Sociology Textbooks

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Inequality
Race-Class-Gender
Social Problems
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Language, Culture, and Society
Recognizing Race and Ethnicity
Inequality in the 21st Century
Social Media Freaks
Society and the Environment
Social Theory
Privilege
The Social Dynamics of Family Violence
Rural Communities
Mightier than the Sword
Essential Criminology
The New Urban Sociology
Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective
Social Movements and New Technology
Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements
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Available from Language, Culture, and Society, 7th Edition:

    • Preface
    • Chapter One

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Available from Recognizing Race and Ethnicity, 2nd Edition:

    • Preface
    • Chapter One

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Inequality in the 21st Century

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This reader delivers the latest and most influential contributions on economic inequality, social mobility, educational inequality, racial and ethnic relations, and gender inequality. Readers will encounter pieces from top scholars in a variety of fields, including Emmanuel Saez (Economist, UC Berkeley), Kathryn Edin (Sociologist, Johns Hopkins), Raj Chetty (Economist, Harvard), Florencia Torche (Sociologist, NYU), and Lucien Bebchuk (Law, Harvard).

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Social Theory

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“A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection” —Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field. Revised and updated with a new section exploring social theory at the limits of the social, Lemert’s Social Theory remains essential reading.

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Recognizing Race and Ethnicity

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“This book takes a bold new approach to the teaching of race and ethnicity that focuses on ideologies and institutions rather than individual groups. Kathleen Fitzgerald does an excellent job of incorporating recent theories and events. Accessible and engaging—a wonderful resource for teaching about race in the US!”
–Ashley (“Woody”) Doane, University of Hartford

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Privilege

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“The diverse voices found in this book would add a unique and thought-provoking perspective to any undergraduate course examining the many aspects of oppression.”
MultiCultural Review

In an era when “diversity” is too often shorthand for “of color” and/or “female,” the personal and analytical essays in this collection explore the multifaceted nature of social location and consider how gender, class, race, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and religion interact to create nuanced layers of privilege and oppression.

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