DescriptionAdapted from Henslin’s best-selling comprehensive text, Core Concepts provides in-depth coverage of ten high-priority topics that are the foundation of many introductory sociology courses.
This unique paperback offers a concise and economical format without sacrificing depth of coverage. Unlike a “brief” or “essentials” text, the ten chapters that make up Core Concepts are not edited down from a longer book. Instead, they provide full coverage of those topics that instructors emphasize the most in a one-semester or one-term introductory sociology course. Like Henslin’s other texts, it features the author's familiar “down-to-earth” approach and personal writing style that highlight the sociology of everyday life. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares with readers a passion for sociology unmatched by any other introductory text.
"Henslin hooks students on learning about the world around them, and suggests they seek answers to the question ‘Why should I care?””
Roger Nemeth, Hope College
“My students tell me that they love the varied scenarios Henslin provides in the book.”
Kristie Palmer, Richland Community College
“Henslin begins each chapter with an interesting vignette. The text is accessible and easy to read.”
Lucy Ogburn, Middlesex Community College
“Henslin offers an introduction to research and his heavy inclusion of research shows its importance. He does this at just the right level.”
Jan Poppendieck, City University of New York, Hunter College
“I appreciate Henslin’s balanced theoretical approach, good topic coverage, and that the book is very readable.”
Derral Cheatwood, University of Texas, San Antonio
“The boxed features in Henslin often explore controversial issues that generate great on-line discussions among my distance learning students.”
Kristie Palmer, Richland Community College
“The boxed examples in Henslin add a new dimension to the course. He truly has a down-to-earth approach.”
Sue Dowden, El Camino College
“Students like this book because the reading level is just right, the examples are relevant, and the strong visuals keep them interested. My students also like [Henslin’s] accounts of his many travels; they give the book a global feel.”
Romana Pires, San Bernadino Valley College
- Each of the ten chapters explores one “core” topic in detail.
- Exceptional art program, featuring compelling photos and captions, figures, and Social Maps of U.S. and the world.
The author’s trademark “down-to-earth” approach is reflected in the many vignettes, boxes, and examples that are based on personal experience and field research. These first-person accounts provide a rich and compelling “insider’s” perspective on social life.
Social change over time. An important theme in the text is the impact of social change--what society used to be like, how it has changed, and what the implications are for the present and future. A large number of graphs and tables are designed to illustrate social change over time.
- “Summary and Review” sections end each chapter in a popular question-and-answer format.
- “Through the Author’s Lens” photo essays, from Jim Henslin’s travels, enable students to look over the author’s shoulder as he experiences other cultures or explores aspects of culture in the United States.
- Five types of thematic boxes complement the text:
- “Down-to-Earth Sociology” boxes highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives.
- “Mass Media and Social Life” provides the most current coverage of the media and its impact on society.
- “Cultural Diversity” boxes help students gain an understanding of other cultures, both in the U.S and around the world.
- “Thinking Critically” sections focus on controversial social issues and engage students in examining them.
- “Sociology and the New Technology” investigates how technology is changing our society and influencing our lives.
Customize your course! Up to 3 optional chapters can be added to the CourseCompass version of MySocLab. Chapters include:
Bureaucracy and Formal Organization
Social Change and the Environment
Collective Behavior and Social Movement
Population and Urbanization
New to This Edition
Cultural Diversity box: Culture Shock: The Arrival of the Hmong
Anime as a media form for gender socialization
Shooting deaths at an Amish school
Cultural diversity in smiling
Applied body language: training of airport personnel and interrogators
Applied impression management: Helping women executives get promoted
Groupthink applied to the acceptance of torture by U.S. officials
No-Sneeze kittens mentioned as a new product
Online shaming sites
Cultural Diversity box: “What Kind of Prison Is This?”
Enslavement of children to be jockeys in camel races.
