Introduction to Sociology
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Introduction to Sociology

By Nathan Keirns
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Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter. 

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Table of Contents
  • Preface
    • 6. Features of OpenStax Introduction to Sociology
  • Chapter 1. An Introduction to Sociology
    • 1.1. What Is Sociology?
      • The Sociological Imagination
    • 1.2. The History of Sociology
    • 1.3. Theoretical Perspectives
      • Functionalism
    • 1.4. Why Study Sociology?
  • Chapter 2. Sociological Research
    • 2.1. Approaches to Sociological Research
      • The Scientific Method
    • 2.2. Research Methods
      • Field Research
  • Chapter 3. Culture
    • 3.1. What Is Culture?
    • 3.2. Elements of Culture
    • 3.3. Pop Culture, Subculture, and Cultural Change
      • Cultural Change
  • Chapter 4. Society and Social Interaction
    • 4.1. Types of Societies
      • Preindustrial Societies
    • 4.2. Theoretical Perspectives on Society
    • 4.3. Social Constructions of Reality
  • Chapter 5. Socialization
    • 5.1. Theories of Self Development
      • Sociological Theories of Self Development
    • 5.2. Why Socialization Matters
    • 5.3. Agents of Socialization
      • Social Group Agents
      • Institutional Agents
    • 5.4. Socialization Across the Life Course
  • Chapter 6. Groups and Organization
    • 6.1. Types of Groups
    • 6.2. Group Size and Structure
    • 6.3. Formal Organizations
      • Types of Formal Organizations
  • Chapter 7. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
    • 7.1. Deviance and Control
    • 7.2. Theoretical Perspectives on Deviance
      • Émile Durkheim: The Essential Nature of Deviance
      • Symbolic Interactionism
    • 7.3. Crime and the Law
      • The United States Criminal Justice System
  • Chapter 8. Media and Technology
    • 8.1. Technology Today
      • What Is Technology?
    • 8.2. Media and Technology in Society
      • Types of Media and Technology
    • 8.3. Global Implications
    • 8.4. Theoretical Perspectives on Media and Technology
      • Commercial Function
      • Conflict Perspective
  • Chapter 9. Social Stratification in the United States
    • 9.1. What Is Social Stratification?
      • Systems of Stratification
    • 9.2. Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States
      • Social Classes in the United States
    • 9.3. Global Stratification and Inequality
  • Chapter 10. Global Inequality
    • 10.1. Global Stratification and Classification
      • Global Classification
    • 10.2. Global Wealth and Poverty
      • Who Are the Impoverished?
    • 10.3. Theoretical Perspectives on Global Stratification
  • Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity
    • 11.1. Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups
    • 11.2. Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
    • 11.3. Theories of Race and Ethnicity
      • Theoretical Perspectives
    • 11.4. Intergroup Relationships
    • 11.5. Race and Ethnicity in the United States
      • Native Americans
      • Arab Americans
  • Chapter 12. Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
    • 12.1. The Difference Between Sex and Gender
    • 12.2. Gender
      • Gender and Socialization
      • Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
    • 12.3. Sex and Sexuality
      • Sexual Attitudes and Practices
      • Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Sexuality
  • Chapter 13. Aging and the Elderly
    • 13.1. Who Are the Elderly? Aging in Society
    • 13.2. The Process of Aging
    • 13.3. Challenges Facing the Elderly
  • Chapter 14. Marriage and Family
    • 14.1. What Is Marriage? What Is a Family?
      • Marriage Patterns
    • 14.2. Variations in Family Life
    • 14.3. Challenges Families Face
      • Divorce and Remarriage
      • Violence and Abuse
  • Chapter 15. Religion
    • 15.1. The Sociological Approach to Religion
    • 15.2. World Religions
      • The World’s Religions
    • 15.3. Religion in the United States
  • Chapter 16. Education
    • 16.1. Education around the World
    • 16.2. Theoretical Perspectives on Education
      • Manifest Functions
    • 16.3. Issues in Education
  • Chapter 17. Government and Politics
    • 17.1. Power and Authority
      • Types of Authority
    • 17.2. Forms of Government
    • 17.3. Politics in the United States
      • Voter Participation
    • 17.4. Theoretical Perspectives on Government and Power
  • Chapter 18. Work and the Economy
    • 18.1. Economic Systems
      • Economics of Agricultural, Industrial, and Postindustrial Societies
      • Capitalism
      • Socialism
      • Theoretical Perspectives on the Economy
    • 18.2. Globalization and the Economy
    • 18.3. Work in the United States
  • Chapter 19. Health and Medicine
    • 19.1. The Social Construction of Health
    • 19.2. Global Health
    • 19.3. Health in the United States
      • Mental Health and Disability
    • 19.4. Comparative Health and Medicine
  • Chapter 20. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
    • 20.1. Demography and Population
      • Demographic Theories
    • 20.2. Urbanization
      • Urbanization in the United States
    • 20.3. The Environment and Society
      • Pollution
  • Chapter 21. Social Movements and Social Change
    • 21.1. Collective Behavior
      • Theoretical Perspectives on Collective Behavior
    • 21.2. Social Movements
      • Levels of Social Movements
      • Theoretical Perspectives on Social Movements
    • 21.3. Social Change
      • Causes of Social Change
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