticipatory Socialization and Resocialization

Agents of Socialization


Sociology in the Global Community: Raising Amish Children

Taking Sociology to Work: Rakefet Avramovitz, Program Administrator, Child Care Law Center

Peer Group
Mass Media and Technology
Religion and the State

Social Policy and Socialization: Child Care around the World

5. Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure

Social Interaction and Reality


Ascribed and Achieved Status
Master Status

Social Inequality: Disability as a Master Status Social Roles

What Are Social Roles?
Role Conflict
Role Strain
Role Exit

Photo Essay: Why Do We Gather Together?


Primary and Secondary Groups
In-Groups and Out-Groups
Reference Groups

Social Networks

Research in Action: Adolescent Sexual Networks

Social Institutions

Functionalist View
Conflict View
Interactionist View

Social Structure in Global Perspective

Durkheims Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
Tönniess Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft
Lenskis Sociocultural Evolution Approach

Understanding Organizations

Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies
Characteristics of a Bureaucracy

Sociology in the Global Community: McDonalds and the Worldwide Bureaucratization of Society

Bureaucracy and Organizational Culture

The Changing Workplace

Organizational Restructuring
Electronic Communication

Social Policy and Organizations: The State of the Unions

6. The Mass Media

Sociological Perspectives on the Media

Functionalist View

Photo Essay: How Does Television Portray the Family?

Conflict View

Social Inequality: The Color of Network TV

Feminist View
Interactionist View

The Audience

Who Is in the Audience?
The Segmented Audience
Audience Behavior

The Media Industry

Media Concentration
The Medias Global Reach

Sociology in the Global Community: Al Jazeera Is on the Air

Social Policy and the Mass Media: Media Violence

7. Deviance and Social Control

Social Control

Conformity and Obedience
Informal and Formal Social Control

Sociology on Campus: Binge Drinking

Law and Society


What Is Deviance?

Photo Essay: Who Is Deviant?

Explaining Deviance

Research in Action: Road Rage


Types of Crime

Taking Sociology to Work: Tiffany Zapata-Mancilla, Victim Witness Specialist, Cook County States Attorneys Office

Crime Statistics

Social Policy and Social Control: The Death Penalty in the United States and Worldwide

8. Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States

Understanding Stratification

Systems of Stratification

Research in Action: The Shrinking Middle Class

Perspectives on Stratification
Is Stratification Universal?

Stratification by Social Class

Measuring Social Class
Wealth and Income

Sociology in the Global Community: Its All Relative: Appalachian Poverty and Congolese Affluence

Life Chances

Sociology on Campus: Social Class and Financial Aid

Social Mobility

Open versus Closed Stratification Systems
Types of Social Mobility
Social Mobility in the United States

Social Policy and Stratification: Rethinking Welfare in North America and Europe

9. Global Inequality

The Global Divide

Stratification in the World System

The Legacy of Colonialism
Multinational Corporations
Worldwide Poverty

Sociology in the Global Community: Cutting Poverty Worldwide


Sociology in the Global Community: The Global Disconnect

Stratification within Nations: A Comparative Perspective

Social Inequality: Stratification in Japan

Distribution of Wealth and Income
Social Mobility

Case Study: Stratification in Mexico

Mexicos Economy
Race Relations in Mexico: The Color Hierarchy
The Status of Women in Mexico
The Borderlands

Social Policy and Global Inequality: Universal Human Rights

10. Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Minority, Racial, and Ethnic Groups

Minority Groups

Prejudice and Discrimination

Discriminatory Behavior
The Privileges of the Dominant
Institutional Discrimination

Taking Sociology to Work: Prudence Hannis, Liaison Officer, National Institute of Science Research, University of Québec

Studying Race and Ethnicity

Functionalist Perspective
Conflict Perspective
Interactionist Perspective

Research in Action: Interracial and Interethnic Friendships

Patterns of Intergroup Relations


Impact of Global Immigration

Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Racial Groups

Social Inequality: Native Americans Gamble on Gaming

Ethnic Groups

Social Policy and Race and Ethnicity: Racial Profiling

11. Stratification by Gender and Age

Social Construction of Gender

Gender Roles in the United States
Cross-Cultural Perspective

Explaining Stratification by Gender

The Functionalist View
The Conflict Response
The Feminist Perspective
The Interactionist Approach

Women: The Oppressed Majority

Sexism and Sex Discrimination

Research in Action: Differences in Male and Female Physicians Communication with Patients

Sexual Harassment
The Status of Women Worldwide

Sociology in the Global Community: The Head Scarf and the Veil: Complex Symbols

Women in the Workforce of the United States

Aging and Society

Explaining the Aging Process

Sociology in the Global Community: Aging Worldwide: Issues and Consequences

Functionalist Approach: Disengagement Theory
Interactionist Approach: Activity Theory
The Conflict Approach

Role Transitions throughout the Life Course

The Sandwich Generation
Adjusting to Retirement

Research in Action: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)

Death and Dying

Age Stratification in the United States

The “Graying of America”
Wealth and Income
Competition in the Labor Force

Social Policy and Gender Stratification: The Battle over Abortion from a Global Perspective

12. The Family and Intimate Relationships

Global View of the Family

Composition: What Is the Family?

