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Sociological Odyssey: Contemporary Readings in Introductory Sociology 4th Edition

Patricia A. Adler, Peter Adler

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2007, 2001
  • 528 Pages


SOCIOLOGICAL ODYSSEY: CONTEMPORARY READINGS IN INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY, Fourth Edition, features a wide variety of engaging, current articles that bring sociological topics to life for students and challenges them to address the problematic nature of many social issues. Authors Peter Adler and Patricia Adler present a balanced selection of readings, covering issues of interest to today's students, including Internet dating, the black middle class, homosexuality, the straight edge movement, welfare recipients, and children's clique behavior. Introductions for each article include several provocative questions designed to assist classroom discussions, generate students' interest in sociology, and place each issue discussed within a larger social context.

Patricia A. Adler, University of Colorado

Patricia A. Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Colorado. She has written and taught in the area of deviance, qualitative methods, and the sociology of children. A second edition of her book, WHEELING AND DEALING (Columbia University Press), a study of upper-level drug traffickers, was published in 1993. She has received many honors, including the Outstanding Teacher in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Outstanding Researcher Award from the University of Colorado. In addition, she was awarded the Mentor Excellence Award in 2004 from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI).

Peter Adler, University of Denver, Colorado

Peter Adler (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. His research interests include social psychology, drugs and society, and sociology of work, sport, and leisure. His first book, MOMENTUM, was published in 1981 by Sage. Peter has been honored with the University Lecturer Award and as the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher at the University of Denver, as well as being named by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) as Mentor of the Year in 2005.
  • New articles that reflect and relate to the changing college demographic include such articles on White privilege and identity; the simulation and construction of authentic ethnicity as portrayed in the ubiquitous Mexican restaurants in the United States; how Asian students (Cambodians, in this case) negotiate their ways through America's educational system; the success of Korean entrepreneurs in the banking industry; first- and second-generation Mexican-American gardeners in Southern California and how they are using their businesses successfully (or not) to gain a foothold in American society; the experiences of Black and White fraternity members; the changes wrought by the recession in the 2000s and its effects on family decisions, labor, and relations; the effects of the recession on working-class families and how they have had to adapt to changing economic times.
  • To illustrate the growing equality between the genders (or the illusion of such), this book tackles the gender divide in about a dozen different chapters. Race and ethnicity issues can be found in about 15 of the articles. Issues involving social class are found in about a dozen readings, although in all of these categories, race, class, and gender, there is considerable overlap.
  • Sections on the impact of technology and globalization have been expanded.
  • To illustrate the relevance of sociology, last chapter of the book offers an optimistic solution for how sociology can be applied to make for a better, more sustainable universe.
  • Up-to-date topical coverage examines the treatment of the poor of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the exploitation of immigrant laborers in chicken factories in the South, cyber romantic relationships and cheating, and the implications of sexual trafficking of women and children.
  • Throughout this edition, the authors provide a strong focus on globalization and an optimistic tone, illustrating how sociology can be used to build a better, more sustainable, and more equitable world.
  • Each section of the text is preceded by an introductory essay written by the authors, providing context for the section articles.
  • Introductions for each article include several provocative questions designed to assist classroom discussions and stimulate students' interest in sociology.
  • Readings are rich, engaging, and student friendly, and they are carefully edited for appropriate reading length without losing the authors' main focus.
Perspectives: What is Sociology?
1. Randall Collins, "The Sociological Eye".
Perspectives: The Sociological Imagination.
2. C. Wright Mills, "The Promise of Sociology".
Categories: How Do Sociologists Think?
3. Joel Charon, "Should We Generalize about People?"
Categories: Definitions and Change.
4. Keith M. Kilty and Maria Vidal de Haymes, "What''s in a Name?"
