Companion Website with Online Practice Tests, 4th Edition
Bryjak & Soroka
A paperback text that helps students understand not only their own society, but also the forces of globalization and modernization that are transforming the world.
Sociology: Changing Societies in a Diverse World offers one of the broadest perspectives of any introductory text. Like others, it examines the basic structures and institutions of society, as well as the dynamics of social behavior, starting with the world students know best — contemporary American society with all of its diversity. In addition, the authors treat modernization — a process that is transforming countries in every stage of development throughout the world — as a core topic for sociological understanding. Students using this text will see how modernization affects virtually all aspects of contemporary society, and explains many of the momentous events occurring in the world today.
This product accompanies
- Offers a theoretically balanced introduction to core concepts of sociology.
- Modernization introduced in Chapter 1 as a theme that is carried throughout the text.
- “Focus On” boxes in every chapter provide an in-depth look at societies around the world.
- Discusses many topics that are given little or no coverage in other introductory texts, such as language and language acquisition, popular culture, family violence, sexual deviance, the worldwide impact of AIDS, and the “haves” and “have nots” in the international marketplace.
- A FREE Global Societies reader — featuring a brief overview of social life and a contemporary reading for eight different countries: Japan, Mexico, Brazil, China, Poland, Iran, South Africa, and Indonesia — is packaged with the text. Ask your representative for ordering information on this free valuepack item!
New to This Edition
- “Focus On” boxes in previous editions discussed Japan and Mexico only. This edition examines a wider array of countries for comparative purposes, including China, Canada, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Sweden, India, and South Africa. “Focus On” boxes have maps as well as relevant data (population, form of government, racial/ethnic composition, etc.) about each country or region discussed.
- A separate supplement on societies in eight different countries (Japan, Mexico, Brazil, China, Poland, Iran, South Africa, and Indonesia) can be packaged with the main text upon request.
- New Chapter 12 now includes coverage of the U.S. Health Care system, as well as global environmental topics such as pollution, waste disposal, resource depletion, and sustainable development.
- A new concluding chapter, “Sociology and the Future,” anticipates some of the characteristics of social life in the new century.
- Statistics have been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest available data.
- New larger trim size accommodates more maps, photos and figures.
- TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE: This edition includes a Companion Website with Online Practice Tests, and a custom classroom video that focuses on the theme of global social change and modernization.
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Table of Contents
1.The World According to Sociology.
3.Groups and Social Structure.
5.Inequality and Stratification.
6.Race and Ethnicity.
7.Gender and Gender Issues.
8.Crime, Deviance, and Social Control.
9. Marriage and the Family.
10.Education and Religion.
11.Economy and Politics.
12.Population, Health Care, and The Environment.
13.Urbanization and Modernization.
14.Sociology and the Future.
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