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Sociology in Our Times
A bestseller widely used by students and instructors, Sociology in Our Times by Diana Kendall opens talks about how sociological concepts are applied in today's real world. The book is not only about theoretical principles and academic research, but practical examples and accounts that illustrate how the practice of sociology relates to social norms and...
A bestseller widely used by students and instructors, Sociology in Our Times by Diana Kendall opens talks about how sociological concepts are applied in today's real world. The book is not only about theoretical principles and academic research, but practical examples and accounts that illustrate how the practice of sociology relates to social norms and behaviors. The author even offers first-hand stories and experiences to introduce chapters, creating interest and curiosity. She engages students through her vivid and friendly writing style, focusing on up-to-date examples and applications. The book also integrates various controversial issues like class, gender, and race, as well as feminist and postmodernist perspectives. Sociology in Our Times (ISBN 9780495813910) also incorporates various learning tools - from quizzes to photo essays and a companion video. The book consists of 5 parts and begins with a discussion of sociological perspectives, research methods, culture and socialization. It then talks about social groups and social control, including the society and social structure, groups and organizations, and topics like deviance and crime. The middle of the book is all about social inequality, class and stratification in the US and around the globe, ethnicity, race, gender, and age. Social institutions (including family, intimate relationships, government and politics, education, religion, and healthcare) are tackled in the last chapters, together with social dynamics and social change. Author Diana Kendall is a recognized professor at Baylor University, where she teaches sociology. She has a PhD from the University of Texas and has authored a good number of books like the Power of Good Deeds: Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction, and Members Only: Elite Clubs and the Process of Exclusion, among many others.
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