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UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fourth Edition, contains a collection of classic and contemporary sociological readings selected for their timeliness, diversity, and interest. The emphasis of this collection is on articles that students will both understand and also find intriguing. UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fourth Edition, includes the most up-to-date selection available today. Out of sixty-eight total articles, thirty-eight are new in this edition. The new articles were selected to engage student interest, to reflect the richness of sociological thought, and to add articles that address issues that have emerged since the publication of the last edition (such as the economic recession, the Haiti earthquake, and the increasing racial segregation of schools, to name a few). As always, the editors have included the top names in the field. Five themes run throughout the text: classical sociological theory, contemporary research, diversity, globalization, and the application of the sociological perspective.

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Strongly rooted in research, the 70 papers in this supplemental textbook explore different sociological perspectives on culture, deviance and crime, global stratification, race, gender, family, religion, education, work, health care, population, and urbanization. The third edition adds 37 new readings on such topics as contemporary immigration, gender construction through children's play, and violent media content. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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and modern readings that were handpicked for timeliness, diversity, and interest. Students across the country find the articles included to be easy to understand and intriguing. UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Third Edition, includes the most up-to-date selection available today. Out of 70 total articles, 60 percent are new in this edition. New topics include Internet dating, school shootings, gay marriage, immigration, single motherhood, globalization, video games, and religious diversity. As always, the editors have included the top names in the field. Five themes run throughout the text: classical sociological theory, contemporary research, diversity, globalization, and the application of the sociological perspective. In addition, new "Applying Sociological Knowledge" features help you bridge the gap between abstract knowledge and a concrete understanding.

About the Author

Margaret L. Andersen--raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston--is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of THINKING ABOUT WOMEN: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SEX AND GENDER (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth text RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION and LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University?s Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.Kim A. Logio is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph?s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her general areas of professional interest include social deviance; race, gender, and class; research methods; health and dieting behavior; and substance use.Howard F. Taylor was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Princeton University, where he is presently Professor of Sociology and former director of the African American Studies Center. He has published over fifty articles in sociology, education, social psychology, and race relations. His books include THE IQ GAME (Rutgers University Press), a critique of hereditarian accounts of intelligence; BALANCE IN SMALL GROUPS (Van Nostrand Reinhold), translated into Japanese; and the forthcoming RACE AND CLASS AND THE BELL CURVE IN AMERICA. He has appeared widely before college, radio, and TV audiences, including ABC?s NIGHTLINE. He is past president of the Eastern Sociological Society, and a member of the American Sociological Association and the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society for distinguished research. He is a winner of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award, given by the American Sociological Association for distinguished research in race and ethnic relations, and the President?s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with his wife, a corporate lawyer.