5. Paul Colomy, "Three Sociological Perspectives".
Methods: Experimental Design.
6. Michael J. Lovaglia, "From Summer Camps to Glass Ceilings: The Power of Experiments".
Methods: Survey Research.
7. Howard Schuman, "Sense and Nonsense about Surveys".
Methods: Ethnography.
8. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, "The Promise and Pitfalls of Going into the Field".
Culture: Mainstream Culture.
9. Pamela Perry, "White Universal Identity as a Sense of Group Position".
Culture: Subculture.
10. Ross Haenfler, "Core Values of the Straight Edge Movement".
Culture: Commercialized Culture.
11. Marie Sarita Gaytán, "Constructing Authenticity and Ethnicity in the Mexican Restaurant Industry".
Socialization: Peer Socialization.
12. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, "Inclusion and Exclusion in Preadolescent Cliques".
Socialization: Media Socialization.
13. Melissa Milkie, "The Impact of Pervasive Beauty Images on Black and White Girls'' Self-Concepts".
Socialization N: Ethnic Socialization.
14. Vichet Chhuon and Cynthia Hudley, "Asian American Ethnic Options: How Cambodian High School Students Negotiate Ethnic Identities".
Dramaturgy: Public Presentations.
15. Spencer E. Cahill, et al., "Meanwhile Backstage: Behavior in Public Bathrooms".
Dramaturgy: Private Performances.
16. David Schweingruber, Sine Anahita, and Nancy Berns, "The Engagement Proposal as Performance".
Crime and Deviance: Cultural Contexts.
17. Devah Pager, "The Mark of a Criminal Record".
18. A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade, "Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture".
Crime and Deviance: Stigma Management.
19. Adina Nack, "Identity and Stigma of Women with STDs".
Social class: Upper Class.
20. Earl Wysong and Robert Perrucci, "The U.S. Class Structure".
Social class: Middle Class.
21. Karyn R. Lacy, "Black Middle-Class Suburbia".
Social class: Underclass.
22. Yvonne M. Luna, "Single Welfare Mothers'' Resistance".
Race and Ethnicity: Asians.
23. Tamara K Nopper, "Korean Banking and Korean Immigrant Entrepreneurship".
Race and Ethnicity: Blacks and Whites.
24. Rashawn Ray and Jason A. Rosow, "Black and White Fraternity Men''s Approaches toward Women".
Race and Ethnicity: Latinos.
25. Jessica M. Vasquez, "Racialization, Flexible Ethnicity, Gender and Third-Generation Mexican American Identity".
Gender: Femininity.
26. Ashley Mears and William Finlay, "How Models Manage Bodily Capital".
Gender: Masculinity.
27. Eric Anderson, "Varieties of Masculinity in Male Cheerleading".
Gender: Gendered Scripts.
28. Shelly Ronen, "Grinding on the Dance Floor: Gendered Scripts and Sexualized Dancing at College Parties".
Family: Nuclear Family Adaptations.
29. Kathleen Gerson, "A New Generation Negotiates Gender, Work, and Family Change".
Family: Alternative Family Dynamics.
30. Maura Ryan and Dana Berkowitz, "Constructing Gay and Lesbian Parent Families ''Beyond the Closet".
Religion: Embracing Religion.
31. Lori Peek, "Muslim Self-Identities after 9/11".
Religion: Rejecting Religion.
32. Jesse M. Smith, "Rejecting God, Adopting Atheism".
Education: Structural Differences.
33. Jonathan Kozol, "Savage Inequalities".
Education: Mobility Differences.
34. Elizabeth Aries and Maynard Seider, "Low-Income College Students at Elite vs. State Schools".
Work and leisure: Creating Entrepreneurial Jobs.
35. Hernan Ramirez and Pierette Hondagneu-Sotelo, "Mexican Immigrant Gardeners: Entrepreneurs or Exploited Workers?"
Work and leisure: Coping with Job Loss.
36. Elizabeth Mikyla Legerski and Marie Cornwall, "Working-Class Job Loss, Gender, and the Negotiation of Household Labor".
Health and Medicine: Adult Health.
37. William Marsiglio, "Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids".
Health and Medicine: Childhood Health.
38. Jonathan Leo, "American Preschoolers on Ritalin".
Technology: Mobile Relationships.
39. Kaveri Subrahmayam and Patricia Greenfield, "Online Communication and Adolescent Relationships".
Technology: Virtual Relationships.
40. Monica T. Whitty, "The Realness of Cybercheating".
Globalization: Outsourcing Service.
41. Phil Taylor and Peter Bain, "Indian Call Centers".
Globalization: The Global Slave Trade.
42. David R. Hodge and Cynthia A. Lietz, "The International Sexual Trafficking of Women and Children".
Visions of Society: Bureaucratization.
43. George Ritzer, "The McDonaldization of Society".
Visions of Community: The Erosion of Traditional Forms.
44. Robert D. Putnam, "Bowling Alone".
Visions of Community: The Creation of New Forms.
45. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, "Cyber Communities of Self-Injurers".
Visions of a Better Future.
46. Brett Johnson, Ross Haenfler, and Ellis Jones, "Sociology and Social Change: Creating a More Just and Sustainable World".

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781111944704
Created by core book editors Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, the Test Bank complements the specific articles included in this introductory sociology reader. The Test Bank includes ten multiple choice (with answers) and three-five essay questions for each chapter.