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Paperback: $64.95
ISBN: 9781412968188
November 2008, 632 pages
Pine Forge



Find out what’s new in the Second Edition of
Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology
!
 

Here’s what’s new to the Second Edition of Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology:

Provides a new chapter called “Political Systems: Penetrating Power” – coming soon online this fall for your teaching needs at www.pineforge.com. Try it this fall in your intro class for free! This chapter offers extensive analysis of the interconnections of micro, meso, and macro levels of the political system while also connecting to the economic systems of privilege and power.

Key Features

  • Presents new examples and new data while offering somewhat shorter chapters throughout.
  • Provides additional integration of the Social World Model into the framework of the text, clarifying the difference between meso and other levels of society as discussed in the book.
  • Offers additional research content to promote student learning through real research.
  • Presents updated and new boxes written by noted sociologists. Boxes include”Sociology in Your Social World, “How Do We Know?,” “The Applied Sociologist at Work,” and “Sociology Around the World.” 
  • Features new and improved pedagogical features including “So What?” chapter summaries, “Key Points: What Have We Learned?” at the end of the chapters, updated “Contributing to your Social World” suggestions, and an enhanced photo program.
Praise for the First Edition
"It is exciting to see a new offering such as Our Social World…  It is an exceptionally well-organized and well-written text… This text strikes us as particularly effective at engaging students. It becomes quite evident that these two award-winning co-authors understand where students are coming from and which questions are most likely to engage them and push them to think analytically."
— TEACHING SOCIOLOGY, Vol. 36, 2008 (April:161-184), reviewed by Catherine Fobes and Laura von Wallmenich

High- quality ancillaries!
  • Instructors' Resources on CD-Rom will be available for qualified instructors by contacting Customer Care at 1.800.818.7243 (6am – 5pm PST).
  • A Student Study Site at www.pineforge.com/ballantine2study, with Learning from SAGE Journal articles, NPR’s “This American Life” audio files, chapter quizzes and e-flashcards, YouTube and PBS “Frontline” video links, and much more, helps ensure student success in the course.
Side-by-Side Table of Content Comparison

First Edition

Second Edition

PART I: UNDERSTANDING OUR SOCIAL WORLD: THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF SOCIETY 

PART I: UNDERSTANDING OUR SOCIAL WORLD: THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF SOCIETY 

1. Sociology: A Unique Way to View the World 

1. Sociology: A Unique Way to View the World 

2. Examining the Social World: How Do We Know? 

2. Examining the Social World: How Do We Know? 

PART II: SOCIAL STRUCTURE, PROCESSES, AND CONTROL 

PART II: SOCIAL STRUCTURE, PROCESSES, AND CONTROL 

3. Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of the Social World 

3. Society and Culture: Hardware and Software of Our Social World 

4. Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane 

4. Socialization: Becoming Human and Humane 

5. Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections that Work 

5. Interaction, Groups, and Organizations: Connections That Work 

6. Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Perverts, Freaks, and People Like Us 

6. Deviance and Social Control: Sickos, Perverts, Freaks, and Folks Like Us 

PART III: INEQUALITY BETWEEN RICH/POOR, DOMINANT/MINORITY, MALE/FEMALE:
ARE SOME MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS? 

PART III: INEQUALITY 

7. Stratification: Rich and Famous or Rags and Famine? 

7. Stratification: Rich and Famous - or Rags and Famine? 

8. Race and Ethnic Group Stratification: Beyond "We" and "They" 

8. Race and Ethnic Group Stratification: Beyond "We" and "They" 

9. Gender Stratification: (S)he...Who Goes First? 

9. Gender Stratification: S/he . . . Who Goes First? 

PART IV: INSTITUTIONS: THE STRUCTURAL FRAMEWORK OF SOCIETY 

PART IV: INSTITUTIONS 

10. Family: Partner-Taking, People-Making, and Contract-Breaking 

10. Family: Partner-Taking, People-Making, and Contract Breaking 

11. Education: What are We Learning? 

11. Education: What Are We Learning? 

12. Religion: Meaning Matters 

12. Religion: The Meaning of Sacred Meaning 

13. Medicine: An Anatomy of Health and Illness  13. Political Systems: Penetrating Power
(This chapter, fully updated and revised, is now incorporated into the book.)
PART V: SOCIAL DYNAMICS

14. Medicine: An Anatomy of Health and Illness 

14.Population and Urbanization: Living on Spaceship Earth 

PART V: SOCIAL DYNAMICS 
15. The Process of Change: Can We Make a Difference? 15. Population and Urbanization: Living on Spaceship Earth 
  16. The Process of Change: Can We Make a Difference?

Need advice on transitioning to Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology, Second Edition? Please contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) from 6 am – 5 pm PT.