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Society explained: an introduction to sociology
by Rousseau, Nathan

9781442207110Nathan RousseauSociety Explained: An Introduction to SociologySociety Explained introduces students to key concepts in sociology through engaging narrative examples. After an overview of the history of sociology, the book walks readers through subjects that include individualism; culture; socialization and imagination; values, money, and politics; marriage and family; religious diversity; and education and social change. Nathan Rousseau engages readers with personal examples and those drawn from wider society. Each chapter covers leading thinkers and critical concepts, and chapters build on each other to helps readers acquire a holistic view of society and their role in it. This concise book is an ideal introduction to the sociological imagination. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HM585 .R677 2014
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Investigating gender: developing a feminist sociological imagination
by Thompson, Martha; Armato, Michael

9780745651866Martha E. Thompson; Michael ArmatoInvestigating Gender: Developing a Feminist Sociological ImaginationGender analysis remains central to understanding social life, yet focusing on gender alone is inadequate. Recent feminist sociological scholarship highlights how gender intersects with other systems of privilege and oppression. This exciting new text combines these insights with an innovative, student-centered pedagogical approach. Taking knowledge acquisition as an important first step, the book goes beyond this to provide students with tools and skills necessary to become critical thinkers and, ultimately, investigate gender on their own from a global feminist sociological perspective. Five themes are carried forward throughout the text: the social construction of gender differences; gendered inequalities; intersections of gender with other systems of privilege and oppression; a relational global perspective; and the necessity of working toward social justice. Investigating Gender employs creative features that engage students in feminist sociological inquiry from the outset. "Learning Activities" help students link their own lives to broader gender patterns, conduct gender analyses of their own, and consider ways they can work toward social justice. "Research Examples" introduce students to specific studies and model how to critically engage with contemporary scholarship from a feminist sociological perspective. Boxed inserts on "The Power of One" and "The Power of Many" provide examples of individuals and groups that are working toward social justice. The text also cultivates students' global perspective by framing issues internationally and guiding them through data and analyses from four diverse countries outside the US: China, Kenya, Mexico, and Sweden. Investigating Gender will appeal to instructors who teach courses in the Sociology of Gender, Women's Studies, and Gender Communication; it will be an invaluable introduction to students taking any courses in which gender is the focus or a significant component. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - HQ1075 .T45 2012
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The presentation of self in everyday life
by Goffman, Erving

9780385094023Erving Goffman; Erving GoffmanThe Presentation of Self in Everyday LifeA notable contribution to our understanding of ourselves. This book explores the realm of human behavior in social situations and the way that we appear to others. Dr. Goffman uses the metaphor of theatrical performance as a framework. Each person in everyday social intercourse presents himself and his activity to others, attempts to guide and cotnrol the impressions they form of him, and employs certain techniques in order to sustain his performance, just as an actor presents a character to an audience. The discussions of these social techniques offered here are based upon detailed research and observation of social customs in many regions. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - HM291 .G6 1959
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Sociopathic society: a people's sociology of the United States
by Derber, Charles

9781612054384Charles DerberSociopathic Society: A People's Sociology of the United StatesCharles Derber introduces and vividly explains the idea of a 'sociopathic society'--and why the idea has become necessary to understand today's world.Sociopathic society is rooted in governments and economies, not psychiatry. The book offers a new sociology of societies organised around antisocial values, which ultimately lead to societal and planetary self-destruction. Most of the sociopathic behaviors are perfectly legal and are perpetrated by governments, financial institutions, and corporate capitalism.Focusing on the United States, Derber connects the dots of Wall Street meltdown, guns and murder, uninhibited greed, the 1% and the 99%, a new crisis of unemployable "surplus people," Hurricane Sandy and global warming, cheating scandals, and more--including the war on democracy itself.Although the book brings together a breathtaking set of stories of a system run wild, it also offers hope, showing pathways for confronting and avoiding the many ways a society can 'commit sociocide'. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - BJ1535 .A8 D47 2013
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