You are here

What is Society?

What is Society?
Reflections on Freedom, Order, and Change

Other Titles in:

June 1993 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The most difficult issue for teachers of introductory sociology is how to communicate to students the power of social structure and its relationship to individual human behaviour and experience. In this provocative new work, Babbie addresses the task, helping to teach and to provoke the sociological imagination whilst also exploring what is produced and institutionalized through social interaction and organization.
Introducing an Unusual Entity
Social Structure is Real
Freedom and Society
Structured for Survival
What Exactly Survives?
Society Run Amok
Sociological Diagnostics
Taking Charge

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

For instructors

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9780803990159

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.