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Sociological Footprints: Introductory Readings in Sociology, 11th Edition

  • Leonard Cargan Wright State University
  • Jeanne H. Ballantine Wright State University
  • ISBN-10: 0495601284  |  ISBN-13: 9780495601289
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 2000
  • © 2010 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $111.75



This anthology of sociological studies provides a link between theoretical sociology and everyday life. SOCIOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS: INTRODUCTORY READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY, 11E, offers classical, contemporary, popular, and multicultural articles in each chapter to show students a wide range of perspectives. Articles address today's most important and relevant social issues, such as violence, welfare reform, technology globalization, and terrorism. Each article is preceded by a short introductory essay, a series of guideline questions, and a list of glossary terms found in the article, thus grounding the student's reading experience in a solid sociological framework.

Features and Benefits

  • This reader was created with hundreds of students contributing their feedback to the authors.
  • A "To the Student" section offers steps to get the most out of the reader, and "Essential Wisdom of Sociology" offers 10 reasons for the importance of sociology.
  • An introduction entitled "Why Study Sociology?" provides important perspective for students considering the major, and an introductory article, "How Will You Spend the 21st Century?" explores possible careers for students majoring in sociology.
  • A comprehensive Instructor's Manual summarizes each article, thus saving the professor the effort of reading the entire anthology before deciding on which articles to assign. The Instructor's Manual also includes correlation guides to our most popular Introductory Sociology texts, making the reader easy to use with any of Wadsworth's introductory sociology texts. The Instructor's Manual also includes multiple choice and essay questions to assist with exam preparation.

