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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $86.00
  • November 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92219-6
  • 648 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Introduction to Sociology

Ninth 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)


An affordable, no-nonsense introductory text for today’s students.

The Ninth Edition has been reorganized to include only what students need to master the sociological concepts taught in the introductory course. The newly streamlined text highlights the links between macro and micro sociology and includes coverage of the best recent research.


New chapter-opening quizzes

Each chapter of the Ninth Edition of Introduction to Sociology begins with a set of learning objectives and a one-question quiz about a topic from the chapter. The authors use the answer to the quiz as a departure point to explain the key ideas that the chapter will cover and to highlight how sociology challenges students’ explanations about the way the world works.  

New organization

Each chapter has been streamlined to follow the same easy-to-follow organization. Chapters begin with basic concepts, then cover sociologists’ most important theoretical contributions to the topic, which leads to a discussion of recent research; the chapter conclusion focuses on the unanswered questions that sociologists continue to examine. At the end of each section, students are given an opportunity to test themselves with “Concept Check” quizzes.  

New “Big Picture” end-of-chapter concept maps

Retaining and synthesizing all the information in a sociology textbook can be a challenge for students, so the Ninth Edition features new “Big Picture” concept maps that integrate the learning objectives, key terms, “Concept Checks,” and “Thinking Sociologically” activities into a handy and visually interesting review tool at the end of each chapter. The feature puts everything students need to know in one place, for easy review.  

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. Introduction to Sociology highlights how our everyday lives are deeply affected by large-scale social forces. Every chapter features these “micro-macro” connections.  

    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
    Chapter 17: Religion in Modern Society
    Chapter 18: The Sociology of the Body: Health, Illness, and Sexuality
    Chapter 19: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
    Chapter 20: Globalization in a Changing World