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The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology
Lisa McIntyre, associate professor in sociology at Washington State University, puts her expertise to use in her textbook entitled The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology, ISBN 9780073404400. This introductory text revolves around the fundamental principles of sociology as the foundation for thorough comprehension. Boasting a candid, energetic...
Lisa McIntyre, associate professor in sociology at Washington State University, puts her expertise to use in her textbook entitled The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology, ISBN 9780073404400. This introductory text revolves around the fundamental principles of sociology as the foundation for thorough comprehension. Boasting a candid, energetic style of writing, this resource focuses on engaging critical thinking skills to challenge students in grasping important sociological components as well as learning the basic lesson that there is much more that occurs in the social world that escapes the sociologically inexperienced eye. Lisa McIntyre strategically organizes the content of The Practical Skeptic: Core Concepts in Sociology across 14 chapters. The book begins with a section serving as an introduction followed by chapter 1 entitled 'Responding to Chaos: A Brief History of Sociology.' Chapter 2 discusses topics surrounding 'The Sociological Eye' followed by chapter 3 devoted to 'Science and Fuzzy Objects: Specialization in Sociology.' Chapter 4 poses the question 'Who's Afraid of Sociology?' while chapter 5 presents 'The Vocabulary of Science.' 'Doing Social Research' is the topic of choice in chapter 6 followed by concepts surrounding 'Culture' examined in chapter 7. Chapter 8 delves into 'Social Structure' while chapter 9 takes a look at 'Society and Social Institutions.' Chapter 10 tackles the subject of 'Socialization' followed by chapter 11 discussing 'Deviance and Social Control.' 'Chapter 12 investigates 'Stratification and Inequality' while chapter 13 examines 'Inequality and Achievement: Social Class.' This book is concluded with chapter 14 presenting information and topics surrounding 'Inequality and Ascription: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.'
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