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Exploring Social Issues

Exploring Social Issues
Using SPSS for Windows

Third Edition
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February 2009 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This workbook is a "hands-on" introduction to the craft of social research. Students are involved in the process of social research throughout, taking an active role and testing their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence, among other current issues.

Data sets available online!

These data sets (see 'Sample Materials and Chapters') provide historical depth and analyse trends over time by comparing 2006 results and patterns with data from the 1972 General Social Survey.

1. Getting Started: Social Research, Data Sets, and Frequency Distributions
2. Theory and Research: The Scientific Method
3. Describing the Sample, Types of Variables, and Data Sets
4. Culture: What Do Americans Value?
5. A Controversy in Values: Attitudes About Abortion
6. Socialization: What Kinds of Children Do Americans Want?
7. Crime: Fear, Law Enforcement, and Punishment
8. Inequality and Social Class in the United States
9. Inequality and Gender
10. Inequality and Race
11. The Family Institution: Forms and Functions
12. The Political Institution in the United States: Support for Civil Liberties, Presidential Choice, and the Gender Gap
Appendix A: Variable Names, Item Wordings, and Codes for All Data Sets
Appendix B: SPSS Commands Used in This Book
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary of Key Concepts

The SPSS software was too expensive to install in our college, otherwise the book is excellent

SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS, Livingstone College
August 11, 2010

My students (SOC 201) are in a learning community and linked to MTH 104 (Survey of Statistics). This text will demonstrate the link between math and sociology most effectively. I plan to present the conceptual material myself and will use Exploring Social Issues to allow students to use the concepts while actively engaged in the work of sociology.

George Siefert
Sociology Dept, Daemen College
October 28, 2009

Joseph F. Healey

Joseph F. Healey is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He received his PhD in sociology and anthropology from the University of Virginia. An innovative and experienced teacher of numerous race and ethnicity courses, he has written articles on minority groups, the sociology of sport, social movements, and violence, and he is also the author of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research (10th ed., 2014). More About Author

John Boli

John Boli, Emory University, is the author or co-author of six books and many articles and chapters on education, globalization, and political sociology, including The Globalization Reader (Blackwell,1999), Constructing World Culture (Stanford University Press,1999), Cream of the Crop (Basic Books, 1994) and Institutional Structure: Constituting State, Society, and the Individual (Sage, 1987). More About Author

Earl Robert Babbie

Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, but his family chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, and he grew up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After 3 years with the US Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California—Berkeley. He received his PhD from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full-time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman... More About Author

Frederick S. Halley

Fred Halley, Associate Professor Emeritus, SUNY-Brockport, received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from Ashland College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri, respectively. Since 1970, he has worked to bring both instructional and research computer applications into the undergraduate sociology curriculum. Halley has been recognized for his leadership in the instructional computing sections of the Eastern and Midwest Sociological Societies and the American Sociological Association. At Brockport, he served as a collegewide social science computing... More About Author

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