Imagining Sociology: An Introduction with Readings

Paperback | December 17, 2015

byCatherine Corrigall-brown

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The only introductory sociology text to offer integrated readings throughout, Imagining Sociology is a refreshing new introduction to the fascinating world of sociology. Original readings by the founders of the discipline and today's top sociologists encourage students to engage directly withcore ideas in the discipline while an accessible narrative framework offers context for understanding these ideas. Combining contemporary examples and interesting activities throughout, this text helps students recognize how their own lives impact and are impacted by society at large.

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The only introductory sociology text to offer integrated readings throughout, Imagining Sociology is a refreshing new introduction to the fascinating world of sociology. Original readings by the founders of the discipline and today's top sociologists encourage students to engage directly withcore ideas in the discipline while an access...

Catherine Corrigall-Brown is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research examines individual participation in social movements, First Nations protest in Canada, identity, and the environmental movement. She has published in a variety of academic journals, such as Social Force...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.52 inPublished:December 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199008779

ISBN - 13:9780199008773

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Part 1: Understanding Society1. The Sociological ImaginationThree Core Foci of Sociology- Social Inequality- Social Institutions- Social ChangeThree Core Aims of Sociology- Reading: "Body Ritual among the Nacirema" by Horace MinerEmile Durkheim and the Study of Suicide- Activity: Suicide in CanadaThe Sociological Imagination- Reading: From The Sociological Imagination by C. Wright Mills- Activity: The History and Biography of Higher Education in CanadaResearch Methods: How Do Sociologists Study Society?2. Becoming a Member of SocietyThe Individual and Society- Reading: "Review of Albert Schaeffle, Bau und Leben des Sozialen Korpers: Erster Band" by Emile DurkheimSocialization- Activity: The Twenty Statements Test- Activity: How Do Toys Socialize Us?Aging and Socialization- Reading: "Growing Up Is Harder to Do" by Frank F. Furstenberg Jr, Sheela Kennedy, Vonnie C. McLoyd, Ruben G. Rumbaut, and Richard A. Settersen JrThe Performance of Social Roles- Reading: "The Presentation of Self" by Erving GoffmanPart 2: Social Inequality3. Social Inequality and Social ClassKarl Marx and Social Class- Class Struggles- Reading: "Manifesto and the Communist Party" by Karl Marx and Friedrich EngelsClass ConsciousnessMax Weber and Social Status- Activity: Social Status MarkersIncome Inequality in Canada- Reading: Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America By Barbara EhrenreichPoverty- Activity: Creating Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs)4. Globalization and Global InequalityWhat Is Globalization?Understanding Globalization- Modernization Theory- Activity: The Ecological Footprint- World Systems Theory- Activity: Commodity Chains and Global Inequality- Reading: "The Uses of Global Poverty: How Economic Inequality Benefits the West" by Diana Stukuls Eglitis- World Society Theory- Is Globalization a Good Thing?Global Inequality- Activity: Global Inequality in Images- Reading: "The Record of Microfinance: The Effectiveness/Ineffectiveness of Microfinance Programs as a Means of Alleviating Poverty" by Jon Westover5. The Social Construction of Race and EthnicityRace and EthnicitySocial ConstructionRace and Ethnicity as Social Constructions- Activity: Defining and Calculating Racial Groups- Reading: "Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?" by Mary C. WatersThe Consequences of Social ConstructionsFirst Nations' People in CanadaPrejudice and Discrimination- Activity: Canadian Citizenship TestImmigrationMulticulturalism- Reading: "Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism" by Benedict Anderson6. Gender at the IntersectionsSex and GenderGender as a Social Construction- Activity: Performing Gender in MusicGender and Institutions- Gender and Sports- Reading: "Commanding the Room in Short Skirts: Cheering as the Embodiment of Ideal Girlhood" by Natalie Adams and Pamela Bettis- Gender and Work- Gender and Politics- Activity: Gender AssociationsFeminism and Feminist TheoryIntersectionalitySexuality- Reading: "The Invention of Heterosexuality" by Johnathan Ned KatzPart 3: The Role of Institutions7. Language and the MediaLanguageThe Sapir Whorf Hypothesis- Reading: "Racism in the English Language" by Robert B. MooreMediaCorporate Concentration and the Media- Reading: From "The Power Elite" by C. Wright Mills- Effects of Media ConcentrationNew Media and Social MediaDigital Divide- Activity: The Reality of Reality TVViolence in the MediaMedia Literacy- Activity: Using Media Literacy with Alcohol and Tobacco AdsAlternative Media8. The FamilyWhat Is the Family?- Activity: Comedy and the TV FamilyLarger Social Changes That Impact the Family- Reading: "Should the Government Promote Marriage?" by Andrew J. Cherlin- Activity: Increasing or Decreasing Fertility in Quebec and ChinaTheorizing the Family- Reading: "Men as Success Objects and Women as Sex Objects: A Study of Personal Advertisements" by Simon Davis9. EducationThe Schooled SocietyThe Functions of Education- Socialization- Selection- Legitimation- Activity: How Can We Measure the "College or University Experience"?- Reading: "A Matter of Degrees" by William BeaverEducation and Social Inequality- Education and Social Class- Education and Gender- Reading: "The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower" by Ann Mullen- Activity: Critically Analyzing School CurriculumEducation, Cultural Capital, and Social CapitalThe Consequences of DegreesEducation around the World10. Work and RationalizationThe Rationalized World- Reading: "The 'McDonaldization' of Society" by George Ritzer- Activity: The Commodification of LoveThe Division of Labour in SocietyScientific ManagementThe Alienation of LabourChanges in Work in CanadaPrecarious EmploymentEmotional Labour- Reading: "Feeling Management: From Private to Commercial Uses" by Ariel Russell Hochschild- Activity: Training Employees for Emotional Labour11. DevianceWhat Is Deviance?The Social Construction of Deviance- Activity: The Changing Social Construction of DevianceWhy Are People Deviant?- Individual Explanations of Deviance and Crime- Social Explanations of Deviance and Crime- Reading: "On Being Sane in Insane Places" by D.L. RosenhanThe Power of the SituationCrime RatesCrime Rates by Group- Activity: Calculating Crime RatesPunishment- Reading: "The Body of the Condemned" by Michel FoucaultPart 4: Social Change12. Change through Policy and the LawHow Does Society Reproduce Itself?The Routes to Social ChangeThe Rise of the StateThe Welfare State- The Welfare State in CanadaThe Welfare State and Social InequalitySocial Policy: Universal and Means Tested ProgramsReparation Programs- Reading: "Forty Acres and a Mule: What if America Pays Reparations?" by Dalton Conley- Activity: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of CanadaHow the State Involves the PublicChallenges Facing the Modern State- Reading: "Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital" by Robert D. Putnam- Activity: Civil Society on Campus and among the Young13. Social MovementsSocial Movements- Reading: "The Environmental Movement" by Suzanne StaggenborgThe Collective Action ProblemTrends in Social Movement ParticipationExplaining Social Movement Participation- Ideology- Resources- Biographical Availability- Social Ties and Identity- Political Context/Critical EventsConsequences of ParticipationThe Media and Social Movements- Selection and Description Bias- Activity: Media Images of Protest - The Oka Crisis and OccupySuccess in Social Movements- Reading: "The Meaning of Success" by William GamsonPublic Sociology and Using Our Sociological Imagination- Activity: Using Our Sociological Imagination for Social Change

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"Imagining Sociology is an innovative approach to helping students engage with classical and contemporary sociological readings. The greatest strength is the integration of the readings into the text. This feature makes the text a one of a kind in a saturated field." --Suzanne Ricard, Western University