Sociology and Sociological Theory

A survey of major subject areas and principles of sociology. Includes dominant theorists and schools of thought in sociology.

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Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life
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The book is supported by discussion of relevant theory and research in cultural sociology.Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life has stressed learner-centered teaching with the instructor taking on the role of a facilitator of learning. As such, it is expected the instructor will serve as the mediator between the content of this book and learners’ understanding of material on multiple and higher levels. This book does not offer a set of rules in teaching cultural sociology, but rather suggests content and applications to consider and modify as needed by the ever-changing dynamics of instructors and learners.

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Sociology
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Author:
Vera Kennedy
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11/11/2019
Classical Sociological Theory and Foundations of American Sociology
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There are a few major themes that come up over and over again during the course of classical sociological theory’s development. All three classical theorists were writing at a time when sociology was a new and emerging discipline. This new discipline was called forth by momentous social changes taking place in European (and American) society during this time period. These changes were related to the rise of capitalism, industrialization, and new political representation for the majority of people (or, at least, a desire for such by many). Calls for socialism emerged as a response to recognition of new social divisions. Each of the three theorists you will read here weighed in on these historical changes, theorizing the contours and dynamics of this new “modern” society.

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I. Marx and Engels
II. Durkheim
III. Weber
IV. Early American Sociology

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Sociology
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Author:
Allison L. Hurst
Date Added:
06/30/2020
Exploring Our Social World: The Story of Us
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This text was envisioned as an essentials text, providing coverage of the main areas of study reviewed in most introduction to sociology classes.

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Chapter 1: Sociological Research in the Service of Society
1.1 The Sociological Perspective
1.2 Understanding Society
1.3 Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology
1.4 Sociology as a Social Science
1.5 Stages in the Sociological Research Process
1.6 Research Design in Sociology
1.7 Ethical Issues in Sociological Research
1.8 Sociological Research in the Service of Society
1.9 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 2: Culture
Social Issues in the News
2.1 Culture and the Sociological Perspective
2.2 The Elements of Culture
2.3 Cultural Diversity
2.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 3: Socialization
Social Issues in the News
3.1 The Importance of Socialization
3.2 Explaining Socialization
3.3 Agents of Socialization
3.4 Socialization Through the Life Course
3.5 Resocialization and Total Institutions
3.6 Socialization Practices and Improving Society
3.7 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction
Social Issues in the News
4.1 Social Structure: The Building Blocks of Social Life
4.2 The Development of Modern Society
4.3 Social Interaction in Everyday Life
4.4 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 5: Groups and Organizations
Social Issues in the News
5.1 Social Groups
5.2 Group Dynamics and Behavior
5.3 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 6: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Social Issues in the News
6.1 Social Control and the Relativity of Deviance
6.2 Explaining Deviance
6.3 Crime and Criminals
6.4 The Get-Tough Approach: Boon or Bust?
6.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 7: Social Stratification
Social Issues in the News
7.1 Systems of Stratification
7.2 Explaining Stratification
7.3 Social Class in the United States
7.4 Economic Inequality and Poverty in the United States
7.5 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 8: Global Stratification and Demography
Social Issues in the News
8.1 The Nature and Extent of Global Stratification
8.2 The Impact of Global Poverty
8.3 Explaining Global Stratification
8.4 Population
8.5 Population Growth and Decline
8.6 Urbanization
8.7 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues in the News
9.1 Racial and Ethnic Relations
9.2 The Meaning of Race, Ethnicity and Minority Status
9.3 Stereotypes and Prejudice
9.4 Discrimination
9.5 Patterns of Intergroup Relations
9.6 Racial and Ethnic Inequality in the United States
9.7 Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century
9.8 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 10: Gender and Gender Inequality
Social Issues in the News
10.1 Understanding Sex and Gender
10.2 Feminism and Sexism
10.3 Gender Inequality
10.4 Violence Against Women: Rape and Pornography
10.5 The Benefits and Costs of Being Male
10.6 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 11: Politics, Government, and Economies
Social Issues in the News
11.1 Power and Authority
11.2 Types of Political Systems
11.3 Theories of Power and Society
11.4 Politics in the United States
11.5 War and Terrorism
11.6 Economic Development in Historical Perspective
11.7 Types of Economic Systems
11.8 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 12: Marriage and Families
Social Issues in the News
12.1 Families in Cross-Cultural and Historical Perspectives
12.2 Sociological Perspectives on the Family
12.3 Family Patterns in the United States Today
12.4 Changes and Issues Affecting American Families
12.5 Family Violence
12.6 End-of-Chapter Material

