New Edition Now Available!
Presented in an informal, conversational style, Sociology: Looking through the Window of the World features fifteen brief, focused chapters based on family, government, economic, religion, and education.
Written by instructors with over fifty years of student-oriented, interactive teaching experience, the NEW edition of Sociology: Looking through the Window of the World:
- Is divided into three sections: 1) The Framework that provides the framework to develop the students’ sociological thinking skills; 2) The Curtains and the Valances discusses collective behavior, deviance, social stratification, minorities, and population and ecology; 3) The View Via the Institutions discusses the structure, functions and trends for each of the basic institutions of government, economy, religion, education and the family.
- Includes an accompanying website with online quizzes, interactive flash cards, “What About Me” learning laboratory, and more.
- Features “Quick Glances” and “Thinking Sociology” vignettes that provide immediate reinforcement for text material and critical thinking questions pertaining to text material.
- Incorporates cross-cultural information as part of explanations and examples rather than making the information “different” or “not important” through boxes and readings.
Section 1: The Framework
Chapter 1 Peeking at Sociology
What Is Sociology?
What Is the Sociological Perspective?
What Triggered the Birth of Sociology?
Who Were the Founding Fathers of Sociology?
How Did Sociology Mature in the United States?
What Are the Three Basic Sociological Theories?
Chapter 2 Looking at Sociological Research
What Is Science?
What Is the Scientific Method?
What Is Involved in Identifying the Problem?
What Is Involved in Surveying the Literature?
How Do We Formulate Hypotheses?
What Are the Research Designs?
What Are the Time Frames Used for Sociological Research?
How Do We Collect Data?
How Do We Analyze Data?
Why Make Conclusions, Formulate Theories and Write Reports?
What Are the Difficulties in Conducting Sociological Research?
What Are the Ethics in Conducting Sociological Research?
Chapter 3 Gazing at Culture
What Is Society?
Why Is Society Important?
What Are the Characteristics of a Society?
What Is Culture?
What Are the Characteristics of a Culture?
What Are the Components of Culture?
What Is the Difference between Ideal and Real Culture?
What Are Subcultures and Countercultures?
How Does a Culture Change?
Chapter 4 Seeking the Self
What Is Socialization?
What Are the Functions of Socialization?
What Are the Socialization Processes?
What Is the Nature versus Nurture Debate?
What Impact Does Biological Inheritance Have on Socialization?
What Are the Social Factors in the Socialization Process?
What Is Self-Concept?
What Is the Sociological Perspective of the Self or Me?
What Is Anticipatory Socialization?
What Is Adult Socialization?
What Are the Differences between Adult and Childhood Socialization?
What Is Resocialization?
What Are the Agencies of Socialization?
Chapter 5 Focusing on the Group
What Is a Group?
What Do We Call Different Sized Groups?
What Are the Differences between Primary Group and Secondary Group?
What Are the Differences between In-Group and Out-Group?
What Are the Differences between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft?
What Is a Formal Organization?
What Is a Reference Group?
What Is a Social Process?
What Is a Status?
What Is a Role?
What Are Role Strain and Role Conflict?
Section 2: The Curtains and the Valances
Chapter 6 Checking Out Collective Behavior
What Is Collective Behavior?
What Are the Forms of Collective Behavior?
What Is a Social Movement?
How Do Social Movements Start and What Are the Stages of a Social Movement?
What Are the Types of Social Movements?
How Do Sociologists Explain Collective Behavior?
What Does the Future Hold?
Chapter 7 Analyzing Deviance
What Is Deviance?
What Is Considered Deviant?
What Is Criminal Behavior?
How Does the Structural Functional Theory Explain Deviance?
How Does the Conflict Theory Explain Deviance?
How Does the Symbolic Interactionist Theory Explain Deviance?
What Is Social Control?
What Is a Social Problem?
Chapter 8 Deliberating Social Stratification
What Is Stratification?
What Are the Two Basic Types of Social Stratification Systems?
What Is the Basis of Social Inequality?
Why Is the Sociologist Interested in Social Stratification?
How Does the Conflict Theory Explain Social Stratification?
