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This best-selling comprehensive book conveys the relevance of sociology by including a timely collection of theories, research, and examples--including its signature first-person accounts that open chapters. Experiences represented in these opening vignettes accurately mirror the richness and complexity of society, while also establishing the themes that are carried throughout the chapters. Author Diana Kendall's vivid, inviting writing style, emphasis on applications, eye for the most compelling current examples, and use of assignable photo essays and companion videos engage readers and further highlight sociology's relevance to all students. Now in its Ninth Edition, SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES is acclaimed in the field for being the first textbook to integrate race, class, and gender issues, and for its thorough presentation of sociological theory, including contemporary perspectives such as feminism and postmodernism.

Diana Kendall, Baylor University

Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her textbooks include SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS (Cengage Learning, 2018), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Her most recent scholarly publication is “Class: Still Alive and Reproducing in the United States,” a book chapter in Privilege: A Reader, fourth edition, 2016, edited by Michael S. Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber and published by Westview Press. Actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, she is a member of the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
  • New and updated chapter-opening "lived experiences" (and consequently, chapter themes) capture students' interest with such topics as bullying and suicide on campus (Chapter 2); learning the ropes in college (Chapter 4); the political uprising in Egypt (Chapter 9); and identity and multi-ethnicity on college campuses (Chapter 10).
  • Highlighted Learning Objectives are now provided at the beginning of each chapter. These lists of expected outcomes replace the chapter outlines, help to focus students' reading, and provide a bridge between the chapter-opening Chapter Focus Question and the instructional narrative.
  • New and updated Media Framing boxes, which examine the role of media in society and promote development of students' critical thinking skills, include such topics as college life on TV (Chapter 4), crime (Chapter 7), sports reporting (Chapter 10), and celebrity weight battles (Chapter 11).
  • New maps illustrate such topics as States with Official English Laws (Chapter 3); U.S. Tribal Colleges and Universities (Chapter 10); and Women's Earnings as Percentage of Men's Earnings (Chapter 11).
  • The popular Turning to Video feature now appears at the end of each chapter as well as in each of the book's Photo Essays, directing students to watch an online video (available at Sociology CourseMate) and complete an assignable activity.
  • New and updated photos, figures, maps, illustrations, and tables reflect the most current statistics and trends.
  • Refreshed Chapter Review sections featuring a new, more engaging title--Chapter Review Q & A--now remind students to use the questions and answers to assess how well they have met the Learning Objectives identified at the beginning of a chapter.
  • Boxes are no longer numbered, simplifying the book's design and making it more student-friendly.
  • A Quick-Start Guide to Using Your Sociological Imagination is included at the front of the book, providing students with a visual and question-driven preliminary introduction to this foundational concept.
  • Recognized for unparalleled coverage of and attention to diversity, this book integrates diversity content in numerous ways. The individuals portrayed and discussed in each chapter accurately mirror the diversity in society, thus speaking to a wide variety of students.
  • The text includes the best research work of classical and established contemporary sociologists, including women and people of color, and weaves an inclusive treatment of all people into its examination of sociology. The author helps students consider the significance of the interlocking nature of individuals' class, race, and gender (and increasingly, age) in all aspects of social life.
  • Authentic first-person commentaries open each chapter to personalize the issue or theme that unifies the chapter's coverage. These personal narratives, which serve as chapter-length examples, provide opportunities for students to examine social life beyond their own experiences--and demonstrate the value of applying sociology to their everyday lives.
  • The book's focus on the relationship between sociology and everyday life is reinforced through a brief quiz that relates the sociological perspective to the social issues presented in the opening vignette. Additionally, You Can Make a Difference boxes are designed to help students get involved in their community by looking at ways in which they can address, on a personal level, issues raised by the chapter themes.
  • Critical thinking is emphasized through Media Framing boxes, which appear in more than half of the book's chapters, and Sociology and Social Policy boxes, which also appear in more than half of the chapters and provide additional opportunities for sustained critical thinking.
  • Effective study aids include chapter-opening Focus and Sharpening Your Focus questions, Concept Quick Reviews, Questions for Critical Thinking, Reflect & Analyze questions, end-of-chapter summaries in question-and-answer format, and the popular online study system CengageNOW.
  • The global implications of all topics are examined throughout each chapter and in the Sociology in Global Perspective boxes, which highlight our interconnected world and reveal how the sociological imagination extends beyond national borders.
  • The applications-oriented Sociology Works! feature shows how sociological theories and research continue to enhance our understanding of contemporary social issues and our interactions in everyday life. Topics covered include: "Goffman's Stigmatization Theory and Contemporary Homelessness" (new to Chapter 5); "Why Place Matters in Global Poverty" (Chapter 9); and "Sociology Sheds Light on the Physician-Patient Relationship" (Chapter 18).
1. The Sociological Perspective.
2. Sociological Research Methods.
3. Culture.
4. Socialization.
5. Society, Social Structure, and Interaction.
6. Groups and Organizations.
7. Deviance and Crime.
8. Class and Stratification in the United States.
9. Global Stratification.
10. Race and Ethnicity.
11. Sex and Gender.
12. Aging and Inequality Based on Age.
13. The Economy and Work in Global Perspective.
14. Politics and Government in Global Perspective.
15. Families and Intimate Relationships.
16. Education.
17. Religion.
18. Health, Health Care, and Disability.
19. Population and Urbanization.
20. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.
Photo Credits.
Name Index.
Subject Index.
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