Higher Education

Essentials of Sociology, 9th Edition

  • David B. Brinkerhoff University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Suzanne T. Ortega University of New Mexico
  • Rose Weitz Arizona State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133630391  |  ISBN-13: 9781133630395
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Striking the perfect balance between sound scholarship and user-friendly design, ESSENTIALS OF SOCIOLOGY, 9e combines comprehensive coverage, socially relevant analysis, cutting-edge research, and flexible pedagogy. Packed with vivid examples, the text shows students the interrelatedness of core concepts and their applications in real-world scenarios. Students sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills through hands-on experience putting sociological theory into practice. The Ninth Edition is more visually engaging than ever. It also maintains the book’s signature emphasis on global issues. Offering instructors complete flexibility, this mainstream textbook provides solid research coverage of the standard introductory topics in a balanced and unbiased manner in just 15 concise chapters. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • A robust feature program shows students the interrelatedness of core concepts and their applications in real-world scenarios. Based on data in the census, GSS, or Gallup polls, “Decoding the Data” boxes illustrate how the reader’s opinion on timely topics stacks up against the data. “Sociology and You” boxes pull readers into the material as they apply sociological concepts to their own life experiences.
  • “Focus on American Diversity” boxes examine race, class, and gender issues in American society. “Focus on Global Perspectives” boxes introduce students to a comparative approach that weighs social issues against the findings of social science research. In addition, “Focus on Media and Culture” boxes explore a wide range of topics involving issues connected to the roles of the media in contemporary life.
  • “Thinking Critically” questions at the end of each chapter challenge students to examine their personal viewpoints.

Table of Contents

1. The Study of Society.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
4. Social Structure and Social Interaction.
5. Groups, Networks, and Organizations.
6. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control.
7. Stratification.
8. Racial and Ethnic Inequality.
9. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality.
10. Health and Health Care.
11. Family.
12. Education and Religion.
13. Politics and the Economy.
14. Population and Urban Life.
15. Social Change.

What's New

  • Completely revised and updated, the new Ninth Edition reflects the latest research and developments from the field as well as such “hot” new topics as the rise in atheism and the current economic crisis.
  • Each chapter now opens with a list of learning objectives that helps students familiarize themselves with key concepts as well as provides excellent review of chapter material.
  • More engaging than ever, the new edition offers an added emphasis on visual aids such as Concept Summaries and maps that captures the attention of students who are more attuned to visual materials.
  • An emphasis on global issues remains a signature strength of ESSENTIALS OF SOCIOLOGY. This emphasis is evidenced in the “Focus on a Global Perspective” boxes, in maps highlighting such topics as world religions and maternal mortality, in the sections on global stratification and health care around the world, and in examples, tables, and case studies in various chapters.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David B. Brinkerhoff

David Brinkerhoff is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he has been since 1978, serving as Associate Vice Chancellor since 1991. Dr. Brinkerhoff has taught family and parent-child relationships, covering such topics as children’s work in the family and the effect of economic marginality on the family. He also focuses on such issues as introducing technology in the classroom. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle, with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University.

Suzanne T. Ortega

Suzanne Ortega was named Vice Provost for Advanced Studies and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Missouri, Columbia in the fall of 2000. Previously she served as an Associate Dean in Graduate Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, teaching both introductory sociology and social problems. Dr. Ortega’s interests are directed toward the social psychological consequences of inequality. She is currently working on a National Institute of Mental Health grant to examine rural-urban differences in help-seeking for depression and alcohol abuse. Other projects include a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment contract for a statewide assessment of substance abuse treatment needs and a Pew Charitable Trust Preparing Future Faculty grant. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University.

Rose Weitz

Rose Weitz received her doctoral degree from Yale University in 1978. Since then, she has carved an exceptional record as both a scholar and a teacher. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the book LIFE WITH AIDS (Rutgers, 1991), and the book RAPUNZEL'S DAUGHTERS: WHAT WOMEN'S HAIR TELLS US ABOUT WOMEN'S LIVES (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004). She is also co-author of LABOR PAINS: MODERN MIDWIVES AND HOME BIRTH (Yale University Press, 1988) and co-editor of THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S BODIES: APPEARANCE, SEXUALITY, AND BEHAVIOR (published by Oxford University Press and now in its fourth edition). Professor Weitz has won two major teaching awards at Arizona State University, as well as the Pacific Sociological Associations' Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, and has been a finalist for other teaching awards numerous times.