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This concise yet thorough treatment of sociology is organized around a set of central questions and integrates classic and current research with analyses of trends affecting society. Written by the best-selling author of SOCIOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD, William Kornblum's brief text incorporates many of his most popular features (such as Mapping Social Change) while new features and the text's unique approach give this book its own distinct voice and perspective.
Table of Contents
Sociology, the Science of Society: Can sociology help us achieve better societies?
Culture: Does culture account for the immense differences in the ways people throughout the world feel and behave?
Socialization: To what extent does society shape how individuals behave and what they can or will become?
Social Structure and Group Interaction: Does social organization explain why human affairs do not dissolve into a ``war of all against all''?
Deviance and Social Control: How do societies define what is deviant, determine who should be punished, and prevent deviance from threatening social stability?
Stratification and Social Class: Can the social class inequalities that affect our lives so dramatically ever be reduced?
Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity: Can knowledge of how racial and ethnic inequalities originate help societies improve race and ethnic relations?
Inequalities of Gender and Age: Will inequalities of gender and age diminish as nations become more industrialized and urbanized?
The Family: Is the family breaking down or simply adapting to new social conditions?
Religion: Why is it difficult for people of different religions to realize their shared quest for peace and understanding?
Education: Can education in contemporary societies provide equality of opportunity for new generations of students?
Economics and Politics: Can economic and political insititutions bring about positive social change in a globalizing world?
Population, Urbanization, and Public Health: Can we control population growth and achieve higher levels of health worldwide?
Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change: How do social movements that enlist individual participation bring about social change?