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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

Do what do theories on gender say
Miriro Reply
nonviolent crime include what?
Ajayi Reply
White Collar Crime
Basit
How has sociolgy change the way you see the world?
JV Reply
what is sociology
Kelvin Reply
sociology is a science of social relationship.
is the studies of people living in a particular jurisdiction and with a particular behavioural pattern
Evance
that highlight principle of how to live in society
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Welcome
Shabana
Explain Levi-Strauss conception of Binary opposition.
Silent
what is socialogy
Kelvin Reply
study of human behaviour
Kainat
scientific and systematic study of human behaviour and social life generally
basher
It's the study of human behaviour and the interactions he has with others depending which parental, scholar, social and environmental education within various geographical sites he grew up in.
Pit
How many types of sociology?
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I don't know
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4 types is the matirial nun matirial idea rea and real.
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i dont knw
German
what are the founders of sociology and their theories
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what is stratification?
vinay Reply
Stratification is also called social stratification. Sosial stratification is a social differentiation whereby members od society are gouped into socioeconomic strata,based upon their occupation, incom,wealth and social status or derived power(social and political power).
Muhammad
what is founders of sociology and their theory.?
Asad
what do you know about gender roles and stratification
Kayla
Gender roles are socially and culturally created by people in a specific geographical area upon the values and attitudes which they value as normal to them
Miriro
Stratification is a form of hierarchy
Miriro
what is culture
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your culture
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difference between agent of socialization and social institution
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can u give me the difference
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i need an answer please
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sunlight the scale of the population of a specific group of species in a variety of contexts I'm more interested in legitimate education processes to allow specifically young disabled people can you recover from whatever causes them to be without a suitable for dissipation in their habitats and all
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Function of schools and peers groups in sociology development
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The family is a social institution that unites individuals into cooperative groups that oversee the bearing and raising of children. These units are in turn built on kinship, a social bond based on blood, marriage, or adoption, that joins individuals into families. Critically discuss forces that sh
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What's the most important way to persuade the minds of people into sociology?
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We are confronted by persuasion in a wide variety of forms every single to Media Matters, a typical adult is exposed to approximately 600 to 625 ads in any form each and every day. Food makers want us to buy their newest product.
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movie studios want us to go see the latest blockbusters. Because persuasion is such a pervasive component of our lives, it is often all-too-easy to overlook how we are influenced by outside sources.
Mark
here are five major steps that a sociologist have to know if he or she wants to be successful let me say this first when the sociologist is dealing with persuasion or lack of a better term manipulation you have to know when you getting manipulated and when you're not and if you're doing the manipula
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see a sociologist foundation is I know right from wrong and do right now here are the five ways of manipulation in any setting no matter whether it is sociology psychology whatever it is a one-on-one over a candy bar you have to know and learn the act of persuasion.
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To get someone to listen to your argument, you need to get their attention. You have about five seconds when talking to someone to engage their attention before they will lose focus. You can do this in several ways.
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forearm or shoulder to draw their attention. Bring up a topic that you know they are passionate about and segue into your argument – but be sure there is a valid connection so you don’t seem to be changing the topic too quickly Start with a statement that conveys the benefit of your position for t
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Start with a statement that conveys the benefit of your position for the other person
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how the media reproduces ideological constructs such as gender, race, youth, beauty, or any other ideology?
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