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Our Social World: Condensed

Our Social World: Condensed

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June 2015 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In the new Fourth Edition of Our Social World: Condensed Version, three award winning authors and teachers of sociology set out to inspire students to see how larger structures and global trends affect their personal lives, to develop their sociological imaginations, and to view both world events and their personal experiences from a sociological perspective. In each chapter of this innovative and engaging text, authors Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts, and new co-author Kathleen Odell Korgen, reveal the relationships between various levels of the social system and provide students with hands-on opportunities to engage with the material covered and to hear from "sociologists in action."

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Part I: Understanding Our Social World: The Scientific Study of Society
Chapter 1: Sociology: A Unique Way to View the World
What is Sociology?  
Why Does Sociology Matter?  
The Social World Model  
Chapter 2: Examining the Social World: How Do We Know?
The Development of Sociology  
Sociology's Major Theoretical Perspectives  
Ideas Underlying Science  
How Sociologists Study the Social World  
Part II: Social Structure, Processes, and Control
Chapter 3: Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World
Society: The Hardware  
Culture: The Software  
Society, Culture, and Our Social World  
Theories of Culture  
The Fit Between Hardware and Software  
Chapter 4: Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane
Nature Versus Nurture - Or Both Working Together?  
The Importance of Socialization  
Socialization and the Social World  
Development of the Self: Micro-Level Analysis  
Agents of Socialization: The Micro-Meso Connection  
Socialization and Macro-Level Issues  
Policy and Public Sociology  
Chapter 5: Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work
Networks and Connections in Our Social World  
The Process of Interaction: Connections at the Micro Level  
Groups in Our Social World: The Micro-Meso Connection  
Organizations and Bureaucracies: The Meso-Macro Connection  
National and Global Networks: The Macro Level  
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Weirdos, Freaks, and Folks Like Us
What Is Deviance?  
What Causes Deviant Behavior? Theoretical Perspectives  
Crime and Individuals: Micro-Level Analysis  
Crime and Organizations: Meso-Level Analysis  
National and Global Crime: Macro-Level Analysis  
Controlling Crime: Social Policy Considerations  
Part III: Inequality
Chapter 7: Stratification: Rich and Famous - or Rags and Famine?
The Importance of Social Stratification  
Theoretical Explanations of Stratification  
Individuals' Social Status: The Micro Level  
Social Mobility: The Micro-Meso Connection  
Major Stratification Systems: Macro-Level Analysis  
Poverty and Social Policy  
National and Global Digital Divide: Macro-Level Stratification  
Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Group Stratification: Beyond "Us" and "Them"
What Characterizes Racial and Ethnic Groups?  
Prejudice: Micro-Level Analysis  
Discrimination: Meso-Level Analysis  
Dominant and Minority Group Contact: Macro-Level Analysis  
Policies Governing Minority and Dominant Group Relations  
Chapter 9: Gender Stratification: She/He - Who Goes First?
Sex, Gender, and the Stratification System  
Gender Socialization: Micro- to Meso-Level Analyses  
Gender Stratification: Meso- and Macro-Level Processes  
Gender Stratification: Micro- to Macro-Level Theories  
Costs and Consequences of Gender Stratification  
Changing Gender Stratification and Social Policy  
Part IV: Institutions
The Importance of Institutions  
The Development of Modern Institutions  
The Interconnections Between Institutions  
Chapter 10: Family and Education: Institutionalizing Socialization
Family: How Do We Make People?  
Education: What Are We Learning?  
Chapter 11: Religion
What Does Religion Do for Us?  
Becoming Part of a Faith Community: Micro-Level Analysis  
Religion and Modern Life: Meso-Level Analysis  
Religion in Society: Macro-Level Analysis  
Religion in the Modern World  
Chapter 12: Politics and Economics: Probing Power; Dissecting Distribution
What Is Power?  
Power and Privilege in Our Social World  
Theoretical Perspectives on Power and Privilege  
Individuals, Power, and Participation: Micro-Level Analysis  
Power and Resource Distributions: Meso-Level Analysis  
National and Global Systems: Macro-Level Analysis  
Part V: Social Dynamics
Chapter 13: Population and Urbanization: Living on Planet Earth
Macro-Level Patterns in World Population Growth  
Meso-Level Institutional Influences on Population Change  
Micro-Level Population Patterns  
Urbanization: Movement From Rural to Urban Areas  
The Urban Environment and Social Policy: Macro-Level Perspectives  
Chapter 14: The Process of Change: We Can Make a Difference!
The Complexity of Change in Our Social World  
Social Change: Process and Theories  
Collective Behavior: Micro- to Meso-Level Behavior and Change  
Planned Change in Organizations: Meso-Level Change  
Social Movements: Macro-Level Change  
Technology, Environment, and Change  


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  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring your courses
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions
  • Course cartridges for easy LMS integration
  • Class assignments are specially designed to accompany each chapter for professors to use in and out of the classroom
  • Recommended readings for each chapter to help students dive into information further
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions prompt students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content
  • Teaching tips provide suggestions and resources for using the social world model for traditional and online Introduction to Sociology courses
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter Video and Multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles and readings that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter
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SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

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  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • Web exercises and meaningful web links facilitate student use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter Video and Multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles and readings that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter
  • Unique Photo essay assignments that encourage students to observe and evaluate social issues in creative ways

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Jeanne H. Ballantine

Jeanne H. Ballantine is Emerita Professor of Sociology at Wright State University, a state university of about 17,000 students in Ohio. She has also taught at several 4-year colleges, including an “alternative” college and a traditionally Black college, and at international programs in universities abroad. She has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a mission to introduce the uninitiated to the field and to help students see the usefulness and value in sociology. She has been active in the teaching movement, shaping curriculum, writing and presenting research on teaching, and offering workshops and consulting... More About Author

Keith Alan Roberts

Keith A. Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, a private liberal arts college of about 1,100 students in Indiana. He has taught introductory sociology for 35 years with a passion for active learning strategies and a focus on “deep learning” by students that transforms the way they see the world. Prior to teaching at Hanover, he taught at a 2-year regional campus of a large university. He has been active in the teaching movement, writing on teaching and serving as a consultant to sociology departments across the country in his capacity as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources... More About Author

Kathleen Odell Korgen

Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how “Sociologists in Action” make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include From Black to Biracial, Crossing the Racial Divide, Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Her teaching texts, in addition to Sociology in Action, include Our Social World,  The Engaged Sociologist,  Sociologists in Action, ,... More About Author

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