I thoroughly enjoy the empirical emphasis, but it is very data heavy. Social media is having the opposite effect. Several other key sections were shaded in striking colors to help them stand out, this should be done consistently. While the text is certainly not fresh with hyper contemporary illustrates and vignettes, the consistent application of conflict theory, functionalism, and symbolic interaction to numerous, unwavering social institutions ensures its applicability. It presents the tenets of the sociological perspective and the sociological research first and goes on to explore.
I find it accessible and engaging. In a book which casts such a wide net, one might expect to see such a chapter, especially given its growing relevance. Comments The comprehensiveness, professional presentation and clarity of this textbook make it a strong text to use in an Introduction to Sociology course. Other chapters are also often referenced e. Finally, almost every chapter ends with a Using Sociology vignette that presents a hypothetical scenario concerning an issue or topic from the chapter and asks students to use the chapter's material in a decision-making role involving social change. Given the single spacing of paragraphs, the electronic format allows one to increase the size of the picture as to provide less strain on the eyes. Modularity rating: 5 Because Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World is organized using subsections within chapters, choosing just subsections to use or exclude, as well as full chapters can be easily done.
If there is more than one author writing the text, you cannot tell. Being primarily based on the U. The semester exam will be cumulative of the information covered in the course thus far. I would have liked to see an actual table of contents at the beginning of the text, though navigation can be done via bookmarks. Cultural Relevance rating: 4 As I mentioned before, intersex and transgender are incorrectly presented. Suicide Rates is drawn from a 2009 publication data 2000-2006. There are a number of statistics used, accompanied by citations and a reference list at the end of each chapter.
It is presented in a logical, clear, and approachable way and is ready for student consumption. To balance this, though, the more personalized scenarios at the end of chapters do make students engage with the material to solve an issue with the sociological skills and knowledge they just read about, which is a great form of learning, using, then remembering. Someone needs to proof read a bit more carefully! All photos include a citation as well. While the data appear accurate, many displays of data need to be updated. Modularity rating: 5 This book's modularity is one of its strongest components. Concepts are explained well, and jargon is largely avoided. The same sex marriage section information is irrelevant.
The news pieces may become obsolete if they become too dated, but regardless, they do illustrate the content in each chapter. On the cultural side in France, Marxist theory was adapted and developed by Jean Baudrillard, who focused on consumption rather than production. Modularity rating: 3 The book is very long and there is no way that all of the book could be read in one semester. Max Weber, while discussed in the social class chapter, is not presented in the early theory chapter. There are classic examples in the book that will not go obsolete e. These materials will be available before first teaching from April 2019 onwards through our.
That said, going back to my own undergraduate days, this book appears to cover a lot of key topics that you'd expect to see in an introduction-level sociology textbook. Moreover, in the gender chapter, the text needs to be clear that the constructions of masculinity and femininity are Western constructions. However, the textbook does not include an index or glossary for quick reference. I would recommend renaming the last sections of each chapter, i. At no point would I think that an early undergraduate student would have any difficulty reading this new conceptual framework.
My Cambridge classes have engaged me in a way standard classes had never done before. Research in this vein often focuses on class-based oppression and how it is controlled and reproduced through the political system, as well as through education as a social institution. I particularly appreciate the inclusion of international issues and global sociology! Overall, I would recommend its use in a course for which it is deemed appropriate e. Although what we write today is not current tomorrow, the author of Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World has, in my opinion, succeeded in tapping into the timely fever of studies on social change and the corresponding increase in university degree programs, such as the University of Arizona's Global Studies degree, that focus on our rapidly changing world. For example, the entire evolutionary section should be deleted. It is easy to skip between sections using the dropdown menu. The author makes reference to information and concepts in past chapters throughout the book, which I think really ties it together well.
There are no dynamic features to the text, though, and the embedded links when other chapters are referenced within the text is more confusing than helpful. Accuracy rating: 4 The text is thoroughly cited. Wells-Barnett and others since was to use sociological knowledge to understand and alleviate gender, racial, and class inequality. This also helps counter how quickly material becomes dated, the concepts in sociology endure but the data is ever changing, it seems like this is easily correctable in an open source and, where I can step in with more current lecture material. I had no trouble using these as needed. The Class Ch 6 , Race Ch 7 and Gender Ch 8 chapters are problematic, however, to the point that they are not useful. Its length alone allows for comprehensive coverage of standard topics discussed in an introduction to sociology course with a few notable exceptions.
The skirting around the challenge of post-positivism, and the presence of broken links. The index is listed by chapter and section, but there is no glossary of terms, subject content, or names. Comments A few things that I really like about the current open access online text I am currently using are: 1. Comments One other comment I forgot to mention is to make issue of social media and teen suicide. Today, Marxist sociology thrives around the world.