Chapter 13: Education and Religion
Social Issues in the News
13.1 Brief History of Education in the United States
13.2 Sociological Perspectives on Education
13.3 Education in the United States
13.4 Issues and Problems in Education
13.5 Religion
13.6 Religion as a Social Institution
13.7 Religion in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
13.8 Sociological Perspectives on Religion
13.9 Types of Religious Organizations
13.10 Religion in the United States
13.11 Trends in Religious Belief and Activity
13.12 End-of-Chapter Material

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Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Aliza Robison
Jean Ramirez
Pamela Smith
Rudy Hernandez
Willie Davis
Date Added:
08/05/2020
Foundations in Sociology I
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One part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. It examines how we come to understand and experience ourselves and the world around us and how we create culture. Students will be introduced to the study of culture, socialization, social interaction, identity formation and self-fashioning, the social construction of class, gender and race, age, deviance, and other social phenomena.

I. Part I - Introduction to Sociology
1. Module 1: Discovering the Social
2. Module 2: Introducing the Sociological Perspective
3. Module 3: Research Design: Investigating the Social Construction of Everyday Life
4. Module 4: Research Design: Collecting and Interpreting The Data of Everyday Social Reality
5. Module 5: Socialization and the Social Construction of Social Selves
6. Module 6: Social Interaction, Social Groups and Social Identity
7. Module 7: Social Identities: Class, Status and Power
8. Module 8: Social Identities: Sex, Gender and Sexuality
9. Module 9: Social Identities: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality
10. Module 10: Non-Conformity and Social Control: Health and Medicine
11. Module 11: Non-Conformity and Social Control: Criminal and Social Justice
12. Module 12: Collective Resistance and Social Change
13. Module 7: Social Stratification and Social Inequality
14. Module 11: Education

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Sociology
Material Type:
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Author:
Susan Robertson
Date Added:
07/09/2020
Instructor Ancillary Resources for OpenStax Sociology 2nd Edition
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This set of instructor-focused ancillary materials was created under a Round Eleven Mini-Grant for Ancillary Materials Creation and Revision. These following materials are intended to assist instructors in successfully implementing OpenStax Sociology 2nd Edition within their classrooms:

Customizable lecture slides
Links to potential ancillary Web materials for each chapter
Short answer questions
Essay questions
Online discussion questions
Class activities

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
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Author:
Georgia State University
Jennie Law
Kathy Dolan
Date Added:
01/27/2021
Introduction to Sociology
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Intro to Sociology / SOCI 101

Examines small group interactions and cultural patterns of American and other societies using the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological principles and applications to explain how values, roles, norms, social interaction, and social inequality as well as other concepts influence individuals, groups, and society.

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Sociology
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Textbook
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College of the Canyons
Author:
Paul Cheney
Ron Hammond
Date Added:
04/30/2020
Introduction to Sociology
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Introduction to Sociology is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course. Conceived of and developed by active sociology instructors, this up-to-date title and can be downloaded now by clicking on the "Get this book" button below. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes sociology theory and research; real-world applications; simplify and debate features; and learning objectives for each chapter

Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/introduction-to-sociology-2e

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Sociology
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Rice University
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OpenStax College
Author:
Eric Strayer
Faye Jones
Gail Scaramuzzo
Jeff Bry
Nathan Keirns
Sally Vyain
Susan Cody-Rydezerski
Tommy Sadler
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02/23/2015
Introduction to Sociology
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. An Introduction to Sociology
Chapter 2. Sociological Research
Chapter 3. Culture
Chapter 4. Society and Modern Life
Chapter 5. Socialization
Chapter 6. Groups and Organizations
Chapter 7. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Chapter 8. Media and Technology
Chapter 9. Social Inequality in Canada
Chapter 10. Global Inequality
Chapter 11. Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 12. Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Chapter 13. Aging and the Elderly
Chapter 14. Marriage and Family
Chapter 15. Religion
Chapter 16. Education
Chapter 17. Government and Politics
Chapter 18. Work and the Economy
Chapter 19. The Sociology of the Body: Health and Medicine
Chapter 20. Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
Chapter 21. Social Movements and Social Change
Chapter 22: Social Interaction

About the Book
Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.
For the student, this book is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today's global socially networked world, the topic of Sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, students will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of Sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.

