The Practical Skeptic is a concise introduction to sociology that focuses on core concepts as the central building blocks for understanding sociology. Lisa McIntyre's straightforward, lively, even humorous style and her emphasis on critical thinking make this an engaging and user-friendly text for students of all levels. Through this conversational style students are able to grasp key sociological concepts and learn the essential lesson that there is much that goes on in the social world that escapes the sociologically untrained eye.
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New chapter on Social Institutions provides greater attention to this core concept.
Consolidated research methods content to two chapters, thereby, providing a more balanced coverage of topics.
Expanded coverage of social change in the chapters on culture, social institutions, deviance, and social class.
Lively writing style. McIntyre conveys abstract concepts by mixing a conversational tone with humor and brief notes in the margins that add detail and historical context, making this text engaging and enjoyable for undergraduates.
' Stop and Review sections throughout each chapter encourage critical thinking, and help guide students' understanding of key sociological concepts (a real advantage for writing-intensive courses.)
' New! Answers and Discussion sections at the end of each chapter provide answers to the Stop and Review questions and help spark class discussion.
' Boxed information and brief notes in the margins add detail and historical context.
' A Glossary allows students to review key terms found throughout the text.
An available companion reader. Corresponding to the organization of the text, McIntyre's The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology, 2e contains empirical examples of sociological research and contemporary writings on topics of interest to students.
Lisa J. McIntyre is associate professor in sociology at Washington State University. She received the PhD in sociology from The University of Chicago. She is the author of three books including The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Repute; Law in the Sociological Enterprise and The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology and the editor of The Practical Skeptic: Readings in Sociology. With Marvin Sussman, McIntyre edited Families and Law. An enthusiastic teacher and popular lecturer, McIntyre is a winner of Washington State University’s William F. Mullen Teaching Medal and numerous departmental teaching awards. Her central research focus is on how law and social behavior interact.
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