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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $38.61
  • January 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93429-8
  • 352 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Everyday Sociology Reader


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Karen Sternheimer (Editor, University of Southern California)


A lively mix of traditional readings, blog posts, and activities to help students connect sociology to their own lives.

Everyday Sociology Reader combines classic and contemporary readings by sociologists and seeks to meet students where they are, offering observations on popular culture, family life, news events, and other aspects of everyday life. Posts from the Everyday Sociology Blog and traditional readings have been chosen for their relevance and readability; all are written in an engaging manner in order to engage students new to sociology and sociological thinking.

Each section of the book features three blog posts and two traditional readings, as well as discussion questions, activities, research ideas, and essay suggestions so that students become not just active in the learning process, but creators of sociological thinking as well.


Endorsements & Reviews

“I really enjoy [the Everyday Sociology Blog]. It discuss[es] current events and real life issues. It helps me to understand the situations that [occur] when I’m watching what’s in the media. Individual’s can learn from the various topics of discussions in regards to situations at home or in their communities .... This is something I can continue to use after graduation.” — Mishelle Calvert, undergraduate sociology student

“I’ve been following [the Everyday Sociology Blog] now since the 11th of September 2007 and [am] just overwhelmed when looking back at all the posts (over 250!). The range of subjects taken up and the quality of each of the posts are just amazing! So I just want to take a moment and thank all the contributors to the blog, you’re doing something unique and I think very [valuable] to the field of sociology (i.e., presenting highly readable connections between everyday life and sociology). THANK YOU!” — Johan Nordgren, undergraduate sociology student Lund University, Sweden

Connections between sociological concepts and students’ everyday lives.

Everyday Sociology Reader has ten modules that follow the most common topics taught in introductory sociology courses. Each module includes key readings in sociology, as well as examples of sociologists applying their insights to everyday life, popular culture, and current events.

The most extensive set of activities and review questions in any reader

Everyday Sociology Reader includes three types of review material at the end of each chapter: “Talk about it” questions designed for group discussion in class or online; “Write about it”: review questions for short answer or essay assignments; and “Do it” activities that students can do individually or in groups.

Based on the popular sociology blog.

The Everyday Sociology Blog has attracted over half a million visitors since its launch in 2007. Everyday Sociology Reader makes it even easier for instructors to incorporate essays from the blog into the classroom by collecting some of the most “teachable” posts and pairing them with essential sociological essays and useful activities and assignments.

Updated regularly and now featuring video interviews with well-known sociologists, the Everyday Sociology Blog is a dynamic blog that encourages student and professional sociologists to explore sociology’s relevance to popular culture, mass media, and everyday life.

Moderated by Karen Sternheimer (University of Southern California), the blog features postings on topical subjects, video interviews with well-known sociologists, and contributions from special guests during the academic year.

Great package deals

For only $10 net, Everyday Sociology Reader can be packaged with any of our introductory sociology titles. With its focus on student participation, everyday life, and popular culture, it’s an ideal supplement to any introductory textbook.

    About The Everyday Sociology Reader


    1. Thinking Sociologically and Doing Sociology

    1. The Sociological Perspective: C. BRADLEY WRIGHT MILLS, The Promise
    2. Sociological Theory: SALLY RASKOFF, Fractals, Theories, and Patterns
    3. Research Questions: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Matching Research Methods to Research Questions
    4. Conducting Research: BRADLEY WRIGHT, Where to Sit: Doing Qualitative Research
    5. Statistics: JOEL BEST, Scary Numbers

    2. Culture, Consumption, and Media

    1. Consumption: THORSTEIN VEBLEN, Conspicuous Consumption
    2. Lifestyle: JULIET B. SCHOR, The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status
    3. Television: KAREN STERNHEIMER, Reality Life
    4. Magazines: KAREN STERNHEIMER, Beauty Myths and Magazines
    5. Email: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Marketing Ideas and Fears Through Email: Pass Along Hoaxes and Urban Legends

    3. Self and Interaction

    1. The Public Self: ERVING GOFFMAN, [Impression Management]
    2. Breaching Norms: BRADLEY WRIGHT, Grocery Shopping, Ordering Whoppers, and Borat
    3. Managing Stigma: SALLY RASKOFF, Stand by Our Man
    4. Identity: MEIKA LOE and LEIGH CUTTINO, Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Students
    5. Identity and Value: BRADLEY WRIGHT, Romantic Exchanges

