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Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life: Readings
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This carefully edited companion anthology provides provocative, eye-opening examples of the practice of sociology in a well-edited, well-designed, and affordable format. It includes short articles, chapters, and excerpts that examine common everyday experiences, important social issues, or distinct historical events that illustrate the relationship between the individual and society. The new edition will provide more detail regarding the theory and/or history related to each issue presented. The revision will also include more coverage of global issues and world religions.

Table of Contents

I. THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY 1. Taking a New Look at a Familiar World The Sociological Imagination - C. Wright Mills Invitation to Sociology - Peter Berger The My Lai Massacre: A Military Crime of Obedience - Herbert Kelman and V. Lee Hamilton 2. Seeing and Thinking Sociologically Culture of Fear - Barry Glassner Researchers, Dealers and Smugglers - Patricia Adler II. THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELF AND SOCIETY 3. Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge Concepts, Indicators and Reality - Earl Babbie Sense and Nonsense About Surveys - Howard Schuman 4. Building Order: Culture and History Body Ritual Among the Nacirema - Horace Miner The Melting Pot - Anne Fadiman McDonald's in Hong Kong: Consumerism, Dietary Change and the Rise of a Children's Culture - James L. Watson 5. Building Identity: Socialization Life as the Maid's Daughter - Mary Romero The Making of Culture, Identity and Ethnicity Among Asian American Youth - Min Zhou and Jennifer Lee Working the Code: Girls, Gender and Inner-City Violence - Nikki Jones 6. Supporting Identity: The Presentation of Self The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Erving Goffman Maternity and its Discontents: Getting the Body Back After Pregnancy - Rebecca L. Upton and Sallie S. Han The Girl Hunt: Performing Masculinity - David Grazian 7. Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Family The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love - Stephanie Coontz Diversity Among Same-Sex Couples and their Children - Gary Gates Coping with Commitment - Kathleen Gerson 8. Constructing Difference: Social Deviance Watching the Canary - Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres Patients and Potheads - Wendy Chapkis Medicine as an Institution of Social Control - Peter Conrad and Joseph Schneider III. SOCIAL STRUCTURE, INSTITUTIONS AND EVERYDAY LIFE 9. The Structure of Society: Organizations and Social Institutions These Dark Satanic Mills - William Greider How to Squeeze More out of a Penny - Ellen Rosen (Walmart) Separating the Men from the Moms - Michael Messner and Suzeal Bozada-Deas 10. The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class Inequality Making Class Invisible - Gregory Mantsios The Compassion Gap in American Poverty - Fred Block, et al Avenue to Adulthood: Teenage Pregnancy and the Meaning of Motherhood in Poor Communities - Gabrielle Raley 11. The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity Racial and Ethnic Formation - Michael Omi and Howard Winant Optional Ethnicities - Mary Waters The Downside of Racial Uplift: The Meaning of Gentrification in an African American Neighborhood - Michelle Boyd 12. The Architecture of Inequality: Sex and Gender Black Women and a New Definition of Womanhood - Bart Landry Still a Man's World - Christine Williams Cheerleading and the Gendered Politics of Sport - Laura Grindstaff and Emily West 13. Global Dynamics and Population Demographic Trends Age-Segregation in Later Life: An Examination of Personal Networks - Peter Uhlenberg and Jenny DeJong Gierveld Immigrant Youth as Family Translators - Majorie Faultich Orellena, Lisa Dorner, Lucila Pulido Love as Gold - Arlie Hochschild 14. The Architects of Change: Reconstructing Society Muslim American Immigrants after 9/11 - Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo Challenging Power - Celene Krauss Aqui estamos y no nos vamos! Global Capital and Immigrant Rights - William Robinson

Author Biography

Jodi O'Brien (Ph.D., University of Washington) is Professor of Sociology at Seattle University. She teaches courses in social psychology, sexuality, inequality, and classical and contemporary theory. She writes and lectures on the cultural politics of transgressive identities and communities. Her other books include Everyday Inequalities (Basil Blackwell), Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (Pine Forge Press), Social Prisms: Reflections on Everyday Myths and Paradoxes (Pine Forge Press), and The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction, Fifth Edition (Pine Forge Press). David Newman earned his bachelor's degree from San Diego State University in 1981 and his graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle (M.A. 1984, PhD 1988). After a year at the University of Connecticut, David came to DePauw in the fall of 1989 and has been here ever since. David teaches courses in Deviance, Mental Illness, Family, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. He has published numerous articles on teaching and has presented several research papers on the intersection of gender and power in intimate relationships. Recently most of his scholarly activity has been devoted to writing and revising several books, including Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life (SAGE (c)2010); Identities and Inequalities : Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill (c)2006); and Families: A Sociological Perspective (McGraw-Hill A(c)2009). He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that examines the cultural meaning, institutional importance, and everyday experience of "second chances."
Release date Australia
December 22nd, 2009
Edited by David M. Newman Edited by Jodi A. O'Brien
Country of Publication
United States
8th Revised edition
Pine Forge
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