Sociology, or the study of the social world, was first founded to make a difference in people’s lives. For instance, its founders sought to understand and explain social inequalities, such as why some populations live in poverty while others gain exponential wealth. Sociologists like Jane Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett pioneered social movements by researching gender, racial, and class inequality. Following in those footsteps, many professors and students also want to make changes in the world. Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World provides a thorough, well-informed basis for doing just that. The textbook challenges readers to look beyond what they’ve learned from socialization and, instead, gain an overarching sociological perspective.
A great teaching tool for instructors, the book has several features to help students relate to the material. For example, most chapters begin with a “Social Issues in the News” section. Therefore, students can dive deep into current events and learn lessons from them that relate to sociological concepts. Also, each chapter of Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World includes sidebars and boxes that offer information on how to use these concepts for social reform. These appear in the “Sociology Making a Difference,” “Learning from Other Societies,” and “What Sociology Suggests” sections. Some chapters also include “Theory Snapshots,” which are tables that help students easily define terminology and reference it when they need. Finally, chapters end with “Using Sociology,” which offers a scenario for students to discuss.
Chapters of Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World
1 – Sociology and the Sociological Perspective | 2 – Eye on Society: Doing Sociological Research | 3 – Culture | 4 – Socialization | 5 – Social Structure and Social Interaction | 6 – Groups and Organizations | 7 – Deviance, Crime, and Social Control | 8 – Social Stratification | 9 – Global Stratification | 10 – Race and Ethnicity | 11 – Gender and Gender Inequality | 12 – Aging and the Elderly | 13 – Work and the Economy | 14 – Politics and Government | 15 – The Family | 16 – Education | 17 – Religion | 18 – Health and Medicine | 19 – Population and Urbanization | 20 – Social Change and the Environment | 21 – Collective Behavior and Social Movements | 22 – Conclusion: Understanding and Changing the Social World
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