Thinking Critically about Society: An Introduction to Sociology

Paperback | January 16, 2013

byRussell Westhaver

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Thinking Critically About Society: An Introduction to Sociology focuses on the core skills required for critical thinking, and teaches students how to account for the human experience in a social context by utilizing their sociological imagination. This book also provides a roadmap of the practical steps toward thinking about sociological issues, and answers questions such as:

  • What does it means to use your "sociological imagination"?
  • How have Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and Martineau contributed to sociological thinking?
  • How is critical thinking related to sociology?
  • What is "social content"?
  • How do class, race, and gender impact the human experience?

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Thinking Critically About Society: An Introduction to Sociology focuses on the core skills required for critical thinking, and teaches students how to account for the human experience in a social context by utilizing their sociological imagination. This book also provides a roadmap of the practical steps toward thinking about sociolog...

Format:PaperbackPublished:January 16, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:007093990X

ISBN - 13:9780070939905

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Table of Contents

Part 1:  Sociology and Critical Thinking
Chapter 1:           The Sociological Imagination
Chapter 2:           Sociological Paradigms
Chapter 3:           Sociology as Critical Thinking 

Part 2: Key Sociological Concepts: Tools of the Trade
Chapter 4:           Becoming Mindful of Social Context
Chapter 5:           Social Relationships and Social Status Positions
Chapter 6:           Social Relationships and Social Institutions
Chapter 7:           Social Relationships and Human Culture
Chapter 8:           Social Inequality and Social Stratification

Part 3:  Thinking Critically About Social Inequality and Social Stratification
Chapter 9:           Classed Social Relationships
Chapter 10:         Gendered Social Relationships
Chapter 11:         Ethno-racialized Social Relationships
Chapter 12:         The Sociological and Critical Promises