Designed as a basic text for an introductory, interdisciplinary social science course, POWER AND SOCIETY, Thirteenth Edition introduces students to key concepts in anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and history. Employing the central integrative theme of power, the text first introduces each of the social sciences and demonstrates how the various disciplines differ in their focus and methods. Next, the text presents an interdisciplinary viewpoint to illustrate the nature and uses of power in society. POWER AND SOCIETY ignites students’ interest in the social sciences by exploring some of the central challenges and contemporary controversies facing American society; for example, ideological conflict, racism and sexism, poverty and powerlessness, crime and violence, community problems, and international relations.
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Table of Contents
Part I: THE NATURE AND STUDY OF POWER.
1. Power, Society, and Social Science.
2. Social Sciences and the Scientific Method.
3. Power and Ideology.
Part II: POWER AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.
4. Power and Culture: An Anthropologist’s View.
5. Power and Sociology: The Importance of Social Class.
6. Power and History.
7. Power and Politics.
8. Power and the Economy.
9. Power and Psychology.
Part III: THE USES OF POWER.
10. Power, Race, and Gender.
11. Poverty and Powerlessness.
12. Power, Violence, and Crime.
13. Power and the Global Community.
14. Power among Nations.