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SOCIOLOGY: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, Ninth Edition, is a brief introduction to sociology text that applies and relates key sociological concepts and theories to the forces of globalization-forces shaping virtually every aspect of daily life. Some of the forces discussed in this edition include social robotics (covered in the theory/methods chapter), social relationships in the digital age (covered in the social interaction chapter), mass surveillance (covered in the deviance chapter) and the industrial food system (covered in the organization chapter).
- This edition's most substantial revision reflects the shifting meaning of the word “global” away from interdependence between selected countries and toward global-scale endeavors that are being driven by technologies, integrated workforces, and other social forces. To convey this new meaning, each chapter now pairs a topic with a social process that underlies or drives globalization (rather than pairing a topic with a country of emphasis). This approach makes the ninth edition the most contemporary introductory sociology textbook available.
- In keeping with this edition's new focus, Chapter 4's new title, “Socialization: With Emphasis on In-Groups and Out-Groups,” better reflects its original intent of using the long conflict between Palestinians and Israelis as a vehicle for addressing a larger social process-conflicts between in-groups and out-groups that have global-scale causes and ramifications.
- Five chapters (on sociological perspectives and methods of research; social interaction and impression management; formal organization; deviance, conformity, and social control; and economics and politics) now focus on technologies that facilitate interdependence and collaboration across borders, and that are consequently driving globalization and glocalization. For instance, Chapter 6 discusses “Formal Organization: With Emphasis on Industrial Food”; Chapter 11 explores “Economics and Politics: With Emphasis on India and its IT Professionals.”
- New “Taking Action” photos with captions highlight creative and thoughtful changes to existing social arrangements, helping students see that they can make a difference. For example, Chapter 6 showcases the grassroots “You Label It” campaign, which encourages citizens to self-label products that are likely to contain genetically modified ingredients given the absence of laws requiring corporations to inform consumers of such ingredients in their products.
- New “No Borders, No Boundaries” maps give increased emphasis to “glocal” activity-human activity as enacted and experienced locally. Glocalization includes both responses to forces of globalization and actions that launch globalization. For instance, Chapter 1 offers the case of Oreo cookies, a formerly local product now sold in 100 countries, highlighting how Kraft Foods' work to expand market share helped to create a global economy.
- New topics in the popular “Sociological Imagination” boxes allow students to place the individual life within a larger social context, and encourage them to consider how time and place shape the human biography. For example, today the choices open to people who have lost limbs are much different that even a decade ago, as innovations in robotics have reached the point where humans can now use their brains waves to move robotic limbs.
- The text is significantly shorter than the previous edition, featuring streamlined country details as well as fewer charts and graphs to make it easier for students to focus attention on sociological processes (rather than on specific countries).
- “No Borders, No Boundaries” boxes and maps emphasize that human activities are not confined to fixed political borders, and that those activities have consequences that transcend a particular place.
- The book's striking interior design uses colorful photos, maps, and figures and charts to document and illustrate how sociologists conceptualize human relationships and activities.
- End-of-chapter summaries recap the core concepts covered in the chapter, and lists of key terms include page number references, facilitating study and review.
- “Sociological Imagination” boxes place the individual life in a larger social context with the goal of helping students distinguish between personal troubles and public issues.
- A hallmark of this text is its chapter-specific emphasis on global issues. The extended examples are a vehicle for weaving together and applying sociological concepts and theories to important issues confronting the United States and the world.
2. Sociological Perspectives and Methods of Research: With Emphasis on Social Robotics.
3. Culture: With Emphasis on Transcultural Encounters and Exchanges.
4. Socialization: With Emphasis on In-Groups and Out-Groups.
5. Social Interaction and Impression Management: With Emphasis on Relationships in a Digital Age.
6. Formal Organizations: With Emphasis on Industrial Food.
7. Deviance, Conformity, and Social Control: With Emphasis on Mass Surveillance.
8. Social Inequality: With Emphasis on Social Mobility.
9. Race and Ethnicity: With Emphasis on Social Construction.
10. Gender and Sexualities: With Emphasis on Gender Ideals.
11. Economics and Politics: With Emphasis on India and Its IT Professionals.
12. Family: With Emphasis on the Aging Societies.
13. Education: With Emphasis on Social Reproduction in a Knowledge Economy.
14. Religion: With Emphasis on Religion as a Transnational Force.
15. Population and Health Care: With Emphasis on the U.S. Health Care System in Global Context.
16. Social Change: With Emphasis on Changing Environment.
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 PowerPoint® Lecture
Preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides with graphics from the text make it easy for you to assemble, edit, and present custom lectures for your course.
Online Test Bank
Written by Joan Ferrante and Kristie Vise, this enhanced and updated test bank consists of 90 to 100 multiple-choice questions and 30 to 35 true–false questions per chapter, all with answers, page references, and question type (knowledge, comprehension, or applied). The test bank also includes five concept application questions, 25 to 40 short-answer questions, and three to five essay questions per chapter.
Online Instructor's Resource Manual
Written by textbook author Joan Ferrante and Kristie Vise, this supplement contains detailed chapter outlines, Teaching Tips that correspond with specific sections of the book, and background notes on the countries of emphasis. The fully updated and revised manual will help you teach the global perspective with confidence.
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