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SAGE Readings for Introductory Sociology

SAGE Readings for Introductory Sociology

Second Edition
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December 2017 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This brief anthology for introductory sociology is a collection of 24 classic statements and contemporary favorites that illustrate key concepts in sociology, relate to the everyday lives of students, and spark good classroom discussions. The selections are also chosen to represent four theoretical traditions in sociology (functionalism, symbolic interaction, conflict theory, feminism). It is designed for instructors who want to expose students to some original scholarship in their first sociology course, but do not require a comprehensive reader.

The Second Edition places more emphasis on a diverse range of social experiences, and several of the new selections are from sociologists whose work has attracted widespread media attention.

New to this Edition

  • There are more readings in this edition on the experiences of minorities, including LGBTQ Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.
  • The book now reflects a more diverse authorship as well, with an even split between male and female scholars and almost one-third of the readings written by nonwhite authors.
  • The introduction has been updated to incorporate the results of 2016 election and to make the case for sociology as a discipline ideally suited for navigating the social and political changes in contemporary American society, as well as individual students’ day-to-day challenges.
  • Several new readings are from sociologists who have been in the national spotlight for their contributions to major public debates: Tressie McMillian Cottom; Lisa Wade; Matthew Desmond (Pulitzer Prize winner); Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton. 
1. The Sociological Imagination

C. Wright Mills
2. Lower Ed

Tressie McMillan Cottom
3. The Restroom and Equal Opportunity

Harvey Molotch
4. Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers From the Media, Politicians, and Activists

Joel Best
5. Islands of Meaning

Eviatar Zerubavel
6. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Erving Goffman
7. American Hook Up

Lisa Wade
8. Disciplined Preferences: Explaining the (Re)Production of Latino Endogamy

Jessica Vasquez
9. The Rise of Viagra

Meika Loe
10. Situational Ethics and College Student Cheating

Emily E. LaBeff, Robert E. Clark, Valerie J. Haines, and George M. Diekhoff
11. The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander
12. Moral Panics: Culture, Politics, and Social Construction

Nachman Ben-Yehuda
13. Doing Gender

Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
14. Marked: Women in the Workplace

Deborah Tannen
15. "Out" in the Club: The Down Low, Hip-Hop, and the Architexture of Black Masculinity

Jay McCune
16. Doing, Undoing, or Redoing Gender?: Learning From the Workplace Experiences of Transpeople

Catherine Connell
17. The Code of the Streets

Elijah Anderson
18. Racial Formation Theory and Systemic Racism in Hip-Hop Fans’ Perceptions

Ginger Jacobson
19. Being Middle Eastern in the Context of the War on Terror

A. Marvasti
20. "She’s Not a Low-Class Dirty Girl!": Sex Work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kimberly Kay Hoang
21. The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All

Herbert Gans
22. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life

Annette Lareau
23. The (Mis)education of Monica and Karen

Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton
24. How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

Matthew Desmond


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A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

This condensed version enables me to do a summer session that my students can successfully manage. In 4 weeks, we complete the entire text. I value the global perspective and so do my students. Very readable for them and the instructor resources are excellent.

Professor Diana Gay Cutchin
Women Studies, Virginia Commonwealth Univ
January 30, 2018

Kimberly Jean McGann

Kimberly J. McGann (Ph.D., SUNY-Buffalo) is Associate Professor of Sociology at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., where she regularly teaches introduction to sociology, marriage and families, race and ethnicity, and mass media and popular culture. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544300436