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Imagining Society
An Introduction to Sociology

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January 2020 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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PREFACE
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
PART I: UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY
 
Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination
Society and Culture

 
The Sociological Imagination

 
Reading: From The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills

 
Three Core Foci of Sociology

 
Three Core Aims of Sociology

 
Reading: Body Ritual among the Nacirema by Horace Miner

 
Émile Durkheim and Social Facts

 
Is Sociology Just Common Sense?

 
Research Methods: How Do Sociologists Study Society?

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 2: Socialization and Social Interaction
The Individual and Society

 
Reading: “Review of Albert Schaeffle, Bau und Leben des Sozialen Körpers: Erster Band” by Émile Durkheim

 
Socialization

 
Methods in Depth: The Socialization of Women in the Hate Movement

 
Aging and Socialization

 
The Performance of Social Roles

 
Reading: “The Presentation of Self” by Erving Goffman

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 3: Deviance, Law, and Crime
What Is Deviance?

 
Social Construction

 
Why Are People Deviant?

 
Reading: “On Being Sane in Insane Places” by D.L. Rosenhan

 
The Power of the Situation

 
Punishment

 
Reading: “The Body of the Condemned” by Michel Foucault

 
Methods in Depth: The Effects of Mass Incarceration After Release

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
PART II: SOCIAL INEQUALITY
 
Chapter 4: Social Stratification and Social Class
Karl Marx: The Basics

 
Class Struggles

 
Reading: “Manifesto of the Communist Party” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

 
Class Consciousness

 
Max Weber and the Multiple

 
Methods in Depth: Women Without Class by Julie Bettis

 
Bases of Power

 
Income and Wealth Inequality in the United States

 
Reading: From Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

 
Poverty

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 5: Race and Ethnicity
Race and Ethnicity

 
Reading: “Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?” by Mary C. Waters

 
The Consequences of Social Constructions

 
Methods in Depth: Racial Stereotypes and Voting

 
Where Does Prejudice Come From?

 
Immigration

 
Reading: “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism” by Benedict Anderson

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 6: Gender at the Intersections
Sex and Gender

 
Gender as a Social Construction

 
Methods in Depth: Learning Gender From Our Parents

 
Gender and Institutions

 
Reading: “Commanding the Room in Short Skirts: Cheering as the Embodiment of Ideal Girlhood” by Natalie Adams and Pamela Bettis

 
Feminism and Feminist Theory

 
Intersectionality

 
Sexuality

 
Reading: “The Invention of Heterosexuality” by Johnathan Ned Katz

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
PART III: THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS
 
Chapter 7: Language, Media, and Culture
Language

 
Reading: “Racism in the English Language” by Robert B. Moore

 
Methods in Depth: News Coverage of Refugees

 
Media and Culture

 
Corporate Concentration and the Media

 
Reading: From “The Power Elite” by C. Wright Mills

 
New Media and Social Media

 
Media Effects

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 8: The Family and Intimate Relationships
What Are Families?

 
Larger Social Changes That Impact the Family

 
Reading: “What About Love?” from Getting Married: The Public Nature of Our Private Relationships by Carrie Yodanis and Sean Lauer

 
Theorizing the Family

 
Intimate Relationships

 
Reading: “One’s a Crowd” by Erik Klinenberg

 
Methods in Depth: Surveying Hookup Culture Among Youths

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 9: Education
The Schooled Society

 
The Functions of Education

 
Reading: “A Matter of Degrees” by William Beaver

 
Education and Social Inequality

 
Reading: “The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower” by Ann Mullen

 
Methods in Depth: Testing the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

 
Education, Cultural Capital, and Social Capital

 
Education Around the World

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 10: Work and Rationalization
The Rationalized World

 
Reading: “The ‘McDonaldization’ of Society” by George Ritzer

 
Commodification

 
The Division of Labor in Society

 
Methods in Depth: Worker Productivity and the Hawthorne Effect

 
Changes in Work in the United States

 
Reading: “Feeling Management: From Private to Commercial Uses” by Arlie Russell Hochschild

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 11: Health
The Sociology of Health

 
The Social Determinants of Health

 
Reading: “The Health Gap” by Michael Marmot

 
Health Inequality

 
Reading: “Big Business in the School Cafeteria” by Ivy Ken

 
Health-Care Systems

 
Methods in Depth: Testing Solutions to Overdose Deaths

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 12: Globalization and Global Inequality
What Is Globalization?

 
Reading: “The Uses of Global Poverty: How Economic Inequality Benefits the West” by Daina Stukuls Eglitis

 
Understanding Globalization

 
Methods in Depth: Motivating Action on Climate Change

 
Global Inequality

 
Reading: “The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee” by Nicki Lisa Cole and Keith Brown

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
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PART IV: SOCIAL CHANGE
 
Chapter 13: Change Through Policy and the Law
How Does Society Reproduce Itself?

 
The Rise of the State

 
The Welfare State

 
Methods in Depth: Assessing the Effectiveness of Means-Tested Social Programs

 
Reparation Programs

 
Reading: “Forty Acres and a Mule: What if America Pays Reparations?” By Dalton Conley

 
How the State Involves the Public

 
Reading: “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital” by Robert D. Putnam

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Chapter 14: Social Movements
Social Movements

 
Reading: Excerpt from Facebook Feminism by Alison Dahl Crossley

 
Trends in Social Movement Participation

 
Methods in Depth: How Can Activism Change You?

 
The Media and Social Movements

 
Success in Social Movements

 
Reading: “The Meaning of Success from the Strategy of Social Protest” by William Gamson

 
Public Sociology and Using Our Sociological Imagination

 
Summary

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
APPENDIX 1: READINGS IN IMAGINING SOCIETY
 
APPENDIX 2: METHODS IN IMAGINING SOCIETY
 
GLOSSARY
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

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Catherine Corrigall-Brown

Catherine Corrigall-Brown is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Her research focuses on social movements and protest, particularly examining what keeps individuals involved in activism over time, framing, and identity.  She is the author of 4 books, including her first book Patterns of Protest, published with Stanford University Press.  She has also published more than 42 articles, book chapters, and review essays.  These works have appeared in journals such as Social Forces, Mobilization, the American Behavioral Scientist, the International Journal of Comparative... More About Author

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