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Introduction to Sociology

Eighth Edition

August 2022 | SAGE Publications, Inc
About Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology, Eighth Edition

The Eighth Edition of Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology inspires students to develop their sociological imaginations, to see the world and personal events from a new perspective, and to confront sociological issues on a day-to-day basis. The consistent application of the Social World Model across chapters helps encourage the practice of using three levels of analysis, and to view sociology as an integrated whole, rather than a set of disparate subjects.

About Our Social World - Vantage Learning Platform, Eighth Edition

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Part I: Understanding Our Social World
Chapter 1: Sociology: A Unique Way to View the World
Chapter 2: Examining the Social World: How Do We Know What We Know?
Part II: Social Structure, Processes, and Control
Chapter 3: Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World
Chapter 4: Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane
Chapter 5: Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Weirdos, Freaks, and Folks Like Us
Part III: Inequality
Chapter 7: Economic Inequality: Rich and Famous—Or Rags and Famine?
Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality: Beyond “Us” and “Them”
Chapter 9: Gender Inequality: She/He/They—Who Goes First?
Part IV: Institutions
Chapter 10: Family: Partner Taking, People Making, and Contract Breaking
Chapter 10: Family: Partner Taking, People Making, and Contract Breaking
Chapter 12: Religion: The Social Meaning of Sacred Meaning
Chapter 13: Health Care: An Anatomy of Health and Illness
Chapter 14: Politics and Economics: Probing Power, Dissecting Distribution
Part V: Social Dynamics
Chapter 15: Environmental Sociology: Population, Urbanization, and Climate Change
Chapter 16: Process of Change: We Can Make a Difference!

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Sociology Dept, Suffolk University
June 8, 2023
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  • A thoroughly revised Chapter 15, brings Urban Sociology and Population under the umbrella of Environmental Sociology and adds a new section on climate change.
  • Revised the Engaging Sociology features, provide students with opportunities for data analysis.
  • Updated Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do? features provide new recommendations for how students can get involved.
  • New and updated figures and maps.
  • New topics include, the influence of COVID-19 on socialization and numerous social institutions, the impact of the pervasiveness of social media and technology on the socialization of children, race- and class-based bias in policing and criminal justice, expanded discussion of transgender and nonbinary identities and asexuality, and updated trends in marriage in the U.S., among others.
  • Chapters open with the “Our Social World” model, a full-page diagram that shows how the key concepts and issues in that chapter fit into the book’s micro-to-macro framework.
  • Sociologists in Action boxes profile “public” sociologists who are making a difference, illustrating the practical side of sociology.
  • Contributing to Our Social World sections at the end of each chapter highlights volunteer opportunities for sociology students at the local, institutional, and national/global level.
  • The text describes a range of research strategies and illustrates concrete examples of the method being used, encouraging critical thinking and helping students develop a more sophisticated epistemology.
  • Think About It questions, relevant to everyday life and posed at the outset of each chapter, encourage students to be curious, active, and reflective readers.
  • Opening vignettes help students connect to the chapters’ content through personalized stories.
  • Thinking Sociologically questions ask students to apply material to some aspect of their lives or the social world, and can be the basis for productive discussions with classmates, friends, and family.
  • Engaging Sociology features provide opportunities for students to analyze research data, apply what they’ve learned to new situations, or reflect on their personal experiences and those of others.

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