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The Practical Skeptic : Core Concepts in Sociology - Lisa J. McIntyre

The Practical Skeptic

Core Concepts in Sociology

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Using a conceptual organizing framework, "The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts In Sociology, 2nd Edition", is a concise introduction to sociology that focuses on core concepts as the central building blocks for understanding sociology. Written in a lively, conversational style, McIntyre uses numerous pedagogical features to help students grasp key sociological concepts.

Preface
Introduction
So, What is Sociology?
The Value of Sociology to Students Tips for Studying Sociology-And An Invitation
Responding to Chaos: A Brief History of Sociology Inquiries into the Physical World Technology, Urbanization, and Social Upheaval
The Origins of Modern Sociology in France:Émile Durkheim Excerpt: ÉMile Durkheim, from Suicide (1897) and The Rules of the Sociological Method (1904)
The Origins of Modern Sociology in Germany: Ferdinand Tönnies and Max Weber Excerpt: Ferdinand TÖnnies, from Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft (1887) Karl Marx
The Origins of Modern Sociology in England: Herbert Spencer Sociology in the United States The Place of Sociology in Modern Society
The Sociological Eye
The Focus on the Social Skepticism
Science and Fuzzy Objects: Specialization in Sociology Dividing Up the Task Topic Area or Subject Matter
Theoretical Perspectives (Paradigms): Functionalism, Conflict, and Symbolic
Interactionism Which Paradigm Is Correct?
Levels of Analysis: Microsociology and Macrosociology
Who's Afraid of Sociology?
The Empirical World and Inconvenient Facts Ethnocentrism
Avoiding Ethnocentrism Can Be Difficult Cultural Relativism
The Vocabulary of Science Variables
Hypotheses Kinds of Variables: Independent Versus Dependent
Kinds of Relationships: Directionality Operational Definitions
Tables and Figures
Doing Social Research Two Traditions: Quantitative and Qualitative Research
First Things First: The Lit Review
The Survey The Experiment Observation Unobtrusive (Nonreactive) Research
The Importance of Triangulation Sampling
Culture Material and Nonmaterial Culture
How It Adds Up Culture as a Product of Action Culture as a Conditioning
Element of Further Action Social Institutions
Social Change: Cultural Diffusion and Leveling
Subcultures and Countercultures Excerpt: Margaret Visser, from Much Depends upon Dinner (1986)
Social Structure Statuses Roles Master Status Groups
Society and Social Institutions Societal Needs
The Nature of Social Institutions Social Change
The Trend Toward Increasing Specialization
Socialization Nature and Nurture: Biological and Social Processes
How Socialization Works
Excerpt: George Herbert Mead, From Play and Games in the Genesis of Self (1934)
Resocialization and Total Institutions
Deviance and Social Control
The Relativity of Deviance (What We Already Know)
Nonsociological Theories of Deviance Sociological Theories of Deviance: Émile
Durkheim and Suicide More Structural Strain
Robert Merton and Anomie Learning to Be Deviant
Howard Becker’s Study of Marijuana Use The Societal Reaction Perspective
Labeling Theory The Functions of Deviance
Maintenance of the Status Quo and Social Change
Stratification and Inequality
Caste Systems
Estate Systems
Class Systems
Theoretical Conceptions of Class
Some Words About Slavery Social Mobility and Open Versus
Closed Systems
Inequality and Achievement: Social Class Explaining Social Stratification
The Pygmalion Effect: The Power of Expectations
The Fallacy of Hard Work Social Mobility, Social Structure, and Social Change
Inequality and Ascription: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Why a Dollar
Is Not Always a Dollar
Prejudice Discrimination Discrimination and “Isms”
The Social Construction of Minority Groups Gender
References
Glossary
Index
Credits Each chapter ends with End of Chapter
Review and Stop and Review: Answers and
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ISBN: 9780767420822
ISBN-10: 0767420829
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English , Multiple languages
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th June 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 16.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised