Higher Education

Doing Sociology: A Global Perspective, 4th Edition

  • Rodney Stark Baylor University
  • ISBN-10: 1111830223  |  ISBN-13: 9781111830229
  • 240 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1999, 1995
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $89.25



Written by top-notch Sociologist and best-selling INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY author, Rodney Stark, this workbook is one of the first published to utilize the Microcase powerful software. This software and workbook package takes a step- by-step approach to show students how to do real sociological research using the same data and techniques used by professional researchers.

Features and Benefits

  • Powerful statistical software from MicroCase enables students to analyze data via mapping, scatterplot, cross-tabulation, and univariate analyses.
  • Extremely user-friendly for students with little statistical experience, the workbook includes full clear explanations of basic research concepts and methods, thought-provoking exercises, and ideas for independent research projects.
  • Fully integrated discussions of data analysis.
  • Data sets include results from the GSS (General Social Survey), the 50 States, World Value Suvey, historical data over the past several decades, and more!
  • DOS version requires an IBM-PC or compatible, a 3.5" floppy drive, 640K RAM, DOS (or Windows) 3.1 or higher, VGA-level graphics, and a mouse.
  • Works well with any text or as a stand-alone learning tool.

Table of Contents

1. Suicide and Social Facts.
2. Sex and Sampling.
3. Comparisons and Correlation.
4. Socialization: Gender Roles.
5. Deviance.
6. Stratification.
7. Intergroup Relations.
8. Marital Satisfaction.
9. Religion.
10. Job Satisfaction.
Part Five: CHANGE.
11. A Century of Trends.
12. Diffusion and Cultural Complexity.
13. Fertility.
14. Regression.
15. Spuriousness.

What's New

  • Timely updates that include the new Census 2000 release.
  • New Companion Web site offers additional experiences in doing social research, and "Web expeditions" that allow you to search for information, use social science Web sites, locate different kinds of data online, perform limited statistical analysis of online data, and find additional statistical techniques information on the Internet.
  • Showcase Demo Software.
  • An answer key available for Instructors .
  • The latest news and research articles online, updated daily and spanning four years! InfoTrac College Edition is automatically packaged with every new student copy of this text. You and your students will have 4-months of free access to an easy-to-use online database of reliable, full-length articles (not abstracts) from hundreds of top academic journals and popular sources. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for more information. Available to North American college and university students only. Journals subject to change.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The 'doing' of sociology adds an excitement to the material and emphasizes the scientific elements of the discipline. Exploring real relationships requires a strong focus on critical thinking about issues, rather than accepting at face value the 'expert' presentation in standard textbooks."

— Richard Harris, UT, San Antonio

"I like the opportunity to have them (the students) work with real data."

— Martin, Rice University

"I want undergraduate sociology students to learn about sociology as science. That means introducing them to patterned (not single instances) behavior, explanations for patterns, and research that tests explanations for the patterns."

— Henry Walker, University of Arizona

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Rodney Stark

Rodney Stark is a renowned scholar and researcher, and is recognized as one of the foremost sociologists working in the field of sociology of religion. Professor Stark has published more than 140 articles and 27 scholarly books that have won numerous awards and acknowledgements, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He is also known as a pioneer in the technology field. He co-founded the MicroCase Corporation, which is now a part of Thomson Wadsworth. With his background in journalism, it isn't surprising that in addition to receiving praise for his unique approach to sociology, he's received praise for having one of the better-written texts on the market.