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Meaning of Sociology, The: A Reader, 9th edition

  • Joel M. Charon
  • Lee Vigilant

Published by Pearson (March 11th 2008) - Copyright © 2009

9th edition

Meaning of Sociology, The: A Reader

ISBN-13: 9780135157862

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This classic reader captures the excitement inherent in the field of sociology with 56 classic and contemporary selections from a wide variety of authors and sources. The reader is organized around basic sociological concepts and connects these concepts to the study of Sociology or our world.

Table of contents

 Bolded entries indicate new selection

Part I: The Discipline of Sociology

1. Sociology as a Passion to Understand, Peter L. Berger

2. The Sociological Imagination, C.Wright Mills
3. Critical Thinking About Statistics, Joel Best

4. Generalizing, Stereotyping, and Social Science, Joel M. Charon

5. Religious Fundamentalism: A Sociological Study, Nancy Tatom Ammerman


Part II: The Perspective of Sociology: The Importance of the Social World

6. Social identity, Richard Jenkins

7. The Importance of Primary Groups, Dexter C. Dunphy

8. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman

9. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple,Charles Lindholm

10. Collective Trauma at Buffalo  Creek, Kai Erikson

11. The Meaning and Importance of the City, William A. Schwab

12. Society, Social Control, and the Individual, Peter L. Berger


Part III: Social Structure

13. Pathology of Imprisonment, Phillip E. Zimbardo

14. If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably, Phillip Meyer

15. The Mai Lai Massacre: A Military Crime of Obedience, Herbert Kelman and V. Lee Hamilton

16. Gender as Structure, Barbara J. Risman

17. Four Modes of Inequality, William M. Dugger


Part IV: Social Structure: Class

18. The New American Class Structure, Robert Perrucci and Earl Wysong

19. The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All, Herbert J. Gans

20. Class in Everyday Life, Stanley Aronowitz

21. Inequality in Europe and the United States, James W. Russell

22. The Polarization of Class in the World, Robert Bellah


Part V: Social Structure: Race and Ethnicity

23. Race, Wealth, and Equality, Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro

24. Occupational Opportunities and Race, Stephen Steinberg

25. Punishment and Inequality in America, Bruce Western

26. Yellow Face: Asian Americans in Popular Culture, Robert G. Lee

27. Children of Immigrants: Adaptation and Identity, Carola Suarez-Orozco


Part VI: Social Structure - Gender

28. The Meaning of Gender, Judith Howard and Jocelyn Hollander

29. The Working Wife as an Urbanized Peasant, Arlie Russel Hochschild with Anne Machung

30. What Marriage Means, Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas

31. The Betrayal of the American Man, Susan Faludi


Part VII: Culture

32. Culture: A Sociological View, Howard Becker

33. The Code of the Street, Elijah Anderson

34. American Culture: Individualism and Community, David A. Karp

35. The American Dream, Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller, Jr.

36. Cultures of Cruelty, Fred Emil Katz


Part VIII: Social Institutions: Economic and Political

37. The Meaning and Origin of Social Institutions, Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann

38. The Institution of Capitalism, Michael Zweig

39. The Rise of Big Business in the United States, Charles Perrow

40. The Dominance of the Corporation, Carl Boggs

41. The Politics of the Contented, John Kenneth Galbraith

42. Government Programs and Social Cohesion, Theda Skocpol

43. Liberal Democracy and Democratic Culture, Larry Diamond


Part IX: Social Institutions: Familial, Religious, and Educational

44. Family in Transition, 2007, Arlene S. Skolnick and Jerome H. Skolnick

45. Family Life and Economic Success, Lisa A. Keister

46. Unequal Childhoods, Annette Lareau

47. The Meaning of Religion,Emile Durkheim

48. Religious Diversity in America, Robert Wuthnow

49. Religious Cults, Steven E. Barkan

50. The Shame of the Nation, Jonathan Kozol

51. The Culture of the School, Maureen T. Hallinan


Part X: Social Change                                                                                                    

52. Class, Social Conflict and Social Change, Karl Marx

53. Society and Change, Michel Crozier

54. Social Movements and Social Change, Cyrus Zirakzadeh

55. American Social Trends, Charles L. Harper and Kevin Leicht

56. Globalization, Anthony Giddens                                                                                            



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