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  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $40.00
  • June 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-28988-6
  • 608 pages
  • License Term (days): 360
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Real World

An Introduction to Sociology

Fifth Edition

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Kerry Ferris (Author, Northern Illinois University), Jill Stein (Author, Santa Barbara City College)


The most relevant textbook for today’s students.

The Real World succeeds in classrooms because it focuses on the perspective that students care about most—their own. In every chapter, authors Kerry Ferris and Jill Stein use examples from everyday life and popular culture to draw students into thinking sociologically and to show the relevance of sociology to our relationships, our jobs, and our future goals. New to the Fifth Edition, two Data Workshops in every chapter give students a chance to apply theoretical concepts to their personal lives and actually do sociology.


The best coverage of everyday life, pop culture, and mass media

Four Relevance boxes in every chapter of The Real World—25 percent of which are new to the Fifth Edition—expose students to the sociological implications of everyday events:

  • “In Relationships” boxes look at how sociology can help us understand our friendships, intimate partners, and family relations. 
  • “On the Job” boxes explore how people use sociological insights in a variety of work settings.
  • “Global Perspectives” boxes highlight the differences and similarities between the United States and other cultures. 
  • “In the Future” boxes identify a development that either already affects or soon will affect most college students and links that development to recent sociological research. 

InQuizitive—Norton’s new adaptive learning tool—helps students gain mastery of core concepts

Norton’s new formative, adaptive learning tool personalizes quiz questions for each student in an engaging, game-like environment. The software strengthens students’ critical-thinking skills with interactive questions, and embedded ebook links make it easy for students to review concepts from the text. By helping students master the core concepts from The Real World, InQuizitive frees up class time for discussion and activities. Instructors can track progress at an individual level and use this information to guide personal mentoring or adjust upcoming lectures, assignments, and in-class activities.  

Unique Data Workshops give students the opportunity to do sociology

Bridging the gap between sociology as a perspective and its real-life applications, two Data Workshops in every chapter—“Analyzing Everyday Life” and “Analyzing Media and Pop Culture”—engage students in doing sociology by applying the theoretical concepts to their own lives. In the Fifth Edition, Ferris and Stein have re-conceived the Data Workshops, making them richer and more teachable. New “Prep-Pair-Share” and “Do-It-Yourself” options make it easier for instructors to assign the workshops as in-class activities or outside assignments.  

A robust media package makes it easy to adopt The Real World approach

The Real World uses examples from pop culture, the media, and everyday life to draw connections between sociological concepts and students’ experiences. The Fifth Edition’s rich suite of resources reinforces this approach and helps professors seamlessly integrate The Real World into their courses. A free customizable Coursepack enables instructors to incorporate student activities and assessment materials into Blackboard or another learning management system. Engaging PowerPoint slides and more than eleven hours of video clips from documentary films can get help enliven lectures and prompt discussion.  

    Part I: Thinking Sociologically and Doing Sociology
    1. Sociology and the Real World
    2. Studying Social Life: Sociological Research Methods

    Part II: Framing Social Life
    3. Culture
    4. Socialization, Interaction, and the Self
    5. Separate and Together: Life in Groups
    6. Deviance

    Part III: Understanding Inequality
    7. Social Class: The Structure of Inequality
    8. Race and Ethnicity as Lived Experience
    9. Constructing Gender and Sexuality

    Part IV: Social Institutions and the Micro-Macro Link
    10. Social Institutions: Politics, Education, and Religion
    11. The Economy and Work
    12. Life at Home: Families and Relationship
    13. Leisure and Media
    14. Health and Illness

    Part V: Envisioning the Future and Creating Social Change
    15. Populations, Cities, and the Environment
    16. Social Change