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Global Sociology: Introducing Five Contemporary Societies
Global Sociology: Introducing Five Contemporary Societies

Global Sociology: Introducing Five Contemporary Societies, 6th Edition

ISBN10: 0078026709 | ISBN13: 9780078026706
By Linda Schneider and Arnold Silverman
© 2013

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An effective supplement to any standard sociology text, this broad and comprehensive sociological description of five diverse contemporary societies with wide geographic distribution - Japan, Mexico, Egypt, Germany and the San peoples of Namibia - is organized around basic sociological topics: culture, social structure, group life, socialization, deviance, social institutions, social stratification, and social change. Fictional vignettes of individuals in each country help students experience first-person viewpoints on life in five very different societies. By comparing other societies with their own, students read about the range of social variation, learn what makes their own society distinctive, and gain a unique and fascinating vantage point on what sociology offers in a world of rapid social change.

Chapter 1. Japan: The Importance of Belonging


Japan's History

Japanese Culture

Group Life


Deviance in a Demanding Society

Social Inequality in Japan: Class, Status, and Power

Demographic Change

Japan’s Future: Crisis And Continuity

Chapter 2. Mexico: Conflict and Cooperation


Mexican Culture

Social Structure and Group Life

Social Institutions

Conflict and Deviance

Social Inequality and Conflict

Chapter 3. The San Peoples of Namibia: Between Subsistence and Globalization


History ofthe San?

Part I: Reports On Field Research: The Hunting-Gathering Life

Social Structure and Group Life

Social Inequality

Deviance and Social Control


Part II: The San in Modern Namibia

Chapter 4. Egypt: Youth, Inequality, and Social Change


Egypt's History

Egyptian Culture

Gender Roles in Egyptian Culture

Youth Rises Up

Social Expectations and Inequality in Egypt

Egypt’s Authoritarian Government

After The Revolution

Chapter 5. Germany: Diversity in a Modern Nation-State


German History: Borders and Peoples

Changing Borders: What is Germany

German Culture

Minority Groups in Germany

Deviance and Diversity

Inequality and Diversity

Demographic Change

Germany in An Age of Globalization

About the Author

Linda Schneider

Linda Schneider is Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Nassau Community College. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Dr. Schneider has published in the ASA journal, Teaching Sociology, contributed to panel discussions at the Eastern Sociological Society, the Community College Humanities Association, the Community College General Education Association, and the American Association of Community Colleges. She has directed several grants from the NEH, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and the National Science Foundation for multidisciplinary and global curriculum development.

Arnold Silverman

Arnold Silverman is Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Nassau Community College. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author of numerous articles, Dr. Silverman's work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Built Environment, Contemporary Sociology, and Social Service Review. He is also the author of Chosen Children, a longitudinal study of American adopting families. He has also been active in efforts to improve the quality of undergraduate education. He co-directed a faculty development effort, financed by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, to encourage active learning in undergraduate teaching. He has been the chair of the Eastern Sociological Society's Committee on Community Colleges and is currently the coordinator of the Freshman Learning Community Program at Nassau Community College.

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