The Forest and the Trees

Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise

Author: Allan G. Johnson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566395649

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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One sociologist's response to the hypothetical - the core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in it. The book is an account of how sociological practice affects almost every aspect of life, from news headlines to the experience of growing older.
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The Forest and the Trees

Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise

Author: Allan Johnson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1439911878

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

View: 8465

New Third Edition! If sociology could teach everyone just one thing, what would it be? The Forest and the Trees is one sociologist's response to the hypothetical-the core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in relation to it. This Third Edition features: • Updated key references, data, resources, and examples, from global warming, Obama's election, and gay marriage to transgender/cisgender and the Occupy Movement • A glossary of terms • The short essays in Chapter 6, framed around the power of sociology, dig beneath easy and popular understandings to reveal what lies beneath • An additional analysis of how men's violence is made invisible even though most violence is perpetrated by men • Chapter 7's focus on sociology as a worldview with an analysis of the origins of white privilege
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The Forest and the Trees

Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise

Author: Allan Johnson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1592138764

Category: Social Science

Page: 203

View: 2442

If sociology could teach everyone just one thing, what would it be? The Forest and the Trees is one sociologist's response to the hypothetical—the core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in relation to it. This revised and updated edition features: • A new chapter that brings together the various aspects of the sociological model described in previous chapters with a detailed application to the origins of racism in the United States • A discussion of how individuals can participate in social change by stepping off paths of least resistance • The addition of graphics to illustrate the sociological model of systems and individuals
Posted in Social Science

The Myth of Individualism

How Social Forces Shape Our Lives

Author: Peter L. Callero

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442266279

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 4222

The Myth of Individualism is a wonderful, concise introduction to sociology and sociological thinking, showing readers how social forces shape our lives and the world. Revised and updated throughout, the third edition of this powerful book continues to challenge the common belief that human behavior is the result of free choices made by autonomous actors, but rather shows the many ways that people are naturally social, interdependent, and shaped by social forces. Filled with engaging stories and deep research, The Myth of Individualism helps readers begin to develop a sociological imagination. By acknowledging the limits of individual effort and control, we gain insight into our own lives and the lives of others. The Myth of Individualism is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the subtle and unshakeable ways social forces shape our lives.
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Sociological Lives and Ideas

Author: Fred C. Pampel

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780716779155

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 3311

Despite their role in founding and defining the discipline of sociology, the field's classical theorists typically receive only cursory attention in standard introductory texts. Written specifically for undergraduate students, this supplemental text, Fred Pampel's Sociological Lives and Ideas brings to life the fundamental ideas of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, George H. Mead, and W.E.B. DuBois by placing them in the context of each theorists' biography. By exploring the lives and times of these key figures, students will gain a richer understanding of their intellectual legacies, as well as of the ways in which their work can be applied to current issues.
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Getting Wasted

Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard

Author: Thomas Vander Ven

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814744419

Category: Education

Page: 230

View: 1663

Vander Ven argues that college students rely on "drunk support." Contrary to most accounts of alcohol abuse as being a solitary problem of one person drinking to excess, the college drinking scene is very much a social one where students support one another through nights of drinking games, rituals and rites of passage.
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Raised Up Down Yonder

Growing Up Black in Rural Alabama

Author: Angela McMillan Howell

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617038822

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 1536

Raised Up Down Yonder attempts to shift focus away from why black youth are “problematic” to explore what their daily lives actually entail. Howell travels to the small community of Hamilton, Alabama, to investigate what it is like for a young black person to grow up in the contemporary rural South. What she finds is that the young people of Hamilton are neither idly passing their time in a stereotypically languid setting nor are they being corrupted by hip-hop culture and the perils of the urban North, as many pundits suggest. Rather, they are dynamic and diverse young people making their way through the structures that define the twenty-first-century South. Told through the poignant stories of several high school students, Raised Up Down Yonder reveals a group that is often rendered invisible in society. Blended families, football sagas, crunk music, expanding social networks, and a nearby segregated prom are just a few of the fascinating juxtapositions.
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American Evangelicalism

