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Seeing Sociology: Core Modules, 1st Edition

  • Joan Ferrante Northern Kentucky University
  • ISBN-10: 1133963161  |  ISBN-13: 9781133963165
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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A succinct and streamlined version of the comprehensive edition, SEEING SOCIOLOGY: MODULAR CORE, 1E delivers cutting-edge coverage of 50 core topics in a unique module format. The text’s 50 modules are organized into five sections, enabling you to assign material in manageable pieces as well as choose the order of topics based on your individual classroom needs. The book also capitalizes on the instructional value of photographs as tools for inspiring thought and clarifying abstract concepts. Unique “SocScenes” illustrate the relevance of sociology to daily life through everyday images, allowing students to read about and visually apply sociological concepts to the world around them. Reflecting the latest developments from the field, the text emphasizes such contemporary topics as tattoos and body piercings as expressions of identity, commercialization of childhood, human-animal relationships, and much more. In addition, a range of experiential exercises enables students to put what they learn into practice. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

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  • Each module ends with a “Write a Caption” exercise that challenges students to create a photo caption describing the sociological relevance of the image, reinforcing the idea that key text concepts can be observed in everyday interactions and activities.
  • The uniquely integrated relationship between the text and the engaging visuals elevates chapter topics beyond the sum of their parts to give students insight about how to describe and know their world using sociological concepts.
  • Photographs, charts, and other visuals take on unprecedented significance in SEEING SOCIOLOGY’s instructional content and approach. Each image was chosen by Joan Ferrante or taken for this text with a clear pedagogical purpose. Photographs and accompanying captions are integrated into the flow of the text to illustrate key sociological concepts and enhance student understanding. These “SocScenes” allow students to visually apply sociological concepts as they read about them.
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Table of Contents

Module 1. What is Sociology?
Module 2. The Sociological Imagination.
Module 3. The Early Sociologists.
Module 4. Sociological Perspectives.
Module 5. Research Methods.
Module 6. Ethnomethodology.
Module 7. Culture.
Module 8. Cultural Diversity.
Module 9. Encountering Cultures.
Module 10. Socialization.
Module 11. Nature and Nurture.
Module 12. The Social Self.
Module 13. Agents of Socialization.
Module 14. Defining Social Structure.
Module 15. Dramaturgical Model.
Module 16. Constructing Identities.
Module 17. Defining Deviance.
Module 18. Mechanisms of Social Control.
Module 19. Labeling Theory.
Module 20. Differential Association.
Module 21. Structural Strain Theory.
Module 22. Crime.
Module 23. Conceptualizing Social Stratification.
Module 24. Social Class.
Module 25. Global Inequality.
Module 26. Inequality.
Module 27. Poverty and Its Functions.
Module 28. Race.
Module 29. Ethnic Groups.
Module 30. Classifying Race and Ethnicity.
Module 31. Minority Groups.
Module 32. Racism.
Module 33. Prejudice and Discrimination.
Module 34. Sex and Gender.
Module 35. Gender Stratification.
Module 36. Gender Socialization.
Module 37. Sexuality and Sexual Orientation.
Module 38. Ageism and the Anti-Aging Industry.
Module 39. Defining Family.
Module 40. Household Structures in the United States.
Module 41. Schooling and Education.
Module 42. Religion.
Module 43. Medical Sociology.
Module 44. Economic Systems.
Module 45. Formal Organizations.
Module 46. Rationalization and McDonaldization.
Module 47. Multinational and Global Corporations.
Module 48. Power and Authority.
Module 49. Social Change.
Module 50. Social Movements.

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  • Delivering ultimate flexibility in the course syllabus, SEEING SOCIOLOGY: MODULAR CORE, 1e offers a student- and instructor-friendly module format that breaks material into manageable, easy-to-assign pieces. The text’s 50 modules are organized into five sections, enabling you to teach your course in a traditional order or reorganize topics to suit your individual classroom needs.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joan Ferrante

Joan Ferrante is a professor of sociology at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) as well as project director of the Campus Connect Student Philanthropy Project, which awards grants primarily to Kentucky and Ohio colleges and universities to support the integration of student philanthropy projects with academic coursework. In addition, Dr. Ferrante sponsors a Study Abroad Scholarship at NKU called “Beyond the Classroom.” Open to any student who has used her introductory text (new or used), the scholarship annually awards funds to five students to support their studies outside the United States. Respected among instructors and students alike, Dr. Ferrante also is the author of Sociology: A Global Perspective, 9th Edition and co-editor of The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.