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Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials, 9th Edition

  • Diana Kendall Baylor University
  • ISBN-10: 113395717X  |  ISBN-13: 9781133957171
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2010, 2007
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Completely revised and up to date, Kendall’s SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, 9e builds on the best of this popular text’s previous editions in a new succinct format. A vibrant new interior design and an exciting collection of new videos with assignable activities complement the text’s new coverage of timely topics such as health care legislation, the U.S. and global economies, Barack Obama’s presidency, and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Chapters immediately draw students in with first-person accounts of individuals’ lived experience and include significantly updated coverage, a wealth of learning tools, and opportunities for students to apply what they learn and make a difference in their own communities. Compelling examples, a vivid writing style, and chapter themes grounded in social issues already familiar to students engage their sociological imaginations as they learn the concepts, theories, and research that comprise sociology today. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • Focusing on the relationship between sociology and everyday life, each chapter starts with a brief quiz called Sociology and Everyday Life that relates the sociological perspective to the pressing social issues presented in the opening vignette. Answers are provided on a subsequent page.
  • The text emphasizes a strong global perspective throughout. Global implications of all topics are examined throughout each chapter and in the “Sociology in Global Perspective” boxes that highlight our interconnected world and reveal how the sociological imagination extends beyond national borders.
  • In addition to basic reading and study aids such as chapter outlines, key terms, a running glossary, and popular online study resources, the Ninth Edition offers numerous other pedagogical aids to promote students’ mastery of course content, including Concept Quick Reviews, Questions for Critical Thinking, and End-of-Chapter Summaries in Question-and-Answer Format.
  • The “Sociology Works!” feature illustrates how sociological theories and research enhance our understanding of contemporary social issues and our interactions in everyday life. Topics covered include “Goffman’s Stigmatization Theory and Contemporary Homelessness” (Chapter 4); “Why Place Matters in Global Poverty” (Chapter 8); and “Sociology Sheds Light on the Physician-Patient Relationship” (Chapter 14). In addition, Reflect & Analyze questions at the end of the Sociology Works! highlight the importance media plays in shaping our perceptions of the social world.
  • From its first edition, SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES has offered unparalleled coverage of and attention to diversity. The individuals portrayed and discussed in each chapter accurately mirror the diversity in society itself. As a result, the text speaks to a wide variety of students and captures their interest by taking into account their concerns and perspectives. Moreover, the research used includes the best work of classical and established contemporary sociologists--including women and people of color--and it weaves an inclusive treatment of all people into the examination of sociology. As a result, the text helps students consider the significance of the interlocking nature of individuals’ class, race, and gender (and, increasingly, age) in all aspects of social life.

Table of Contents

1. The Sociological Perspective and Research Process.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
4. Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life.
5. Groups and Organizations.
6. Deviance and Crime.
7. Class and Stratification in the United States.
8. Global Stratification.
9. Race and Ethnicity.
10. Sex and Gender.
11. Families and Intimate Relationships.
12. Education and Religion.
13. Politics and Economy in Global Perspective.
14. Health, Health Care, and Disability.
15. Population and Urbanization.
16. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.

What's New

  • Extensively revised, the exciting new Ninth Edition is briefer and more concise. Chapters open in a direct manner--still with vital first person Lived Experiences, which have long been a hallmark of the book--but are now shorter and more succinct. High interest boxed material has been reduced in length making for a better flow of the text.
  • New content, numerous new maps, and updated figures make the text as current as any in the field. In addition, all figures, tables, and maps have been revised to include the latest social statistics, including findings from the 2010 Census.
  • New, updated, and expanded coverage in each chapter includes the United States and global economies, the impact of the economic recession on the U.S. and the world, U.S. health care reform, U.S. politics and Barack Obama’s presidency, the expanding role of social media in politics and social life, immigration, the 2010 midterm elections, and U.S. environmental concerns such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Seven to ten new numbered Learning Objectives in each chapter highlight the key concepts students will be studying. Learning Objectives are also inserted into the body of the text to spotlight the exact place within the chapter the concept is presented.
  • The Ninth Edition package features new and expanded electronic resources, including a text-specific Aplia online homework resource.
  • Every chapter concludes with a “Turning to Video” feature that comprises a short online video with assignable activities. Half of these video selections are new to the Ninth Edition.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Diana Kendall

Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her books include SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS (Cengage Learning, 2016), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Her most recent scholarly publication is "Class: Still Alive and Reproducing in the United States," a book chapter in PRIVILEGE: A READER, 4th Edition (2016, Westview Press). Dr. Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.