This best-selling text offers an integrated social science view of the world, emphasizing that social change is the pervasive reality of our era.
One of the main themes of Contemporary Society is that the transition from an industrial to a post-industrial order in the modern world is fraught with difficulties, as was the transition from an agricultural to an industrial order in an earlier human era. This framework also illustrates the increasing fragmentation of the social order, which leads people away from community and a common purpose to conflict and disunity.
- Draws upon sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, geography, history, psychology, and their related disciplines to give students an integrated overview of the social sciences.
- Emphasizes social change and how it impacts the social order.
- Complete chapters are devoted to a number of basic concepts that underlie social behavior: personality, interaction, deviance.
- Boxed features throughout the text provide historical and timely topics for class discussion. Some boxes are of the human interest variety, while others show how social scientists arrive at their conclusions.
- Chapter summaries serve as an excellent tool for focusing on the key concepts presented in each chapter.
- Includes a glossary of terms with succinct yet accessible definitions in each chapter.
New To This Edition
- New findings from astronomy and paleontology, that increase our knowledge about the age of the universe and of human beings, have been added to Ch. 2.The Personality chapter cites new studies that support the ideas that parent-infant bonding has a biological basis, and that peers are the most influential shapers of a young person's personality.
- The Deviance and Criminality chapter discusses some recent theories about ways to reduce neighborhood crime; the consequences of the dramatic increase in imprisonment as a tool to control crime in the U.S. over the past two decades; and the use of the death penalty.
- The section on social classes in the U.S. in the Stratification chapter has been rewritten to reflect the most current data on income and poverty.
- The Race and Ethnicity chapter discusses the narrowing income gap between whites and blacks; Mexican Americans as a distinct group of Latinos; and household income and job status among Jewish Americans.
- The Age/Gender/Sexuality chapter includes a new box on the consequences of declining birthrates in wealthier nations and the growing proportion of elderly citizens, and a new discussion of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- Terrorism is discussed as a type of social movement in Ch. 10.
- The Democracy chapter questions the validity of the so-called ''red/blue'' divide among the American electorate, and includes a box on why so many Americans decline to participate in politics.
- Lists of useful websites, to help students do online research, have been added to every chapter.
- Supplements package now includes Themes of the Times for the Social Sciences, a collection of 30 articles from recent issues of the New York Times that can be packaged for fre, upon request, with the text.