    4. Community, Organizations, and Social Groups

    1. Organizations: MAX WEBER, Bureaucracy
    2. Organizational Failure: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Bureaucracy: Resistance to Change and Adaptation
    3. Declining Civic Engagement: ROBERT PUTNAM, Civic Participation
    4. Increasing Civic Engagement: SALLY RASKOFF, Beyond Bowling Alone
    5. Barriers to Involvement: BRADLEY WRIGHT, Social Movements and Your Attention Span

    5. Crime and Deviance

    1. Understanding Crime Statistics: KAREN STERNHEIMER, Murder and Statistics
    2. A Theory of Crime: JAMES Q. WILSON and GEORGE L. KELLING, Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety
    3. Challenging a Theory of Crime: BRADLEY WRIGHT, Beyond Broken Windows
    4. Understanding Deviance: PATRICK F. PARNABY and VINCENT F. SACCO, [The Relationship Between Celebrity and Deviant Behavior]
    5. Navigating the Deviant Label: SALLY RASKOFF, Rehab, Labeling, and Deviance

    6. Stratification

    1. American Class Structure: ROBERT PERRUCCI and EARL WYSONG, Class in America
    2. The Intersection of Class and Race: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Class and Race
    3. Class in Everyday Life: KAREN STERNHEIMER, Class Consciousness
    4. Media Representations of Class: DIANA KENDALL, Class Action in the Media
    5. Shifting Perspectives of Homelessness: SALLY RASKOFF, The Disaster of Homelessness

    7. Gender and Sexuality

    1. Gender as Performance: CANDACE WEST and DON H. ZIMMERMAN, Doing Gender
    2. Performing Masculinity: KRISTEN BARBER, The Well-Coiffed Man: Class, Race, and Heterosexual Masculinity in the Hair Salon
    3. Gender and Power: SALLY RASKOFF, Language, Gender, and Power
    4. Gender and Sex: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Back Stage out in Front: Impressions of Teen Pregnancy
    5. Sexual Orientation: SALLY RASKOFF, Does Finger Size Reveal Sexual Orientation?

    8. Race and Ethnicity

    1. Constructing Race: MICHAEL OMI and HOWARD WINANT, Racial Formation, from Racial Formation in the United States
    2. Racial Identity: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Black and White or Rainbow Colors: Tiger Woods and the ‘One Drop Rule’
    3. Race Relations: C. N. LE, Racial Tensions and Living in a Colorblind Society
    4. Constructing Ethnicity: MARY WATERS, The Costs of a Costless Community
    5. Ethnic Identity: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Celebrating St. Patrick's Day: Symbolic Ethnicity

    9. Social Institutions

    1. Families and Work: ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD, The Overextended Family
    2. Child Care: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Who Cares for America’s Babies?
    3. Work and the Economy: BARBARA EHRENREICH, White-collar Downward Mobility
    4. Work and Social Networks: BRADLEY WRIGHT, Getting a Job: Weak Social Ties and Online Connections
    5. Education and Inequality: JONATHAN KOZOL, Hitting Them Hardest When They're Small
    6. Education and Globalization: C. N. LE, Globalization and Higher Education
    7. Religion and Spirituality: GREG STANCZAK, Bridging the Gap: The Split Between Society and Spirituality from Engaged Spirituality: Social Change and American Religion
    8. Religion and Deviance: KATHLEEN LOWNEY, What Is a Cult?
    9. Government and Power: KAREN STERNHEIMER, The Sociology of Conspiracy

    10. Social Change

    1. Generational Change: DUANE F ALWIN, Generations X, Y and Z: Are They Changing America?
    2. Immigration and Trends: JANICE PRINCE INNISS, Black Ethnicity: The Foreign-born in America
    3. Immigration and Social Change: ROBERT J. SAMPSON, Rethinking Crime and Immigration,
    4. Fear of Immigration and Change: SALLY RASKOFF, Statistics and Myths about Immigrants
    5. Social Movements and Social Change: KAREN STERNHEIMER, Social Movements and the Environment