Now in its eigthteenth edition, Social Science: An Introduction to the Study of Society approaches its study from a common sense perspective, rather than a formalistic perspective more common in social science texts. Readers will see how seemingly diverse disciplines intermingle and connect to one another—anthropology and economics, for example. The goal of the book is to teach students critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will allow them to approach social issues in an objective and informed way.
New to this edition are significant updates on:
- Debates about the limits of democracy, and the developing Chinese political alternative.
- Political, economic, and social implications of the Covid pandemic.
- Assessment of the Donald Trump presidency.
- Political, economic, and social implications of the movement from the Trump presidency to the Biden presidency.
- Implications of the multitrillion-dollar budget deficits the US government has been running.
- The emergence of populist movements throughout the world.
- The Chinese political and economic challenge to the United States.
- Recent developments in evolution theory.
- Examples, data, recommended readings, and Internet questions.
- Critical thinking questions.
Part I Introduction; Chapter 1 Social Science and Its Methods; Appendix Historial Roots of Social Science; Chapter 2 Human Origins; Chapter 3 Origins of Western Society; Part II Culture and the Individual; Chapter 4 Society, Culture, and Cultural Change; Chapter 5 Geography, Demography, Ecology, and Society; Chapter 6 Technology and Society; Chapter 7 Psychology, Society, and Culture; Chapter 8 Deviance, Crime, and Society; Part III Institutions and Society; Chapter 9 The Family; Chapter 10 Religion; Chapter 11 Education; Chapter 12 Social and Economic Stratification; Chapter 13 Stratification, Minorities, and Discrimination; Part IV Politics and Society; Chapter 14 The Functions and Forms of Government; Chapter 15 Governments of the World; Chapter 16 Democratic Government in the United States; Part V Economics and Society; Chapter 17 The Organization of Economic Activities; Chapter 18 The Economy, Government, and Economic Challenges Facing the United States; Part VI Global Issues; Chapter 19 International Political Relations; Chapter 20 International Economic Relations; Chapter 21 The Political Economies of Developing Countries; Chapter 22 International Institutions and the Search for Peace