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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $86.00
  • October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91213-5
  • 736 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Introduction to Sociology

Eighth Edition


Anthony Giddens (Author, London School of Economics), Mitchell Duneier (Author, City University of New York Graduate Center), Richard P. Appelbaum (Author, University of California, Santa Barbara), Deborah Carr (Author, Rutgers University)


Reveals the surprising links between everyday life and global social change.

The best choice for showing how sociology can illuminate the real-life issues confronting your students. The authors combine classic theories of sociology with contemporary research to show readers how sociological explanations can give us insights into our own lives, as well as reveal the connections between our experiences and the wider social world.


Gives insight into students' lives and illuminates connections between their experiences and global social forces.

 Learning to think sociologically enlarges the imaginations and sympathies of students, and Introduction to Sociology highlights how their lives are connected to large-scale social forces.

"Behind the Headlines"

  “Behind the Headlines” features encourage students to analyze the news headlines that they see each day in newspapers, on television, or on the Internet, and to develop the skills to answer the question “Should I believe this headline?” This feature encourages students to ask important methodological questions, as they read social science “trends” stories in the media.

"Behind the Best Sellers"

 New “Behind the Best Sellers” features show how writers from a range of backgrounds—novelists, journalists, biologists, and so on—use sociological concepts as they explore far-ranging issues. Each box gives a brief summary of the best seller’s thesis, insights into the ways this book moves sociological thinking forward, and suggests unanswered questions and related lines of inquiry.

New infographics with integrated online activities

 The 20 new infographics include:

o Chapter 3 on Culture: “Global Internet Connectivity”
o Chapter 5 on Interaction: “How the Internet Changed Interaction”
o Chapter 12 on Aging: “Graying of the World Population”
o Chapter 15 on Families: “Change in Cohabitation in the U.S.”
o Chapter 19 on Cities: “Urban Areas with Over 10 Million People”

The new art is also in the instructor PowerPoints, on the student StudySpace, and in the coursepack. It is accompanied by short activities to help students analyze the data.

New Design

 The eighth edition’s new design is based on the award-winning design of Essentials of Sociology, Third Edition, and features marginal definitions, new photos, and a more visually appealing approach that makes the reading experience more engaging for today’s students.

Everything instructors need, in and out of the classroom

 In addition to an array of free study and review materials for students, the ancillary package offers exciting media that enlivens the book’s focus on how classic and cutting-edge sociology illuminate connections between our experiences and the wider social world. Instructors have everything they need to manage their course in and out of the classroom: three DVDs of lecture launcher video clips with accompanying discussion questions; an Instructor Resource Disc featuring visually dynamic PowerPoints; a newly updated Test Bank featuring over 2,000 multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions; and a free coursepack.

    Chapter 1: What Is Sociology?

    Chapter 2: Asking and Answering Sociological Questions

    Chapter 3: Culture and Society

    Chapter 4: Socialization and the Life Cycle

    Chapter 5: Social Interaction and Everyday Life in the Age of the Internet

    Chapter 6: Groups, Networks, and Organizations

    Chapter 7: Conformity, Deviance, and Crime

    Chapter 8: Stratification, Class, and Inequality

    Chapter 9: Global Inequality

    Chapter 10: Gender Inequality

    Chapter 11: Ethnicity and Race

    Chapter 12: Aging

    Chapter 13: Government, Political Power, and Social Movements

    Chapter 14: Work and Economic Life

    Chapter 15: Families and Intimate Relationships

    Chapter 16: Education and the Mass Media

    Chapter 17: Religion in Modern Society

    Chapter 18: The Sociology of the Body: Health, Illness, and Sexuality

    Chapter 19: Urbanization, Population, and the Environment

    Chapter 20: Globalization in a Changing World

Sample Media