Table of Contents

Part I: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES AND SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. 1. C. Wright Mills, "The Sociological Imagination." 2. Allan Johnson, "The Forest and the Trees." 3. Elaine Bell Kaplan, "Not Our Kind of Girl." 4. Joel Best, "Promoting Bad Statistics." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part II: CULTURE. 5. Fatima Mernissi, "Size 6: The Western Womans Harem." 6. Karen Steinheimer, "Do Video Games Kill?" 7. George Ritzer, "September 11, 2001: Mass Murder and Its Roots in the Symbolism of American Consumer Culture." 8. Sharlene Hesse-Biber, "The Cult of Thinness." Part III: SOCIALIZATION AND THE LIFE COURSE. 9. David Karp, Linda Lytle Holmstrom, and Paul S. Gray, "Leaving Home for College: Expectations for Selective Reconstruction of Self." 10. Michael A. Messner, "Barbie Girls vs. Sea Monsters." 11. Yen Le Espiritu, "We Dont Sleep Around Like White Girls Do." 12. Toni M. Calasanti and Kathleen F. Slevin, "Age Matters." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part IV: SOCIETY AND SOCIAL INTERACTION. 13. Erving Goffman, "The Presentation of Self." 14. Elijah Anderson, "Code of the Street." 15. Thomas Wells Brignall III and Thomas Van Valey, "The Impact of Internet Communications on Social Interaction." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part V: GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS. 16. Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, "Clique Dynamics." 17. Elizabeth Armstrong et. al. "Sexual Assault on Campus: a Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape." 18. Christine L. Williams, "The Social Organization of Toy Stores." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part VI: DEVIANCE AND CRIME. 19. Emile Durkheim, "The Functions of Crime." 20. Peter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider, "The Medicalization of Deviance." 21. Katherine Newman et. al., "Rampage." 22. Jeffrey Reiman, "The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison?" Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part VII: SOCIAL CLASS AND SOCIAL STRATIFICATION. 23. Karl Marx and Frederich Engles, "The Communist Manifesto." 24. Janny Scott and David Leonhardt, "Shadowy Lines That Still Divide." 25. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever and Heidi Hartmann, "Abandoned Before the Storms: A Glaring Disaster of Gender, Race, and Class Disparities in the Gulf." 26. Thomas M. Shapiro, "The Color of the Safety Net." 27. Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas, "Unmarried with Children." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part VIII: GLOBAL STRATIFICATION. 28. Edna Bonacich, Lucie Cheng, Norma Chinchilla, Nora Hamilton, and Paul Ong, "The Garment Industry in the restructuring Global Economy." 29. Arlie Russell Hochschild, "The Nanny Chain." 30. Patricia Hill Collins, "New Commodities, New Consumers." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part IX: RACE AND ETHNICITY. 31. W. E. B. DuBois, "The Souls of Black Folk." 32. Charles Gallagher, "Color-blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America." 33. Nancy Foner, "Immigrant Women and Work: Then and Now." 34. Elizabeth Martinez, "Seeing More Than Black and White." 35. Amanda Lewis, "Everyday Race Making." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part X: GENDER. 36. Margaret Andersen, "The Social Construction of Gender." 37. Maxine Leeds Craig, "Aint I a Beauty Queen?" 38. Michael Kimmel, "A Black Woman Took My Job." 39. Pamela Fletcher, "Whose Body Is It Anyway?" Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XI: SEXUALITY AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS. 40. Helene M. Lawson and Kira Leck, "Dynamics of Internet Dating." 41. Ariel Levy, "Get a Life, Girls." 42. Diane Vaughan, "The Long Goodbye." 43. Paula Rust, "The Impact of Multiple Marginalization." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XII: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. A. Family. 44. Anita Garey, "Weaving Work and Motherhood." 45. Ruth Rosen, "The Care Crisis." 46. Steven Seidman, "Gay Marriage." 47. Terry Arendell, "Divorce and Remarriage." B. Religion. 48. Max Weber, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism." 49. Robert Wuthnow, "America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity." 50. Mark Regnerus, Christian Smith, and Melissa Fritsch, "Religion in the Lives of American Adolescents." C. Education. 51. Sara Mead, "The Truth About Boys and Girls." 52. Jonathan Kozol, "Dishonoring the Dead." 53. Linda Renzulli and Vincent Roscigno, "Charter Schools and the Public Good." D. Work. 54. Carmen Lynne Macdonald and Carmen Sirianni, "The Service Society and the Changing Experience of Work." 55. Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson, "The Time Divide." 56. Barbara Ehrenreich, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America." E. Government and Politics. 57. C. Wright Mills, "The Power Elite." 58. Richard Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff, "Has the Power Elite Become Diverse?" 59. Louis Desipio and Rodolfo O. De La Garza, "Forever Seen as New: Latino Participation in American Elections." 60. Deborah Carr, "Capturing the Youth Vote." F. Health Care. 61. Rose Weitz, "The Social Meanings of Illness." 62. Grace Budrys, "What Do We Think of the U.S. Health Care System?" 63. Lourdes A. Rivera, "Uninsured, Exposed, and at Risk-But Not Powerless." 64. Jane Sprague Zones, "Beauty Myths and Realities and Their Impact on Womens Health." Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XIII: POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 65. Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, "American Apartheid." 66. David Pellow, "The Politics of Illegal Dumping: An Environmental Justice Framework." 67. Steven Brechin, "Comparative Public Opinion and Knowledge on Global Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol: The U.S. vs. the World?" Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Part XIV: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE. 68. Duane F. Alwin, "Generations X, Y, and Z: Are They Changing America?" 69. Benjamin Barber, "Jihad vs. McWorld." 70. Aldon Morris, "The Genius of the Civil rights Movement: Can It Happen Again?" Applying Sociological Knowledge: An Exercise for Students. Glossary. Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780495504306
Subtitle:
An Introductory Reader
Author:
Andersen, Margaret L
Author:
Taylor, Howard F.
Author:
Andersen, Margaret L.
Author:
Logio, Kim A.
Author:
Andersen, Margaret L.(Margaret L. Andersen)
Publisher:
Wadsworth Publishing
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology -- Research.
Copyright:
Series:
Wadsworth Sociology Reader
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.21x7.43x.94 in. 1.93 lbs.

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