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.
ISBN: 978-1-946135-24-7

Title Page
Table Of Contents
Publisher Information
About the Author
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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