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
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
John E. Farley is Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Michael W. Flota is Associate Professor at Daytona State College, Florida.