Sociology, 18th edition

Published by Pearson (February 15, 2023) © 2024

  • John J. Macionis Kenyon College


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For courses in Introductory Sociology.

Change the way your students see the world

Sociology empowers students to see sociology in everyday life. Utilizing a traditional 3-perspectives approach, author John Macionis guides students through the theories and research that make up the discipline. By challenging how they think about both their own lives and society as a whole, Macionis helps students better understand the world we all share.

The 18th Edition offers the latest in scholarly research and data. A thorough review of language, images and content has resulted in a highly inclusive title that presents in-depth coverage of issues that impact both everyday life and society.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life features highlight the relevance of sociological concepts in today's world.
  • Thinking About Diversity: Race, Class, and Gender features prompt students to consider how differing identities intersect and impact society.
  • Controversy & Debate features present key issues in the field about which experts have disagreed.
  • Global comparisons, including Thinking Globally features, highlight how societies differ across the world.
  • Power of Society figures present evidence of how society shapes our major life decisions, countering the common belief that life is a matter of personal choice.
  • Chapter 7, Mass Media and Social Media explores the effects of social media on individuals, relationships and society using the latest research.

New and updated features of this title

  • UPDATED: The text's language, images, data and content reflect inclusivity and diversity. Topics include the diversity, equity and inclusion movement, the transgender and LGBTQ communities, and critical race theory.
  • UPDATED: The latest scholarly research and data have been incorporated throughout the 18th Edition. All content has been thoroughly updated in response to major changes in our world, with 750 new research references. In addition, each of the more than 2,300 statistics reflects the latest available data.
  • NEW: Comprehensive coverage of the pandemic explains its impact on both everyday life and society as a whole. The text explores how COVID-19 increased the power of labor unions, contributed to a decline in life expectancy, and intensified social inequality in the US, among many other topics.
  • NEW: A fresh approach combines theoretical and political analysis, enabling students to link the sociology they learn to their everyday lives as active citizens.
  • UPDATED: Recent examples and illustrations ensure that content resonates with students. These include the Black Lives Matter movement, the war in Ukraine and the Uvalde school shootings.
  • UPDATED: The photography and fine art included throughout the text reflects current popular culture and the diversity of our society.

Features of Revel for the 18th Edition

  • Current Event Bulletins bring currency into your classroom with author-written articles that connect key concepts with real-life current events.
  • Pearson Originals docuseries videos explain contemporary issues, helping students connect with stories on a personal level and contextualize core concepts.
  • Interactive maps feature Social Explorer technology that allows for real-time data updates and rollover information to support the data and show movement over time.
    • Window on the World global maps highlight similarities and differences across continents.
    • Seeing Ourselves national maps show social patterns in the US in terms of geography.
  • Power of Society predictive graphs compare students' estimates of social attitudes to research results.

Part I: The Foundations of Sociology

  1. The Sociological Perspective
  2. Sociological Investigation

Part II: The Foundations of Society

  1. Culture
  2. Society
  3. Socialization
  4. Social Interaction in Everyday Life
  5. Mass Media and Social Media
  6. Groups and Organizations
  7. Sexuality and Society
  8. Deviance

Part III: Social Inequality

  1. Social Stratification
  2. Social Class in the United States
  3. Global Stratification
  4. Gender Stratification
  5. Race and Ethnicity
  6. Aging and the Elderly

Part IV: Social Institutions

  1. The Economy and Work
  2. Politics and Government
  3. Families
  4. Religion
  5. Education
  6. Health and Medicine

Part V: Social Change

  1. Population, Urbanization and Environment
  2. Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  3. Social Change: Traditional, Modern and Postmodern Societies

About our authors

John J. Macionis (pronounced “ma-SHOW-nis”) has been writing about sociology and engaged in classroom teaching for 50 years. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John earned a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, majoring in sociology, and then completed a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

His publications are wide-ranging, focusing on community life in the United States, interpersonal intimacy in families, effective teaching, humor, new information technology, and the importance of global education. In addition to authoring this best-seller, Macionis has also written Society: The Basics, the most popular brief text in the field, now available in its 16th Edition. He collaborates on international editions of the titles: Sociology: Canadian Edition; Society: The Basics, Canadian Edition; and Sociology: A Global Introduction, which is available in Europe. Sociology is also available for high school students and in a number of foreign-language editions. All the Macionis titles are available as low-cost Revel editions that offer an interactive, digital learning experience and give students the option of adding a print version. Students can also rent print versions of all US titles.

In addition, Macionis edited the best-selling anthology Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, which is also available in a Canadian edition. Macionis and Vincent Parrillo wrote the leading urban studies title, Cities and Urban Life, soon available in an 8th Edition. Macionis is also the author of Social Problems, now in its 8th Edition and the leading title in this field.

The latest on all the Macionis titles, as well as teaching materials and dozens of internet links of interest to students and faculty in sociology, can be found at the author's personal website. You can also follow Macionis on his Facebook author page.

Macionis stands alone in the field for taking personal responsibility for writing all print and electronic content, just as he authors all the supplemental material. He proudly resists the trend toward “outsourcing” such material to nonsociologists.

John Macionis is now retired from full-time teaching at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was Professor and Distinguished Scholar of Sociology. During that time, he chaired the Sociology Department, directed the college's multidisciplinary program in humane studies, presided over the campus senate and the college's faculty, and taught sociology to thousands of students.

In 2002, the American Sociological Association presented Macionis with the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, citing his innovative use of global material as well as the introduction of new teaching technology in his titles.

Professor Macionis has been active in academic programs in other countries, having traveled to some 50 nations. He writes, “I am an ambitious traveler, eager to learn and, through the texts, to share much of what I discover with students, many of whom know little about the rest of the world. For me, traveling and writing are all dimensions of teaching. First and foremost, I am a teacher. A passion for teaching animates everything I do.”

At Kenyon, Macionis taught a number of courses, but his favorite classes have always been Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems. He continues to enjoy extensive contact with students across the United States and around the world.

John lives in Vero Beach, Florida, where he enjoys tennis, swimming, and playing oldies rock-and-roll. He is an environmental activist in the Lake George region of New York's Adirondack Mountains, where he spends the summer and works with a number of organizations, including the Lake George Land Conservancy, where he is past-president of the board of trustees, and Fort Ticonderoga, a leading organization in the teaching of US history, where he is vice-chair of the board of trustees.

Professor Macionis welcomes (and responds to) comments and suggestions about this book from faculty and students. Contact him at his Facebook page or via e-mail:

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