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----STUDENT EDITION----

HELPING YOU SUCCEED IN SOCIOLOGY

Dear Student:

Allyn & Bacon is committed to helping you succeed in your sociology course. We are pleased to offer you resources that go beyond the book to help you study–and to help you learn. For example:

Companion Website (www.ablongman.com/thompson5e)

The free, open-access website that accompanies this book features chapter reviews, practice tests, electronic flash cards, and web links for every chapter. Additional material, including interactive maps and an eThemes of the Times collection of New York Times articles, helps you explore how sociology works in our everyday lives.

Study Guide

This comprehensive manual provides chapter summaries, chapter outlines, learning objectives, key terms and people, and self-tests for every chapter. A separate section on “Becoming a Better Student” will help you refine your study skills too! Look for the Study Guide in your bookstore, or purchase online at www.ablongman.com/sociology.

----EXAM COPY EDITION---

A balanced and comprehensive introduction to sociology, Society in Focus includes timely and highly engaging research in every chapter on the powerful influences of mass media and “technomedia,” information technologies such as computers, email, the Internet, PDAs, and wireless phones.

In this lively new edition, the authors continue to explore the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society.

Praise for the Fifth Edition of Society in Focus:

“Besides the overall quality of the text narrative, one of my reasons for adopting Society in Focus, Fifth Edition, was the thematic focus on the abundance of false information presented by the mass media…The maps deserve special mention, as they are particularly good…Overall, I find Society in Focus, Fourth Edition to be an outstanding introductory sociology textbook.”

Dwight Wood, Marshall University, West Virginia

Synopsis:

'This comprehensive introductory text emphasizes the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society.'

Synopsis:

Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology

Sixth Edition

 

William E. Thompson                 Joseph V. Hickey

This specially priced comprehensive introductory text emphasizes the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society. Society in Focus is designed to help students think clearly and critically about sociological issues, concepts and methods. The 6th edition has been thoroughly updated, including the following highlights:

  • New section on “Infotainment: Information/Entertainment” (Chapter 2)
  • New section on “Young Adults: Betwixt and Between”–the phenomenon of adult children either continuing to live with their parents, or moving out, going to college, etc., and then moving back in with their parents (Chapter 4)
  • New coverage of the latest research on the possible link between media violence and aggressive behavior (Chapter 7)
  • Thoroughly updated statistics on globalization and world poverty (Chapter 9)
  • Major revision of the section “Contemporary Trends in American Education;” a new section on standardized testing and its impact on American education; and new “Sociological Focus” Box 14.2 that examines No Child Left Behind (Chapter 14)
  • New “Sociological Focus” Box 18.3 “Alternative Medicine: From ‘Quackery’ to ‘Integrative Health Care’?” (Chapter 18)

 

About the Author

   William E. Thompson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was the first member of his family to receive a high school diploma.  He received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern State University, a master's degree from Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.  Professor Thompson has authored and coauthored more than 30 articles in professional journals, including several reprinted in sociology textbooks and readers.  He has coauthored a textbook on juvenile delinquency.  Thompson also is the author of The Glass House, a nonfiction account of his mother's two year battle with cancer and the lessons about life and living learned from her death and dying.

    Professor Thompson began his college teaching career at the University of Tulsa.  He spent the next ten years at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.  He is currently a professor of sociology and criminal justice and Director of Mayo College, a residential learning community for first-year students, at Texas A&M University - Commerce.  He has also taught in the British Studies Program at Kings College, University of London.  In 1993 Thompson received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Texas Association of College Teachers, and in 1994 he won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Teaching at Texas A&M University - Commerce.  For fun and relaxation Thompson plays the drums.

Table of Contents

 

Part I THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

1 Discovering Sociology

What Is Sociology?

Sociology and Critical Thinking

The Development of Sociology

Contemporary Sociology

Looking to the Future: Sociology in the Twenty-First Century

 

2 Doing Sociology

Globalization, Diversity, and Types of Knowledge

Sociology and Scientific Knowledge

Types of Research and Research Designs

The Relationship between Theory and Methods

Social Research and the Media

Looking to the Future: Social Research in the Twenty-First Century

 

Part II THE SOCIAL FRAMEWORK

3 Culture and Society

What Is Culture?

Components of Culture

Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism

Globalization and Cultural Diversity

Sociological Approaches to Culture

Looking to the Future: Culture in the Twenty-First Century

 

4 Socialization

The Socialization Process

Major Agents of Socialization: A Global View

Socialization and the Life Course

Desocialization and Resocialization

Understanding Socialization: A Comparative Analysis

Looking to the Future: Socialization in the Twenty-First Century

 

5 Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Social Structure

Social Interaction

Sociological Approaches to Interaction in Everyday Life

Looking to the Future: Social Interaction in the Twenty-First Century

 

6 Social Groups and Organizations

Social Groups

Formal Organizations

Bureaucracies

Media Organizations and Change

Looking to the Future: Groups and Organizations in the Twenty-First Century

 

Part III SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION AND INEQUALITY