Figure 7.8, illustrating births to single women by education
Table 8.3 Age of Rape Victims
Table 8.4 Relationship of Rapists to Victims
New immigration bill
First Latino to compete for the Democratic candidacy for President
Proposition 2 of the Michigan state constitution
Cultural Diversity Box: The Illegal travel guide
The Skywalk over the Grand Canyon, opened by the Hualapai
Finding brides for dead sons (China)
Housework, child care, and paid labor data from Bianchi et. al. research.
Down-to-Earth Sociology box: Finding a Mate: Not the Same as It Used to Be
Down-to-Earth Sociology box: Caught Between Two Worlds: The Children of Divorce
Table of Contents
IN THIS SECTION:
BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2: Culture
Chapter 3: Socialization
Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction
Chapter 5: Societies to Social Networks
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control
Chapter 7: Social Stratification
Chapter 8: Sex and Gender
Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 10: Marriage and Family
COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1. The Sociological Perspective
The Origins of Sociology
Sexism in Early Sociology
Sociology in North America
Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
Doing Sociological Research
Ethics in Sociological Research
Chapter 2. Culture
What Is Culture?
Components of Symbolic Culture
Many Cultural Worlds: Subcultures and Countercultures
Values in U.S. Society
Technology in the Global Village
Chapter 3. Socialization
What Is Human Nature?
Socialization into the Self and Mind
Learning Personality, Morality, and Emotions
Socialization into Gender
Agents of Socialization
Socialization Through the Life Course
Are We Prisoners of Socialization?
Chapter 4. Social Structure and Social Interaction
Levels of Sociological Analysis
The Macrosociological Perspective: Social Structure
The Microsociological Perspective: Social Interaction in Everyday Life
The Need for Both Macrosociology and Microsociology
Chapter 5. Societies to Social Networks
Social Groups and Societies
The Transformation of Societies
Groups Within Society
Chapter 6. Deviance and Social Control
What Is Deviance?
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Functionalist Perspective
The Conflict Perspective
Reactions to Deviance
Chapter 7. Social Stratification
Systems of Social Stratification
What Determines Social Class?
Why Is Social Stratification Universal?
Global Stratification: Three Worlds
Sociological Models of Social Class
Consequences of Social Class
Intergenerational Social Mobility
Chapter 8. Sex and Gender
Issues of Sex and Gender
Gender Inequality in Global Perspective
How Females Became a Minority Group
Gender Inequality in the United States
Gender Inequality in Health Care
Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Gender and Violence
The Changing Face of Politics
Glimpsing the Future–With Hope
Chapter 9. Race and Ethnicity
Laying the Sociological Foundation
Theories of Prejudice
Global Patterns of Intergroup Relations
Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States
Looking Toward the Future
Chapter 10. Marriage and Family
Marriage and Family in Global Perspective
Marriage and Family in Theoretical Perspective
The Family Life Cycle
Diversity in U.S. Families
Trends in U.S. Families
Divorce and Remarriage
Two Sides of Family Life
The Future of Marriage and Family
Optional E-Book Chapters
Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations
Medicine and Health
Population and Urbanization
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Social Change and the Environment
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About the Author(s)
James M. Henslin, who was born in Minnesota, graduated from high school and junior college in California and from college in Indiana. Awarded scholarships, he earned his Master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After this, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and spent a year studying how people adjust to the suicide of a family member. His primary interests in sociology are the sociology of everyday life, deviance, and international relations. Among his numerous books is Down-to-Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings (Free Press), now in its twelfth edition. This book of readings reflects some of these sociological interests. He has also published widely in sociology journals, including Social Problems and American Journal of Sociology.
While a graduate student, Jim Henslin taught at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He says, “I’ve always found the introductory course enjoyable to teach. I love to see students’ faces light up when they first glimpse the sociological perspective and begin to see how society has become an essential part of how they view the world.”
Henslin enjoys reading and fishing. His two favorite activities are writing and traveling. He especially enjoys visiting and living in other cultures, for this brings him face to face with behaviors and ways of thinking that he cannot take for granted, experiences that “make sociological principles come alive.”
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