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Sociology: a Down-to-earth Approach - Text Only (10TH 10 - Old Edition)by James M. Henslin
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James Henslin shares the excitement of sociology, with his acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, he shares with readers his passion for sociology.
In addition to this trademark down-to-earth approach, other distinctive features include:
Comparative perspectives. Two important themes are global comparisons - the diversity of social life across cultures and societies - and comparisons over time - what society used to be like, and how it has changed.
The Globalization of Capitalism. Many examples highlight the ways in which our global economy influences the skills and knowledge we need, the work we do, and the cost of goods and services.
Visual Presentations of Sociology. Outstanding maps, graphs, and photos grab students' interest and aid comprehension.
This best selling comprehensive text shares the excitement of sociology with the acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach that highlights the sociology of everyday life.
KEY TOPICS: The Sociological Perspective; Culture; Socialization; Social Structure and Social Interaction; How Sociologists Do Research; Societies to Social Networks; Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations; Deviance and Social Control; Global Stratification; Social Class in the United States; Sex and Gender; Race and Ethnicity; The Elderly; The Economy; Politics; Marriage and Family; Education; Religion; Medicine and Health; Population and Urbanization; Collective Behavior and Social Movements; Social Change and the Environment.
KEY For anyone interested in developing a better understanding of society and social interactions.
About the Author
James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology,
While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.”
Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2: Culture
Chapter 3: Socialization
Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction
Chapter 5: How Sociologists Do Research
Chapter 6: Societies to Social Networks
Chapter 7: Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations
Chapter 8: Deviance and Social Control
Chapter 9: Global Stratification
Chapter 10: Social Class in the United States
Chapter 11: Sex and Gender
Chapter 12: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 13: The Elderly
Chapter 14: The Economy
Chapter 15: Politics
Chapter 16: Marriage and Family
Chapter 17: Education
Chapter 18: Religion
Chapter 19: Medicine and Health
Chapter 20: Population and Urbanization
Chapter 21: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Chapter 22: Social Change and the Environment
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