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Designed as a basic text for an introductory, interdisciplinary social science course, POWER AND SOCIETY, 14th Edition, introduces students to key concepts in anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and history. Employing the central integrative theme of power, the text first introduces each of the social sciences and demonstrates how the various disciplines differ in their focus and methods. Next, the text presents an interdisciplinary viewpoint to illustrate the nature and uses of power in society. POWER AND SOCIETY ignites students' interest in the social sciences by exploring some of the central challenges and contemporary controversies facing American society, such as ideological conflict, racism and sexism, poverty and powerlessness, crime and violence, community problems, and international relations.
- Critical-thinking questions are presented with nearly every feature box to stimulate discussion among students.
- Coverage has been updated to reflect current events and contemporary concerns. New content includes analysis of the attempts to recover from the global economic recession (Chapters 8, 13); how divided government is affecting the exercise of power in Washington, D.C. (Chapter 7); how some of the world's economies, including China, are prospering while others continue to struggle to develop (Chapter 8); and new developments in international affairs, including new threats of terrorism from Islamic State militants, U.S. response to these threats, as well as increasing tensions between the United States and Russia (Chapter 14).
- There is expanded coverage of the struggle for power and rights by people with disabilities and evolving agenda of those advocating for the rights of gays, lesbians, including the commonalities between movements for equality by African-Americans, other racial and ethnic minorities, women, the disabled, and those advocating for LGBT rights.
- "Connecting through Social Media" feature activities help students draw links between the issues discussed in this text and everyday life.
- "Focus" features explore topics such as childhood poverty in the United States (Chapter 11) and how interest rates affect the average consumer (Chapter 8).
- "International Perspective" features provide students with a view on an issue from outside the United States. Topics include communism in Cuba (Chapter 3), genocide in Rwanda (Chapter 6), and elections in South Africa (Chapter 7).
- "Connecting through Social Media" feature activities include analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, studying interactive Electoral College maps, and learning more about organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Smithsonian.
- A student self-assessment quiz at the end of each chapter helps students gauge their understanding of concepts.
- Case Studies facilitate the understanding of important concepts in each chapter. Topics include an examination of gender identity among the Bugis people of Indonesia (Chapter 10); a look at the Benghazi attacks and the subsequent investigations (Chapter 7); and income inequality.
1. Power, Society, and Social Science.
2. Social Sciences and the Scientific Method.
3. Power and Ideology.
Part II: POWER AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.
4. Power and Culture: An Anthropologist's View.
5. Power and Sociology: The Importance of Social Class.
6. Power and History.
7. Power and Politics.
8. Power and the Economy.
9. Power and Psychology.
Part III: THE USES OF POWER.
10. Power, Race, and Gender.
11. Poverty and Powerlessness.
12. Power, Violence, and Crime.
13. Power and the Global Community.
14. Power among Nations.