Power and Society: An Introduction to the Social Sciences,
14th Edition

Brigid C. Harrison

ISBN-13: 9781305576728 | ISBN-10: 1305576721

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 480 pages

List Price USD $199.95


Employing the central integrative theme of power, POWER AND SOCIETY, 14th Edition, introduces you to each of the social sciences and demonstrates how they differ in their focus and methods. It also presents an interdisciplinary viewpoint to illustrate the nature and uses of power in society. This compelling book will stimulate your interest in the social sciences as it explores some of the central challenges facing American society, such as ideological conflict, racism and sexism, poverty and powerlessness, crime and violence, community problems, and international relations.

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Brigid Callahan Harrison is professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, where she has taught since 1994. In addition to Power and Society, she is the author of AMERICAN DEMOCRACY NOW (Fourth Edition, McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2015), A MORE PERFECT UNION (McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2011), WOMEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS (Wadsworth, 2003), and various journal articles. A frequent commentator in print and electronic media on U.S. politics, Harrison often provides political analysis to FOX News, local affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS, and NPR radio programs. She writes a weekly column on New Jersey politics for The Bergen Record, and her editorials have appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, THE STAR-LEDGER, and THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY. Harrison's research interests include Congress and the Presidency, and American public opinion. She is an expert on the politics of the Millennial Generation. She received her M.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and her Ph.D. from Temple University, where she was a national MENSA graduate fellow. She has served as president of the National Women's Caucus for Political Science, section chair of the Northeast Political Science Association, president-elect of the New Jersey Political Science Association, and president of the Midwest Women's Caucus for Political Science. Inducted into the Atlantic County Women's Hall of fame in 2009, she also was the recipient of the "Distinguished Alumna of the Year" from the Richard Stockton College Council of Black Faculty and Staff.

  • Critical-thinking questions are presented with nearly every feature box to stimulate discussion among students.
  • There is expanded coverage of the struggle for power and rights by people with disabilities and evolving agenda of those advocating for the rights of gays, lesbians, including the commonalities between movements for equality by African-Americans, other racial and ethnic minorities, women, the disabled, and those advocating for LGBT rights.
  • "Connecting through Social Media" feature activities help students draw links between the issues discussed in this text and everyday life.
  • Coverage has been updated to reflect current events and contemporary concerns. New content includes analysis of the attempts to recover from the global economic recession (Chapters 8, 13); how divided government is affecting the exercise of power in Washington, D.C. (Chapter 7); how some of the world's economies, including China, are prospering while others continue to struggle to develop (Chapter 8); and new developments in international affairs, including new threats of terrorism from Islamic State militants, U.S. response to these threats, as well as increasing tensions between the United States and Russia (Chapter 14).
  • A student self-assessment quiz at the end of each chapter helps students gauge their understanding of concepts.
  • "Connecting through Social Media" feature activities include analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, studying interactive Electoral College maps, and learning more about organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Smithsonian.
  • "Focus" features explore topics such as childhood poverty in the United States (Chapter 11) and how interest rates affect the average consumer (Chapter 8).
  • "International Perspective" features provide students with a view on an issue from outside the United States. Topics include communism in Cuba (Chapter 3), genocide in Rwanda (Chapter 6), and elections in South Africa (Chapter 7).
  • Case Studies facilitate the understanding of important concepts in each chapter. Topics include an examination of gender identity among the Bugis people of Indonesia (Chapter 10); a look at the Benghazi attacks and the subsequent investigations (Chapter 7); and income inequality.

Table of Contents

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1. Power, Society, and Social Science.
2. Social Sciences and the Scientific Method.
3. Power and Ideology.
4. Power and Culture: An Anthropologist's View.
5. Power and Sociology: The Importance of Social Class.
6. Power and History.
7. Power and Politics.
8. Power and the Economy.
9. Power and Psychology.
10. Power, Race, and Gender.
11. Poverty and Powerlessness.
12. Power, Violence, and Crime.
13. Power and the Global Community.
14. Power among Nations.

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