How Does the Structural Functional Theory Explain Social Stratification?
How Is Social Class Measured in the United States?
How Many Social Classes Exist in the United States?
What Is Social Mobility?
What Are the Factors That Affect Mobility Rates?
How Can the Individual Experience Upward Social Mobility?
Chapter 9 Examining Minorities
What Is a Minority Group?
What Are the Types of Minority Groups?
What Is the Difference between Prejudice and Discrimination?
What Are Racism, Sexism and Ageism?
How Do Minority Groups Emerge?
How Does the Majority Treat the Minority?
How Does the Minority React to the Majority?
How Do the Theoretical Perspectives Address Minority Groups?
Chapter 10 Peering at Population and Ecology
What Is Demography?
What Did Thomas Malthus Say about Population Growth?
What Do the Neo-Malthusians Believe?
What Are Pronatalist and Antinatalist Policies?
What Is the Theory of Demographic Transition?
What Are the Consequences of Rapid Population Growth and Overpopulation?
What Are the Solutions to the Population Problem?
What Factors Do Demographers Study?
What Is a City and an Urban Environment?
What Are the Theories of Urban Growth?
What Is the Urban Way of Life?
What Are the Suburbs?
What Are the Major Urban Ecological Processes?
Section 3: The View Via the Institutions
Chapter 11 Grilling the Government
What Is Government?
What Is Power?
What Are Types of Authority?
What Are the Forms of Government?
What Are the Functions of Government?
What Are the Trends in the Government of the United States?
What Are the Models of Power Structure in the United States
What Influences Voter Participation in the United States?
How Do the Theories Differ in Assessing the Government?
Chapter 12 Examining the Economy
What Is the Economy?
What Are the Different Types of Production?
What Are the Economic Systems in Preindustrial Societies?
What Are the Economic Systems in Industrial Societies?
What Is the Economic System in Postindustrial Societies?
What Are the Manifest Functions of the Economic Institution?
What Are Some of the Latent Functions of the Economic Institution?
What Are the Trends in the Economic Institution in the United States?
How Do the Different Theoretical Perspectives Explain the Economic Institution?
Chapter 13 Perusing Religion
What Is Religion?
What Are the Manifest Functions of Religion?
What Are the Elements of Religious Behavior?
How Are Religions Formally Organized?
What Is a Secular Religion or Civil Religion?
What Are the Trends of Religion in the United States?
How Do the Three Major Theories View Religion?
Chapter 14 Investigating Education
What Is Education?
What Are the Structures within the Educational System?
What Are the Manifest Functions of Education?
What Are the Latent Functions of Education?
Are Academic Standards Declining?
What Changes Can Be Made in the Educational System?
What Are the Trends in Education in the United States?
How Do the Three Major Theories View the Educational System?
Chapter 15 Beholding the Family
What Is the Family?
What Are the Types of Families?
What Is Marriage?
What Determines Whom We Marry?
What Authority Structures Exist within Families?
How Is Family Residence Determined?
How Are Kinship Patterns Determined?
What Are the Functions of the Family?
What Are the Trends of the Family in the United States?
How Do the Theories Look at the Family?
“Sociology as an Individual Pastime” from Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Approach
Peter L. Berger
“Not So SILI: Sociology Information Literacy Infusion as the Focus of Faculty and Librarian
Lynda Dodgen, Sarah Naper, Olia Palmer and Adrian Rapp
Excerpt (“Mother Cow”) from Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches
“Coping with Losses”
Lynda Dodgen and Adrian Rapp
Excerpt from Social Theory and Social Structure
Robert K. Merton
A Typology of Collectors and Collecting Behavior
Adrian Rapp and Lynda Dodgen
“Work-and-Spend Is a Middle-Class Affliction” from The Overworked American
Juliet B. Schor
“Rule by Rape”
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl W. Dunn
The Nations of the Western Community
Ben Wattenberg and Karl Zinsmeister
I Lost My Daughters to a Cult
Kaylan Pickford as told to Claire Safran
Excerpt from What Your 1st Grader Needs to Know
E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
A Living History: The Old Order Amish
Adrian Rapp and Lynda Dodgen