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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $45.00
  • October 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92760-3
  • 832 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

You May Ask Yourself

An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist


Dalton Conley (Author, Princeton University)


Make the familiar strange with Dalton Conley's "untextbook."

Dalton Conley’s groundbreaking “non-textbook” teaches students how to think like sociologists. Students learn how to use their sociological imaginations to debunk conventional wisdom. With a strong emphasis on concepts, You May Ask Yourself challenges students to use sociological methods to evaluate facts about their social worlds by “making the familiar strange.”


The best and most integrated coverage of inequality—including a unique chapter on poverty and social policy.

Most of Dalton Conley’s research focuses on inequalities based on accidents of birth (such as skin color, body size, and gender) and how they can affect one person, or even a whole family tree. Conley draws on his research to weave examples related to stratification throughout the text.

The 4Ps: Paradox, Person, Policy, and Practice help students connect sociology to their own experiences.

Each chapter opens with a Paradox designed to stimulate consideration of a particular social issue, then continues with the story of a relevant Person who illustrates the chapter’s theme. Chapters culminate with a contemporary Policy discussion that shows the utility of the sociological approach and an end-of-chapter Practice section, which prompts students to use the sociological concepts and methods that they’ve learned.

    Part I: Using Your Sociological Imagination

    1 Sociological Imagination: An Introduction

    2 Methods

    3 Culture and Media

    4 Socialization and the Construction of Reality

    5 Networks and Organizations

    6 Social Control and Deviance

    Part II: Building Blocks: Institutions of Society

    7 Family

    8 Education

    9 Religion

    10 Capitalism and the Economy

    11 Authority

    Part III: Fault Lines...Social Division and Inequality

    12 Gender

    13 Race

    14 Stratification

    15 Poverty

    16 Health and Society

    17 Science, the Environment, and Society

    18 Collective Action, Social Movements, and Social Change