Sociology: The Essentials, 6th Edition

  • Margaret L. Andersen University of Delaware
  • Howard F. Taylor Princeton University
  • ISBN-10: 0495812234
  • ISBN-13: 9780495812234
  • 528 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2003
  • © 2011 | Published
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SOCIOLOGY: THE ESSENTIALS, Sixth Edition, uses the theme of debunking myths to look behind the facades of everyday life; challenge ready-made, common-sense assumptions; and help students develop critical thinking skills and better understand how society is constructed and sustained. This thorough but streamlined 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 text employs a reader-friendly presentation and very manageable structure, even while maintaining a strong focus on sociology concepts, methods, and research. The new edition includes coverage of the latest research and current trends and themes.


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  • The text's theme of "debunking" encompasses looking behind the facades of everyday life; challenging ready-made, common-sense assumptions; and helping students develop critical thinking skills and better understand how society is constructed and sustained. Debunking Society's Myths features in each chapter reinforce this theme in interesting and thought-provoking ways.
  • "Thinking Sociologically" features in every chapter pose critical-thinking questions that encourage students to engage their sociological imaginations.
  • Seeing Society in Everyday Life photo essays provide compelling visual representations of key topics to help students think critically about important social issues and their connections to everyday life. Four photo essays focus on Social Interaction and Technology, Inequality and Shopping, "Beauty" and the Body, and a new photo essay on the Hurting Environment.
  • "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.
  • 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.

What's New

  • Ch 3 Doing Sociological Research. At the suggestion of reviewers, the authors have added a separate research methods chapter.
  • Ch 2 Culture and the Media. The new title for this chapter reflects the added attention to the media, given how important the mass media are in students' lives. There is a new section on how the media are organized.
  • "What Would They Say Now?" boxes. Each of these boxes (found in Chapters 1, 2, 7, 8, and 12) takes a very current topic of interest to students (the war in Iraq, hip hop music, school shootings, sports and social class, sex and popular culture) and shows how the classical theorists within sociology would interpret these different subjects. Students should find these boxes engaging and they will "bring theory to life" in a way that shows the continuing importance of different sociological theories.

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Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCING THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION.
1. The Sociological Perspective.
PART II: STUDYING SOCIEITY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE.
2. Culture and the Media.
3. Doing Sociological Research.
4. Socialization and the Life Course.
5. Social Interaction and Social Structure.
6. Groups and Organizations.
7. Deviance and Crime.
PART III: SOCIAL INEQUALITIES.
8. Social Class and Social Stratification.
9 Global Stratification.
10. Race and Ethnicity.
11. Gender.
12. Sexuality.
PART IV: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.
13. Families and Religion.
14. Education and Health Care.
15. Politics and the Economy.
PART V: SOCIAL CHANGE.
16. Population, the Environment, and Social Change.

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Study Card  (ISBN-10: 0495812927 | ISBN-13: 9780495812920)

Written by veteran instructor Jerry M. Lewis of Kent State University, this booklet contains tips on course goals and syllabi, lecture preparation, exams, class exercises, research projects, course evaluations, and more. It is an invaluable tool for first time instructors of the introductory course, and for veteran instructors in search of new ideas.


Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0495904589 | ISBN-13: 9780495904588)

STUDY GUIDE WITH PRACTICE TESTS. Written by Megan L. Duesterhaus of University of Central Florida, this student study tool contains brief chapter outlines, questions to guide your reading, key terms and key people matching exercises, a fill-in-the-blank chapter review, Internet & InfoTrac College Edition exercises, and practice tests consisting of multiple-choice, true/ false, short answer, and essay questions. All questions include answer explanations and page references to the text.


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Test your knowledge with this collection of practice tests, including multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions, with answers, page references, and answer explanations.


Introduction to Sociology Group Activities Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0495115568 | ISBN-13: 9780495115564)

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Sociology of Sports Module  (ISBN-10: 0495598127 | ISBN-13: 9780495598121)

The Sociology of Sports module examines why sociologists are interested in sports, mass media and sports, popular culture and sports (including feature-length films on sports), sports and religion, drugs and sports, and violence and sports.


Careers in Sociology Module  (ISBN-10: 0495598119 | ISBN-13: 9780495598114)

The Sociology of Careers module offers the most extensive and useful information on careers that is available. This module provides six career tracks, each of which has a "featured employer," a job description, and a letter of recommendation (written by a professor for a sociology student) or application (written by a sociology student). The module also includes resume- building tips on how to make the most out of being a sociology major, and offers specific course suggestions along with the transferable skills gained by taking them.


Meet the Author

About the Author

Margaret L. Andersen

Margaret L. Andersen—raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston—is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of THINKING ABOUT WOMEN: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SEX AND GENDER (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth Cengage Learning text RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION and LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.

Howard F. Taylor

Howard F. Taylor has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Princeton University, where he is presently Professor of Sociology and former director of the African American Studies Center. He has published over fifty articles in sociology, education, social psychology, and race relations. His books include THE IQ GAME (Rutgers University Press), a critique of hereditarian accounts of intelligence; BALANCE IN SMALL GROUPS (Van Nostrand Reinhold), translated into Japanese; and the forthcoming RACE AND CLASS AND THE BELL CURVE IN AMERICA. He has appeared widely before college, radio, and TV audiences, including ABC's NIGHTLINE. Past president of the Eastern Sociological Society, Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society for distinguished research. He is a winner of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award, given by the American Sociological Association for distinguished research in race and ethnic relations, and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College and has a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He lives in Pennington, N.J., with his wife, a corporate lawyer.