Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World
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Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

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The founders of sociology in the United States wanted to make a difference. A central aim of the sociologists of the Chicago school was to use sociological knowledge to achieve social reform. A related aim of sociologists like Jane Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett and others since was to use sociological knowledge to understand and alleviate gender, racial, and class inequality.

https://doi.org/10.24926/8668.2401
ISBN: 978-1-946135-24-7

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table Of Contents
  • Publisher Information
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Sociology and the Sociological Perspective
    • 1.1 The Sociological Perspective
    • 1.2 Understanding Society
    • 1.3 Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
    • 1.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 2: Eye on Society: Doing Sociological Research
    • 2.1 Sociology as a Social Science
    • 2.2 Stages in the Sociological Research Process
    • 2.3 Research Design in Sociology
    • 2.4 Ethical Issues in Sociological Research
    • 2.5 Sociological Research in the Service of Society
    • 2.6 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 3: Culture
    • 3.1 Culture and the Sociological Perspective
    • 3.2 The Elements of Culture
    • 3.3 Cultural Diversity
    • 3.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 4: Socialization
    • 4.1 The Importance of Socialization
    • 4.2 Explaining Socialization
    • 4.3 Agents of Socialization
    • 4.4 Socialization Through the Life Course
    • 4.5 Resocialization and Total Institutions
    • 4.6 Socialization Practices and Improving Society
    • 4.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 5: Social Structure and Social Interaction
    • 5.1 Social Structure: The Building Blocks of Social Life
    • 5.2 The Development of Modern Society
    • 5.3 Social Interaction in Everyday Life
    • 5.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 6: Groups and Organizations
    • 6.1 Social Groups
    • 6.2 Group Dynamics and Behavior
    • 6.3 Formal Organizations
    • 6.4 Groups, Organizations, and Social Change
    • 6.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 7: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
    • 7.1 Social Control and the Relativity of Deviance
    • 7.2 Explaining Deviance
    • 7.3 Crime and Criminals
    • 7.4 The Get-Tough Approach: Boon or Bust?
    • 7.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 8: Social Stratification
    • 8.1 Systems of Stratification
    • 8.2 Explaining Stratification
    • 8.3 Social Class in the United States
    • 8.4 Economic Inequality and Poverty in the United States
    • 8.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 9: Global Stratification
    • 9.1 The Nature and Extent of Global Stratification
    • 9.2 The Impact of Global Poverty
    • 9.3 Explaining Global Stratification
    • 9.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity
    • 10.1 Racial and Ethnic Relations: An American Dilemma
    • 10.2 The Meaning of Race and Ethnicity
    • 10.3 Prejudice
    • 10.4 Discrimination
    • 10.5 Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States
    • 10.6 Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century
    • 10.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 11: Gender and Gender Inequality
    • 11.1 Understanding Sex and Gender
    • 11.2 Feminism and Sexism
    • 11.3 Gender Inequality
    • 11.4 Violence Against Women: Rape and Pornography
    • 11.5 The Benefits and Costs of Being Male
    • 11.6 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 12: Aging and the Elderly
    • 12.1 Gerontology and the Concept of Aging
    • 12.2 The Perception and Experience of Aging
    • 12.3 Sociological Perspectives on Aging
    • 12.4 Life Expectancy, Aging, and the Graying of Society
    • 12.5 Biological and Psychological Aspects of Aging
    • 12.6 The U.S. Elderly
    • 12.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 13: Work and the Economy
    • 13.1 Economic Development in Historical Perspective
    • 13.2 Types of Economic Systems
    • 13.3 Corporations
    • 13.4 Work and Labor in the United States
    • 13.5 The Military-Industrial Complex
    • 13.6 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 14: Politics and Government
    • 14.1 Power and Authority
    • 14.2 Types of Political Systems
    • 14.3 Theories of Power and Society
    • 14.4 Politics in the United States
    • 14.5 War and Terrorism
    • 14.6 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 15: The Family
    • 15.1 The Family in Cross-Cultural and Historical Perspectives
    • 15.2 Sociological Perspectives on the Family
    • 15.3 Family Patterns in the United States Today
    • 15.4 Changes and Issues Affecting American Families
    • 15.5 Children and Parental Discipline
    • 15.6 Family Violence
    • 15.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 16: Education
    • 16.1 A Brief History of Education in the United States
    • 16.2 Sociological Perspectives on Education
    • 16.3 Education in the United States
    • 16.4 Issues and Problems in Education
    • 16.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 17: Religion
    • 17.1 Religion as a Social Institution
    • 17.2 Religion in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • 17.3 Sociological Perspectives on Religion
    • 17.4 Types of Religious Organizations
    • 17.5 Religion in the United States
    • 17.6 Trends in Religious Belief and Activity
    • 17.7 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 18: Health and Medicine
    • 18.1 Understanding Health, Medicine, and Society
    • 18.2 Health and Medicine in International Perspective
    • 18.3 Health and Illness in the United States
    • 18.4 Medicine and Health Care in the United States
    • 18.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 19: Population and Urbanization
    • 19.1 Population
    • 19.2 Population Growth and Decline
    • 19.3 Urbanization
    • 19.4 Rural Life
    • 19.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 20: Social Change and the Environment
    • 20.1 Understanding Social Change
    • 20.2 Sources of Social Change
    • 20.3 Society and the Environment
    • 20.4 Understanding the Environment
    • 20.5 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 21: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
    • 21.1 Types of Collective Behavior
    • 21.2 Explaining Collective Behavior
    • 21.3 Social Movements
    • 21.4 End-of-Chapter Material
  • Chapter 22: Conclusion: Understanding and Changing the Social World
    • 22.1 What Have You Learned From This Book?
    • 22.2 Public Sociology and Improving Society
    • 22.3 A Final Word
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