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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $74.00
  • September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91883-0
  • 525 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Essentials of Sociology

Fourth 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)


The textbook that teaches students how issues in our global society connect to their own lives.

Every chapter of Essentials of Sociology, Fourth Edition, is organized around stories pulled from the news. New features in the Fourth Edition pull together the big questions in each chapter and organize them around a concept map to help students synthesize concepts and see the personal and global applications of a sociological imagination.


Learning sociology through current events

Essentials of Sociology, Fourth Edition, shows how the methods and ideas of sociology can help explain current events and the major social issues of our time. Each chapter begins with a story pulled from recent current events, followed by a set of big questions that shows how sociology can explain our social world. At the end of the chapter, readers return to the news story and have an opportunity to synthesize what they’ve learned.  

Concept maps show the big picture

The Fourth Edition features “Big Picture” concept maps that integrate “Big Questions,” key terms, “Concept Checks,” and “Thinking Sociologically” activities into a convenient and visually interesting review tool at the end of each chapter. The feature puts everything students need to know in one place, so it’s easier for them to review.  

Infographics make data easy to understand

Every chapter of Essentials of Sociology, Fourth Edition, has a full-page, award winning infographic that makes complex information easy to grasp and visualize. The enhanced coursepack includes interactive versions of the same feature.  

    Chapter 1: Sociology: Theory and Method
    Chapter 2: Culture and Society
    Chapter 3: Socialization, the Life Course, and Aging
    Chapter 4: Social Interaction and Everyday Life in the Age of the Internet
    Chapter 5: Groups, Networks, and Organizations
    Chapter 6: Conformity, Deviance, and Crime
    Chapter 7: Stratification, Class, and Inequality
    Chapter 8: Global Inequality
    Chapter 9: Gender Inequality
    Chapter 10: Ethnicity and Race
    Chapter 11: Families and Intimate Relationships
    Chapter 12: Education and Religion
    Chapter 13: Politics and Economic Life
    Chapter 14: The Sociology of the Body: Health, Illness, and Sexuality
    Chapter 15: Urbanization, Population, and the Environment
    Chapter 16: Globalization in a Changing World