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Sociology for a New Century

Sociology for a New Century

March 2001 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
· Written with the conviction that sociology can play a major role (perhaps THE major role) in helping college students understand how their lives are shaped by the complexities of global social forces in our new century. · Helps students develop an approach to thinking about social issues and evaluating claims and arguments that they can use long after the course has ended. · Reflects the following qualities from the sociological tradition: a commitment to the principles of scientific investigation, a deep concern for social issues and human welfare, and a macro approach that takes account of history, geography, and relations between the societies and regions of the globe. · Strives less to introduce sociology, and more to demonstrate the power and value of thinking sociologically about societies today. · Centers on a small number of organizing themes and principles, introduced in Chapter 1 and used throughout the remainder of the text (see detailed table of contents). · Contains 16 chapters and 7 topical essays interspersed between Chapters 1-10. The first 10 chapters are the core foundation of the text. Chapters 11-15 apply sociological thinking to a series of significant global issues including war, work, health, and population growth. Chapter 16 brings the text to a close with a discussion of how individuals and organizations can create positive change in the world. · Written to help teach the process of investigation, the sociological craft of research, critical thinking, and careful analysis. Rather than presenting students with answers, the core Chapters 1-10 are each organized around a specific question or problem selected for its interest to students as well as its importance to the U.S. and the world (see table of contents). Thus, sociological terms and concepts are introduced as they become relevant to the analysis --never for their own sake. · The Topical Essays broaden the coverage of issues and diversity of viewpoints in the text, while the book maintains its overall thematic coherence. Most essays are written by leading scholars and researchers in sociology, save one essayist who is an undergraduate student (Tracey Dawson) and one, a cartoonist (Nick Rutter) who has illustrated Gay Seidman's essay on Sweatshops and Chapters 11-16. · Active Learning Exercises extend and reinforce the emphasis on critical thinking throughout the book. · A Web Site specifically devoted to Sociology For a New Century provides many helpful ways students can strengthen their ability to think and see sociologically. · A Sociological Atlas in the back of the book provides 32 four-color maps of global, sociological information as well as a wealth of web sites and other information resources. · Graphical Displays of Social Data and informative Photographs and Cartoons throughout the chapters make learning easier and more fun. · Teaching Resources, available upon adoption of the text, contains an excellent set of various tests, and an annotated set of literary and visual resources, in addition to an annotated bibliography of teaching resource materials.

