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 PhD 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 ContentsPreface
About the Authors
About the Contributors
CHAPTER 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
CHAPTER 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
CHAPTER 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?
CHAPTER 4 Recognizing Culture (David Rohall)
Identifying Elements of Culture
Typology of Societies
Considering Cultural Variations
The Power of Culture
CHAPTER 5 Understanding Socialization (Amy Sodaro)
What Is Socialization?
Understanding Theories of Socialization
Agents of Socialization
Status, Social Roles, and Identity
CHAPTER 6 Identifying Deviant Behavior (Rena C. Zito)
Understanding Theories of Deviance and Crime
Managing Deviant Identities
CHAPTER 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
CHAPTER 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
CHAPTER 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
CHAPTER 10 Understanding Institutions: Family (Carissa Froyum)
What Shapes Families?
The Changing Family across History
Understanding Families through Theory
Families Caring for Each Other
How Work and Policy Shape Families
CHAPTER 11 Understanding Institutions: Education (Melissa S. Fry)
What Is Education as an Institution?
Education and Modes of Production
Education and Social Inequality in the United States
Global Education and Global Inequality
Leveling the Playing Field: Public Policy and Education
CHAPTER 12 Understanding Institutions: Religion (Andrea Hunt)
Defining Religion Sociologically
Religious Pluralism and Secularization
Changing Religious Life in the United States
Global Diffusion of Religion
Applying Sociological Theory to Religion
Religion, Social Issues, and Social Change
CHAPTER 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
CHAPTER 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?
Experiencing Health, Illness, and Medical Care - Amy Irby-Shasanmi