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ISBN: 9780078026669 / 0078026660
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: SEP-11
Pages: 608

Copyright: 2012
Edition: 13
Format: Hardback

Richard T. Schaefer


About the book

The new edition of Sociology helps students take Sociology with them on campus, in their careers, and in their communities. While still maintaining its well-balanced coverage of the 3 perspectives, this new revision has a strong focus on encouraging students to think about their world with a sociological imagination. Through its strong coverage of globalization, race and ethnicity, careers in sociology, and current topics like mass media and social policy, Sociology provides students with knowledge they can use at school, at work, in their neighborhoods, and in the global community.
Key features

  • Connect Sociology. With an adaptive learning system that helps students understand the basics of sociology and interactive activities, which address higher level critical thinking, Connect Sociology helps students develop a sociological imagination sooner. (Available 12/15)
  • Balanced coverage of the three perspectives. Schaefer is well-known for helping students grasp and compare the theories and concepts of the Introductory Sociology course. Combined with pedagogy like, “Taking Sociology With You” and “Thinking Critically” questions, Sociology helps students understand sociology and develop a sociological imagination.
  • LearnSmart. Sociology now has Connect with LearnSmart, which will help students learn faster, study more efficiently, and retain more knowledge for greater success. Instructors will have the ability to know exactly how and when students are interacting with their course materials.
  • Interactive activities and scenario-based exercises new to Connect Sociology: these resources challenge students to apply sociological concepts to real-life examples.
  • Pedagogical features that reinforce relevancy throughout each chapter. “Sociology on Campus,” “Taking Sociology to Work,” and “Trendspotting” all help to reinforce students ability to apply sociology in their everyday lives.
  • Taking Sociology With You appears at the end of each chapter. These suggestions for things to think about, people to talk to, and resources to consult, encourage students to apply the material that they have just read to their daily lives.
  • Social Policy sections at the end of each chapter provide a sociological perspective on contemporary social issues and help students to think like sociologists. The sections include discussion questions and a Getting Involved feature, which refers students to related links that are accessible through the text’s website and that encourages them to become active in the debate.
  • "Taking Sociology to Work" boxes underscore the value of an undergraduate sociology degree by profiling individuals who use the principles of sociology in their work.
  • "Sociology on Campus" boxes apply a sociological perspective to issues of interest to students, such as cheating, binge drinking, and the debate over college sports.
  • Significantly revised chapters on sociological research (2), political parties (7), stratification and social mobility in the United States (9), racial and ethnic inequality (11), family and intimate relationships (14), health and the environment (19), and social change in the global community (22)
  • Fifteen new chapter-opening excerpts convey the relevance of sociological inquiry through lively passages on sociological topics, including material from Kelsey Timmerman, David Grazian, Peter Moskos, Barabara Ehrenreich, Nancy J. Finley, Ted C. Fishman, Andrew J. Cherlin, Niki Bado-Fralick and Rebecca Sachs Norris, Diane Ravitch, Martin P. Wattenberg, Andrew Szasz, Greg Lindsay, Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis, and Nick Bilton
  • Trendspotting sections alert students to trends on their campuses and in their communities, viewed through a sociological lens. Topics include “cougars” (older women dating younger men), the growing number of people in the United States who consider themselves non-religious, and the increasing prison population.
  • Extensive coverage of globalization is integrated throughout the text, in "Sociology in the Global Community" boxes, Social Policy sections, and innovative maps. The inside cover also includes a revised map, "Sociology’s Global View," that links key passages on global issues within the text to the relevant countries on the map.
  • Thinking Critically questions, appearing after each main section in the chapter, prompt students to both review and reflect on the content. By interspersing these questions throughout the chapter, students are encouraged to review material in small chunks, a method that has proven to raise retention rates and understanding.
  • Correlation Guide:

    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Sociology 12/13 with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Sociology textbooks by Croteau/Hoynes, Schaefer, Witt.

  • Correlation Guide:

    This convenient guide matches the issues in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues, 17/e with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Sociology textbooks by Coteau/Hoynes, Witt, and Schaefer.

  • About the author

    Richard T. Schaefer
    Growing up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition, Richard T. Schaefer found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people’s jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Sociology. "Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised." This fascination led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer’s continuing interest in race relations led him to write his masters’ thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain. Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught introductory sociology for 30 years to students in colleges, adult education programs, nursing programs, and even a maximum-security prison. Dr. Schaefer’s love of teaching is apparent in his interaction with his students. "I find myself constantly learning from the students who are in my classes and from reading what they write. Their insights into the material we read or current events that we discuss often become part of future course material and sometimes even find their way into my writing." Dr. Schaefer is author of the third edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2000). Dr. Schaefer is also the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups now in its eighth edition, and Race and Ethnicity in the United States, second edition. His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1994-1995. Dr. Schaefer’s advice to students is to "look at the material and make connections to your own life and experiences. Sociology will make you a more attentive observer of how people in groups interact and function. It will also make you more aware of peoples’ different needs and interests — and perhaps more ready to work for the common good, while still recognizing the individuality of each person."

    Table of contents

    Part 1: The Sociological Perspective
    Chapter 1: Understanding Sociology
    Chapter 2: Sociological Research
    Part 2: Organizing Social Life
    Chapter 3: Culture
    Chapter 4: Socialization
    Chapter 5: Social Interaction and Social Structure
    Chapter 6: Groups and Organizations
    Chapter 7: The Mass Media
    Chapter 8: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
    Chapter 9: Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States
    Chapter 10: Global Inequality
    Chapter 11: Racial and Ethnic Inequality
    Chapter 12: Stratification by Gender
    Chapter 13: Stratification by Age
    Part 4: Social Institutions
    Chapter 14: The Family and Intimate Relationships
    Chapter 15: Religion
    Chapter 16: Education
    Chapter 17: Government and Politics
    Chapter 18: The Economy and Work
    Chapter 19: Health, Medicine, and the Environment
    Part 5: Changing Society
    Chapter 20. Population, Communities, and Urbanization
    Chapter 21. Collective Behavior and Social Movements
    Chapter 22. Social Change in the Global Community



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