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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $54.00
  • February 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91299-9
  • 840 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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You May Ask Yourself

An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist

Third Edition


Dalton Conley (Author, Princeton University)


The “untextbook” that teaches students to think like a sociologist.

You May Ask Yourself gives instructors an alternative to the typical textbook by emphasizing the “big ideas” of the discipline, and encouraging students to ask meaningful questions. Conley employs a “non-textbook” strategy of explaining complex concepts through personal examples and storytelling, and integrates coverage of social inequality throughout the text.


Endorsements & Reviews

“For once, I was actually excited about reading a textbook. It seemed as if the author was talking directly to me at times.” — LaToya, social work major, SUNY Brockport

“It was like reading magazines with images of my favorite actors and politicians. I loved looking at the book and reading it.” — Abigail, nursing major, Queensborough Community College

“Honestly, I loved this book. It was so much more interesting that the other assigned readings, and reading You May Ask Yourself was the only assignment I always had done.” — Melissa, sociology major, University of Pennsylvania

New Paradox Animations

Every chapter of You May Ask Yourself begins with a paradox designed to motivate the reader to read on to figure out a fundamentally new way of looking at the world that illuminates that paradox. In the Third Edition, every chapter ends by returning to a visual summary of the paradox and a short online animation, narrated by Dalton Conley, that explains the paradox and synthesizes the research covered in the chapter. These animations are the perfect lecture launcher and a fun way to highlight the central theme of each chapter. These cartoons are integrated into the StudySpace website, the enhanced coursepack, and the PowerPoints.  

Six new interviews between Conley and other social scientists

The Third Edition adds six new interviews for a total of 22. The interviews use personal experiences and stories from the field to instill in the reader a way of thinking—the sociological imagination. Throughout the book, Conley challenges readers to think like a sociologist and take a point of view that “makes the familiar strange.” He argues that only by showing readers how contemporary sociology debunks conventional wisdom and giving students opportunities to use their sociological imaginations can readers actually learn what it means to think like a sociologist.  

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New Interactive Instructor’s Guide

This new tool makes it easy for instructors to seamlessly integrate the “Conley Approach” into their Introduction to Sociology courses. This online Instructor’s Manual is a dynamic site where instructors can search or browse for activities and projects. The site will feature new batches of questions and activities every six months, so instructors will have fresh material to incorporate into their course each semester.  

New Enhanced Coursepacks

Coursepacks offer a variety of activities, assessment, and review materials for instructors who use Blackboard and other learning management systems. In addition to the chapter-based assignments, test banks and quizzes, interactive learning tools, and other content from the StudySpace website, this new Coursepack includes an optional fully integrated ebook and many exclusive features, such as multi media activities, paradox animations, Census and Community Survey Data exercises, and a variety of other types of questions and activities.  

Comprehensive and integrated coverage of inequality

Most of Dalton Conley’s research has focused on inequalities based on accidents of birth such as skin color, body size, and gender, and how those inequalities affect not just one person but also a whole family tree. In addition, Conley weaves examples and research related to stratification throughout the book. 

    PART I: Using Your Sociological Imagination
    Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination: An Introduction 
    Chapter 2: Methods
    Chapter 3: Culture and Media 
    Chapter 4: Socialization and the Construction of Reality 
    Chapter 5: Networks and Organizations 
    Chapter 6: Social Control and Deviance 

    PART II: Fault Lines . . . Social Division and Inequality
    Chapter 7: Stratification 
    Chapter 8: Sex & Gender 
    Chapter 9: Race 
    Chapter 10: Poverty 
    Chapter 11: Health and Society 

    PART III: Building Blocks: Institutions of Society
    Chapter 12: Family
    Chapter 13: Education 
    Chapter 14: Capitalism and the Economy 
    Chapter 15: Authority 
    Chapter 16: Religion 
    Chapter 17: Science, the Environment, and Society 
    Chapter 18: Collective Action, Social Movements, and Social Change 

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