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This revised edition of Tischler's INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY continues a tradition of providing a proven and comprehensive textbook to students and professors at a lower, very reasonable price. With its built in study guide, practice tests, and available access to SociologyNow, no other textbook on the market provides students with a complete suite of study aids at an affordable price as INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY. Tischler is known for providing full coverage of sociological concepts in a student-friendly manner, and threading two basic ideas throughout the text- 1) sociology is a rigorous, scientific discipline and 2) a basic knowledge of sociology is essential for understanding social interaction in many work and social settings. Each chapter progresses from a specific to a general analysis of society - each part introducing increasingly comprehensive factors necessary for a broad-based understanding of social organization.

Henry L. Tischler, Framingham State College

Henry Tischler, Ph.D., Henry Tischler received his bachelor's degree from Temple University and his masters and doctorate degrees from Northeastern University. A professor at Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts, for more than two decades, he continues to teach introductory sociology every year. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Montclair State University, and Tufts University. His areas of interest are race and ethnicity, and crime and deviant behavior.
  • The box program has been updated with content that reflects a more contemporary and everyday feel that the author already accomplishes through his accessible style.
  • All new Day to Day Sociology boxes provide a way for students to develop a bridge between academic sociology and daily events, thereby helping students see the connection between sociology and their lives.
  • New How Sociologists Do It boxes introduce students to sociological research in an interesting and down to earth manner.
  • In this edition the new "Sociology in Strange Places" boxes provide unusual examples of sociological studies or daily events that can be understood more fully through a sociological lens.
  • To encourage students to think about sociological issues in a larger context than just the United States the new Global Sociology boxes help students become aware of the global diversity in the world.
  • New Our Diverse Society boxes take a cross cultural approach to sociological issues within the United States, helping students to see the social diversity in our country.
  • The author has a section called "A Word to the Student" in the preface which gives tips to students on how to read, study, and take tests more effectively.
  • "A Word to the Student" precedes the first chapter and provides students with information on how to get the most out of their introductory sociology course (study tips, effective reading strategies, test-taking strategies).
  • An extensive box program within each chapter offer interesting sidebars with historical and cutting edge content, including: "Our Diverse Society" boxes discuss how social diversity is expressed in American society; "Technology and Society" boxes look at how social interactions and social trends are influenced by technological advances taking place in our society; "Global Sociology" boxes encourage students to think about sociological issues in a larger context and explore the global diversity present in the world; "Controversies in Sociology" boxes show two sides of an issue to help students realize that most social events require close analysis and that hastily drawn conclusions are often wrong; "Social Change" boxes provide examples of major forces that are shaping modern society; "For Further Thinking" boxes discuss a chapter related issue greater detail. Topics will vary by chapter.
  • Each chapter concludes with a newly updated Study Guide (with Answers provided) to help the student assess their understanding of the chapter material.
  • Extremely affordable and comprehensive, this book covers all an introductory sociology student needs to know in order to pass the course!
  • Chapters open with a Chapter Outline, learning objectives, and opening vignettes that provide student-friendly introductions to the subject covered in the chapter.
About The Author.
A Word to the Student.
1. The Sociological Perspective.
2. Doing Sociology: Research Methods.
3. Culture.
4. Socialization and Development.
5. Society and Social Interaction.
6. Social Groups and Organizations.
7. Deviant Behavior and Social Control.
Part III: Social Inequality
8. Social Stratification and Social Class.
9. Global Stratification.
10. Racial and Ethnic Minorities.
11. Gender Stratification.
Part IV: Institutions
12. Marriage and Alternative Family Lifestyles.
13. Religion.
14. Education.
15. Political and Economic Systems.
16. Population and Urban Society.
17. Health and Aging.
18. Collective Behavior and Social Change.
Practice Tests.
Practice Test Answers.

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Online Instructor's Resource Manual

ISBN: 9781285053080
This Instructor’s Resource Manual includes brief chapter outlines, learning objectives, key concepts and thinkers, detailed chapter outlines, lecture/discussion notes, class activities, video suggestions, suggested resources, internet exercises, and other helpful resources for each of the eighteen chapters in INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY. Also included is a Resource Integration Guide (RIG), a list of additional print, video, and online resources, and concise user guides for SociologyNow, Turnitin, and WebTutor. These resources will help instructors prepare for class more quickly and effectively.

PowerLecture with ExamView®

ISBN: 9781133957065
PowerLecture instructor resources are a collection of book-specific lecture and class tools available on either CD or DVD. The fastest and easiest way to build powerful, customized media-rich lectures, PowerLecture assets include chapter-specific PowerPoint presentations, images, animations and video, instructor manuals, test banks, useful web links, and more. PowerLecture media-teaching tools are an effective way to enhance the educational experience.

Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285053073
The online Test Bank provides a wealth of questions, enabling you to easily create the exams you want.

CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133944263
Cengage Learning’s Sociology CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, glossaries, flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more--as well as EngagementTracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website, available through, offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor’s manual, test bank files, and PowerPoint® slides. CourseMate can be bundled with the student text. Contact your Cengage sales representative for information on getting access to CourseMate.


CourseMate Instant Access

ISBN: 9781133944263
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.