Highly respected for its quality scholarship and its focused, straightforward approach to sociology, the sixth edition of this book returns to the core concept with tighter, briefer and more accessible presentation. As in the previous editions, the functionalist, conflict and interactionist perspectives are applied throughout the book, allowing students to develop a solid understanding of the major sociological perspectives and their applications to the topics covered. The text seeks to make sociology come alive as a vital and exciting field, to relate principles to real-world circumstances, and to attune students to the dynamic processes of our rapidly changing contemporary society. The authors have kept this book completely up to date, including data from the 2000 Census whenever possible and new student examples capitalizing on students' desire to read about issues of interest to them.
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"Sociology Around the World" boxes focus on sociological research that extends beyond the United States, on research done with subjects from outside the United States, on cross-cultural sociological research, and on illustrations of sociological concepts in a variety of cultural settings. These boxes explore issues such as crime in the U.S. compared to that elsewhere in the world (ch. 5) and family values around the world (ch. 10). These nine essays add a global perspective to the chapter topics.
"Issues in Focus" boxes explore, from a sociological perspective, controversial research findings, current events, and themes of interest to students. Examples of topics include: puberty (ch. 3), a sociological perspective on saliva (ch. 5) and 18th century midwives (ch. 6). Eight in total, these essays will engage students in the chapter topics.
Major updates include material on race and ethnicity, gender inequality, welfare reform and poverty, crime, wealth and income, and more.
Presents the "Core" concepts of Sociology in a brief, accessible, and inexpensive format, and continues to be one of the best textbook values available to students taking introductory sociology.
Careful Use of Pedagogy: The authors continue to provide pedagogical aids that offer the most guidance with the least clutter including: Chapter Outlines, Key Terms, Glossary, Figures and Tables, "New Yorker" Cartoons, and Chapter Summaries that are now tied directly to the major headings within the chapter allowing students to easily return to the appropriate section of the chapter for more information.
Increased coverage of global issues with a new box on income inequality within societies around the world and cross-cultural comparisons integrated into all chapters.
The Gender chapter includes new data from the 2000 report on the Sexual Victimization of College Women from the National Institute of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics. This chapter also includes a focus on gender stratification as a structural feature of society and a consideration of feminism in the sociological perspectives section.
New material on religion in chapter 11 includes the most recent research findings on church attendance and religion.
Additional "Students Doing Sociology" boxes focus on topics of concern to students and allow students to see themselves as researchers. For example, The Un-TV Experiment in chapter 13.
Internet Connection exercises now appear at the end of every chapter giving students the opportunity to explore sociological data and information on the Internet.
The family chapter includes an update of the debate on marriage and the value of the traditional family.
The Social Change chapter has an emphasis on the technological and communications revolution and social change. The effect of the Internet on organizations includes a discussion of virtual offices and virtual companies.
POWERWEB is a new optional feature with this edition. We have lowered the price of the book from the last edition partially to make it easier for instructors to add supplementary material if they wish and keep their options flexible.
Michael Hughes is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 1979. He has been teaching introductory sociology for 26 years, having held teaching positions at Florence State University (now University of North Alabama) and the University of Tennessee at Nashville (now the downtown campus of Tennessee State University). He also regularly teaches courses in minority group relations, deviant behavior, the sociology of mental illness, and data analysis. He has held research positions as research associate at Vanderbilt University (1980-1982) and research fellow at University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (1992-1994). Currently on the editorial board of American Sociological Review, he also has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Forces. With Walter R. Gove he is author of the book Overcrowding in the Household, published by Academic Press in 1983. His research interests in mental health and mental illness, race and ethnicity, and crowding and living alone have resulted in over 50 articles published in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Archives of General Psychiatry, Psychology Today and other journals.
Carolyn J. Kroehler is a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home mother of two. She earned her Ph.D. degree in botany at Virginia Tech and has published in the Canadian Journal of Botany, Plant and Soil, and Oecologia. At the Virginia Water Resources Research Center she wrote public education publications about water quality and other environmental issues, including a book on drinking water standards. She has contributed to criminology and criminal justice textbooks, edited and helped with the writing of a student study guide (Straight A's: If I Can Do It, So Can You), and works with National Geographic's elementary school computer curriculum program What's In Our Water?.
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