Wake up your introductory sociology classes! Sociology in Action helps your students learn sociology by doing sociology.
Sociology in Action will inspire your students to do sociology through real-world activities designed to ignite their sociological imaginations. This innovative new text immerses students in an active learning experience that emphasizes hands-on work, application, and learning by example. Each chapter explains sociology's key concepts and theories and pairs that foundational coverage with a series of carefully developed learning activities and thought-provoking questions. You choose the activities that will best engage your students, fit the format of your course, and meet your course goals.
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About the Author
Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how “Sociologists in Action” make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include From Black to Biracial, Crossing the Racial Divide, Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Her teaching texts, in addition to Sociology in Action, include Our Social World, The Engaged Sociologist, Sociologists in Action, , and Social Problems in Action. Kathleen is also the editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology.
Kathleen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group and received William Paterson University’s award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression in 2006 and the university’s award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
Maxine P. Atkinson is Professor of Sociology at North Carolina State University, a research extensive university in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her area of specialty is the scholarship of teaching and learning and her published work has appeared in such journals as Teaching Sociology, The International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, and TRAILS: TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. She is also one of the authors of the recent American Sociological Association’s work defining best practices in the undergraduate sociology major, “The Sociology Major in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education: Curriculum, Careers, and Online Learning” in addition to In the Trenches: Teaching and Learning Sociology, co-authored with Kathleen Lowney. She focuses on teaching introductory sociology courses and “Teaching Sociology,” a Ph D course required for graduate students at NC State.
Maxine has won an impressive array of teaching awards including the American Sociological Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award, ASA’s Section on Teaching and Learning Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Sociology and the Carla B. Howery Award for Developing Teacher-Scholars, the Southern Sociological Society’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. Maxine was the first woman from NC State University to win the University of North Carolina’s Governor’s award for Excellence in Teaching.
Maxine has served in several administrative positions including being Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at NC State, director of NC States’ first year seminar program, and the Founding Director of the Service Learning Program at NC State. She has also served as Chair of ASA’s Section on Teaching and Learning, and President of the Southern Sociological Society along with a plethora of task forces dedicated to undergraduate sociology. Maxine works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the American Sociological Association’s Departmental Resources Group.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAbout the AuthorsAbout the ContributorsCHAPTER 1 Training Your Sociological Eye (Kathleen Odell Korgen) What Is Sociology? Changing How You View the World Sociology as a Social Science Differentiating between Good Generalizations and Stereotypes The Obligations of Sociology The Benefits of Sociology Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 2 Understanding Theory (Kathleen Lowney) What Is Theory? Understanding the Structural Functionalist Perspective Understanding the Conflict Theoretical Perspective Understanding the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective Full Theoretical Circle Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 3 Using Research Methods (Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur) What Is Research? What Are Data and Where Do We Get Them? What Do We Do with Data? Getting Started Doing Research Sampling and Measurement What Makes Research Good? Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 4 Recognizing Culture (David Rohall) Defining Culture Identifying Elements of Culture Typology of Societies Considering Cultural Variations The Power of Culture Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 5 Understanding Socialization (Amy Sodaro) What Is Socialization? Understanding Theories of Socialization Agents of Socialization Gender Socialization Status, Social Roles, and Identity Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 6 Identifying Deviant Behavior (Rena C. Zito) Defining Deviance Understanding Theories of Deviance and Crime Creating Deviance Managing Deviant Identities Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 7 Confronting Economic Inequality (Sandra Enos) What Is Economic Inequality? Why Is There Economic Inequality? Understanding Social Stratification Examining the Class System Mobility within and across Generations Consequences of Inequality Addressing Inequality Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 8 Constructing Gender, Sex, and Sexuality (Maxine P. Atkinson) Defining Sex, Gender, Intersex, and Transgender Major Perspectives Used to Understand Gender Learning and Creating Gender Gender, Sexuality, and Work Intimate Relationships Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 9 Recognizing the Importance of Race (Kathleen Odell Korgen) Defining Race and Ethnicity The Repercussions of Race Discrimination by the U.S. Government Racial and Ethnic Inequality Today Racism and Ethnocentrism Globally Responding (or Not) to Racism and Ethnocentrism Today Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 10 Understanding Institutions: Family (Carissa Froyum) What Shapes Families? The Changing Family across History Understanding Families through Theory Families Caring for Each Other Family Problems How Work and Policy Shape Families Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 11 Understanding Institutions: Education (Melissa S. Fry) What Is Education as an Institution? Education and Modes of Production Theorizing Education Education and Social Inequality in the United States Global Education and Global Inequality Leveling the Playing Field: Public Policy and Education Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 12 Understanding Institutions: Religion (Andrea Hunt) Defining Religion Sociologically Religious Pluralism and Secularization Religious Fundamentalism Changing Religious Life in the United States Global Diffusion of Religion Applying Sociological Theory to Religion Religion, Social Issues, and Social Change Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 13 Saving the Environment (John Liu) Facing Our Environmental Challenges How Do Sociologists Study Environmental Issues? How Did We Mess Up? Theories of Environmental Change Consumption and the Environment Who Suffers Most from Environmental Problems? Social Solutions to Environmental Problems Conclusion Review Key TermsCHAPTER 14 Changing Society through Social Movements (Wendy Christensen) What Is a Social Movement? Participating in Social Movements Types of Social Movements Social Movement Theory The Six Steps of Social Movement Success Success Can Bring Backlash: The Marriage Equality Movement How Can We Create Social Change? Conclusion Review Key TermsGlossaryReferencesIndexExperiencing Health, Illness, and Medical Care - Amy Irby-Shasanmi