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Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

Sixth Edition
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September 2023 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Sociology offers a comprehensive guide that connects traditional sociological concepts and contemporary social phenomena, such as globalization, consumer culture, the internet, and "McDonaldization," to students' lives in today's global society. This accessible text encourages learners to apply a sociological perspective and explore how public sociologists address critical modern issues.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sociology in the Global Age
Chapter 2: Thinking Sociologically
Chapter 3: Researching the Social World
Chapter 4: Culture
Chapter 5: Socialization and Interaction
Chapter 6: Organizations, Societies, and Global Relationships
Chapter 7: Deviance and Crime
Chapter 8: Social Stratification
Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 10: Gender and Sexualities
Chapter 11: Families
Chapter 12: Education and Religion
Chapter 13: Politics and the Economy
Chapter 14: The Body, Medicine, Health, and Health Care
Chapter 15: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
Chapter 16: Social Change, Social Movements, and Collective Action
References: Chapter-Opening Vignettes
References: Comprehensive List


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  • The new co-author, J. Michael Ryan, brings expertise to the book from his research on gender, sexuality, and the social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as his experiences living and teaching sociology in different parts of the world.
  • More than 100 new or revised figures with data from 2019-2023.
  • Names and spellings of minority groups have been thoroughly updated to reflect the most current scholarly conventions; to be more inclusive and non-binary; to more accurately describe a person or group's ancestry, origins, or citizenship; and to make clear distinctions between socially-constructed and biological categories. Some examples include the following:
    • Black instead of black
    • White instead of white
    • Black instead of African American
    • female/females instead of woman/women or girl/girls
    • male/males instead of man/men or boy/boys
    • they instead of he and she
    • U.S. residents instead of Americans or U.S. citizens
  • All text boxes have been eliminated with material on globalization and digital living integrated into the main narrative.
  • 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, are featured throughout to encourage students to join a public conversation by providing key insights about current sociological issues.
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