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Sociology: Pop Culture to Social Structure, 3rd Edition

  • Robert J. Brym University of Toronto
  • John Lie University of California, Berkeley
  • ISBN-10: 1111833869  |  ISBN-13: 9781111833862
  • 456 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2006
  • © 2013 | Published
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Overview

More than ever before, this book makes sociology relevant by applying sociological concepts and theories in a fun, hip way, using pop culture as the vehicle for relating to students. The new title, SOCIOLOGY: POP CULTURE TO SOCIAL STRUCTURE, underscores this approach by reflecting the book's stronger trio of themes, which 1) use pop culture to apply sociological concepts to everyday phenomena, 2) illustrate how technological change drives social change through examples that are familiar to students, and 3) engage students in thinking critically by asking them where they fit in to the larger context of social patterns in the world, and challenging them to apply sociological ideas when thinking about governmental or institutional policies. Streamlined by 15 percent in this edition, the text teaches students "how" to think sociologically, not just "what" to think, and emphasizes the importance of diversity and a global perspective. Movie reviews in the popular "Sociology at the Movies" boxes explore the sociological messages in recent movies such as The Social Network, Avatar, Milk, and many others. Up-to-date discussions of topics such as race, poverty, and religious practices are accompanied by exploration of contemporary issues related to our increasingly digital world, including examinations of how technological change shortens attention span, the Internet as an atomizing and a community-building force, and electronic surveillance and social control.

Features and Benefits

  • Unmatched in its ability to draw connections between the personal lives of students and the opportunities and constraints created by social forces, this text draws on music, sports, movies, the Web, and other elements of popular culture that resonate deeply with students; repeatedly asks students to consider big policy issues and reminds them that they have the power to help make policy choices; urges students to figure out how they fit into major social patterns and processes; and relates personal anecdotes to show how events in the authors' lives stimulated their sociological thinking.
  • "Personal Anecdote" features illustrate key sociological concepts using the authors' personal experiences, demystifying abstract concepts and making them more concrete and personal.
  • "Sociology at the Movies" boxes take a universal and popular shared element of contemporary culture--the movie--and enable students to see the sociological significance of both everyday occurrences and a medium whose purpose they may have regarded as mere entertainment.
  • The book includes broad coverage of theory--not only the three main areas of theory (functionalism, symbolic interactionism, and conflict theory) but also new theoretical perspectives such as postmodernism and social constructionism.
  • Cross-national comparisons within the text add to the book's emphasis on diversity. For example, in the chapter on family, the authors compare same-sex marriage laws in the United States with Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and other countries. Both authors are bilingual and have lived in other countries for extended periods of time, which makes them particularly attuned to the importance of offering multi-cultural and other diverse perspectives.
  • Maps illustrate the distribution of sociological variables globally and regionally.

Table of Contents

Part I: FOUNDATIONS.
1. Introducing Sociology.
Part II: BASIC SOCIAL PROCESSES.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
4. From Social Interaction to Social Organizations.
5. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control.
Part III: SOCIAL INEQUALITY.
6. Social Stratification: United States and Global Perspectives.
7. Globalization, Inequality, and Development.
8. Race and Ethnicity.
9. Sexuality and Gender.
Part IV: INSTITUTIONS.
10. Families.
11. Religion and Education.
11. Politics, Work, and the Economy.
13. Health, Medicine, Disability, and Aging.
Part V: SOCIAL CHANGE.
14. Collective Action and Social Movements.
15. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment.

What's New

  • A new title, "Sociology: Pop Culture to Social Structure" (replacing the former title, "Sociology: Your Compass for a New World") better reflects the focus of the text moving into the third edition. New popular culture examples, new research results, new data throughout, and new and enlarged photos support the book's stronger pop culture theme.
  • This edition has 15 percent fewer pages, accomplished by eliminating non-essential terms and discussions and simplifying the language wherever possible.
  • Main sociological perspectives now receive greater prominence in the headings and throughout the narrative, while discussions of some minor theoretical currents have been eliminated to simplify and improve the text's focus.
  • The book's popular "Sociology at the Movies" feature presents new reviews that showcase sociological messages in Avatar, The Social Network, Easy A, District 9, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Inside Job, Never Let Me Go, and Food, Inc.
  • A new "E-Society" feature examines our increasingly digitally focused world with discussions of how technological change shortens attention span, learning gender roles through popular romances, the Internet as an atomizing and a community-building force, electronic surveillance and social control, the Internet and social stratification, globalization and cultural imperialism, how the mass media put us on a diet, Teen Mom, virtual classrooms, celebrity homeopathy, and whether Twitter facilitated the democracy movement in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The "Social Policy: What Do You Think?" feature includes such new topics as how to prevent a repeat of the Great Recession of 2008-09, the pros and cons of multiracialism, and President Obama's education reform bill.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert J. Brym

Robert Brym is S. D. Clark Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the President’s Teaching Academy, and a winner of the Northrop Frye Prize for academic and teaching excellence. His introductory-level textbooks have been published in Canada, Quebec (in French), the United States, Brazil (in Portuguese), and Australia. He has published research on the sociology of intellectuals, social movements in Canada, Jews in Russia, and collective and state violence in Israel and Palestine. Currently, his research focuses on the 2010–11 Arab Spring and the ensuing Arab Winter.

John Lie

John Lie (pronounced “lee”) was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan and Hawaii, and received his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. His main interests are in social theory and political economy. Currently, he is the C. K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he previously served as the Dean of International and Area Studies. His recent publications include Zainichi (Koreans in Japan) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008) and Modern Peoplehood: On Race, Racism, Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Identity, paperback ed. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011).