Y.W. Bradshaw
1. A Global View of Society. How Can Sociology Help Us Understanding Global Trends
The Interconnected World  
Sociology's Contribution to Understanding Global Issues  
A Global Perspective  
The Book's Themes: Global Trends  
A Look Forward  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
Topical Essay. My Personal Journey to a Global Perspective T.J. Dawson
J.F. Healey
2. Sociology and Society. How Does Sociological Theory Help Us Interpret the World
The Origins of Sociology  
The Sociological Perspective  
The Continuing Relevance of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
Topical Essay. The Globalization of Taste N. Hart
J.F. Healey
3. Sociology and Science. How Do Sociologists Investigate Questions about Society?
Using Science to Examine a Social Problem: Is American Society Disintegrating?  
Approaching the Problem: The Scientific Method  
Gathering Data  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
J.F. Healey
4. Culture and Society. Can Local Culture Coexist with Global Culture?
A Sociological Perspective on Culture  
Culture and Community  
Elements of Culture  
The Construction of Culture  
Culture Change  
The Globalization of Culture  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
Topical Essay. How Culture Shapes Schooling S. Brint
Topical Essay. Loal Gods and Universal Faiths L.R. Kurtz
J.F. Healey
5. Inequality. Are the Rich Getting Richer and the Poor Getting Poorer?
Sociological Perspective on Inequality  
The Evolution of Inequality  
Increasing Inequality in the United States  
Inequality around the Globe  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
J.F. Healey
6. Assimilation and Pluralism. Will Racial and Ethnic Groups Persist?
Global Species Consolidation: Analyzing Race and Ethnicity  
Social Relations in a Differentiated World  
Contact Situations: Conquest and Colonization  
Contact Situations: Immigration  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
P. Fernandez-Kelly & K.M. Fallon
7. Gender. How Is Globalization Affecting Inequalities between Women and Men?
Sociological Perspectives on Gender Relations  
Gender Inequality Today: A Global Concern  
Gender in Comparative Perspective  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
Topical Essay. Sex as a Global Commodity J. Nagel
D. Lye and Y.W. Bradshaw
8. Families. What Is Happening to Families in a Changing World?
A Sociological Approach to the Family  
Recent Trends in Family Life  
The Causes of Family Change  
The Conseuquences of Family Change  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
J.F. Healey
9. Crime and Punishment. Can Crime be Controlled?
Defining and Measuring Crime  
Theorizing about the Causes of Crime  
Controlling Crime  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
J. Markoff
10. Economics and Politics. Does Democracy Have a Future?
The Rise of the Modern State  
Globalization and the State, Yesterday and Today  
Challenges to the Economic and Political Status Quo  
Threatened Democracy  
Attempts by States (and Their Citizens) to Control Globalization  
Key Concepts  
Active Learning  
Topical Essa. Activists Crusade against Sweatshops G.W. Seidman
Y.W. Bradshaw
11. The Changing Face of War
Yugoslavia, 1990s: Lessons Unlearned  
Voices of War  
The Responsibility to Stop Someone Else's War  
The Limitations of Peacekeeping  
Five Recommendations for Ending War  
Thinking about the Topic of War  
K.T. Leicht
12. The Future of Work
Workplace Change and Your Labor Market Prospects  
The Social Consequences of the Changing Workplace  
The Hopes and Fears of the New Workplace  
Thinking about the Topic of Work  
M.M. Bell
13. Can the World Develop and Sustain Its Environment?
We Consuming Humans  
Owning Up to What We Own  
The Sociology of Environmental Inaction  
The Social Organization of Consumption  
Social Power and the Social Organization of Consumption  
Virtual Environmentalism and the Social Reorganization of Consumption  
Thinking about the Topic of Sustainable Development  
D. Lye
14. How Many People Is Too Many People?
How Does Population Grow?  
How Many People Can Earth Support?  
Can We Slow Population Growth?  
A Reality Check  
Thinking about the Topic of Population Growth  
N. Mbugua
15. The Global Healthcare Challenge
The Grim Reality of Healthcare in Lower-Income Countries  
The Great Divide: Haves versus Have-nots  
The Healthcare Challenge of the Twenty-First Century  
Thinking about the Topic of Healthcare  
Y.W. Bradshaw
16. Creating Positive Social Change
What Solutions Does Sociology Suggest?  
What Can Individuals Do?  
Thinking about the Topic of Positive Social Change  
Authors and Contributors
Photo Credits
K.M. Fallon
Appendix: A Sociologist's Atlas

"This book engages and challenges from page one. It demonstrates page after page, in both the chapters and topical essays, that the sociological perspective is relevant and valuable for understanding social organization and social life in this age of globalization." 

Tracy Burkett
College of Charleston

"This is clearly a better book than other introductory books that claim to take a global perspective: better because the theoretical lens is more sophisticated and timely; better because the organization makes sense, because the arguments are coherent, and because I can imagine that others will find it possible to use in the classroom."

Peter Bearman
Columbia University

"I like the global approach of the book. Most introductory texts focus narrowly upon American society, and this book does a much better job of locating national analysis within the global context."

Thomas A. Hirschl
Cornell University

"Each chapter contains rich, timely case studies and vignettes¾
on teen suicide, student credit card debt, genocide in Rwanda, the World Trade Organization protests¾
that personalize or contextualize the topic. At the same time, major sociological concepts, theories, and methodological principles are covered and applied. Strong integration between chapters provides continuity and comparison."

Kristin Park
Westminster College

A great resource for looking at issues globally. Good coherant arguments, and plenty of case studies and vignettes. Great use of methodoloigcal principles and their application throughout.

Mrs Sunray Heap
General Education , Cardiff and Vale College
April 27, 2012

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