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A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology 3e: Culture and Society in Transition


The influential authors significantly update their popular introductory text that invites students to reflect on their lives in the context of the combustible leap from modern to postmodern life. They authors show how culture is central to understanding many world problems as they challenge readers to confront the problems and possibilities of an era in which the futures of the physical and social environments seem uncertain. As culture rapidly changes in the 21st century, the authors have successfully incorporated these nuances with many important updates on race and racism, Black Lives Matter, the rise of populist politics, ISIS, new social media, feminist perspectives on sex work, trans and non-gender conforming identities, and more.

New to this edition:New data, text box examples, photos, exercises, study questions, and glossary terms appear throughout. New discussions added of arts-based and participatory approaches to research, historical changes in the perception of deviance, legalization of marijuana; Islam vs. secularism in France, new forms of socialization, heteronormative and essentialist language related to sex and gender, intersections of social class and other identities, the prison industrial complex, informal sharing economies, atheism, and more.

New text boxes include: Young Saudis Find Freedom in their PhonesHow One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco's LifeSchool-to-Prison PipelineIndia's Reproductive Assembly LineWorkers Feel Pain of LayoffsLike Prohibition, the fight over guns is about something elseMicro-aggression and Changing Moral CulturesPraise for A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology"Treats sociology as a living, vibrant discipline. The book is a masterful synthesis written in a style that is at once sophisticated, engaging, and accessible."-Peter Kivisto, Augustana College "Alexander and Thompson have produced the modern textbook we have all been waiting for-comprehensive and coherent, but above all intelligent. Designed to make teaching sociology unproblematic, the book is the ideal combination of theory, evidence, and accessibility."-Bryan S.

Turner, editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology"Sets new standards in speaking directly to students of the most significant recent developments in sociology and social changes they are living. It shows how inspiring the sociological imagination can be in areas like media, sexuality, gender relations, inequality, and globalization. -Lyn Spillman, University of Notre Dame"A truly contemporary sociology, one that mines the classics of sociology for insights into a profoundly changed, postmodern world.

Most important, the book reminds us of sociology's capacity to surprise."-Francesca Polletta, University of California-Irvine"An extraordinary textbook that synthesizes a wealth of sociological studies. The book is engaging and readable, key concepts are clearly defined, and important theories are succinctly explicated. I highly recommend it to students and faculty alike."-William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

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Weight 1.850000
By Jeffrey C. Alexander
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Dimensions 19.5 x 23.5 cm
Edition 3rd edition
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781138282049
Pagination 638 pages, 117 Line drawings, black and white; 158 Halftones, black and white; 20 Tables, color; 300
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
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