Table of Contents

To The Student.
Introduction: Why Study Sociology?
How Will You Spend the 21st Century?
1. The Sociological Perspective: Is It Just Common Sense?
1. An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Earl Babbie.
2. The Practice of Social Research, Earl Babbie.
3. What Students Should Understand After Taking Introductory Sociology, Caroline H. Persell, Kathryn F. Pfeiffer, and Ali Syed.
4. The Promise, C. Wright Mills.
2. Socialization: A Lifelong Learning Process.
5. Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation, Kingsley Davis.
6. Key Facts on TV Violence, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
7. Becoming "Boys," "Men," "Guys," and "Dudes", Clyde W. Franklin II.
8. "Doing It": The Social Construction of S-E-X, Tracey Steele.
3. Gender: The Sexual Division.
9. The Prism of Gender, Joan Z. Spade and Catherine C. Valentine.
10. Influence of Gender Socialization and Athletic Influence on the Occurrence of Eating Disorders, Diane E. Taub and Peneolpe A. McLorg.
11. Unraveling the Gender Knot, Allan Johnson.
12. A Degendered Society?, Michael S. Kimmel.
4. Culture: Our Way of Life.
13. Cultural Matters: Diversity in the United States and Its Implications, Michael Jindra.
14. Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, Horace Miner.
15. India''s Sacred Cow, Marvin Harris.
16. Development as Poison: Rethinking the Western Model of Modernity, Stephen A. Margolis.
5. Social Interaction: Life is With People.
17. The Sounds of Silence, Edward T. Hall and Mildred Hall.
18. Backboards and Blackboards: College Athletes and Role Engulfment, Patricia Adler and Peter Adler.
19. You Can''t Be a Sweet Cucumber in a Vinegar Barrel, Philip Zimbardo.
20. Characteristics of Bureaucracy, Max Weber.
6. Marriage and Family: Change and Diversity.
21. Family In Transition, Arlene S. Skolnick and Jerome H. Skolnick.
22. Being Single on Noah''s Ark, Leonard Cargan.
23. An Overview of Nature, Causes, and Consequences of Abusive Family Relationships, Robert E. Emery and Lisa Laumann-Billings.
24. Historical Trends in Divorce, Paul R. Amato and Shelly Irving.
7. Education/Religion: Institutions in the Crossfire.
25. Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp, Harry L. Gracy.
26. Savage Inequalities: Children in American Schools, Jonathan Kozol.
27. Deepening Segregation in American Public Schools, Gary Orfield, Mark D. Bachmeier, David James, and Tamala Elie.
28. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, Emile Durheim.
29. Popular Christianity and Political Extremism in the United States, James Aho
30. Motivation and Ideology: What Drives the Anti-Abortion Movement, Dallas A. Blanchard.
8. Economics/Politics: Implications for Survival.
31. The End of Work, Jeremy Rifkin.
32. Welfare in Reform in America: A Clash of Politics and Research, Diana M. Zuckerman.
33. The Credit Card: Private Troubles and Public Issues, George Ritzer.
34. Inequalities of Political Voice, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Benjamin I. Page, Sidney Verba, and Morris P. Fiorina.
35. If Hitler Asked You to Kill a Stranger, Would You? Probably, Phillip Meyer.
36. The Social Requisites of Democracy Revisited, Seymour Martin Lipset.
9. Stratification: Some Are More Equal Than Others.
37. Money and the World We Want, Andrew Hacker.
38. Keeping Up With the Trumps, Juliet B. Schor.
39. No, Poverty Has Not Disappeared, Herbert J. Gans.
40. A Note on the "Trickle Effect", Lloyd Fallers.
10. Race and Ethnicity: The Problems of Inequality.
41. Racial Formations, Michael Omi and Howard Winant.
42. Because She Looks Like a Child, Kevin Bales.
43. In the Barrios: Latinos and the Underclass Debate, Joan Moore and Raquel Pinderhughes.
44. What Might Racial/Ethnic Equality Mean?, James Crone.
11. Deviance: Violating the Norms of Society.
45. The Normalcy of Crime, Randall Collins.
46. On Being Sane in Insane Places, DL Rosenhan.
47. The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Things, Barry Glassner.
48. How Can We Solve the Problem of Crime?, James Crone.
12. Health and Aging: The Problems of Growing Old.
49. The Crisis in American Health Care, James William Coleman and Harold R. Kerbo.
50. Some Sociological Aspects of HIV Disease, Edward L. Kain.
51. A World Growing Old, Jeremy Seabrook.
52. Fourteen Forecasts for an Aging Society, Sam L. Ervin.
13. The Human Environment: Population and Urbanization.
53.Boom, Busts, and Echoes, David E. Bloom and David Canning.
54. The Third Technological Revolution and Its Possible Socioeconomic Consequences, Daniel Bell.
55. Urbanism as a Way of Life, Louis Wirth.
56. A Planet Under Stress: Rising to the Challenge, Lester R. Brown.
14. Social Movements.
57. The 17 Great Challenges of the Twenty First Century, James Martin.
58. Dislocations and the Global Economy: Time for a Global Welfare System?, Anil Hira.
59. Educating Girls, Unlocking Development, Ruth Levine.
60. Scanning the Global Situation and Prospects for the Future, Jerome C. Glenn.

What's New

  • About a third of the articles in the 11th edition are new. New topics include social construction of sex, the prism of gender, diversity in the United States, divorce trends, inequality in politics, the meaning of racial and ethnic equality, the American health care crisis, changing nature of immigration in America, and looking at our global situation and the prospects of the future.
  • Table of contents changes: Previously separate chapters on gender, education, and religion are now combined into one chapter, and sections on institutions have been moved forward.
  • The book has been streamlined, based on reviewer feedback, to feature fewer articles.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Leonard Cargan

Leonard Cargan received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 1968. Dr. Cargan is the author of several books and numerous papers. He is currently a professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Sociology at Wright State University in Ohio.

Jeanne H. Ballantine

Jeanne Ballantine received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1971. She is coauthor of OUR SOCIAL WORLD (Sage/Pine Forge, 2nd ed., 2009), THE SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 6th ed., 2009), SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY (Sage/Pine Forge 3rd ed. 2008) and many other books, articles, and papers. She is currently a university professor (Emerita) in the Sociology Department at Wright State University in Ohio.