Photo Essay: What Is a Family?

Kinship Patterns: To Whom Are We Related?
Authority Patterns: Who Rules?

Studying the Family

Functionalist View
Conflict View

Sociology in the Global Community: Domestic Violence

Interactionist View
Feminist View

Marriage and Family

Courtship and Mate Selection

Research in Action: Arranged Marriage, American-Style

Variations in Family Life and Intimate Relationships
Child-Rearing Patterns in Family Life


Statistical Trends in Divorce
Factors Associated with Divorce
Impact of Divorce on Children

Research in Action: The Lingering Impact of Divorce

Diverse Lifestyles

Remaining Single
Marriage without Children
Lesbian and Gay Relationships

Social Policy and the Family: Gay Marriage

13. Religion and Education

Durkheim and the Sociological Approach to Religion

World Religions

Photo Essay: Why Do Sociologists Study Religion?

Sociological Explanations of Religion

The Integrative Function of Religion

Research in Action: Income and Education, Religiously Speaking

Religion and Social Support
Religion and Social Change
Religion and Social Control: A Conflict View

Components of Religion


Religious Organization


Research in Action: Islam in the United States

New Religious Movements or Cults
Comparing Forms of Religious Organization

Case Study: Religion in India

The Religious Tapestry in India
Religion and the State in India

Sociological Perspectives on Education

Functionalist View
Conflict View

Sociology on Campus: The Debate over Title IX

Interactionist View

Schools as Formal Organizations

Bureaucratization of Schools
Teachers: Employees and Instructors
Student Subcultures

Social Policy and Religion: Religion in the Schools

14. Government and the Economy

Economic Systems


Taking Sociology to Work: Richard J. Hawk, Vice President and Financial Consultant, Smith Barney

The Informal Economy

Case Study: Capitalism in China

The Road to Capitalism
The Chinese Economy Today
Chinese Workers in the New Economy

Power and Authority

Types of Authority

Types of Government

Dictatorship and Totalitarianism

Political Behavior in the United States

Participation and Apathy

Research in Action: Why Dont More Young People Vote

Race and Gender in Politics

Sociology in the Global Community: Gender Quotas at the Ballot Box

Models of Power Structure in the United States

Power Elite Models
Pluralist Model

War and Peace


The Changing Economy

The Changing Face of the Workforce

Social Inequality: Affirmative Action


Social Policy and the Economy: Global Offshoring

15. Population, Communities, and Health

Demography: The Study of Population

Malthuss Thesis and Marxs Response
Studying Population Today
Elements of Demography

World Population Patterns

Demographic Transition
The Population Explosion

Sociology in the Global Community: Population Policy in China

Fertility Patterns in the United States

The Baby Boom
Stable Population Growth

How Have Communities Changed?

Preindustrial Cities
Industrial and Postindustrial Cities


Functionalist View: Urban Ecology
Conflict View: New Urban Sociology

Types of Communities

Central Cities
Rural Communities

Research in Action: Store Wars

Sociological Perspectives on Health and Illness

Functionalist Approach
Conflict Approach
Interactionist Approach

Social Inequality: To Inform or Not to Inform? How Race and Ethnicity Affect Views of Patient Autonomy

Labeling Approach

Social Epidemiology and Health

Taking Sociology to Work: Jess Purmort, Research Assistant, New York Academy of Medicine

Social Class
Race and Ethnicity

Social Policy and Health: The AIDS Crisis

16. Globalization, the Environment, and Social Change

Social Movements

Relative Deprivation Theory
Resource Mobilization Theory
Gender and Social Movements
New Social Movements

Sociology in the Global Community: A New Social Movement in Rural India

Theories of Social Change

Evolutionary Theory
Functionalist Theory
Conflict Theory

Resistance to Social Change

Economic and Cultural Factors
Resistance to Technology

Global Social Change

Privacy and Censorship in a Global Village
Biotechnology and the Gene Pool

Research in Action: The Human Genome Project

The Environment

Environmental Problems: An Overview
The Impact of Globalization
Conflict View of Environmental Issues
Environmental Justice

Social Policy and Globalization: Transnationals

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