Embattled and Thriving

Author: Christian Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022622922X

Category: Religion

Page: 324

View: 2831

Evangelicalism is one of the strongest religious traditions in America today; 20 million Americans identify themselves with the evangelical movement. Given the modern pluralistic world we live in, why is evangelicalism so popular? Based on a national telephone survey and more than three hundred personal interviews with evangelicals and other churchgoing Protestants, this study provides a detailed analysis of the commitments, beliefs, concerns, and practices of this thriving group. Examining how evangelicals interact with and attempt to influence secular society, this book argues that traditional, orthodox evangelicalism endures not despite, but precisely because of, the challenges and structures of our modern pluralistic environment. This work also looks beyond evangelicalism to explore more broadly the problems of traditional religious belief and practice in the modern world. With its impressive empirical evidence, innovative theory, and substantive conclusions, American Evangelicalism will provoke lively debate over the state of religious practice in contemporary America.
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Understanding Society

An Introductory Reader

Author: Margaret L. Andersen,Kim A. Logio,Howard Francis Taylor

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781111185961

Category: Social Science

Page: 606

View: 6847

UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fourth Edition, contains a collection of classic and contemporary sociological readings selected for their timeliness, diversity, and interest. The emphasis of this collection is on articles that students will both understand and also find intriguing. UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTORY READER, Fourth Edition, includes the most up-to-date selection available today. Out of sixty-eight total articles, thirty-eight are new in this edition. The new articles were selected to engage student interest, to reflect the richness of sociological thought, and to add articles that address issues that have emerged since the publication of the last edition (such as the economic recession, the Haiti earthquake, and the increasing racial segregation of schools, to name a few). As always, the editors have included the top names in the field. Five themes run throughout the text: classical sociological theory, contemporary research, diversity, globalization, and the application of the sociological perspective.
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The Environment and Society Reader

Author: Richard Scott Frey

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205308767

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

View: 2730

This is a comprehensive introduction to the issues associated with environmental problems.The author challenges readers to ask themselves questions regarding the complexity and distribution of environmental problems as well as human impacts on and responses to these problems. Readers are also encouraged to examine the scope and nature of environmental problems. Geared toward those interested in the relationship between the environment and society.
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Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence

The Struggle for Recognition

Author: James W. Messerschmidt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442213728

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 4618

Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence explores why some boys and girls engage in assaultive or sexual violence while others do not. Acclaimed criminologist James W. Messerschmidt shares six compelling life histories of boys and girls to address the relationship among gender, heterosexuality, violence, and non-violence.
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The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology

A User's Guide to Sociological Language

Author: Allan G. Johnson

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631216810

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 8212

This new edition of Allan G. Johnson's one-volume sociology dictionary includes 75 new entries, as well as an expanded biographical section, extensive revisions and updates, and a more thorough cross-referencing. Written by a sociologist who is also an accomplished writer and teacher, it is aimed primarily at students, but will also be of use to professionals looking for an introduction to core concepts outside their area of expertise. Its combination of clear prose, engaging examples, a single author's voice, and its minimal assumptions about the average reader's prior knowledge of sociology and its related fields, makes this a unique and valuable reference work.
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The forest for the trees

an introduction to sociological thinking

Author: Allan G. Johnson

Publisher: Harcourt College Pub

ISBN: 9780155279032

Category: Social Science

Page: 180

View: 3264

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Mapping the Social Landscape

