Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology

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November 21, 2012


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0078026792 / 9780078026799


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This best-selling anthology provides excellent coverage of key concepts in sociology including culture, socialization, deviance, social structure, social institutions, and social inequality. Drawing from a wide selection of classic and contemporary works, the 58 selections represent a plurality of voices and views within sociology. Students will be introduced to cutting edge scholarship and perspectives through classical readings from great thinkers like C. Wright Mills, Karl Marx, Howard Becker, and Max Weber and contemporary articles on current issues like gender socialization, healthcare reform, and minorities in the power elite. By integrating issues of diversity throughout the book, Ferguson helps students see the interrelationships between race-ethnicity, social class, and gender, as well as how these relationships have shaped the experiences of all people in society. Each selection is preceded by a brief introduction that highlights the key sociological concepts for students consider as they read.

Table of contents

I. The Sociological Perspective Preface 1. C. Wright Mills, The Promise--classic piece on the sociological imagination 2. Donna Gaines, Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead-End Kids--applying the sociological imagination to teen suicide 3. Mary Romero, An Intersection of Biography and History: My Intellectual Journey--applying the sociological imagination to domestic service Theory 4. Chris Hunter and Kent McClelland, Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology--an introduction to the primary theories used in sociology 5. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Manifesto of the Communist Party--classic piece on the relationship between the capitalists and the workers 6. David L. Rosenhan, On Being Sane in Insane Places--classic piece on labeling and social deviance Social Research 7. Michael Schwalbe, Finding Out How the Social World Works--a summary of what it means to be sociologically mindful 8. Craig Haney, W. Curtis Banks, and Philip G. Zimbardo, Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison--classic piece on the research design of Zimbardo's famous experiment 9. Meika Loe, Working at Bazooms: The Intersection of Power, Gender, and Sexuality--an investigation of gender, sexuality, and power in the work place

II. Culture 10. Howard S. Becker, Culture: A Sociological View--classic piece that provides a theory of culture 11. Barry Glassner, The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Fear the Wrong Things--one perspective of American culture 12. Haunani-Kay Trask, Lovely Hula Hands: Corporate Tourism and the Prostitution of Hawaiian Culture--an examination of cultural commodification and exploitation

III. Socialization 13. Emily W. Kane, "No Way My Boys Are Going to Be Like That!": Parents' Responses to Children's Gender Nonconformity--how parents socialize children to gender norms 14. Debra Van Ausdaleand Joe R. Feagin, Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children--a study of preschool children's understandings of race and ethnicity 15. Robert Granfield, Making It By Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment--working class identity and law school socialization 16. Gwynne Dyer, Anybody's Son Will Do--resocialization into the total institution of the military

IV. Groups and Social Structure 17. Dalton Conley, The Birth of the Intravidual--an analysis of the individual and groups in society 18. Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Peer Power: Clique Dynamics among School Children--a study of the structure and interactional dynamics among groups of school children 19. Christine L. Williams, Shopping as Symbolic Interaction: Race, Class, and Gender in the Toy Store--a study of secondary group relationships and social interaction

V. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control 20. Penelope E. McLorg and Diane E. Taub, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia: The Development of Deviant Identities--the social construction of deviant identities 21. A. Ayres Boswell and Joan Z. Spade, Fraternities and Collegiate Rape Culture: Why Are Some Fraternities More Dangerous Places for Women?--the social organization of crime 22. Mark Colvin, Descent into Madness: The New Mexico State Prison Riot--an example of social structure breaking down

VI. Social Inequality Social Class 23. Kingsley Davis, Wilbert E. Moore, and Melvin Tumin, Some Principles of Stratification --classic piece on the functions of social stratification 24. G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America?: The Corporate Community and the Upper Class--the lifestyles and social institutions of the upper class 25. Thomas M. Shapiro, The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality--an examination of social class and racial differences in wealth 26. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel-and-Dimed on (Not) Getting by in America--an exploration of the lives of the working poor Gender 27. Barbara Risman, Gender as Structure--a review of four theories that explain sex and gender 28. Betsy Lucal, What It Means to Be Gendered Me: Life on the Boundaries of a Dichotomous Gender System--one woman's narrative of gender identity and performance 29. C.J. Pascoe, 'Dude, You're a Fag': Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse--an examination of masculinity and homophobia in high schools 30. Kevin Bales, Because She Looks Like a Child--an exploration of female sexual slavery in Thailand Race and Ethnicity 31. Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer, What is Racial Domination?--an introduction to the study of race and racism 32. Charlie LeDuff, At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die--an examination of the racial dynamics at one workplace site 33. Katherin M. Flower Kim, Out of Sorts: Adoption and (Un)Desirable Children--how race and racism influence adoption decisions 34. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Yearning for Lightness: Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners--how racism influences beauty ideals around the world

VII. Social Institutions Power and Politics 35. C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite--classic piece on the power elite 36. Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff, Diversity in the Power Elite--a study of which minorities become the power elite 37. Chrystia Freeland, The New Global Elite--how the global economy is creating a new power elite Mass Media 38. Eric Klinenberg, Convergence: News Production in a Digital Age--an in-depth investigation of one major news organization 39. Michael A. Messner and Cheryl Cooky, Gender in Televised Sports: News and Highlight Shows, 1989-2009--an empirical investigation of gender in sports reporting 40. Andrew M. Lindner, Controlling the Media in Iraq--how the military has influenced journalism during wartime The Economy and Work 41. Robin Leidner, Over the Counter: McDonald's--an ethnographic study of the routinization of work 42. Adia Harvey Wingfield, Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men's Experiences with Women's Work--a study of the race and gender dimensions of work 43. Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work--how individuals combine their work and home lives Religion 44. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism--classic piece on the influence of religion on the economy 45. Steven P. Dandaneau, Religion and Society: Of Gods and Demons--a sociological overview of the institution of religion 46. Jen'nan Ghazal Read, Muslims in America--an empirical examination of one religious group Health and Medicine 47. Jill Quadagno, Institutions, Interest Groups, and Ideology: An Agenda for the Sociology of Health Care Reform--how social structure affects the organization of health care 48. Lillian B. Rubin, Sand Castles and Snake Pits--an examination of how deinstitutionalization increased the numbers of mentally ill among the homeless 49. Keith Wailoo, A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America--an example of how U.S. health care is not working Education 50. Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes, Civilize Them With A Stick--education as an institution of social control 51. Mitchell L. Stevens, A School in the Garden--how college admissions at elite schools reinforce social class 52. Ann Arnett Ferguson, Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity--racial and gender stereotyping in American schools The Family 53. Andrew J. Cherlin, The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage--an examination of the weakening of social norms in the institution of marriage 54. Kathyrn Edin and Maria Kefalas, Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage--the changing meaning of marriage and motherhood 55. Annette Lareau, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life--a study of social class differences in parenting and child rearing in African American and white families

VIII. Social Change 56. D. Stanley Eitzen, The Atrophy of Social Life--how social isolation is affecting society 57. Elijah Anderson, The Cosmopolitan Canopy--an ethnographic account of how urban spaces can transform race relations 58. Allan G. Johnson, What Can We Do? Becoming a Part of the Solution--social change strategies to deal with privilege and oppression

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