Our Social World WITH Sociological Snapshots by Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts, Jack Levin


Our Social World WITH Sociological Snapshots by Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts, Jack Levin

Order this DISCOUNTED BUNDLE, and your students save! a Our Social World: Introduction to Sociology introduces the discipline of sociology to the contemporary student and provides an integrated, comprehensible framework from which to view the world. In each chapter, authors Jeanne H. Ballantine and Keith A. Roberts provide an organizing theme that is not exclusively tied to one theoretical paradigm to help students see relationships between topics. Our Social World presents the perspective of students living in the larger global world. Key Features: Offers a strong global focus: A global perspective is integrated into each chapter to encourage students to think of global society as a logical extension of their own micro world.Illustrates the practical side of sociology: Boxes highlight careers and volunteer opportunities for those with a background in sociology as well as policy issues that sociologists influence.Encourages critical thinking: This book provides various research strategies and illustrates concrete examples of the method being used to help students develop a more sophisticated epistemology.Presents oThe Social World Modelo in each chapter: This organizing framework helps students understand the interrelatedness of core concepts. Accompanied by High Quality Ancillaries: Instructor's Resources on CD-ROM are available to all adopters. Contact us for more informationStudent study site at www.pineforge.com/ballantinestudy This study site includes e-Flashcards to reinforce key concepts, self-quizzes, web exercises, NPR's This American Life radio segments, and more.Free online access to the 21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook to adopters of Our Social World: Plus guides to using that Handbook in conjunction with Our Social World in the classroom - preview them by clicking here! IRCDs are available for qualified instructors only. To request an IRCD for this book please contact Customer Care at 1.800.818.7243 (6 am u 5 pm Pacific Time) or by emailing info@sagepub.com with course name and enrollment and your university mailing address to expedite the process. Choose OUR SOCIAL WORLD and a portion of royalties automatically go towards the new SAGE Pine Forge Scholarship! SAGE and Pine Forge Press have developed a Scholarship Fund in partnership with the American Sociological Association, participating authors, and regional sociological societies to defray costs for graduate students and untenured faculty (by amounts of $1000 each) who wish to attend the ASAAes annual pre-conference on Preparing Future Faculty. JUST PUBLISHED AND ALREADY IN THE CLASSROOM! Some of the many universities already using Our Social World: The Ohio State University, Ball State University, Austin Peay State University, Florida Atlantic University, and more! Intended Audience: This is an ideal text for undergraduate courses in introductory sociology such as Introduction to Sociology and Principles of Sociology. a When it comes to Sociology, 'seeing' is indeed believing. In Sociological Snapshots 4: Seeing Social Structure and Change in Everyday Life, Jack Levin bridges the gap between sociological theorizing and everyday experiences by developing studentsAe ability to 'see' sociology via snapshots' of culture and social structure. Unlike other basic readers, this book contains a set of informal essays with topics ranging from elevator culture to domestic terrorism, from fads to the Washington, D.C., snipers. Every snapshot contains a mix of both social science and journalism; the essays present anecdotal confirmation -- illustrations and examples rather than hard, statistical fact. Some essays are speculative pieces about changes in society or about the future while others seek to throw a new perspective on aspects of society that may have seemed obvious before. The tone and readability of the essays ease students into the world of sociological analysis by relating abstract sociological concepts to the concrete problems confronting ordinary individuals in our society. Features of this text: Contemporary. Short, informal essays covering topics such as hate crimes, AmericansAe hygiene habits, and job stress get students on the road to thinking sociologically. Student-friendly. Introductions preceding each section link these informal essays to the central ideas in sociology. Balanced. An annotated reading list concludes each section, tying the informal essays to the more formal research literature of the discipline. Thought-provoking. Writing, observation, and data-collecting exercises at the end of each section encourage students to use and develop their sociological eye still further. New to the Fourth Edition: Seven new Snapshots have been added on current topics: gender inequality, the Washington ,D.C., snipers, profiling terrorists, immigrant bashing, the stigma of aging, the impact of coalitions on white supremacists, and domestic terrorism. The new essays have a comparative perspective, emphasizing differences and similarities in societies around the world. All Snapshots have been modified or updated to reflect current topics and the latest research. Socio

About the Author

Jeanne H. Ballantine (far right) is University Professor of Sociology (emeriti) at Wright State University, a state university of about 17,000 students in Ohio. She has also taught at several 4-year colleges, including an alternative college and a traditionally Black college, and at international programs in universities abroad. She has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a mission to introduce the uninitiated to the field and to help students see the usefulness and value in sociology. She has been active in the teaching movement, shaping curriculum, writing and presenting research on teaching, and offering workshops and consulting in regional, national, and international forums. She is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and serves as a Departmental Resources Group consultant and evaluator. Jeanne has written several textbooks, all with the goal of reaching the student audience. As the original director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright State University, she scoured the literature on student learning and served as a mentor to teachers in a wide variety of disciplines. Local, regional, and national organizations have honored her for her teaching and for her contributions to helping others become effective teachers. In 1986, the American Sociological Association's Section on Undergraduate Education (now called the Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology) recognized her with the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology. In 2004, she was honored by the American Sociological Association with its Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. In 2010, the North Central Sociological Association awarded her the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology. Keith A. Roberts is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Hanover College, a private liberal arts college of about 1,100 students in Indiana. He has been teaching introductory sociology for more than 30 years with a passion for active learning strategies and a focus on deep learning by students that transforms the way they see the world. Prior to teaching at Hanover, he taught at a 2-year regional campus of a large university. He has been active in the teaching movement, writing on teaching and serving as a consultant to sociology departments across the country in his capacity as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group. He has written a very popular textbook in the sociology of religion, has coauthored a book on writing in the undergraduate curriculum, and for 22 years ran an annual workshop for high school sociology teachers. He has chaired the Selection Committee for the SAGE Innovations and Professional Development Awards since the program's inception. He has been honored for his teaching and teaching-related work at local, state, regional, and national levels. The American Sociological Association's Section on Teaching and Learning awarded him the Hans O. Mauksch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching of Sociology in 2000. He was honored with the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 2010. In 2012, the North Central Sociological Association awarded Keith the J. Milton Yinger Award for Distinguished Career in Sociology. Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 31 books, including Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers-Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. He has published more than 100 articles in professional journals and books and more than 150 columns in major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Sunday London Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2013, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Crime and Delinquency from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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5th March 2008



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