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Social Science

An Introduction to the Study of Society, 17th Edition

By David C. Colander, Elgin F. Hunt

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512 pages

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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

Preface

Acknowledgements

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

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

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