Sociology: A Brief Introduction provides students with a concise, up-to-date presentation of sociology. Students learn to think critically about society and their own lives from a wide range of classical and contemporary perspectives. The text combines balanced coverage of theory, current research findings, and examples that are relevant to students and to encourage the development of the sociological imagination. Our interactive online resources, Connect, LearnSmart, and Smartbook only bolster Schaefer's ability to unleash students' sociological imagination. LearnSmart is an adaptive study program that continually assesses student's knowledge levels. Smartbook combines our text with LearnSmart to offer the first adaptive reading experience.