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SOCIOLOGY: THE ESSENTIALS, Ninth Edition, uses the theme of debunking myths to look behind the facades of everyday life, challenge common assumptions, and help students develop critical thinking skills as well as better understand how society is constructed and sustained. This thorough yet streamlined text employs a reader-friendly presentation and manageable structure, while maintaining a strong focus on sociology concepts, methods, and research. Updated throughout with coverage of the latest findings, trends, and themes, the text provides exceptional coverage of diversity, including social factors such as age, religion, sexual orientation, and region of residence in addition to race, ethnicity, class, and gender.
- The Ninth Edition continues to present and expand upon the most complete use of race/class/gender and sexual orientation in the study of American society. There’s new and updated material on poverty, including the rise of extreme poverty in the United States and new research on immigration and poverty (Ch. 8); the rise of color-blind racism (Ch. 10); sexual assault on college campuses (multiple chapters); and the influence of money on political campaigns (Ch. 15). These are just a few of the ways the book incorporates current topics to explicate important sociological concepts and theory.
- The text continues the use of graphs and maps to convey crucial sociological data. There are two types of maps, one focused on the U.S. called "Mapping America's Diversity," and the other on the world called "Viewing Society of Global Perspective." Graphs on such topics as public opinion, income and poverty data, and other demographic facts are richly used throughout the book, both to help students learn how to interpret data and also to add visual appeal.
- "What Would a Sociologist Say" boxes are intended to show students the way that sociologists understand particular topics, thus moving students away from the typically more individualistic explanations of common topics. An example is the box on the Tea Party in Chapter 15 that examines the social roots of this significant political development.
- The text's theme of "debunking" encompasses looking behind the facades of everyday life, challenging common assumptions, and helping students develop critical thinking skills as well as a better understanding of how society is constructed and sustained. "Debunking Society's Myths" features in each chapter reinforce this theme in interesting and thought-provoking ways.
- Helping students maximize their study time and retention of key concepts, learning objectives are included near the beginning of every chapter, articulating what the authors expect students to learn from the chapter and matching the major chapter headings.
- "A Sociological Eye on the Media" boxes help students become savvy and discerning consumers of media messages that can be misleading or inaccurate. Topics include "Death of a Superstar," about Whitney Houston (Chapter 2); and "Idealizing Family Life," featuring images of families as portrayed on television (Chapter 13).
- "Thinking Sociologically" features in every chapter pose critical-thinking questions that encourage students to engage their sociological imaginations. Each of these develops from a highlighted sociological concept.
- "See for Yourself" features in every chapter provide several levels of detailed prompts to guide student writing exercises. This feature gives you the flexibility to tailor the length and depth of writing assignments to your students' abilities and the needs of your course.
- The text provides the most thorough coverage of diversity found in any brief introductory text on the market. The authors broadly define diversity to include social factors such as age, religion, sexual orientation, and region of residence, in addition to race, ethnicity, class, and gender. This primary focus is emphasized in the boxed feature "Understanding Diversity".
- "Doing Sociological Research" features highlight the importance of research while providing a proven, practical structure to help students learn key concepts and develop their own skills. These features build on a unique four-step approach that guides students to consider research questions, methodology, results, and implications.
3. Doing Sociological Research.
4. Socialization and the Life Course.
5. Social Structure and Social Interaction.
6. Groups and Organization.
7. Deviance and Crime.
8. Social Class and Social Stratification.
9. Global Stratification.
10. Race and Ethnicity.
13. Families and Religion.
14. Education and Health Care.
15. Economy and Politics.
16. Environment, Population and Social Change.
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.
Online PowerPoint® Slides
Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text.
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