Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials,
11th Edition

Diana Kendall

ISBN-13: 9781337109659 | ISBN-10: 1337109657

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 608 pages

List Price USD $164.95


SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, 11th Edition uses real-life stories, told by the people who have lived them, as well as timely topics such as the relationship between suicide, bullying, and social media, or the food truck movement and cultural diversity, to introduce you to the study of sociology. The author humanizes sociology, showing you how it is at work in our society and can be applied to everyday life and to the pressing social issues we face. You'll learn how you can make a difference by becoming involved in your community. You'll also examine issues of concern today, such as the war on gun control and policies to help prevent military suicides. Photos and an exciting collection of videos complement the text's main themes of diversity, the application of sociology to everyday life, global comparisons, media, and social change, particularly as it relates to social media and other forms of technology that are bringing about new ways of living and interacting.

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Diana Kendall is professor of sociology at Baylor University, where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor. She has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory (undergraduate and graduate), Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Law, and Race, Class and Gender. Previously, she enjoyed many years of teaching sociology and serving as chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Division at Austin Community College. Dr. Kendall's areas of specialization and primary research interests are sociological theory and the sociology of medicine. In addition to SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES: THE ESSENTIALS, she is the author of THE POWER OF GOOD DEEDS: PRIVILEGED WOMEN AND THE SOCIAL REPRODUCTION OF THE UPPER CLASS (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), MEMBERS ONLY: ELITE CLUBS AND THE PROCESS OF EXCLUSION (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) and FRAMING CLASS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN AMERICA, 2nd Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Her most recent scholarly publication is "Class: Still Alive and Reproducing in the United States", a book chapter in PRIVILEGE: A READER, 4th Edition (2016, Westview Press). Dr. Kendall is actively involved in national and regional sociological associations, including the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Southwestern Sociological Association. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

  • Sociology Works! boxes have been eliminated, with relevant material incorporated into the text as appropriate.
  • Media boxes have been eliminated and appropriate material incorporated into the primary narrative to encourage critical thinking and evaluation about how mass media and social media affect our lives.
  • The theme of social and global change has been further strengthened in the text and in new You Can Make a Difference boxes, which help students learn how to become involved in their communities and the world. Topics include networking to reduce global poverty and hunger, and global perspectives on gangs. Sociology and Social Policy boxes continue to deal with social and global change, exploring such topics as technology and social change in the workplace, and study abroad and global socialization.
  • All data and research have been thoroughly updated throughout.
  • New and expanded discussions examine Internet crime, environmental activism, immigration (including the changing U.S. relationship with Cuba), mass media and gender socialization, and the contemporary family, among other topics.
  • MindTap® for Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials 11th Edition, includes new visual summaries that help students organize concepts; new multi-media concept clips, infographics, and matching activities to help students better understand and visualize key concepts; updated quizzing and concept problems; and new videos in the Connect the Concepts media quizzing section.
  • From the first edition, the text has presented strong coverage of and attention to diversity. Individuals portrayed and discussed accurately mirror the diversity in society, and research used presents classical and established contemporary sociologists -- including women and people of color -- to weave an inclusive treatment of all people into the examination of sociology. As a result, the text speaks to a wide variety of students and helps them consider the significance of the interlocking nature of individuals' class, race, and gender (and, increasingly, age) in all aspects of social life.
  • Focusing on the relationship between sociology and everyday life, each chapter begins with first person commentaries on the issue that unifies the chapter. Included in this Sociology and Everyday Life box is a quiz for students to see what they know about the issue. Answers are provided at the end of the chapter.
  • In addition to basic reading and study aids such as key terms, a running glossary, and popular online study resources, the eleventh edition offers numerous other pedagogical aids to promote students' mastery of course content. These include chapter-opening Learning Objectives to help students focus their reading, Concept Quick Reviews, Questions for Critical Thinking, and Chapter Review summaries in question-and-answer format.
  • The text emphasizes several themes, including diversity, the application of sociology to everyday life, the impact of media (including social media), the importance of a global perspective, and social and global change. Boxed features (Sociology and Everyday Life, Sociology and Social Policy, and Sociology in Global Perspective) highlight the themes. Global implications of all topics are examined throughout each chapter; the Sociology in Global Perspective boxes specifically highlight our interconnected world and reveal how the sociological imagination extends beyond national borders.

Table of Contents

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1. The Sociological Perspective and Research Process.
2. Culture.
3. Socialization.
4. Social Structure and Interaction in Everyday Life.
5. Groups and Organizations.
6. Deviance and Crime.
7. Class and Stratification in the United States.
8. Global Stratification.
9. Race and Ethnicity.
10. Sex, Gender, and Sexuality.
11. Families and Intimate Relationships.
12. Education and Religion.
13. Politics and the Economy in Global Perspective.
14. Health, Health Care, and Disability.
15. Population and Urbanization.
16. Collective Behavior, Social Movements, and Social Change.

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