Sociology: A Brief Introduction by Richard T. Schaefer

Three basic premises guide this introductory text: first, that theory and research must be both comprehensive and clear; second, that the text must show how the discipline is relevant to students’ lives; and lastly, that it must stress critical thinking skills. It represents all major theoretical perspectives and research methods, taking a social policy emphasis that underscores the usefulness of sociological theory and research in understanding and resolving the issues facing the modern world.

Author(s): Richard T. Schaefer

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Chapters: This book contains 16 chapters. The chapter headings are given below:

  1. Understanding Sociology
  2. Sociological Research
  3. Culture
  4. Socialization and the Life Course
  5. Social Interaction, Groups, and Social Structure
  6. TheMassMedia
  7. Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
  8. Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States
  9. Global Inequality
  10. Racial and Ethnic Inequality
  11. Stratification by Gender
  12. The Family and Human Sexuality
  13. Education and Religion
  14. Government and the Economy
  15. Health and the Environment
  16. Social Change in the Global Community


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