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Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials 11th Edition

Diana Kendall

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Current and relevant to today's students, best-selling SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS presents the latest data and insights on behaviors, beliefs, issues, and trends in our nation and world from a sociological perspective. The eleventh edition emphasizes the themes of social change (including showing students how they can get involved), the effects of social media on communication, and the intertwining nature of politics and social policy in the United States and worldwide. Students contemplate such issues as gun control, military suicides, environmental activism, and whether employers should be allowed to "spy" on employees. First-person accounts of individuals' lived experiences illuminate topics that reflect the text's primary themes.

Diana Kendall, Baylor University

Diana Kendall is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class, and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. Her books include SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS (Cengage Learning, 2016), THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Her most recent scholarly publication is "Class: Still Alive and Reproducing in the United States," a book chapter in PRIVILEGE: A READER, 4th Edition (2016, Westview Press). Dr. Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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  • From the first edition, the text has presented strong coverage of and attention to diversity. Individuals portrayed and discussed accurately mirror the diversity in society, and research used presents classical and established contemporary sociologists -- including women and people of color -- to weave an inclusive treatment of all people into the examination of sociology. As a result, the text speaks to a wide variety of students and helps them consider the significance of the interlocking nature of individuals' class, race, and gender (and, increasingly, age) in all aspects of social life.
  • Focusing on the relationship between sociology and everyday life, each chapter begins with first person commentaries on the issue that unifies the chapter. Included in this Sociology and Everyday Life box is a quiz for students to see what they know about the issue. Answers are provided at the end of the chapter.
  • The text emphasizes several themes, including diversity, the application of sociology to everyday life, the impact of media (including social media), the importance of a global perspective, and social and global change. Boxed features (Sociology and Everyday Life, Sociology and Social Policy, and Sociology in Global Perspective) highlight the themes. Global implications of all topics are examined throughout each chapter; the Sociology in Global Perspective boxes specifically highlight our interconnected world and reveal how the sociological imagination extends beyond national borders.
  • In addition to basic reading and study aids such as key terms, a running glossary, and popular online study resources, the eleventh edition offers numerous other pedagogical aids to promote students' mastery of course content. These include chapter-opening Learning Objectives to help students focus their reading, Concept Quick Reviews, Questions for Critical Thinking, and Chapter Review summaries in question-and-answer format.

Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials


1. The Sociological Perspective and Research Process.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
4. Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life.
5. Groups and Organizations.
6. Deviance and Crime.
7. Class and Stratification in the United States.
8. Global Stratification.
9. Race and Ethnicity.
10. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality.
11. Families and Intimate Relationships.
12. Education and Religion.
13. Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective.
14. Health, Health Care, and Disability.
15. Population and Urbanization.
16. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.

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