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Beyond Race: Cultural Influences on Human Social Life

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Vera Kennedy

Pub Date: 2018

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Christian Bolden, Associate Professor, Loyola University New Orleans on 4/25/19

Beyond Race provides the basics in conceptualizing the subject of culture. The text briefly touches on subjects, but does not provide advanced depth. The purpose of the book seems to be an introduction to the concepts related to culture. The... read more


Reviewed by Marjorie Momplaisir-Ellis, Adjunct Lecturer , New York City College of Technology on 3/30/19

Beyond Race goes far beyond race to discuss social class, gender identity and religion and their impact on our lives. The author provides information from the macro level down to the individual micro level. There are examples of "traditional"... read more


Reviewed by Steve Rust, Part-time Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/7/19

The title of this book is confusing because this is not a book about Race but a basic introduction to sociology textbook. For those seeking to teach a 100-level course on cultural sociology this book would work very well as an OER source. The... read more


Reviewed by Nicole English, Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University on 11/29/18

This textbook starts by defining basic terms, then building on these basic concepts to more complicated concepts. It is very straightforward in explanations, yet engaging and readable for students. It is a very comprehensive introductory text... read more


Table of Contents

  • Module 1: Culture and Meaning
  • Module 2: Culture As A Social Construct
  • Module 3: Cultural Power
  • Module 4: Cultural Identity
  • Module 5: The Multicultural World

About the Book

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.

About the Contributors


Vera Kennedy, West Hills College Lemoore