SOCIOLOGY is truly a classic introductory text which introduces students to the methods and theories of sociology using Rodney Stark's hallmark "Over the Shoulder of a professional sociologist" approach, presenting sociology on a personal level. Stark describes what sociologists do and how they do it, focusing first on the questions they pose and how they search for and formulate their answers, and then moving on to study their answers and conclusions. In this way, he effectively explores themes, raising issues in a straightforward manner with historical accuracy and solid research. The text employs a unique feature titled "A Closer View," which illustrates seminal research studies to introduce students to the sociological imagination and the world around them.
PART ISociological Sampler. 2. Concepts for Social and Cultural Theories. 3. Microsociology: Testing Interaction Theories. 4. Macrosociology: Studying Larger Groups and Societies. PART II: INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. 5. Biology, Culture and Society. 6. Socialization and Social Roles. 7. Crime and Deviance. 8. Social Control. PART III: INEQUALITY. 9. Concepts and Theories of Stratification. 10. Comparing Systems of Stratification. 11. Racial and Ethnic Inequality and Conflict. 12. Gender and Inequality. PART IV: INSTITUTIONS. 13. The Family. 14. Religion. 15. Politics and the State. 16. The Interplay Between Education and Occupation. PART V: CHANGE. 17. Social Change: Development and Global Inequality. 18. Population Changes. 19. Urbanization. 20. The Organizational Age. 21. Social Change and Social Movements. Epilogue. References. Photo Credits. Name Index. Subject Index/Glossary.