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About this book

Welcome to Introduction to Sociology 2e , an OpenStax resource created with several goals in mind: accessibility, affordability, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging learners toward high levels of learning. Instructors and students alike will find that this textbook offers a strong foundation in sociology. It is available for free online and in low-cost print and e-book editions.

To broaden access and encourage community curation, Introduction to Sociology 2e is “open source” licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Everyone is invited to submit examples, emerging research, and other feedback to enhance and strengthen the material and keep it current and relevant for today’s students. You can make suggestions by contacting us at info@openstaxcollege.org.

To the student

This book is written for you and is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today’s global socially networked world, the topic of sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, you will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.

To the instructor

This text is intended for a one-semester introductory course. Since current events influence our social perspectives and the field of sociology in general, OpenStax encourages instructors to keep this book fresh by sending in your up-to-date examples to info@openstaxcollege.org so that students and instructors around the country can relate and engage in fruitful discussions.

General approach

Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.

Changes to the second edition

Part of the mission of the second edition update was to ensure the research, examples and concepts used in this textbook are current and relevant to today’s student. To this end, we have rewritten the introduction of each chapter to reflect the latest developments in sociology, history and global culture. In addition to new graphs and images, the reader of the second edition will find new feature boxes on a diverse array of topics, which has been one of the goals of the update—bringing the world into greater focus through case studies on global culture.

Questions & Answers

what is a culture
Waqas Reply
culture according to Sir Edward Brunette Tylor is a complex whole which includes beliefs,laws,customs,norms and values and any other capabilities acquired by man as a member of a particular society
Clarie
what's family break down?
Xamse Reply
what are the major causes of social stratification?
Sydney Reply
can you guys tell me about Max weiber?
Asad
g.b mead
Asad
Max Weber was Germen sociologist,philosopher,jurist and economist.
Tul
more about i have a paper
Asad
compare simple and complex educational system
Kajal Reply
what are the types of social stratification?
UFUOMA Reply
stratification types are deferent from society to society some societies stratified people according to wealth according to caste system and some societies stratified there people according to profession
Ismail
which scholar is best in sociology , and his contribution in the development of sociology.
yaqin
Durkheim
sani
what is sociology of education
Joe Reply
sociology of education mean how public institution and individual experience effect the education and its outcome. it is mostly concerned with public education and scholing system in industrial society
Ahsan
what is psycology educational?
Jamila
if a lady is all decked up standing on a lonely street at night what will be the sociologist point of view
kg Reply
according to my opinion she never dresses up even when she goes to the opera
Lone
Man is regulated through reward and punishment. What does it mean?
azibator
who is founding fathers of sociology
USMAN Reply
Augusto Comte
kenny
Waliyudeen abu zaid Abdurrahman Bin Khalidun(1332-1906)
Teslim
August Comete is the father of Sociology
Ajay Reply
why do we study sociology
Chipo Reply
because to understand social life,and to help in overcoming or solves social issues
yaqin
heloo
Tare
What makes Auguste Comte as the chief positivist?
azibator Reply
what is the relationship between social theory too psychology and sociology?
Tammy Reply
what is the relationship between sociology, psychology and social policy
Tammy
in brief what is sociology
Mdu Reply
functioning of human society, fundamental laws for social relation ==l
frd
study of social interaction.
SHITAL
where do sociologist work
ODIASE
what is sociology
Edward
sociology
Edward
what is culture
ummi Reply
The arts,customs and habits that characterize a particular society
Saminu
Culture is the sum total way of life.
azibator
the way of life.
salman
man made environment
Ismail
what is the relationship between sociology, psychology and social theory?
Tammy Reply
both are social sciences
James
all contributed to human being
James

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