Fundamentals of Sociology

Fundamentals of Sociology - Adam McKee and Scott Bransford


Adam McKee  and Scott Bransford

Welcome to the fascinating world of sociology, a discipline that offers a unique lens to understand, interpret, and analyze human behavior in a broader social context. As we embark on this intellectual journey, it is crucial first to understand what makes a good textbook pedagogy and why sociology should pique your interest.

A well-structured textbook provides a coherent, comprehensive, and accessible pathway for learning. We have endeavored to make this such a book. It creates a learning environment that engages you actively in the material, fostering not only understanding but also curiosity and critical thinking. Each chapter is carefully designed to be a standalone module while also being part of an interconnected web of knowledge. Key concepts, real-world examples, critical thinking questions, and interactive activities have been woven into the fabric of each chapter to facilitate your learning experience. This pedagogical approach ensures that you understand and engage with the material on your terms, allowing for flexible, independent study.

Now, why sociology? Sociology unlocks the hidden structures of society and encourages us to question the world we inhabit. It enables us to understand societal structures and processes, revealing the intricate patterns and systems that shape our lives. Whether we’re exploring social inequality, cultural norms, or the impact of technological change, sociology offers invaluable insights into the human condition. Through studying sociology, we don’t just learn about society; we learn how to think about society, cultivating a sociological imagination that can transform how we view ourselves and our place in the world.

The journey ahead promises to be enlightening and challenging, filled with opportunities to expand your horizons and deepen your understanding of the world around you. So, let’s turn the page and start exploring the captivating realm of sociology.

The Outline

The textbook is divided into eight chapters. Each chapter covers a different topic in sociology. The chapters are as follows:

Section 1: Introduction to Sociology

Section 1.1: What is Sociology?
Section 1.2: History of Sociology
Section 1.3: How Do We Know?
Section 1.4: The Role of Theory
Section 1.5: Social Research

Section 2: Culture

Section 2.1: What is Culture?
Section 2.2: Elements of Culture
Section 2.3: Variant Cultures
Section 2.4: Theoretical Perspectives on Culture
Section 2.5: Cultural Change

Section 3: Social Interaction

Section 3.1: Types of Societies
Section 3.2: Theoretical Perspectives on Society
Section 3.3: The Nature of Reality
Section 3.4: Socialization
Section 3.5: Socialization Through Life

Section 4: Organizations and Groups

Section 4.1: Types of Groups
Section 4.2: Group Structures
Section 4.3: Formal Organizations
Section 4.4: Social Stratification
Section 4.5: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Section 5: Crime and Deviance

Section 5.1: Introduction to Deviance
Section 5.2: Deviance and Control
Section 5.3: Theoretical Perspectives of Deviance
Section 5.4: Criminal Justice
Section 5.5: Criminal Justice Policy

Section 6: Social Institutions

Section 6.1: Marriage and Family
Section 6.2: Religion
Section 6.3: Education
Section 6.4: Politics and Government
Section 6.5: Social Change

Section 7: Social Inequality

Section 7.1: What is social inequality?
Section 7.2: Types of Social Inequality
Section 7.3: How Social Inequality is Created
Section 7.4: The Impact of Social Inequality
Section 7.5: The Future of Social Inequality

Section 8: Sociological Research Methods

Section 8.1: How Sociologists Collect Data
Section 8.2: Different Types of Research Methods
Section 8.3: The Ethical Considerations
Section 8.4: The Use of Sociological Research
Section 8.5: The Future of Sociological Research

Modification History

File Created:  05/07/2023

Last Modified:  05/12/2023


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