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Ten Questions: A Sociological Perspective, 7th Edition

  • Joel M. Charon Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • ISBN-10: 0495601306  |  ISBN-13: 9780495601302
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2001
  • © 2010 | Published
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A perfect alternative to the traditional introductory sociology text, the seventh edition of TEN QUESTIONS: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE employs a unique approach to introducing and examining sociological principles by posing and answering questions that pique student interest such as: What does it mean to be human? Are human beings free? Why is there misery in the world? The book examines the philosophies of the classical sociologists such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mead, and Berger and looks at how the field of sociology has approached these questions over the past 150 years. The seventh edition has been thoroughly updated and reorganized for improved clarity and now includes coverage of the benefits and drawbacks of globalization while also touching on capitalism, world economy, technology, nations, societies, inequality, and democracy.

Features and Benefits

  • USER-FRIENDLY WRITING STYLE. Easy to understand question-and-answer approach introduces sociological concepts.
  • DISCUSSION OF PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONS. Accessible and engaging discussions of important philosophical questions are explored through sociological inquiry and encourage discourse in the classroom.
  • THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS. Students are encouraged to contemplate chapter topics through end-of-chapter questions that help them revisit the main question presented in each chapter.
  • STUDENT STUDY TOOLS. The glossary assists students in preparing for tests, quizzes, or research projects while extensive end-of-chapter references provide possible research sources.
  • INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES. Essay and discussion questions, research paper suggestions, and class discussion and issue questions are included in the downloadable instructor’s manual (available at the companion Web site). Visit academic.cengage.com/sociology.

Table of Contents

1. How Do Sociologists Study Society?: Researching the Social World.
2. What Does It Mean To Be Human?: Human Nature, Society, and Culture.
3. How Is Society Possible?: The Basis for Social Order.
4. Why Are People Unequal In Society?: The Origin and Perpetuation of Social Inequality.
5. Are Human Beings Free?: The Power of Society over Human Thinking and Action.
6. What Can’t Everyone Be Just Like Us?: Value Judgments, Ethnocentrism, and Human Differences.
7. Why Is There Misery In The World?: Society as an Important Source of Human Problems.
8. Does The Individual Really Make A Difference?: An Introduction to Social Change.
9. Is Organized Religion Necessary For Society?: Tradition, Modernization, and Secularization.
10. Is the World Becoming One Society? Globalization and the Creation of a World Society. 11. Why Study Sociology?
Afterword: Should We Generalize About People?

What's New

  • EXPANDED COVERAGE OF GLOBALIZATION. The seventh edition contains a new chapter on globalization entitled "Is the World Becoming One Society?" In this most significant change of this new edition, the author has crafted a beautifully written chapter evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of globalization while also touching on capitalism, world economy, technology, nations, societies, inequality, and democracy.
  • IMPROVED CLARITY. The Introduction has been moved to Chapter 1, the chapter on freedom entitled "Are Human Beings Free?" has been improved for clarity, and the chapter on generalizing, stereotyping, and the importance of social science entitled "Should We Generalize about People?" has been moved to an Afterword.
  • ENGAGING CHAPTER OPENING. In order to engage students from the outset, Chapter 1 has been extensively revised and now begins with the author’s personal story of how his views on gender have changed over the years.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Ten Questions: A Sociological Perspective, 7th + Investigating Change: Web-based Analyses of US Census and American Community Survey Data, 3rd

ISBN-10: 1111705585  | ISBN-13: 9781111705589

Bundle: Text + CourseReader 0-30: Sociology Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1133071783 | ISBN-13:  9781133071785


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495601314 | ISBN-13: 9780495601319)

Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as detailed chapter outlines, discussion questions, class activities, and video suggestions. This time-saving resource also includes a Test Bank, with both multiple choice and essay questions.

Film Book  (ISBN-10: 049559900X | ISBN-13: 9780495599005)

Written by Marisol Clark-Ibanez and Richelle Swan of California State University San Marcos, Spicing Up Sociology is designed to address the growing interest in using film in the classroom. The authors start the book with the rationale for using film in the classroom, methods for incorporating film into the classroom, and learning outcomes. They choose a feature film for every chapter in Brym, and some of the films in Brym’s feature "Sociology at the Movies" are included. The authors give a synopsis of the film and a description of what concept in that chapter it gets across. Accompanying each feature film is an activity for students to complete.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joel M. Charon

Joel Charon (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a successful author and emeritus professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. He has published numerous textbooks and readers, and is a member of the ASA and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.