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Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials, 10th Edition

  • Diana Kendall Baylor University
  • ISBN-10: 1305094158  |  ISBN-13: 9781305094154
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2012, 2010
  • © 2016 | Published
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Overview

Current and relevant to today's students, SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, 10th Edition presents the latest available data and new insights on behaviors, beliefs, issues, and trends in our nation and world from a sociological perspective. The new edition of this bestselling text emphasizes the theme of social change and the ways in which media-particularly social media-and other forms of technology inevitably bring about new ways of living, interacting with others, or doing certain activities or task. New sections on social change have been added throughout the book, and the theme also appears in the “Sociology Works!” and “Media” features. “Sociology and Social Policy” boxes return to this edition, examining issues such as gun control, prevention of military suicides, and whether employers should be allowed to “spy” on their employees. First-person accounts of individuals' lived experiences draw students into the chapter content by illuminating topics that reflect the text's primary themes of diversity, the application of sociology to everyday life, global comparisons, media, and social change. New timely topics include environmental activism, immigration, bullying and social media, and same-sex marriage.

Features and Benefits

  • Focusing on the relationship between sociology and everyday life, each chapter begins with first person commentaries on the issue that unifies the chapter. Included in this “Sociology and Everyday Life” box is a quiz for students to see what they know about the issue. Answers are provided on a subsequent page.
  • The text emphasizes several themes, including diversity, the application of sociology to everyday life, the impact of media (including social media), social change (new to this edition), and a global perspective. Boxed features-from “Sociology and Everyday Life” to “Media” and “Sociology Works!”-highlight these themes. Global implications of all topics are examined throughout each chapter and the “Sociology in Global Perspective” boxes highlight our interconnected world and reveal how the sociological imagination extends beyond national borders.
  • In addition to basic reading and study aids such as key terms, a running glossary, and popular online study resources, the Tenth Edition offers numerous other pedagogical aids to promote students' mastery of course content. These include chapter-opening Learning Objectives to help students focus their reading, Concept Quick Reviews, Questions for Critical Thinking, and Chapter Review 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. Revised topics include “Ingroups, Outgroups, and 'Members Only' Clubs” (Ch. 5); “Why Place Matters in Global Poverty” (Ch. 8); and “Stopping Bullying” (Ch. 12). In addition, Reflect & Analyze questions at the end of each feature highlight the important role of media in shaping our perceptions of the social world.
  • From the first edition, the text has presented strong coverage of and attention to diversity. The individuals portrayed and discussed accurately mirror the diversity in society, and research used includes classical and established contemporary sociologists-including women and people of color-to weave an inclusive treatment of all people into the examination of sociology. As a result, the text speaks to a wide variety of students and helps them 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

Part I: STUDYING SOCIETY AND SOCIAL LIFE.
1. The Sociological Perspective and Research Process.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
Part II: SOCIAL GROUPS AND SOCIAL CONTROL.
4. Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life.
5. Groups and Organizations.
6. Deviance and Crime.
Part III: SOCIAL INEQUALITY.
7. Class and Stratification in the United States.
8. Global Stratification.
9. Race and Ethnicity.
10. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality.
Part IV: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.
11. Families and Intimate Relationships.
12. Education and Religion.
13. Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective.
14. Health, Health Care, and Disability.
Part V: SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
15. Population and Urbanization.
16. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.

What's New

  • Completely updated throughout, the Tenth Edition continues to build on the best of previous editions while offering new insights on what is going on in our nation and world from a sociological perspective. All data and statistics in the narrative, figures, tables, and “Census Profiles” have been updated with the latest data available. Students have numerous opportunities to apply the content to relevant sociological issues and major concerns of the twenty-first century.
  • A new focus on social change explores how the media (particularly social media) and other forms of technology inevitably bring about new ways of living and interacting with others. For instance, the book includes added sections, e.g., “Societies, Technology, and Sociocultural Change” (Ch. 4); a new “Sociology Works!” box, “A Starting Point for Social Change,” which explores whether prejudice can be reduced by addressing discrimination at the societal level (Ch. 9); a “Sociology and Everyday Life” box, “Many Voices Needed for Social Change” (Ch. 16); and “Media” boxes on social change.
  • To draw students into the subject matter, chapters now open with a “Sociology and Everyday Life” box that includes the lived experience(s) of real people and a quiz asking students what they know about the topic. New and revised lived experiences appear in Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, and 16 and include topics such as the relationship between suicide, bullying, and social media, and between beauty pageants and the sexualization of girls.
  • “Sociology and Social Policy” boxes are back in this edition (Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 12), covering topics such as homeless rights and public space, gun control, and prayer in public schools.
  • New topics in the “Sociology in Global Perspective” boxes include drinking behavior (Ch. 2) and modern slavery (Ch. 7).
  • “Media” boxes replace the previous edition's “Framing in the Media” features, and are expanded in scope to include more discussion of social media and social change. New and revised features are found in Chapters 1, 6, 9, 13, and 15 on topics such as suicide and violent crime.
  • New and updated “Sociology Works!” boxes appear in Chapters 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 13 on topics such as ingroups, outgroups, and members-only clubs; and social definitions of deviance.
  • New timely topics covered in this edition include suicide, bullying, and social media; Sudhir Venkatesh's work in the underground economy; the food truck movement; societies, technology, and social change; gun control; Internet computer crime; modern slavery; Arab Americans and Iranian (Persian) Americans; contemporary families; same-sex marriage; the future of education; secularization; SuperPacs; immigration; and environmental activism.
  • A completely updated photo and art program includes larger and many new photos.

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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.