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Our Social World: Condensed
An Introduction to Sociology

Sixth Edition
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June 2019 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Our Social World: Condensed inspires students to develop their sociological imaginations, to see the world and personal events from a new perspective, and to confront sociological issues on a day-to-day basis. The award-winning author team organizes the text around the "Social World" model, a conceptual framework that demonstrates the relationships among individuals (the micro level); organizations, institutions, and subcultures (the meso level); and societies and global structures (the macro level). The use of the Social World Model across chapters (represented in a visual diagram in the chapter openers) helps students develop the practice of using three levels of analysis, and to view sociology as an integrated whole, rather than a set of discrete subjects.

The Condensed version is adapted from Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology. The Sixth Edition of the Condensed version is made approximately 30% shorter than the full edition by removing selected boxes, editing the main narrative, and combining four chapters into two (Family/Education, and Politics/Economics).

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Preface: To Our Students
 
Instructors: How to Make This Book Work for You
 
A Personal Note to the Instructor
 
Acknowledgments
 
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

 
Engaging Sociology: Micro-Meso-Macro

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 2: Examining the Social World: How Do We Know What We Know?
Development of Sociology

 
Sociology’s Major Theoretical Perspectives

 
Ideas Underlying Science

 
How Sociologists Study the Social World

 
Engaging Sociology: Being Clear About Causality

 
Engaging Sociology: How to Read a Research Table

 
Sociologists in Action: Kristin Kenneavy: Using Sociology to Improve Campus Life and Gain Marketable Skills

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
PART II: SOCIAL STRUCTURE, PROCESSES, AND CONTROL
 
Chapter 3: Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World
Society: The Hardware

 
Engaging Sociology: Demographics of Internet Users

 
Culture: The Software

 
Engaging Sociology: Pop Culture Technology Timeline

 
The Components of Culture: Things and Thoughts

 
Society, Culture, and Our Social World

 
Engaging Sociology: Deaf Subculture in the United States by Thomas P. Horejes

 
Theories of Culture

 
Fit Between Hardware and Software

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 4: Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane
Nature Versus Nurture—Or Both Working Together?

 
Importance of Socialization

 
Socialization and the Social World

 
Development of the Self: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Engaging Sociology: Black Men and Public Space by Brent Staples

 
Socialization Throughout the Life Cycle

 
Agents of Socialization: The Micro–Meso Connection

 
Socialization and Macro-Level Issues

 
Engaging Sociology: Uses and Consequences of Social Networking

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 5: Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work
Networks and Connections in Our Social World

 
Engaging Sociology: Networking via Facebook

 
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

 
Engaging Sociology: The McDonaldization of Society

 
Sociologists in Action: Elise Roberts: Using Sociology in International Travel and Intercultural Education

 
National and Global Networks: The Macro Level

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 6: Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Weirdos, Freaks, and Folks Like Us
Engaging Sociology: Who Is Deviant?

 
What Is Deviance?

 
What Causes Deviant Behavior? Theoretical Perspectives

 
Engaging Sociology: Marijuana Use Versus Marijuana Arrests

 
Crime and Individuals: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Sociologists in Action: Jack Levin: Three Times the Violence

 
Crime and Organizations: Meso-Level Analysis

 
National and Global Crime: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Controlling Crime: Social Policy Considerations

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
PART III: INEQUALITY
 
Chapter 7: Stratification: Rich and Famous—Or Rags and Famine?
Sociologists in Action: Kevin Bales: Stopping Slavery Today

 
The Importance of Social Stratification

 
Theoretical Explanations of Stratification

 
Individuals’ Social Status: The Micro Level

 
Engaging Sociology: Life Expectancy, Infant Mortality, and Per Capita Income

 
Social Mobility: The Micro–Meso Connection

 
Engaging Sociology: First-Generation College Students: Issues of Cultural and Social Capital

 
Major Stratification Systems: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Poverty and Social Policy

 
National and Global Digital Divide: Macro-Level Stratification

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
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

 
Engaging Sociology: Relating and Using Key Concepts

 
Dominant and Minority Group Contact: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Policies Governing Minority and Dominant Group Relations

 
Sociologists in Action: Anna Misleh: Challenging Bigotry Toward the Roma

 
Engaging Sociology: Preference Policies at the University of Michigan

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
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

 
Engaging Sociology: Masculinity and Femininity in Our Social World

 
Gender Stratification: Micro- to Macro-Level Theories

 
Costs and Consequences of Gender Stratification

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
PART IV: INSTITUTIONS
Importance of Institutions

 
Development of Modern Institutions

 
Connections Among Institutions

 
 
Chapter 10: Family and Education: Institutionalizing Socialization
Family: How Do We Make People?

 
What Is a Family?

 
Family Dynamics: Micro-Level Processes

 
Engaging Sociology: Household Tasks by Gender

 
Family as an Institution: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Family Issues: Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage

 
Education: What Are We Learning?

 
The Ins and Outs of Local Schools: Micro-Level Interactions

 
Structure and Function of Education: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Education Issues: The Road to Opportunity?

 
Engaging Sociology: Test Score Variations by Gender and Race or Ethnicity, 2016

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 11: Health Care: An Anatomy of Health and Illness
Why Is Health a Social Issue?

 
Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Illness

 
Engaging Sociology: Alcoholism, Medicalization, and Policy

 
Engaging Sociology: Health Care During a Financial Crisis

 
Status and Roles of the Sick Person: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Modern Health Care Systems: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Health Care Issues at the National and Global Level: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Engaging Sociology: Access to Health Care for Rich and Poor

 
Sociologists in Action: Richard M. Carpiano: Connecting Personal Health to Community Life

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
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

 
Engaging Sociology: The Flag, Symbolism, and Patriotism

 
Individuals, Power, and Participation: Micro-Level Analysis

 
Power and Resource Distribution: Meso-Level Analysis

 
Sociologists in Action: Lindsay Owens: Using Sociological Training in Government Policy Work

 
National and Global Systems: Macro-Level Analysis

 
Engaging Sociology: Political Decisions: Social Processes at the Micro, Meso, and Macro Levels

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
PART V: SOCIAL DYNAMICS
 
Chapter 13: Environmental Sociology: Population, Urbanization, and Climate Change
Macro-Level Patterns in World Population Growth

 
Engaging Sociology: If the World Were 100 People

 
Meso-Level Institutional Influences on Population Change

 
Micro-Level Population Patterns

 
Urbanization: Movement From Rural to Urban Areas

 
Engaging Sociology: Population Pyramids and Predicting Community Needs and Services

 
Engaging Sociology: World Urbanization Trends

 
The Urban Environment and Social Policy: Macro-Level Perspectives

 
Sociologists in Action: Michael Haedicke: Addressing the Grand Challenge of Climate Change in Louisiana

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Chapter 14: Process of Change: We Can Make a Difference!
Complexity of Change in Our Social World

 
Social Change: Process and Theories

 
Engaging Sociology: Technology and Change: The Automobile

 
Collective Behavior: Micro- to Meso-Level Change

 
Engaging Sociology: Exam Stories: Testing the Truth

 
Planned Change in Organizations: Meso-Level Change

 
Social Movements: Macro-Level Change

 
Sociologists in Action: Ellis Jones: Empowering Everyday People: Democratizing Access to Social Change

 
Engaging Sociology: Making a Difference

 
What Have We Learned?

 
Discussion Questions

 
Key Terms

 
Contributing to Our Social World: What Can We Do?

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

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