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7th Edition


ISBN 9781138694682
Published October 10, 2017 by Routledge
644 Pages

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Book Description

This best-selling textbook returns for a seventh edition with material on the most fundamental and fascinating issues in sociology today. The authors continue their tradition of focusing on the big picture, with an emphasis on race, class, and gender in every chapter. The text continues to frame sociological debates around the major theoretical perspectives of sociology and focus on capturing students’ imaginations with cutting-edge research and real-world events. The hallmark of the book continues to be clear writing that helps students understand the intricacies of the discipline like no other textbook on the market.

New to the seventh edition

  • Expanded focus on new social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and the Tea Party.
  • Updates on both the 2012 and 2016 elections.
  • New discussions of Donald Trump and the immigration debate; causes and consequences.
  • New discussions of "patriot" movements, racism, and the reaction to the first African American president.
  • Expanded coverage of sexual orientation and LGBT issues.
  • Updates on gay rights and the historic legalization of same-sex marriage.
  • New sections on cyber life discussion issues such as cyber bullying and public shaming; WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, and NSA spying; sexting and youth culture; the Arab Spring; and social media activism.
  • New coverage of the so-called "he-cession" and the rise of women managers (whom employers still see as risky but, increasingly, as highly talented).
  • Updates on health-care reform, five years on and the efforts to repeal and replace "Obamacare".
  • Expanded coverage of mass shootings and the corresponding policy debates.
  • Expanded coverage and new focus on police-involved shootings and gun control in the "Deviance, Crime, and Social Control" chapter.
  • New discussions of the sociology of finance, including the role of financial derivatives in the 2008 global financial crisis.
  • New photos and updated figures and tables throughout the text.

Table of Contents

List of Figures xxiii

Preface xxxvii

Acknowledgments xliii

About the Authors xlvii

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Sociology: The Discipline 3

Chapter 2 How Sociology Is Done 25

Part II Society and Human Interaction

Chapter 3 Perspectives on Society and Interaction 51

Chapter 4 Culture and Social Structure 79

Chapter 5 Socialization 119

Part III Social Structure and Inequality

Chapter 6 Stratification: Structured Social Inequality 151

Chapter 7 Race and Ethnic Relations 185

Chapter 8 Sex, Gender, and Society 219

Chapter 9 Groups, Organizations, and the Workplace 261

Chapter 10 Deviance, Crime, and Social Control 291

Part IV Social Institutions

Chapter 11 Economy and Society 325

Chapter 12 Politics, Power, and Society 365

Chapter 13 Marriages and Families 397

 Web-Based Chapter A: Education

 Web-Based Chapter B: Religion

 Web-Based Chapter C: Health, Population, and Aging

Part V Social Change

Chapter 14 Urban Society: City Life and Collective Behavior 437

Chapter 15 Social Movements and Change 479

References R-1

Index I-1

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John E. Farley is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Michael W. Flota is Associate Professor at Daytona State College, Florida.