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Introduction to Sociologyby Anthony Giddens
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The best choice for showing how sociology can illuminate the real-life issues confronting your students. The authors combine classic theories of sociology with contemporary research to show readers how sociological explanations can give us insights into our own lives, as well as reveal the connections between our experiences and the wider social world.
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Giddens (London School of Economics, UK) et al. present a sociology textbook that combines classic theories of the field with empirically-grounded studies and examples from real life to show the basic issues of interest to today's sociologists. The text emphasizes eight themes: the link between micro and macro-level contexts; social change in the world; the globalization of social life; the importance of comparative study; a historical approach; issues of social class, gender, and race; sociological research methods; and the relationship between the social and the personal. Basic concepts are explained within chapters rather than at the beginning of the text. This edition has revised discussion of the sociological imagination and perspective; revised chapters on methods, gender, and aging; and an expanded section on Alzheimer's. Statistics have been updated throughout. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reveals the surprising links between everyday life and global social change.
About the Author
Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics and a current member of the House of Lords, is a world-renowned social theorist who has written over forty books. He has written on just about every major topic in sociology but is best known for his work on modernization theory and globalization.Mitchell Duneier is an award-winning urban ethnographer at Princeton University and the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is most famous for his book Sidewalk, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Duneier's research focuses on the urban poor and other groups in the margins of society.Richard P. Appelbaum, the MacArthur chair of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has won several awards for his teaching and works mainly on globalization and labor issues. Appelbaum is the coauthor of Behind the Label.Deborah Carr is a demographer and an active teacher at Rutgers University, where she regularly teaches the intro course. Her work focuses on sociology of the life course, aging, social psychology, and gender. Carr's latest book, Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back, looks at how stress gets under our skin, makes us sick, and how and why people cope with stress differently.
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