Richard T. Schaefer's Sociology Matters is a concise introduction to the discipline of sociology. Schaefer’s characteristic straightforward style, a streamlined design, and highly focused coverage make it the perfect affordable, ultra-brief, introductory text for instructors who use a variety of materials in their course.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1, The Sociological View
What Is Sociology?
What Is Sociological Theory?
The Development of Sociology
Major Theoretical Perspectives
What Is the Scientific Method?
Major Research Designs
Ethics of Research
Applied and Clinical Sociology
Chapter 2, Culture and Socialization
What Is Culture?
Development of Culture around the World
Language and Culture
Norms and Values
Global Culture War
Culture and Dominant Ideology
Culture and Socialization
The Self and Socialization
Agents of Socialization
Socialization throughout the Life Course
Chapter 3, Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure
Social Interaction and Reality
Elements of Social Structure
Social Structure in Global Perspective
Chapter 4, Deviance and Social Control
What Is Deviance?
Sociological Perspectives on Deviance
Crime: A Sociological Approach
Chapter 5, Stratification in the United States and Global Inequality
Systems of Stratification
Sociological Perspectives on Stratification
Is Stratification Universal?
Stratification by Social Class
The Global Divide
Chapter 6, Inequality by Race and Ethnicity
The Privileges of the Dominant
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity
Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity
Patterns of Prejudice and Discrimination
Chapter 7, Inequality by Gender
The Social Construction of Gender
Sociological Perspectives on Gender
Women: The Oppressed Majority
Women in the Workforce of the United States
Chapter 8, Social Institutions: Family and Religion
Sociological Perspectives on Social Institutions
The Family: A Global View
Sociological Perspectives on the Family
Labeling and Human Sexuality
Religion as a Social Institution
Components of Religion
Chapter 9, Social Institutions: Education, Government, and the Economy
Sociological Perspectives on Education
Education: Schools as Formal Organizations
Government: Power and Authority
The Informal Economy
Chapter 10, Population, Community, Health, and the Environment
Demography: The Study of Population
How Did Communities Originate?
Urbanization and Its Consequences
Health and Illness: Sociological Perspectives
The Environment: The World and Our Place in It
Chapter 11, Social Movements, Social Change, and Technology
Theories of Social Change
Resistance to Social Change
Technology and the Future