Introduction to Sociology 2e

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Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 978-1-9381684-1-3

Publisher: OpenStax

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Reviewed by Rita Isola, Instructor- Sociology- Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Capilano University, on 10/10/2013.
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I have rated this textbook's overall comprehensiveness a 2/5 (poor). It does not include Feminist Theory as theoretical perspective. At the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Murray Shaw, Sociology Instructor, Douglas College, on 10/10/2013.

The coverage of topics in this text is comprehensive. In a 1-semester [4 month] course, out of the 21 chapters, I would use 14 full chapters, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dr. Francis Adu-FebiriCamosun College, on 10/10/2013.

Very comprehensive: All the major substantive topics, concepts and theories necessary to prepare students for other lower-level and also … read more

 

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Reviewed by Neil Guppy, Professor, University of British Columbia, on 10/10/2013.

Yes, see attached comments

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Reviewed by Charles Quist-Adade, Chair and Faculty, Sociology Dept, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, on 10/10/2013.

Yes. The text does a really good job by capturing a wide range of sociological theories, concepts, and issues in both the content and glossary.

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Reviewed by Kristine Smith, Professor, University of Northwestern - St. Paul, on 7/16/2014.

This textbook provided a comprehensive study of introductory sociology. The engaging graphs, figures and applications extended the mental grasp … read more

 

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Reviewed by Angela Addae, Graduate Associate, University of Arizona, on 6/11/2015.

The text is fairly comprehensive for an introductory level course, but it often lacks detail--even for an Intro text. For example, the text excludes … read more

 

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Reviewed by Misti Wuori, Adjunct Professor and Director of Extended Learning, Mayville State University, on 1/8/2016.

This textbook is very comprehensive, especially for use in a semester-based (15 week) course. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Karen Lewis, Assistant Professor, Dickinson State Univeristy , on 1/8/2016.

The Introduction to Sociology text is comprehensive covering all the topics typically covered in a general Introduction to Sociology course. The … read more

 

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Reviewed by Andrew Butz, Instructor, Portland Community College, Sylvania, on 1/8/2016.

The book's comprehensiveness is average, or just above average. However, Chapter 21 needs: 'political process' or 'political opportunity theory' (and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Susan Stalewski, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwauee, on 8/22/2016.

This text is used for foundation content in a health sciences diversity course. The coverage of culture, health, medicine, aging, disability, … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jessica Breidinger, Social Science Faculty, Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, OR, on 8/22/2016.

This textbook seems to provide an excellent introduction to the basic theories and ideas in Sociology however, for those of us who teach a series of … read more

 

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Reviewed by Kaitlin Yanchar, Adjunct Faculty, Social Sciences, Klamath Community College, on 8/22/2016.

Introduction to Sociology covers topics that are sometimes only mentioned in other texts. The authors did an excellent job of including the most … read more

 

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Reviewed by Aimee Krouskop, Instructor of Sociology, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The comprehensiveness of this text is where I find there is room for most improvement. While I can appreciate length-constraints, there are a … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jerry Loveless, Sociology Instructor, Portland Community College, on 12/6/2016.

The text overall does a great job covering the relevant content for an introductory course and provides a detailed glossary for key terms at the end … read more

 

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Reviewed by Amy Ernstes, Lecturer, Sociology Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

I would rate this text as comprehensive. While i might re-arrange the order of the material, in some cases/chapters, overall i find the book as … read more

 

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Reviewed by Ariane Cox, Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, on 12/6/2016.

This book covers the expected chapters and key terms for an Intro textbook. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Beverly Logan, Adjunct Instructor, Mt. Hood Community College, on 12/6/2016.

Each chapter section has an extensive glossary. Occasionally, key terms are not included nor bolded in the text. It would be helpful to have a … read more

 

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Reviewed by Aida Ramos , Assistant Professor , George Fox University , on 2/9/2017.

The text covers a wider range of topics in sociology, probably more than one can cover in one semester. I found it's comprehensiveness to be … read more

 

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Reviewed by Asha Lal Tamang, Adjunct Professor, North Hennepin Community College, on 4/12/2017.

The textbook is comprehensive covering all the ‘traditional topics’ typically covered in a general Introduction to Sociology course. I would prefer … read more

 

Table of Contents

  • An Introduction to Sociology 
  • Sociological Research 
  • Culture 
  • Society and Social Interaction 
  • Socialization 
  • Groups and Organization 
  • Deviance, Crime, and Social Control 
  • Media and Technology 
  • Social Stratification in the United States 
  • Global Inequality 
  • Race and Ethnicity 
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexuality 
  • Aging and the Elderly 
  • Marriage and Family 
  • Religion 
  • Education 
  • Government and Politics 
  • Work and the Economy 
  • Health and Medicine 
  • Population, Urbanization, and the Environment 
  • Social Movements and Social Change 

About the Book

Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical, one-semester introductory sociology course. It offers comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories. The textbook presents section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. The second edition has been updated significantly to reflect the latest research and current, relevant examples.

Changes made in Introduction to Sociology 2e are described in the preface to help instructors transition to the second edition. 

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University
Nathan Keirns, Zane State College
Eric Strayer, Hartnell College
Sally Vyain, Ivy Tech Community College
Gail Scaramuzzo, Lackawanna College
Jeff Bry, Minnesota State Community and Technical College at Moorhead
Faye Jones, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Georgia Perimeter College