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Sociology: A Global Introduction Paperback – 24 Dec 1997


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (24 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013664533X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136645337
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Sociology Neil Smelser conveys the vital essence of the sociological enterprise today within an international framework, avoiding both the artificial format of the standard textbook and the parochial approach of the country–by–country survey. Based on the contributions of 17 leading sociologists from 13 nations, synthesized and given continuity and coherence by the author, Sociology brings sociological ideas to life by treating actual problems and crises in the contemporary world.

Following introductory chapters on sociology′s general perspective, its theories, and its methods, Professor Smelser focuses on more than a dozen critical topics, under three main headings:
Polity and Society (including contemporary nationalisms, the state and its vicissitudes, and the fortuned of the welfare state);
Economy and Society (including economic internalization, the reassertion of the market, population and environment, and development);
Institutional and cultural processes (including culture and religion, race and ethnicity, cultural integration, and family and gender).

Simultaneously presenting the basics of sociology and bringing these basics to life, this is a superb companion to the discipline for students and practitioners alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Macionis, Kenyon College
Ken Plummer, University of Essex

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Drozda on 12 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
The problem with most text books is that they encourage you to think along the same lines as one of the meta narratives, with little regard for your own point of view. This book gives you the social facts you need to start thinking sociologically!
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By Javaslublu Books on 19 Sep 2008
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Comprehensive introduction to the study of sociology, basic social structures, social institutions, the socialization process, and social change.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well-written college level introductory sociology textbook 19 Aug 2006
By Pamela - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent and well-written college level introductory sociology textbook. It's about the study of people, human social life, socialization, class and inequality, gender and racial dynamics, family, ethnicity, the psychology of alienation, collective behavior, the impact of global economics upon people, and similar topics.

It would be suitable for the advanced homeschooling student who is motivated to understand the world around us. Adult topics are handled sensitively, and complex issues are presented in a way that informs without overwhelming the reader. This is a great book, and manages to do a wonderful job of introducing many topics pertinent to the human race.
Sociology Class 13 Jun 2014
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The Sociology book by David Popenoe was well written and laid out in a very logical manner. It actually was a book for a class so it was required, but it was an excellent choice.
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Excellent introductory sociology textbook 30 Nov 2008
By Marie Madden - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a professor teaching sociology in a distance learning university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I have found this textbook excellent for our introductory course in sociology at the undergraduate level. It is well organized and the concepts are well explained. The research is well used to inform the reading at that level. I like the internet exercises that can be used in a variety of ways and the chapter reviews as well as the summary of of key terms for the students . This is a 2000 edition so the current research in the family as a social institution on kinship and the kinship theoretical framework developed by Dr. Carolyn Billingsley in 2004, is not addressed. I look forward to reading of this landmark research and theoretical framework on the power of kinship in the settlement of the south addressed in the next edition. This research and theoretical framework legiitimizes genealogy as a field of enquiry in higher education.
Her book, Communities of Kinship, Antebellum
Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier was published in 2004 by the University of Georgia Press, Athens.
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Needed book for a reference for an English term paper. Great price and reference was totally worth it.
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decent quality book 16 Dec 2010
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This book was not the newest book but the class I needed it for was only for half a semester so it did the job for me. There looked like there was a couple stains on the pages but it was still good enough to use. This book was actually quite expensive everywhere else so I was happy with the price for only using it a couple of times. if you want to save money and don't need a brand new book when you're only going to use it once or twice then this is the book for you.
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