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Introduction to Sociology

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July 2019 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Join the conversation with one of sociology’s best-known thinkers.  

In the fully updated Fifth Edition of Introduction to Sociology, bestselling author George Ritzer shows students the relevance of sociology to their lives. While providing a rock-solid foundation, the text illuminates traditional sociological concepts and theories, as well as some of the most compelling contemporary social phenomena: globalization, consumer culture, the Internet, and the “McDonaldization” of society. Packed with current examples and the latest research of how “public” sociologists are engaging with the critical issues of today, this new edition encourages students to apply a sociological perspective to their worldview—empowering them to participate in a global conversation about current social problems.    

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Letter from the Authors
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
CHAPTER 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY IN THE GLOBAL AGE
A Sociology of Revolutions and Counterrevolutions  
The Changing Nature of the Social World—and Sociology  
Central Concerns for a Twenty-First-Century Sociology  
Sociology: Continuity and Change  
Sociology’s Purpose: Science or Social Reform?  
Sociology, the Other Social Sciences, and Common Sense  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 2. THINKING SOCIOLOGICALLY
How Do Theories Help Us Understand Politics and Other Social Institutions?  
The Giants of Classical Sociological Theory  
Other Important Early Theorists  
Contemporary Sociological Theory  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 3. RESEARCHING THE SOCIAL WORLD
Sociology as a Science  
The Scientific Method  
The Development of Scientific Knowledge  
Sociological Research  
Secondary Data Analysis  
Issues in Social Research  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 4. CULTURE
A Reflection of U.S. Culture  
A Definition of Culture  
The Basic Elements of Culture  
Cultural Differences  
Major Types of Culture  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 5. SOCIALIZATION AND INTERACTION
Socialization and Variance  
The Individual and the Self  
The Individual as Performer  
Socialization  
Interaction  
Micro-Level Social Structures  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 6. ORGANIZATIONS, SOCIETIES, AND GLOBAL RELATIONSHIPS
Questioning Governmental Authority  
Organizations  
Contemporary Organizational Realities  
Societies  
Global Relationships  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 7. DEVIANCE AND CRIME
Norms, Labels, and Judgment  
Deviance  
Theories of Deviance  
Crime  
Globalization and Crime  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 8. SOCIAL STRATIFICATION IN THE UNITED STATES
Student “Haves” and “Have-Nots” in Higher Education  
Dimensions of Social Stratification  
Economic Inequality  
Social Mobility  
Theories of Social Stratification  
Consumption and Social Stratification  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 9. GLOBAL STRATIFICATION
Something Is Right in Denmark  
Positions in Global Stratification  
Other Global Inequalities  
Changing Positions in Global Stratification  
Theories of Global Stratification  
Consumption and Global Stratification  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 10. RACE AND ETHNICITY
Minorities Acquire Political Power  
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity  
Majority–Minority Relations  
Racism  
Race and Ethnicity in a Global Context  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 11. GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Challenging Gender Stereotypes  
Gender and Sex  
The Sociology of Sexuality  
Sexuality, Gender, and Globalization  
Global Flows Related to Gender  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 12. FAMILIES
Fictional Families Get Real  
Family, Marriage, and Intimate Relationships  
Broad Changes in Marriage and the Family  
Theorizing the Family  
Problems in the Family  
Global Families  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 13. EDUCATION
Going to the “Right” Parties on Campus  
Thinking about Education  
Education and Consumption  
Inequality in Education  
Globalization and Education  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 14. RELIGION
Commercialism Encroaches on a Holy City  
Early Sociologists and Religion  
What Is Religion?  
Components of Religion  
Types of Religious Institutions  
Theorizing Religion  
Religion and Globalization  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 15. POLITICS AND THE ECONOMY
The Interrelationship of Government and the Economy  
Politics: Democracy or Dictatorship  
Who Rules the United States?  
Global Politics  
The Economy: Major Forms and Changes  
Work, Consumption, and Leisure  
Globalization and the Economy  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 16. THE BODY, MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND HEALTH CARE
The Opioid Crisis  
The Body  
The Sociology of Health and Medicine  
Globalization and Health  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 17. POPULATION, URBANIZATION, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Too Few, Too Old  
Population  
Urbanization  
Cities and Globalization  
The Environment  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
CHAPTER 18. SOCIAL CHANGE, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
Workers’ Rights, Consumer Activism, and Social Change  
Social Movements  
Emergence, Mobilization, and Impact of Social Movements  
Collective Action  
Social Change: Globalization, Consumption, and the Internet  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Review Questions  
 
Glossary
 
References: Chapter-Opening Vignettes
 
References: Comprehensive List
 
Index

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NEW TO THIS EDITION:         

  • Updated examples in the text and "Digital Living" boxes keep pace with changes in digital technology and online practices, including genealogy websites, Uber, Bitcoin, Tinder, the #MeToo movement, digital privacy, WikiLeaks, and cyberbullying.
  • New topics in the “Trending” boxes demonstrate the diversity of sociology's practitioners, methods, and subject matter. Featured authors include:
    • Robert Wuthnow (The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America)
    • Adam Reich and Peter Bearman (Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart)
    • Bruce Western (Homeward: Life in the Year after Prison)
    • Arlene Stein (Unbound: Transgender Men and Remaking of Identity)
    • Tressie McMillan Cottom (Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy)
    • Zevnep Tufekci (Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest)
    • Arlie Hochschild (Strangers in Their Own Land)
    • Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill (Children of Katrina)
  • New or updated subjects apply sociological thinking to the latest issues including:
    • the 2016 U.S. election
    • Brexit
    • the global growth of ISIS
    • climate change
    • further segmentation of wealthy Americans as the "super rich"
    • transgender people in the U.S. armed forces
    • charter schools
    • the legalization of marijuana
    • the Flint water crisis
    • fourth-wave feminism
  • New SAGE Sociology News Clips connect core sociological concepts to brief, 2-4 minute news clips of current events, such as  
    • New Federal Health Guidelines for Americans
    • Encouraging Women in Tech
    • Child Sex Trafficking
    • Child Hunger in War-Ravaged Yemen
    • Beer and Faith
    • Retail Workers See Shift Amid Changing Landscape
    • Opioid Crisis Strains Families and the Foster System
    • State Elections See Infusion of Women Candidates
    • U.S. March for Our Lives

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  • The text focuses on several themes that help define social life today:
    • Globalization—the flow of people, goods, institutions, and ideas across national borders.
    • Consumer Culture—the meaning attached to getting and using material goods.
    • Digital Living—social life mediated by digital technologies.
  • A conceptual foundation for understanding sociology is provided in the first chapter so students can build upon that foundation when they are introduced to different sociological theories.   
  • Strong coverage of sociological theory is presented in an enhanced three-category system that is similar to the approach of most introductory sociology texts, but richer—encompassing classical theories as well as the most important offshoots of those theories developed in recent years.  
  • Contemporary public sociologists, whose works and ideas have entered the national conversation, appear in "Trending" boxes to encourage students to join a public conversation by providing key insights about current sociological issues.
  • Global maps illustrate the global “flows” of people, goods, and ideas in the contemporary world.  
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