7 Deviance and Conformity

Defining Deviance and Conformity: A Global View

Popular Explanations for Deviance

Sociological Analysis of Deviance and Conformity

Deviance, Conformity, and Social Control

Looking to the Future: Deviance and Conformity in the Twenty-First Century

 

8 Social Stratification and the US Class System

Understanding Social Stratification

Systems of Stratification

Determining Social Class Ranking

Social Classes in the United States

Poverty: Media Images and Reality

Social Class in the United States: Myth and Reality

Perspectives on Social Stratification

Looking to the Future: The US Class System in the Twenty-First Century

 

9 Global Stratification

Globalization and Economic Development

Global Stratification and Quality of Life

Explaining Global Stratification

Transnational Corporations: The Making of New “Haves” and “Have-Nots”

Looking to the Future: Global Stratification in the Twenty-First Century

 

10 Race and Ethnicity

Understanding Race and Ethnicity in a Global Society

Prejudice

Discrimination

Dominant-Minority Group Relations

Race and Ethnic Diversity in the United States

Looking to the Future: Race and Ethnic Relations in the Twenty-First Century

 

11Sex and Gender

Sex and Gender in a Global Society

Explaining Gender Differences

Sexism: Inequality Based on Sex and Gender

Feminism: The Struggle for Gender Equality

Looking to the Future: Sex and Gender in the Twenty-First Century

 

12 Age and the Elderly

Gerontology: The Study of Aging

Aging and Diversity: A Global Perspective

Growing Old in American Society

Sociological Explanations of the Aging Process

Looking to the Future: The Graying of America in the Twenty-First Century

 

Part IV SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS

13 Families

What Is a Family?

Family Diversity: A Global Portrait

Sociological Approaches to the Family

US Families: In the Life Course

US Families: A Portrait of Social Diversity

Looking to the Future: Families in the Twenty-First Century

 

14 Education

Education in a Global Society

The Role of Education: A Functionalist Perspective

Education and Social Stratification: A Conflict Perspective

Education and Everyday Life: An Interactionist View

Contemporary Trends in American Education

Looking to the Future: Education in the Twenty-First Century

 

15 Religion

Defining Religion

Global Religious Diversity

The Social Organization of Religion

Religion and Society: Three Perspectives

Religious Movements in Focus

Religion and the Media

Religious Diversity in the United States

Looking to the Future: Religion in the Twenty-First Century

 

16 Politics and War

Power and Politics

Types of Authority

Politics and Influence

Globalization and Political Systems

Democracy: American Style

War, Nuclear War, and Society

Peace Organizations and Peace Movements

Looking to the Future: Global Politics in the Twenty-First Century

 

17 The Economy and Work

Sociology and the Study of the Economy

The Global Economy

The American Economy and Work

Work as a Social Phenomenon

Taking a Closer Look at the Economy and Work

Looking to the Future: The Economy and Work in the Twenty-First Century

 

18 Health and Medicine

Health and Sickness: A Global View

Health and Sickness in the United States

Medicine and Health Care: A Cross-Cultural View

Medicine and Health Care in the United States

Looking to the Future: Health and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century

 

Part V SOCIAL CHANGE

19 Population, Urbanization, and Ecology

Demography and Global Population

Population Growth

The Growth of Cities and Urbanization

Urban Sociology and Human Ecology

Human Ecology and the Environment

Looking to the Future: Population, Urbanization, and Ecology in the Twenty-First Century

 

20 Social Change, Collective Behavior, and the Future

What Is Social Change?

Sociological Approaches to Social Change

Collective Behavior

Social Movements

Looking to the Future: The Media, Social Change, and Life in the Twenty-First Century

 

Glossary

Bibliography

Name Index

Subject Index

Photo Credits

Text Credits

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205458134
Subtitle:
An Introduction to Sociology
Author:
Thompson, William
Author:
Thompson, William E.
Author:
Hickey, Joseph V.
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
MySocLab Series
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
10.7 x 8.5 x 1 in 1429 gr

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Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology

Sixth Edition

 

William E. Thompson                 Joseph V. Hickey

This specially priced comprehensive introductory text emphasizes the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society. Society in Focus is designed to help students think clearly and critically about sociological issues, concepts and methods. The 6th edition has been thoroughly updated, including the following highlights:

  • New section on “Infotainment: Information/Entertainment” (Chapter 2)
  • New section on “Young Adults: Betwixt and Between”–the phenomenon of adult children either continuing to live with their parents, or moving out, going to college, etc., and then moving back in with their parents (Chapter 4)
  • New coverage of the latest research on the possible link between media violence and aggressive behavior (Chapter 7)
  • Thoroughly updated statistics on globalization and world poverty (Chapter 9)
  • Major revision of the section “Contemporary Trends in American Education;” a new section on standardized testing and its impact on American education; and new “Sociological Focus” Box 14.2 that examines No Child Left Behind (Chapter 14)
  • New “Sociological Focus” Box 18.3 “Alternative Medicine: From ‘Quackery’ to ‘Integrative Health Care’?” (Chapter 18)

 

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