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provides students with engaging selections that reveal the complexities of our social world and offer insights into sociological analysis. Garth Massey includes selections from popular and academic journals as well as lively book excerpts. All of the selections help students reach a new level of sociological understanding. While is comprehensive in its scope, offering a wide range of selections on the standard topics in the introductory course, its emphasis is particularly on social inequality and race, class, and gender.

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In this update of the 2009 anthology, Massey (emeritus, international studies, U. of Wyoming) adds readings in areas including race, gender, identity, consumerism, and global inequity. Organized by theme from the study of sociology and social institutions to social identity and social change, a few of the reprinted contemporary essays are by non-sociologists: e.g., an excerpt from Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Barark Obama's "A More Perfect Union." Writings by Durkheim, Goffman, and Marx are among the classics. An instructor's guide to topics and corresponding readings is included. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The perfect mix of classic and contemporary readings.

About the Author

Garth Massey is the Director of International Studies at the University of Wyoming. Interested primarily in political economy and social change, he is currently working in the area of ethnic conflict. In addition to editing Readings for Sociology, he is the author of Ways of Social Change, a new textbook on social change from Pine Forge. His interests in comparative sociology have allowed him to live and do research in Eastern Europe, East Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.

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Massey, Garth
W. W. Norton & Company
Sociology - General
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Seventh Edition
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8 x 5 in

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