Readings in Sociology

Author: Susan J. Ferguson

Publisher: Sage Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781506368283

Category: Social Science

Page: 688

View: 2512

Mapping The Social Landscape is one of the most established and popular readers for Introductory Sociology. Over the course of seven editions, MH sold over 143,000 new copies. The book's 58 reading selections are arranged into eight sections that correspond to the organization of a typical Intro Sociology survey text. Susan Ferguson edits the readings and writes introductions and discussion questions for each reading. There are a small number of classic selections (Marx, Mills, Weber, Davis, etc.), modern favorites (Annette Lareau, Arlie Hochschild, Elijah Anderson), and a range of readings from younger, contemporary scholars.
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The Gender Knot

Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy

Author: Allan G. Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781592133826

Category: Social Science

Page: 290

View: 9281

Explains what patriarchy is (and isn't), how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it.
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The Long, Long Life of Trees

Author: Fiona Stafford

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300207336

Category:

Page: 296

View: 9078

A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relationship with trees has many dimensions beyond mere practicality. Trees are so entwined with human experience that diverse species have inspired their own stories, myths, songs, poems, paintings, and spiritual meanings. Some have achieved status as religious, cultural, or national symbols. In this beautifully illustrated volume Fiona Stafford offers intimate, detailed explorations of seventeen common trees, from ash and apple to pine, oak, cypress, and willow. The author also pays homage to particular trees, such as the fabled Ankerwyke Yew, under which Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn, and the spectacular cherry trees of Washington, D.C. Stafford discusses practical uses of wood past and present, tree diseases and environmental threats, and trees' potential contributions toward slowing global climate change. Brimming with unusual topics and intriguing facts, this book celebrates trees and their long, long lives as our inspiring and beloved natural companions.
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The Meaning of Sociology

A Reader

Author: Joel M. Charon,Lee Garth Vigilant

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780135157862

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 9937

This classic reader captures the excitement inherent in the field of sociology with 56 classic and contemporary selections from a wide variety of authors and sources. The reader is organized around basic sociological concepts and connects these concepts to the study of Sociology or our world.
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Uproot

Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture

Author: Jace Clayton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374533423

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 3146

In 2001 Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix and put it online to share with friends. Within weeks, Gold Teeth Thief became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to play a nightclub in Zagreb, a gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in Sao Paolo, and the American Museum of Natural History. Just as the music world made its fitful, uncertain transition from analog to digital, Clayton found himself on the front lines of creative upheavals of art production in the twenty-first century globalized world. Uproot is a guided tour of this newly-opened cultural space. With humor, insight, and expertise, Clayton illuminates the connections between a Congolese hotel band and the indie-rock scene, Mexican rodeo teens and Israeli techno, and Whitney Houston and the robotic voices is rural Moroccan song, and offers an unparalleled understanding of music in the digital age.
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.
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The Racial Contract

Author: Charles W. Mills

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801471346

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

View: 9595

The Racial Contract puts classic Western social contract theory, deadpan, to extraordinary radical use. With a sweeping look at the European expansionism and racism of the last five hundred years, Charles W. Mills demonstrates how this peculiar and unacknowledged "contract" has shaped a system of global European domination: how it brings into existence "whites" and "non-whites," full persons and sub-persons, how it influences white moral theory and moral psychology; and how this system is imposed on non-whites through ideological conditioning and violence. The Racial Contract argues that the society we live in is a continuing white supremacist state. Holding up a mirror to mainstream philosophy, this provocative book explains the evolving outline of the racial contract from the time of the New World conquest and subsequent colonialism to the written slavery contract, to the "separate but equal" system of segregation in the twentieth-century United States. According to Mills, the contract has provided the theoretical architecture justifying an entire history of European atrocity against non-whites, from David Hume's and Immanuel Kant's claims that blacks had inferior cognitive power, to the Holocaust, to the kind of imperialism in Asia that was demonstrated by the Vietnam War. Mills suggests that the ghettoization of philosophical work on race is no accident. This work challenges the assumption that mainstream theory is itself raceless. Just as feminist theory has revealed orthodox political philosophy's invisible white male bias, Mills's explication of the racial contract exposes its racial underpinnings.
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