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Sociological Wisdom

by William E. Thompson and Mica L. Thompson Rowman and Littlefield
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Sociological Wisdom is based on applying the basic principles of sociology to the world around us. Sociologists study patterns of behavior in order to draw general conclusions about a social issue that transcend the effect of the problem or issue on any particular individual. This is not to say that sociologists are unconcerned about individuals and their lives, but sociology’s emphasis is on the way individuals relate to others, people’s positions in society, and the interdependence between society and individuals. This text teaches students that it is more important than ever to study human behavior, social groups, and society utilizing critical thinking skills and careful analysis associated with sociological wisdom

Table of Contents
Chapter 1Discovering Sociology

What is Sociological Wisdom?
The Sociological Imagination
Life in a Global Society
Common Sense versus Common Nonsense
The Rise and Fall of Science
Structural Functionalism
Conflict Theory
Feminist Perspectives
Symbolic Interaction
Sociological Wisdom: Taking an Integrated Approach

Chapter 2Doing Sociology

How Do We Know Things Are Not What They Seem?
Sociology and Scientific Knowledge
Theory-Building Process
Scientific Method
Types of Research
Quantifying Social Life
Qualitative Studies
Ethical Issues in Sociological Research

Chapter 3Understanding Society and Culture

Types of Societies
Components of Culture
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
Ideal versus Real Culture
Subcultures and Countercultures
Popular Culture

Chapter 4Becoming a Social Being

Nature and Nurture
Developing a Social Self
Agents of Socialization
Socialization over the Life Course
Desocialization and Resocialization

Chapter 5Interacting in Everyday Life

Statuses and Roles
Personal Space
Patterns of Social Interaction
Social Networks
Role of Technology
Redefining Social Interaction

Chapter 6Organizing Our Social World

Social Groups
Formal Organizations
Bureaucracies and Us
Social Institutions

Chapter 7Controlling Social Behavior

Range of Tolerance
Relativity of Deviance
Deviance and Stigma
Power of the Media
Cyberporn, Cybersex, and Internet Addiction
Popular Explanations of Deviance
Sociological Theories of Deviance and Conformity
Types of Social Control

Chapter 8Emphasizing Differences

Inequality: Why Life's Not Fair
Importance of Social Class
Socioeconomic Status
Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Groups
Sex and Gender
Age and Ageism

Chapter 9Creating Social Change

Collective Behavior
Macro-level and Micro-level Change
Modern Social Movements
Technology and Change
Looking to the Future

Chapter 10Sustaining the Planet

Population Growth
Urbanization and Suburbanization
Ecology and the Environment
Where Do We Go From Here?

William E. Thompson is a professor of sociology at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has authored and coauthored more than 40 articles in professional journals, including several reprinted in sociology textbooks and readers. Mica L. Thompson, born in Kansas and raised in Texas, earned her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and her master's degree in sociology from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She has over twelve years of public school teaching experience and teaches introduction to sociology at the university level. Her research interests include qualitative methods, feminist theory, education, and popular culture. In addition to having collaborated on articles published in professional journals, Mica has helped proofread and made significant contributions to previous editions of Society in Focus. In her spare time, Mica teaches arts and crafts as a volunteer at a center for HIV patients, and enjoys art, fitness classes, and spending time with her GÇ£best friend,n++? her nephew.