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Sociology For Dummies

Gabler, Jay


2. Auflage Mai 2021
384 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-77281-1
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Understand how society works--and how to make it better

It's impossible to exist in the contemporary world without being aware that powerful social forces, ideas, and movements--#MeToo, climate change, and Black Lives Matter to name just a few--are having far-reaching impacts on how we think and live. But why are they happening? And what are their likely effects? The new edition of Sociology For Dummies gives you the tools to step back from your personal experience and study these questions objectively, testing the observable phenomena of the human world against established theories and making usable sense of the results.

In a friendly, jargon-free style, sociologist and broadcaster Jay Gabler introduces you to sociology's history and basic methods, and--once you have your sociological lens adjusted--makes it clear how to survey the big questions of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion, politics, and crime with new eyes. You'll find everything you need to succeed in an introductory sociology class, as well as to apply sociological ideas to give you extra insight into your personal and professional life.
* Get a working knowledge of Sociology 101
* Understand how human communities work
* Engage more deeply with debates on social justice, healthcare, and more
* Interpret and use sociological methods and research

Whether you're studying sociology at school or just want to gain deeper insight into our collective life, Sociology For Dummies gives you the tools to understand the mechanisms of the human world--and the knowledge to influence how they work for the better.

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting the Basic Basics 7

Chapter 1: Getting Your Head around Sociology 9

Chapter 2: Knowing Why Sociology Matters 21

Chapter 3: Conflict and Cooperation: The History of Sociology 37

Chapter 4: Understanding the Research Methods: You Can't Put Society in a Test Tube 59

Part 2: Seeing Society Like a Sociologist 83

Chapter 5: Getting Some Culture: How Socialization Works 85

Chapter 6: Studying Sociology at Its Smallest: Microsociology 105

Part 3: Equality and Inequality in Our Diverse World 125

Chapter 7: Social Stratification: We're All Equal, But Some of Us Are More Equal Than Others 127

Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity: What Others See, Who We Are 147

Chapter 9: Sex and Gender: Beyond the Binary 167

Chapter 10: Getting Religion: Faith in the Modern World 183

Chapter 11: Crime and Deviance: Who's in Control? 201

Part 4: All Together Now: The Ins and Outs of Social Organization 219

Chapter 12: Knowing What Works (and Doesn't): Sociology and Organizations 221

Chapter 13: Getting into It: Political Sociology 241

Chapter 14: Recognizing Why Density and Demographics Matter 263

Part 5: Sociology and Your Life 285

Chapter 15: Exploring Family and the Life Course as Social Constructs 287

Chapter 16: Understanding Social Change 307

Part 6: The Part of Tens 325

Chapter 17: Ten Sociology Books That Don't Feel Like Homework 327

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Use Sociological Insight in Everyday Life 335

Chapter 19: Ten Myths About Society Busted by Sociology 345

Index 355
Jay Gabler, PhD is a writer and editor living in Minneapolis. He has authored or coauthored several books and sociological research studies, including Reconstructing the University. He works as a digital producer at The Current (a service of Minnesota Public Radio) and holds three graduate degrees from Harvard University.

J. Gabler, Rasmussen College