Now in its seventeenth 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. 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:
- The election of Donald Trump and the emergence of related populist movements
- Trade policy and health care
- Issues involving migration and immigration
- Emerging developments in artificial intelligence
- Comparisons between cultural and biological evolution
- Examples, data, recommended readings, and internet questions
Table of Contents
Part I Introduction
Ch. 1 Social Science and Its Methods
Ch. 2 Human Origins
Ch. 3 Origins of Western Society
Part II Culture and the Individual
Ch. 4 Society, Culture, and Cultural Change
Ch. 5 Geography, Demography, Ecology, and Society
Ch. 6 Technology and Society
Ch. 7 Psychology, Society, and Culture
Ch. 8 Deviance, Crime, and Society
Part III Institutions and Socieity
Ch. 9 The Family
Ch. 10 Religion
Ch. 11 Education
Ch. 12 Social and Economic Stratification
Ch. 13 Stratification, Minorities, and Discrimination
Part IV Politics and Society
Ch. 14 The Functions and Forms of Government
Ch. 15 Governments of the World
Ch. 16 Democratic Government in the United States
Part V Economics and Society
Ch. 17 The Organization of Economic Activities
Ch. 18 The Economy, Government, and Economic Challenges Facing the United States
Part VI Global Issues
Ch. 19 International Political Relations
Ch. 20 International Economic Relations
Ch. 21 The Political Economies of Developing Countries
Ch. 22 International Institutions and the Search for Peace
David Colander received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and was the Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont from 1982 until 2013, when he was appointed Distinguished College Professor at Middlebury. In 2001–2002 he was the Kelly Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 40 books and 200 articles on a wide range of topics. His books have been translated into a number of different languages, including Chinese, Bulgarian, Polish, Italian, and Spanish. He has been president of both the Eastern Economic Association and History of Economic Thought Society and has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including the Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Economic Education.
Elgin Hunt is deceased. He was one of the early authors of this book when it began in the 1930s, and took over as sole author in the 1950s. He continued revising the book until the late 1970s, when David Colander took over.
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