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Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Ron McGivern
William Little
Date Added:
06/12/2020
Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
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This textbook introduces key feminist concepts and analytical frameworks used in the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, Sexualities field. It unpacks the social construction of knowledge and categories of difference, processes and structures of power and inequality, with a focus on gendered labor in the global economy, and the historical development of feminist social movements. The book emphasizes feminist sociological approaches to analyzing structures of power, drawing heavily from empirical feminist research.

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Women's Studies
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Donovan Lessard
Laura Heston
Miliann Kang
Sonny Nordmarken
Date Added:
10/04/2019
SOCI 110 : Introduction to Sociology
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This sociology text is available in Canvas Commons. If the provided link does not work, please search “ASCCC” in Canvas Commons to find all ASCCC OERI resources. This is an update of a text supported by the ASCCC OERI and originally written by Ron Hammond and Paul Cheney of Utah Valley University.

Intro to Soc Textbook
Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination
Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination is published
Chapter 2: Sociological Beginnings
Chapter 2: Sociological Beginnings is published
Chapter 3: Social Theories
Chapter 3: Social Theories is published
Chapter 4: Sociologists Doing Research
Chapter 4: Sociologists Doing Research is published
Chapter 5: Culture
Chapter 5: Culture is published
Chapter 6: Socialization
Chapter 6: Socialization is published
Chapter 7: Social Groups and Collective Behavior
Chapter 7: Social Groups and Collective Behavior is published
Chapter 8: Populations and Urbanization
Chapter 8: Populations and Urbanization is published
Chapter 9: Popular Culture and Media
Chapter 9: Popular Culture and Media is published
Chapter 10: Deviance
Chapter 10: Deviance is published
Chapter 11: Crime and Social Control
Chapter 11: Crime and Social Control is published
Chapter 12: Social Stratification
Chapter 12: Social Stratification is published
Chapter 13: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 13: Race and Ethnicity is published
Chapter 14: Sex and Gender
Chapter 14: Sex and Gender is published
Chapter 15: Aging
Chapter 15: Aging is published
Chapter 16: Politics and the Economy
Chapter 16: Politics and the Economy is published
Chapter 17: Religion
Chapter 17: Religion is published
Chapter 18: The Family
Chapter 18: The Family is published
Chapter 19: Education

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Michelle Pilati Corselli
Date Added:
07/09/2020
Sociology Course Content
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Introductory Sociology Course developed through the Ohio Department of Higher Education OER Innovation Grant. The course is part of the Ohio Transfer Module and is also named OSS021. For more information about credit transfer between Ohio colleges and universities, please visit: www.ohiohighered.org/transfer.

Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Anjel Stough-Hunter
Dee Malcuit
Irene Petten
Kwaku Oboso-Mensah
Date Added:
09/04/2019
Speaking of Culture
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The purpose of Speaking of Culture is to define culture and many other concepts associated with it. My hope is that the readings in this book will help you to better understand the breadth of the concept of culture and provide you with a vocabulary for discussing it more articulately.

Culture is one of those broad concepts that is used widely, although somewhat imprecisely, in everyday English. It also cuts across many academic disciplines, and this book draws on many of them. It touches, for instance, on anthropology, biology, history, mythology, political science, psychology, and sociology.

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World Cultures
Communication
Sociology
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Author:
Nolan Weil
Date Added:
11/11/2019
A Theory of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 2
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The second in a two-volume set, A Theory of Literate Action draws on work from the social sciences—and in particular sociocultural psychology, phenomenological sociology, and the pragmatic tradition of social science—to "reconceive rhetoric fundamentally around the problems of written communication rather than around rhetoric's founding concerns of high stakes, agonistic, oral public persuasion" (p. 3). An expression of more than a quarter-century of reflection and scholarly inquiry, this volume represents a significant contribution to contemporary rhetorical theory.

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Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
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Provider:
WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Charles Bazerman
Date Added:
04/26/2019