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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $45.00
  • October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91270-8
  • 530 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Readings for Sociology

Seventh Edition


Garth Massey (Editor, University of Wyoming)


The perfect mix of classic and contemporary readings.

Readings for Sociology provides students with engaging selections that reveal the complexities of our social world and offer insights into sociological analysis. Garth Massey includes selections from popular and academic journals as well as lively book excerpts. All of the selections help students reach a new level of sociological understanding. While Readings for Sociology is comprehensive in its scope, offering a wide range of selections on the standard topics in the introductory course, its emphasis is particularly on social inequality and race, class, and gender.


Successful blend of classic and contemporary articles

 In addition to classics by Mills, Marx, Durkheim, Simmel, Weber, and modern classics by Ritzer and Ehrenreich, the seventh edition includes new articles such as:
• “To Veil or Not to Veil?” By Jen’nan Ghazal Read and John P. Bartkowski
• “Care and Belonging in the Market” (from Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture) by Allison J. Pugh
• “The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love” (from Marriage, a History) by Stephanie Coontz

Expanded coverage of inequality

 Garth Massey, whose research focuses on inequality, used his knowledge of the field and experience teaching the course to pick new essays to expand the material on stratification. The seventh edition also includes new articles by William Julius Wilson, Katherine Benton-Cohen, and others.

Unbeatable value

 Readings in Sociology can be packaged with any introductory text at a significant discount, or can be used as an affordable standalone alternative to traditional textbooks.

    New selections are in BOLD


    1. Sociology as an Individual Pastime (from Invitation to Sociology). PETER L. BERGER
    2. Personal Experiences and Public Issues (from The Sociological Imagination). C. WRIGHT MILLS
    3. What Makes Sociology Different? (from The Rules of Sociological Method) ÉMILE DURKHEIM
    4. The Stranger. GEORG SIMMEL
    5. The My Lai Massacre: A Crime of Obedience? (from Crimes of Obedience: Toward a Social Psychology of Authority and Responsibility). HERBERT C. KELMAN and V. LEE HAMILTON
    6. Telling the Truth About Damned Lies and Statistics. JOEL BEST
    7. Public Sociologies: Contradictions, Dilemmas, and Possibilities. MICHAEL BURAWOY
    8. Racism and Research: The Case of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. ALLAN M. BRANDT


    9. To Veil or Not to Veil? A Case Study of Identity Negotiation Among Muslim Women in Austin, Texas. JEN'NAN GHAZAL READ and JOHN P. BARTKOWSKI
    10. McDonald's in Hong Kong: Consumerism, Dietary Change and the Rise of a Children's Culture (from Golden Arches East). JAMES L. WATSON
    11. The Code of the Street. ELIJAH ANDERSON
    12. America's National Eating Disorder (from The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals). MICHAEL POLLAN
    13. From Nike Culture: The Sign of the Swoosh. ROBERT GOLDMAN and STEPHEN PAPSON


    14. Boyhood, Organized Sports and the Construction of Masculinities. MICHAEL A. MESSNER
    15. Concerted Cultivation and the Accomplishment of Natural Growth (from Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life). ANNETTE LAREAU
    16. Care and Belonging in the Market (from Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture). ALLISON J. PUGH
    17. Deviance and Liminality (from Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties). BETH MONTEMURRO


    18. On Face-Work. ERVING GOFFMAN
    19. The Body and Bathing: Help with Personal Care at Home. JULIA TWIGG
    20. Women without Class: Chicas, Cholas, Trash, and the Presence/Absence of Class Identity. JULIE BETTIE
    21. Love and Race Caught in the Public Eye. HEIDI ARDIZZONE and EARL LEWIS
    22. Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only?. MARY C. WATERS


    23. Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America BARBARA EHRENREICH
    24. Manifesto of the Communist Party. KARL MARX and FREDERICH ENGELS
    25. Hanging Tongues: A Sociological Encounter with the Assembly Line. WILLIAM E. THOMPSON
    26. From Borderline Americans: Racial Divisions and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands. KATHERINE BENTON-COHEN.
    27. "Getting" and "Making" a Tip (from Dishing it Out: Power and Resistance among Waitresses in a New Jersey Restaurant). GRETA FOFF PAULES
    28. Upward Mobility Through Sport? D. STANLEY EITZEN
    29. The Saints and the Roughnecks. WILLIAM J. CHAMBLISS
    30. The Economic Plight of Inner-City Black Males (from More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City). WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON
    31. Uses of the Underclass in America. HERBERT J. GANS


    32. From the Panopticon to Disney World. CLIFFORD D. SHEARING and PHILLIP C. STENNING
    33. From Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison. LORNA A. RHODES
    34. The Rise and Fall of Mass Rail Transit (from Building American Cities: The Urban Real Estate Game). JOE R. FEAGIN and ROBERT PARKER
    35. Size Does Count, at Least for French Fries: Minnesota's Straight River (from Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters). ROBERT GLENNON


    36. Police Accounts of Normal Force. JENNIFER HUNT
    37. Love, Arranged Marriage, and the Indian Social Structure. GIRI RAJ GUPTA
    38. The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love (from Marriage, a History). STEPHANIE COONTZ
    39. Domestic Networks (from All Our Kin: Strategies of Survival in a Black Community). CAROL STACK
    40. From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. MAX WEBER
    41. The Emotional Geography of Work and Family Life (from The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work). ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD
    42. The McDonald's System (from The McDonaldization of Society). GEORGE RITZER
    43. Religious Community and American Individualism (from Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life). ROBERT N. BELLAH, RICHARD MADSEN, WILLIAM M. SULLIVAN, ANN SWIDLER, AND STEVEN M. TIPTON
    44. From Amish Society. JOHN A. HOSTETLER


    45. A More Perfect Union. BARACK OBAMA
    46. Job on the Line. WILLIAM M. ADLER
    47. Grassroots Activism: Mothers of East Los Angeles. MARY PARDO
    48. Industry-Driven Activism. EDWARD WALKER
    49. The Cuban Diet. BILL McKIBBIN