Sociology: A Brief Introduction

Sociology: A Brief Introduction

10th Edition

By Richard T. Schaefer

  • Copyright: 2013

  • Publication Date: Sep 13 2012

  • ISBN 10: 0078026725

  • ISBN 13: 9780078026720



Make Sociology new with McGraw-Hill’s Connect Sociology and the 10th edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction. New to Connect is Investigate Sociology, a b

Make Sociology new with McGraw-Hill’s Connect Sociology and the 10th edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction. New to Connect is Investigate Sociology, a brand-new tool that develops students’ sociological imaginations by placing them in provocative scenarios where they must analyze various sources and determine a solution. Connect also comes with LearnSmart, an adaptive questioning tool proven to increase content comprehension and student results, as well as fun interactivities like In their Shoes and Applying the Perspectives that teach sociology’s three theoretical frameworks. Finally, make sure students come prepared to class by assigning our many e-book activities. With McGraw-Hill’s digital tools, focus on what you do best—teaching.

Unique to this program, Sociology: A Brief Introduction encourages students to take sociology with them in their everyday lives, just as Rick keeps a small notebook of daily sociological events. In Sociology brief, instructors get the most trusted content in manageable form. This, coupled with powerful digital learning tools, makes Sociology brief an ideal choice for your introductory course.

  • Language: English

  • Imprint: McGraw-Hill College

  • Dimension: 9 x 10.9

  • Page Count: 512

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  • As part of the Connect Suite, SmartBook™ is the first and only adaptive reading and learning experience, that changes the way students read. It creates a personalized, interactive reading environment like no other by highlighting important concepts, while helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses. This ensures that he or she is focused on the content needed to close specific knowledge gaps, while it simultaneously promotes long-term learning.
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  • Correlation Guide:

    This convenient guide matches the articles in Annual Editions: Sociology. 42/e with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Sociology textbooks by Witt, Schaefer, and Croteau/Hoynes.

  • Investigate Sociology: Available directly within Connect, Investigate Sociology places students in realistic situations around provocative topics in order to work through developing the sociological imagination in applying Sociology.
  • CNN Videos. Connect Sociology now includes a suite of videos from CNN on various sociological topics, which are directly tied to chapter learning objectives and include supporting pedagogy.
  • New Taking Sociology to Work Boxes: These boxes appearing through-out the text spotlight the noteworthy careers of various Sociology majors, demonstrating the multitude ways in which students are able to “take sociology with them” in college and beyond.
  • Correlation Guide:

    This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Sociology 13/14 with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Sociology textbooks by Croteau/Hoynes, Witt, and Schaefer.

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  • The Connect Suite effectively engages students in the course so they are better prepared for class, more active in discussion, and achieve better results. Its innovative and adaptive technology addresses a wide variety of student and instructor needs with a rich database of assignable and assessable activities, each attached to a learning objective. Connect Sociology, part of the connect suite, is a web-based assignment and assessment platform that features a number of powerful tools that make managing assignments easier for instructors and learning and studying more engaging and efficient for students.
  • Thinking Critically questions: These questions, appearing after each main section in the chapter, prompt students to both review and reflect on the content. By interspersing these questions throughout the chapter, students are encouraged to review material in small chunks, a method that has proven to raise retention rates and understanding.
  • Taking Sociology With You prompts: Taking Sociology with You prompts appear at the end of each chapter. These suggestions for things to think about, people to talk to, and resources to consult encourage students to apply the material that they have just read to their daily lives.
  • Trendspotting sections: Trendspotting sections alert students to trends on their campuses and in their communities, viewed through a sociological lens. Topics include “cougars” (older women dating younger men), the growing number of people in the United States who consider themselves non-religious, and the increasing prison population.






Brief Contents

1 Understanding Sociology

2 Sociological Research

3 Culture

4 Socialization and the Life Course

5 Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure

6 Th

Table of Contents


Brief Contents

1 Understanding Sociology

2 Sociological Research

3 Culture

4 Socialization and the Life Course

5 Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure

6 The Mass Media

7 Deviance and Social Control

8 Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States

9 Global Inequality

10 Racial and Ethnic Inequality

11 Stratification by Gender

12 The Family and Intimate Relationships

13 Religion and Education

14 Government and the Economy

15 Health and the Environment

16 Social Change in the Global Community



About the Authors

Richard T. Schaefer

Growing up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition, Richard T. Schaefer found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people’s jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in Sociology. Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised. This fascination led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer’s continuing interest in race relations led him to write his masters’ thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain. Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught introductory sociology for 30 years to students in colleges, adult education programs, nursing programs, and even a maximum-security prison. Dr. Schaefer’s love of teaching is apparent in his interaction with his students. I find myself constantly learning from the students who are in my classes and from reading what they write. Their insights into the material we read or current events that we discuss often become part of future course material and sometimes even find their way into my writing. Dr. Schaefer is author of the third edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (McGraw-Hill, 2000). Dr. Schaefer is also the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups now in its eighth edition, and Race and Ethnicity in the United States, second edition. His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society in 1994-1995. Dr. Schaefer’s advice to students is to look at the material and make connections to your own life and experiences. Sociology will make you a more attentive observer of how people in groups interact and function. It will also make you more aware of peoples’ different needs and interests — and perhaps more ready to work for the common good, while still recognizing the individuality of each person.